The Secrets of College Success
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The Secrets of College Success, 2nd Edition features over 800 tips, techniques, and strategies covering everything from before you set foot on campus to thinking about grad school and interviews. Easy-to-read chapters feature bullet points, sidebars, and numbered lists that will be easy to turn to in time of need. Learn about the 10 worst self-defeating myths, tips for your type of school, things to do when you first arrive (like picking classes & your major), time management, test preparation, interacting with professors, emergencies, loans, and more. 323 pages, softcover. Copyright 2013.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Jossey-Bass
Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 1118575121
ISBN-13: 9781118575123

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Publisher's Description

Heading off to college? Or perhaps already there? This book's just for you. Winner of the 2010 USA Book News Award for best book in the college category, The Secrets of College Success combines easy-to-follow tips that really work with insider information that few professors are willing to reveal.

The over 800 tips in this book will show you how to:

  • Pick courses and choose a major
  • Manage your time and develop college-level study skills
  • Get on top of the core requirements
  • Get good grades and avoid stress
  • Interact effectively with the professor
  • Match college and career, and more.

New to this second edition are tips for:

  • Online courses and MOOCs
  • Community Colleges, Engineering Schools, and Arts and Design Colleges
  • E-readers, tablets, and laptops
  • Taking out Student Loans and Paying them Off, and more.

Ideal for college students at any stage, and college-bound high school students, The Secrets of College Success makes a wonderful back-to-college or high-school-graduation gift – or a smart investment in your own future.

Author Bio

Dr. Lynn F. Jacobs is professor of Art History at the University of Arkansas. Jeremy S. Hyman is founder and chief architect of Professors' Guide™ content products. Between them, they have over 40 years of teaching experience at eight different colleges and universities. Additional tips are available at, at, and on Twitter at @professorsguide.

Editorial Reviews

"If I had my way, I’d give this book to every single college student, of any age, and make them read it. A book that moves from ‘How to Turn a B into an A’ to ‘10 Surefire Ways to Piss Off Your Professor,’ is beyond just ‘helpful.’’ It is ‘the Missing Manual’ for turning a merely ‘okay’ college experience into a delicious adventure. I laughed, I took notes, I loved every page. And I’m not even in college. If you are, don’t even think about not buying this book. It will be the best thing you ever did for yourself."
—Richard Bolles, author of What Color Is Your Parachute?
"Along with shower flip-flops and a very loud alarm clock, this book should be on every freshman’s college packing list. The professors have outlined solutions for all the major fears that students face when they start college."
—Marjorie Savage, parent program director, University of Minnesota and author of You’re on Your Own (But I’m Here If You Need Me): Mentoring Your Child During the College Years
"Psychologically sound tips for thriving, not just surviving, in college. Lynn’s and Jeremy’s tips will make your college experience a spectacular success."
—Chuck Snowden, director of honors program, University of Wisconsin
"Clear, practical, comprehensive — and caring. These authors want you to succeed. Listen."
—Judy Genshaft, president, University of South Florida and past president, American Council on Education
"Riddled with humor and witty in presentation, this lighthearted "easy read" could be the most helpful, honest resource for today’s college student."
—Scott H. Reikofski, director, fraternity/sorority affairs, University of Pennsylvania
"The Secrets of College Success needs to be required reading for anyone starting college, regardless of age. A great source of practical advice that could mean the difference between success and failure."
—Eduardo J. Padrón, president, Miami Dade College
"The students who are most successful in college are those who are most prepared. The Secrets of College Success reveals what students need to know from the perspective of the professors who teach them. It pays to know the rules of the game before you play."
—George R. Boggs, president and CEO, American Association of Community Colleges
"This volume provides a banquet of tips. Easy to read, easy to locate what you need, this book will be helpful throughout your undergraduate years. I highly recommend it."
—Sharon J. Hamilton, professor and former director, Indiana University Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching
"Accessibly written and logically organized, there’s something here for everyone. This handy volume will help students focus on what it takes to be successful."
—Peter H. Quimby, deputy dean, Princeton University
"This book provides sound advice in a great format on how to get the most from your college education, starting on Day 1 of your freshman year."
—Martha O’Connell, executive director, Colleges that Change Lives
"High schools focus on getting their seniors  TO college but they rarely teach them how to get THROUGH college. Professors Jacobs and Hyman  fill this gap with a series of high energy, digestible and practical tips that any student can master in one sitting. This book should be required reading for every college-bound student so that they will be equipped with the "under-the-hood" expertise they need to succeed in h0000igher education."
—Keith W. Frome, chief academic officer, College Summit Inc.
"The Secrets of College Success is an easy-to-read, highly informative book. In my experience, many students come in to Stanford unprepared for the realities of college life. With bite-sized and digestible tips, this book provides substantial advice applicable to any college student."
—Kamil Dada, president

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