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How To Study In College Seventh Edition 7th Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 457 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company; 7 edition (August 18, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618046720
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618046720
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.4 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on August 30, 1999
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Before I bought this book, I was a borderline 2nd year engineering student, and that's putting it lightly. After reading through it, my grades jumped high enough to get me into grad school, and I got straight A's in all my MSc courses. I also got an MBA later on.
Now that isn't just because of Pauk, but I would never have done it without his marvelous advice from 'How to Study in College.' When I read the book, I felt like I was being talked to by someone GENUINELY interested in HELPING ME do better. Not what you expect from someone who spent decades teaching at a stuffy Ivy League university (Cornell).
Pauk is no charlatan. He does not preach. All he offers are research-based techniques that have stood the test of time. In other words, through his years helping real students, he has found real techniques that have achieved real results. This is not theoretical stuff. And his systems are flexible, offering a variety of solutions to the various dilemmas students face. In the book, Pauk himself says not to follow every single one of his methods, but to pick and choose what suits the reader. This is indeed a practical man.
How practical? Well, Pauk even goes into details like how your room should be lighted and how to correctly lie down for powernaps.
Moreover, I have found that much of his advice, for example on time management, taking care of yourself, and memorization, are just as applicable in the working world. I refer to it all the time, and even today find it sincere, practical, and timeless. This is right up there with Shrunk and Wright on any person's list of must reads.
One final note: Pauk's advice is clearly more geared towards students taking qualitative subjects rather than math/science/engineering courses. However, the general lessons can help anyone, no matter what one is studying. This is THE book, the original, the one and only, the legend. There is no substitute.
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I have been recommending this classic book for 20 years. Mr. Pauk has the gift of communicating very explicit, practical advice in a warm and engaging way. He comes across as a sort of kindly doctor on a house call to a hypochondriac: "Yes, I've listened to all of your excuses for failure; now let's figure out, together, how to get some success." Before you shell out money on a "learning center," or a study-skills coach, or something similar, you owe it to yourself to get this book. Approach it seriously, do as Pauk teaches, and you will be pulled irresistibly toward better grades, higher self-esteem, and a sense of gratitude toward this author. He's the best friend an anguished student could ever have.
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I have been teaching from Pauk's How to Study in College for many of the last 30 years. Although I have tried other similar textbooks, but none have been as successful with student's as Pauk's. How to Study in College provides solid, time proven strategies that, if used, will help a student fulfill his or her academic goals. The strategy most often used by my college students is Pauk's Cornell Notetaking Method. Included in this textbook are also chapters about listening skills, test-taking strategies, and the power of asking questions. The major change in the seventh edition is a greater emphasis on vocabulary. Beyond revisions in the vocabulary chapter, are two improvements included at the end of each chapter. The first improvement is the addition of an etymology section. One word is highlighted at the end of each chapter, with it's history and current use explained. The second revision is that instead of just listing words in the vocabulary improvement section with three possible synonyms from which a student may choose, words are now being given in context, usually within a quote. The added twist here is that an instructor can discuss the person being quoted, thereby adding historical perspective to students' often too lean knowledge of history. This book is, then, and excellent one for courses that emphasize study strategies and reading comprehension. It is also a textbook that is eminently useable by a student without benefit of an instructor.
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There are some things in life you should do. One of them is to read, study and apply the techniques outlined in this book. I was normally an average student making average grades. Fortunately, my wife and I took a class in 1989 on "Reading & Study Skills" improvement. This was the text that was used. My grades have improved(A's and B's now)due to this class and this text. It takes work to succeed in any class. This book definately will help you improve your grades in college or high school. I have used it to help teach others how to improve their study skills. You can develop better study habits if you follow the steps in this book.
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After looking up the current edition of this book for a friend, I notice the prior review was very negative. So, I decided I should relate my experience for balance. I begged the dean to allow me to return to school in 1976 (I was a sophmore with a 0.9 GPA -- I was on the seven year plan). He said he would give me a one semester shot. I needed help real bad! I was in the book store and saw this book (Second Edition). I bought it, read it, and followed its recommendations religiously. I took 15 hours that semester and made four A's and one C (I had made only one A prior). The dean decided to let me stay. I took 18 hours the next semester and made straight A's. By the time I graduated in 1978, I had raised by overall GPA to 2.9 and my major GPA to 3.8! THIS BOOK IS DEFINITELY WORTH IT! I still have my original copy. I recommend to anyone who asks how to succeed in college. I tell them my story and show them the book.
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