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How to Succeed in College (While Really Trying): A Professor's Inside Advice (Chicago Guides to Academic Life) Paperback – May 18, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0226304663 ISBN-10: 0226304663

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  • Series: Chicago Guides to Academic Life
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (May 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226304663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226304663
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"How to Succeed in College is the best book I have ever read about the student experience and how to navigate academic life in any college or university. Jon B. Gould is a professor who cares deeply about student success, understands the student/teacher relationship, and has a terrific sense of humor. If we could somehow get every high school senior and college freshman, guidance counselor, and parent in the country to read this book, our college students would make the most out of their education, one of the most important investments they will ever make." -Susan Herbst, president, University of Connecticut"

About the Author

Jon B. Gould is a professor in the Department of Justice, Law and Society and at the Washington College of Law at American University, where he is also director of the Washington Institute for Public and International Affairs Research. He is the author of Speak No Evil: The Triumph of Hate Speech Regulation and The Innocence Commission: Preventing Wrongful Convictions and Restoring the Criminal Justice System, the former published by the University of Chicago Press.


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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Libber on August 27, 2012
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I am a professor and found JG's message to new college students so useful, it was worth buying a copy for each first year major.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazonian on March 16, 2013
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A quick read with alot of common sense and some insider information I did not know. I read this along with some similar titles on my Kindle and gained insight at least worth the price of the book.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Peggy A Shoffner on April 26, 2013
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This book was written by a college professor and offers truly awful advice for students heading to college. For example, he encourages students to take whatever courses that interest them and wait until their junior year to choose a major. Good luck completing a degree in 4 years! Many majors require a strict sequence of courses and it is critical that you plan for this from the freshman year. He also thinks it is a mistake for students to consider whether their chosen major is likely to lead to a well paying job upon graduation. Strangely, he is not offering to support these students when they graduate without any job prospects. All in all, his advice to students is probably good from the tenured professor point of view: keep the students in school as long as possible taking random coursework and once they finally manage to earn a degree and can't find a job, you'll have them back for graduate school.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Bridges on May 18, 2013
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This is the same old stuff that gets into every freshman intro to college packet. It is written for professors, not students, so it sounds much too academic for those fresh 19 year olds who, upon arriving at college have watched hours of ironic comedy on YouTube and use words that they have heard in rap performances.
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