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Are You Really Ready for College?: A College Dean's 12 Secrets for Success - What High School Students Don't Know (Images of America)

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ISBN-13: 978-1608443208
ISBN-10: 1608443205
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From the Author

As a dean of academic advising, I spent my professional life working with college students, many of them in academic trouble, despite excellent high school grades and test scores. Listening to these students, I identified a set of common problems that defined student "un-readiness" to meet the academic demands of college. The 12 strategies of my book prevent these problems. I wanted to share them with students, parents, teachers, and counselors.

College "un-readiness" is a national problem and the well-documented statistics on the nation's poor college graduation rates bear this out: Only about one-third of students graduates in the usual four years. Extend that time to six years, and the number rises to only about 60% - a little more than half. It's a problem that's not only discouraging but expensive. Another disturbing statistic: A staggering 25% of college freshmen don't return to their original campus for sophomore year, often because they cannot cope with the workload.

I wrote this book for high school and middle school students, specifying 12 strategies that young students need to develop before college. During these formative years, teens can practice and strengthen these strategies. If they do, by the time they get to college, they will be ready. While the book is written for teens, it acts as a guide for parents and educators who want to know specific ways to support teens getting ready for college.

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You'll learn --
  • to use your high school years as a training ground. You need to practice now so you'll be ready before you leave for college! Dr. Bob coaches you all along the way.
  • what college is like and what it expects of you. You'll know what to do when you get there.
  • to be a stronger student in all your courses, even the hard ones. You'll get more out of your high school years and still remember what you learned in high school when you get to college. This is really important!
  • to master an efficient learning style that works for you. You'll sharpen the personal skills you need to succeed, both in and out of the classroom.
 
     Then you'll really be ready for college!
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Product Details

  • Series: Images of America
  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing, LLC (December 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608443205
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608443208
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,726,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Blaine Greenfield on March 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
ARE YOU REALLY READY FOR COLLEGE? by Robert R. Neuman is the book I wish I had read before I began my undergraduate education.

I now realize that I was woefully unprepared for what was to follow and as a result, I had to scramble to graduate in four years . . . apparently, I'm not the only one . . . according to the author, a former associate dean of academic advising at Marquette University:

* Only about one-third of students graduates in the usual four years. Extend that time to six years, and the number rises to only about 60%--a little more than half. It's a problem that's not only discouraging but expensive. Another disturbing statistic: A staggering 25% of college freshmen don't return to their original campus for sophomore year, often because they cannot cope with the workload.

Things could be different, too, the author contends; i.e., if students just knew "the 12 Secrets for Success" that he clearly presents . . . this one idea, in particular, I have found to be oh-so-true:

* And as much as music distracts, using the TV as "background noise" makes studying nearly impossible. Your attention is completely divided. You spend a good part of your energy trying to tune out dialogue and loud commercials so you can hear your own thoughts. You can't "sort of" listen to the TV (with an occasional glance at the TV screen) and concentrate on your studies. Plus, studying during the commercials of your favorite program is not going to work, either. You can't do high-level thinking in five-minute pieces in between scenes. Instead, record all your favorite programs, and watch them later when you have time-you'll save time because you won't have to sit through the commercials.
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This is a book that talks directly to teens and families -- there's nothing stuffy here. It's an easy read. The size and design of the book are teen friendly, so is the way information is delivered. Pages are filled with lists and tips. Chapters treat one topic at a time and build on each other. Each chapter starts with a survey so teens answer questions about how they relate to the topic before they begin the chapter. The book contains lots of very solid examples, including student stories showing the concepts in action. Important points are pre-highlighted! Teens get an idea of what college is like. This is a very usable book that can help young people think about school in new ways, not the same-old, same-old. It gives parents ideas on how to help.

As a parent, I think this is stuff kids should know. I appreciated the notes for the Support Team at the end of the book that help ADULTS identify their roles. Each "note" is very relevant to each role. I think that parents and their kids could get together in groups every now and then to discuss different chapters and trade experiences.
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Dr. Bob Neuman's book should be required reading for all high school students, and for any college freshmen parents have just sent off to begin the year. Its practical advice will prove useful not just for the challenges of college, but those after graduation as young people take on the responsibilities of their first jobs. Students, owning this book is like having your own personal coach right at your elbow as you get ready for one of life's greatest privileges--a college experience.
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I gave copies of this book as gifts to family members and friends who have children in middle school or high school. One friend has gone back to school to get her master's degree in teaching. All had the same reaction. They loved the book and valued its practical insights. In fact, they found it so valuable that several moms are taking the book to the principals and guidance counselors of their high schools to see if the schools could adopt it in class or recommend it to parents.
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As a grandfather and businessman, I have a concern about the current state of education. With that in mind I bought Dr. Bob's book, read it and recommended it widely to family, friends and business associates. I have strong views that each person must be accountable for their own careers. It is too simple to blame government, school board, principle, or teachers for a lousy education. What about the student and their immediate family? Don't they have to shoulder some responsibility? This book shows them how. I found the book an easy read--and not preachy. It provides a roadmap of how to be successful. When I hire someone I am looking for a self-motivated individual. This book helps build a foundation you can prosper from.
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As a parent of a high school junior just starting the college process, I thought this book provided some excellent insight. Does a great job of highlighting the differences between the necessary high school and college study habits. An easy read, I especially liked the highlighting to allow for a quick review. Good resource for parents, but now the key will be to get my teenager to read & adopt some of the recommended practices. High schoolers & college kids will really benefit from reading this book - especially if they are willing to implement some of the recommendations.
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