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"Congratulations! You've gotten into college. Now put down the syllabus and pick up this book! Ellen Bremen's book is a must-read if you want to know how to make your college career a complete success." Chris Westfall, 2011 Elevator Pitch champion, MBA instructor Southern Methodist University, and author of The New Elevator Pitch
"Crossing wits with your superiors is never a good way to get ahead. "Say This, Not That to Your Professor: 36 Talking Tips for College Success" is an advisory guide for college students to form a better relationship with their professors, when to be friendly and when to own up to one's mistakes."-Midwest Book Review
"Ellen is the Dear Abby of college professors, so respectful, and with amazing wisdom about the inner workings of college." Vicki Davis, author of the award winning Cool Cat Teacher blog, Lifetime Television for Women, "The Balancing Act" blogger, and co-author of the upcoming Flattening Classrooms, Expanding Minds.
"Professors made a huge impact in my life and Ellen shows students how to make the most of these relationships to fuel their educational goals. This book is a must-read for every college student." Isa Adney, author of Community College Success: How to Finish with Friends, Scholarships, Internships, and the Career of Your Dreams.
Why is This Professor Willing to Talk?
It's simple: I started to see students, like yourself, unknowingly sabotage their education when a simple conversation could have helped their academic standing so much. Instead, students either dealt with class-related issues in a completely clueless way ("Can I turn in this paper late?" -- Me: "Sure, if I can let 27 other people turn it in late, too.") or, they just wouldn't say anything at all... which was even worse. Then, the problem never resolved, and grades suffered. Believe me, my colleagues all over the country report the same issues.
What's the bigger problem? When students fumble their words, most profs won't sit down later with the student and say, "Hey, this is how the communication should have gone down." I'll admit, even as a Communication prof, I was guilty of this, too! Why? Because a term has only so many weeks. Profs have to be swift problem solvers for students, and then we have to move on to the next issue. Also, many profs don't believe their job is to teach students communication.
I decided it was time to change all that and write the very first book in the college success genre to deal with this relationship that students will deal with every single day!
Students, college is the ideal place for you to practice excellent communication, and professors are among the first people in your life you'll interact with as an adult. And guess what? You don't text with them. You don't Facebook with them (even if you Facebook about them). You need to deal with most issues face-to-face and sometimes via e-mail.
My goal is to give you inside tips on how to interact so your professors will respond in a positive manner. I want you to learn what goes on behind the scenes of your classes so you can create opportunities, rather than fumble over excuses. I want you to confidently and properly stand up for yourself when you're concerned about your classes or grades. The result? Improved relationships with your profs, a stronger learning experience, and most of all, better grades.
This book has generally good advice for college students. It is most useful for first-generation students, who can't expect their parents and friends to be familiar with academic... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kevin Karplus
This is a very good book for those who are in high school wanting to go to college, because it is a guide on how to be professional to all teachers, whether you are in either... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Aditya Kapoor
Since I work with high school students as they wind their way through the college admissions process, every fall I get cries for help from those who have successfully gotten... Read morePublished on October 22, 2012 by Marjorie
Returning to college after many years in the workforce was scary. How was I supposed to interact with my professors? Read morePublished on October 21, 2012 by MattF
I think Say This, Not that to your Professor will be helpful to new college students in particular. Therefore, a great gift item to get a college student off to the right start.Published on September 19, 2012 by Marie Holland
I for one have been able to use a lot of what is taught within the book to revolutionize the way I not only communicate with professors, but others on a daily basis. Read morePublished on September 17, 2012 by Christian Hollingsworth
Ellen Bremen is a seasoned, skilled, and highly insightful professor of communication studies. Here she has assembled and responded to 36 situations involving students--situations... Read morePublished on September 9, 2012 by pvenditti
Your new college student is not going to be ready to actually read this book (with a few exceptions for the studious, serious students) until after they've already had reality slap... Read morePublished on September 3, 2012 by Joanna
Hooray for Ellen Bremen! She takes on a topic that sorely needs addressing, and she does so in a way that is accessible and engaging. Read morePublished on August 9, 2012 by Teacher95