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Been There, Should've Done That: 995 Tips for Making the Most of College 3rd Edition

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About the Author

Suzette Tyler is a former academic adviser at Michigan State University where she counseled students during their critical freshmen and sophomore years as they were adjusting to the academic and social demands of college. Through her countless conversations with these students, and often during the heartfelt self-revelations of probation conferences, it became clear that some of the best advice ever comes from the students themselves. With that, Ms. Tyler began interviewing students from colleges throughout the country, as well as talking with instructors, professors and admissions officers from a variety of institutions. Based on these interviews, Mrs. Tyler produced "Been There, Should'ver Done That - 995 tips for making the most of college" which provides collegians with solid advice for college success in an engaging, non-textbook format. She also collaborated with Cheryl Rilly and Valerie Pierce in editing the book, Countdown to College: 21 'To Do' Lists for High School.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Front Porch Press; 3 edition (March 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965608654
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965608657
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.5 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book covers a lot of territory from roommates to study habits to gaining weight (aka "the freshman 15"). On the whole, the advice was spot on and could only help incoming freshmen. Scared and clueless, they would get some insight on what lies ahead in a wide variety of college settings, academic as well as social. The Top Ten Ways to Make Your Roommate Happy (page 37) is hilarious as well as helpful, and includes: "Remember, it's a dorm room, not a romantic hideaway" and "Flush!"

There are pros and cons though to quoting former students' experiences. While they relate their experiences on a variety of subjects, the for/against quotes might send mixed messages. Some say rooming with their best friend was a fantastic experience, while others say it was a huge mistake. On the postive side, knowing others opinions might at least make these incoming freshmen think twice on these issues before making their own decisions.

There is much to be learned from reading this book and it truly has the best intentions for its readers. The humorous slant and less-than-wordy style will appeal to its intended audience. It would make a great gift for graduation or even sooner. 50 Ways to Leave Your Mother
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After looking through several like books, my son--who is a college junior--selected this book to give to his soon-to-be freshman sister because "it's a quick, fun read and covers about everything she needs to know and a lot of stuff I didn't." She loved it and it actually initiated some good discussion between them. I ended up giving one to each of her close friends for graduation instead of greeting cards.
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Been There Should've Done That: 995 Tips for Making the Most of College is a collection of wisdom and insight garnered from the real-life experiences of college graduates across America. The tips offer invaluable information that most guidance counselors don't cover on everything from boosting one's GPA, to the pros and cons of joining a fraternity/sorority, dealing with roommates, staying safe, managing one's time, and much more. "If you can't get into a class, talk directly to the instructor. Say something to set yourself apart from the other 20 people who are trying to add it - mention a colleague who 'suggested the class,' talk about your 'special interest' in his area... whatever it takes." An absolute must-read for anyone preparing for their first (or second, or third, or fourth!) year of college.
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I'm an R.A. in a college residence hall and I keep a copy of this book laying around my room. When guys are just hanging out they often pick it up and usually get sucked in because any page they turn to has great advice-and it's all from other college students. There's a lot of stuff that most freshmen don't even know they should know, and actually, that goes for sophomores, juniors and seniors. This book pretty much covers it all - it's a ton of excellent information in a non-intimidating little book.
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If you are in college or thinking about higher education, put this book on your Christmas wish list. To parents and grandparents of college age young adults, buy them this book. It's a flip through. Read it with your young adult. If you've already been to college, you will groan at all the opportunities you missed! Carol Christen, author What Color Is Your Parachute for Teens.
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This one is a lot of fun to have as a coffee-table book, or to pass around at parties. It's a bunch of one-liners from students and instructors about what they see in college, or what they wish they'd done differently. There were a few points in there that made me look up and realize that some part of my own college experience could best be described as "optimistic insanity." I wish I'd had this years ago.
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I loved this book! I wish I had been given a book like this when I was starting undergraduate or graduate school. I bought several copies to give as high school graduation presents last spring. I am sure I will do the same next spring....
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I'm a college professor at an urban university and I believe this book should be required reading for all students, especially freshmen. So many of the problems they encounter could be avoided with the simple "heads up" advice provided by their peers in this book. The non-text book format makes it highly appealing while addressing very important issues related to academic success and lifestyle management.
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