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Professors' Guide to Getting Good Grades in College Paperback – June 27, 2006
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“It’s a book about how to do Life better. Hugely important! Very well done. I recommend it to everyone.” (Richard N. Bolles, author, What Color Is Your Parachute?)
“Give this book an A for the authoritative inside scoop on getting the most out of your college education.” (Edward B Fiske, author of The Fiske Guide to College)
“The advice is refreshingly sensible. Students who follows these recommendations are practically certain to get very good grades.” (Harry Frankfurt, author of the national bestseller, On Bullshit)
“A very helpful and quite humorous guide for students wanting to get the most out of their college experience.” (Harold T. Shapiro, Former President, University of Michigan)
“I really enjoyed the book and only wish I could’ve read it before second-semester senior year!” (Christen Martosella, Editor-in-Chief, The Insider's Guide to the Colleges 2007)
“I wish professors would read this book so they can give away the mysteries to their students.” (Robert J. Gross, Dean, Swarthmore College)
“Every student who uses the tips and techniques in this volume is virtually guaranteed a grade increase.” (-- Sharon J. Hamilton, Director, Indiana University Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching)
“Deserves an A+. Must reading for any student wants to learn more and earn better grades.” (Eric R. White, Executive Director, Division of Undergraduate Studies & Associate Dean for Advising, The Pennsylvania State University)
About the Author
Dr. Lynn F. Jacobs is associate professor of Art History at the University of Arkansas. A specialist in Northern Renaissance Art, Lynn previously taught at Vanderbilt University, California State University, Northridge, University of Redlands, and NYU.
Jeremy S. Hyman is manager of Professors' Guide projects. An expert in Early Modern Philosophy, Jeremy has taught at the University of Arkansas, MIT, UCLA, and Princeton University.
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Dr. Lynn F. Jacobs is professor of Art History at the University of Arkansas. A specialist in Northern Renaissance Art, Lynn previously taught at Vanderbilt University, California State University, Northridge, University of Redlands, and NYU. She has received the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship twice, and the University of Arkansas Prize for distinguished academic advising. Jeremy S. Hyman is founder and chief architect of Professors' Guide™ content projects. An expert in Early Modern Philosophy, Jeremy has taught at the University of Arkansas, UCLA, MIT, and Princeton University. He received the University of California Regents award for distinguished teaching.
Lynn and Jeremy write a weekly education column at US News and World Report www.usnews.com/professorsguide and speak widely at college orientations and first-year experience classes (to see a clip, go to www.GimmeAnA.com). In addition to the present book, they are co-authors of the book, Professors' Guide to Getting Good Grades in College (HarperCollins, 2006).
You can write them at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lynn and Jeremy live, with their 15-year old son, Jonah, in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Top Customer Reviews
I also enjoyed how they disparage B's as grades -- what does a B prove to anyone? An A indicates excellence in a course and a C indicates trouble but a B is essentially worthless as a predictor or indicator of anything. As the authors say, not even professors get excited about B's.
However, I do have some complaints.
First, and most important to students is that the authors treat grading opportunities as singular events. This prevents students from treating grades strategically. My advice to students about achieving the best grades possible is for them to strive to earn an A on the first exam of each course they take. Because the material on the first exam is usually much easier than on the Final Exam, holding a grade up is easier than pulling one up. The authors touch on the lack of time to study properly for all of the Finals at the end of the term but don't really offer a solution to the time crunch. By learning early in the semester where they stand in each course, students can allot their time better. An early A enables them to focus their efforts on the courses that they have a shot at pulling up or on those that they can hold -- particularly when they know they gave the first test their best shot.Read more ›
professors grade papers, and even how to prepare for tests and exams.
The book is broken down into five parts, with additional chapters in each:
Part 1: The Start--10 Common Myths About Grades in College; How Do Professors Grade, Anyway?; and FAQs About Picking Courses with an Eye to Grades.
Part 2: The Class--Your Action Plan for the First Week of Class; Top 10 Tips for Taking Excellent Lecture Notes; and Why Prepare? Why Attend? Why Participate?
Part 3: The Exam--13 Best Ideas for A+ Test-Preparation; Acing Exams by Adjusting Your Attitudes; and The Hidden Value in Going Over Your Test.
Part 4 The Paper--Understanding the Assignment; Doing the Analysis, Doing the Research; Do's and Don't's for Going to See the Professor; and Top 10 Tips for Constructing the Perfect Paper.
Part 5: The Last Month--The 4 Hazards of the Last Month of the Semester; and 17 Strategies for Acing the Final.
With great mini-quizzes, notes from visiting professors, and checklists to keep track of your strategies, this is a book perfect for any older teen. If everyone had a copy of the PROFESSORS' GUIDE TO GETTING GOOD GRADES IN COLLEGE before setting off for that first semester, college would be a whole lot less stressful!
Reviewed by: Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius"
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Although some of the information is dated, the basic advice is still relevant for today's college student.Published 13 months ago by Kim Clerkin
It's discouraging to read a book on college success that is full of incomplete sentences. Although page 269 advises students to "correct any errors of grammar, spelling or... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Oregon Reader
This is a wonderful guide written by professors on the secrets to success in college and earning good grades. Read morePublished on October 14, 2013 by Chandra White
If you are passionate about getting straight As, you MUST add this book to your collection.
Cs to As!
Thank you professors! Read more
For what I was expecting, nothing or almost nothing added to me.
Was a waste of time and money.
For me, not worth.
The Professors' Guide begins with a lot of chitchat and explanation of how the authors will be presenting their material in a witty student-friendly fashion, but jumps right in... Read morePublished on June 25, 2012 by Miss Riki
I wish I had had this book when I was a college student years ago. I bought it for my granddaughter who is a college freshmen this year. Read morePublished on November 7, 2010 by Shirley L. Gravlin
I bought this book last year when I started college. At 50, it had been awhile since I was in school and it holds some good ideas about how to study as I'm not sure I ever... Read morePublished on February 26, 2010 by L. Jenkins