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Lecture Notes: A Professor's Inside Guide to College Success Kindle Edition

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“It may not be on the syllabus, but this is one kind of college prep you shouldn’t skip!”, April 10, 2010

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About the Author

PHILIP FREEMAN holds a doctorate from Harvard University and is currently the chair of classical languages at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. The recipient of numerous teaching awards and honors, he has been a visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome, the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C., and the Harvard Divinity School. Professor Freeman’s previous books include Julius Caesar, The Philosopher and the Druids, and St. Patrick of Ireland.

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  • File Size: 258 KB
  • Print Length: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; 1 edition (March 26, 2010)
  • Publication Date: April 6, 2010
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0036S4D5G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,047 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Philip Freeman is the Orlando W. Qualley Chair of Classical Languages at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University in Classical Philology and Celtic Languages and Literatures. He has taught at Boston University and Washington University in St. Louis and lectured at the Smithsonian Institution. His books have been reviewed in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other national publications.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sheryl Forste Grupp on June 10, 2010
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Tonight after my students receive their high school diplomas, I will congratulate each of them and give them a copy of Professor Freeman's book. I have taught high school students for 8 years and before that taught college students for 10 years. I can think of no better guide for my students -- and next year, my son -- than this small volume. With humor, clarity and honesty, Professor Freeman outlines how students can get the most out of their college years.

College is quite different from high school and most students don't make this transition very well because they have no idea about the hidden rules and codes of college classes. Professor Freeman lays it all out for them. For example, in the first chapter, he gives 3 rules for college success: 1) Go to class; 2) Read the books; 3) Talk to your professors. He explains the difference between a high school schedule and a college schedule and suggests how all that apparent free time is deceiving since for every hour of class, a you should spend two hours studying.

Professor Freeman's tone in this book is not that of a dry, crusty Classics professor. He writes a refreshingly personal and witty prose and weaves in his own stories about being a college student, graduate student, and, finally, professor. After reading his little book, I think more than a few students will decide to apply to Luther College so they can take his classes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Grace McLaughlin on March 6, 2012
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Over the last 13 years I have taught over 120 classes at a major university. I teach only undergraduates -- by choice, I love them! I have taught students with excellent college skills and students with no college coping skills.

A friend recommended this book to me. I sat down and read through it in about 1 1/2 hours -- it's a quick read. I immediately ordered several copies from Amazon and have been happily lending them to students who need help and giving them as gifts to friends whose children are headed for college immediately or even in a few years.

There is so much of value in this book: why it is important to actually go to class, how to read a textbook, why you should actually read the textbook, how to take good lecture notes. These are the obvious topics. One chapter that I found particularly insightful and helpful discussed getting to know your professors in case you might need a letter of recommendation in the future. Students don't think about that until it is frequently too late. My absolute favorite chapter though is the one on things that irritate your professors. Every student should memorize this chapter!

I highly recommend this book in preparation for college. You learn the rules for sports before playing in the big leagues; why not learn the methods for success in college before enrolling?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Global Citizen on October 12, 2010
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I have three degrees and I wish I had read this BEFORE entering college. It is a Cliffs Notes-type handbook on how to thrive as a student, straight from the prof himself. The main reasons why I think Lecture Notes is invaluable reading material for serious students are that: 1) you will learn how to become well organized, and 2) you will learn to develop the study habits of a Zen Master.

Overall, if you come up with a winning game plan to meet and master *your* unique learning situation, you will excel. This book is as helpful to students fresh out of high school as it is to the single parent working and studying full-time. It's also a "fast read" so you will definitely benefit from reviewing it before you start each semester.

In fact, I think the busier you are, the more organized you have to be. And it's not entirely about being more organized. It is really like being able to pick the professor's brain and benefit from the tips and strategies that will allow you to work SMARTER not harder. Like learning what ticks your instructors off, how they grade your essays, and other neat tidbits that you generally won't find in a college catalog or course description.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Lane on June 30, 2011
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I thought that this book was okay. The best thing about it is that the author is an excellent writer and the book is short. I read it in an hour and a half.

This book covers how college is different than high school, how to budget your time, how to write papers, how to read a difficult book, and other things. This book is something that I wish I had gotten before I went to college the first time. I had no idea how difficult college was and almost squandered my scholarship and education because I thought that it would be as easy as high school.

I am reading this book because I am thinking about going back to college for a second degree. I was hoping for a book that would teach methods of studying and reading. This is not exactly that book. The studying and reading tips are a small part of this book. Most of it is where to sit in class and advice to not tap your pencil during an exam.

I disagree with the author on a few points. One that I remember is that he disapproves of laptops in the classroom because the typing sound would annoy the professor. If you know how to type, you can type way more words per minute than you can write, so bring your laptop to class!! You will almost be able to type as fast as your professor talks. You will never be able to write as fast as your professor talks.

Otherwise, I think that this is a solid read. If anything, it's a wake-up call to first year students who expect college to be like high school.
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