Previously having only a toddler and what I thought was plenty of time to help plan and fund his university future, I started to panic when I recently became the step-father of a freshman in high school. After graduating nearing two decades ago from a public university, I am sobered that attaining a university education is immensely now more complex, competitive, and costly. Luckily, my wife and I recently found Acing the Public University to guide us on the most important aspects that will impact our children’s future.
In researching college-help books, we found most dedicated either to admissions (SAT, etc.) and how to pay for it (i.e. scholarships) – all necessary, and plentiful. Keeping these two “legs” in mind, think of Acing the Public University as the third leg of the stool to keep it stable – you were accepted to your #1 choice, received a substantial scholarship that put student debt woes at ease, but now you need to develop a playbook for once you are there.
Mr. Gimpel, the author, directs the reader to create a strategic plan, rather than a tactical “check the box” plan that most university students are force-feed (if even available) through their college admission’s office. By focusing on the strategy, Mr. Gimpel infuses the mantra of working smarter, not necessarily harder. Its goals are pretty simple – graduating on time, or early, and maximizing GPA. I’m sure most users must think “I wish I had known this prior to entering university”. The same crossed my mind, and I was well-prepared entering university after having attended a college preparatory high school - Mr. Gimpel’s strategy and methods weren’t even mentioned.
I hesitate calling Acing the Public University a “book” in a rote, passive way; it’s an essential tool in the toolbox to take advantage of the university experience and a must-read for the future student and his or her parents.
What a great resource! I bought this book for my niece who is a junior in high school to help her navigate her post high school education. I personally found it an informative and great read. The entire text is very thorough and I especially found the sections on the grade game, the university road map, and learning how to professor shop to be exceptionally informative. Mr. Gimpel introduced to me as a college grad and 20 year veteran of the banking and natural food sectors a wonderful resource that I wish I had in my hands as I started to navigate the college world. Kudos!
Having attended college 25 years ago without a real game plan, I’ve always looked back on college success as somewhat of a crap shoot – I happened to get that good professor that inspired me, I was able to get into an elective that engaged me, I lucked out with a strong academic advisor that gave me solid directional guidance. Having now been in the legal and business worlds for two decades, I see that a successful career in the “real world” is not a game of chance. It’s built on thoughtful short, medium and long-term strategies designed to take advantage of your strengths and seize on your opportunities. Since students can make it through college without a real plan, schools don’t do a very good job of doing what should be their core mission – giving students the skills needed to develop strategies for a successful life career.
I have to say, GPAMaxx fills the gap! When I came across the book, I was intrigued. It stood out from the typical college guide books on getting into college, getting financial aid, etc. I found that, not only does it provide parents and students essential tools to achieve success in college (on time and on budget), but for many young adults, it will be the first best lesson in developing a strategic approach to taking charge of their own success. College is really a short-term career that prepares a person for his or her long-term career in life. This book teaches, in a smart and engaging way, how to approach it from that perspective.
As a parent, I couldn’t think of a better gift for my children than to give them the opportunity to experience college with the tools necessary to own their future, not only on campus but also in the Boardroom!
I heard about this book from my son’s high school counselor, so I got it for us. It really connected with my son who is very anxious about getting into a very competitive mid-west state school. I liked the book because it has a very straight-forward message and clear objectives. If you are looking for a book that will motivate your teenage son or daughter to prepare for the real world, this is it. It is not a study guide or a bunch of memorization tricks; instead it provides good old common sense to that baffling teenage mind. I found the book to read like it came from an even-handed coach. The author provides a framework to make good life choices and avoid the mediocrity that too often results when a degree takes 5 or more years and students graduate with just average grades.
Parents, I know you will love this book if you want to provide the best education for your child but have to be realistic about tuition costs. This book will show you shortcuts that universities will never tell you about. One last word to the kids who are sitting on the fence about continuing school because it’s ‘too expensive’ or just ‘a waste of time’ because you can’t compete with the “smart kids”; GET THIS BOOK! You will quickly understand that you are not alone in this and the type of success you are looking for (even if you don’t think you know what that success might be) is about making just a few good choices now and rest comes a lot easier.
I bought the book for my nephews upon the suggestion of an academic advisor and I loved it: A) It is practical, concise and to the point; B) I like the idea of maximizing your GPA at a (relatively) affordable 4-year public university, which, I believe, may get you a leg up when applying for a job on Wall Street or in Management Consulting (i.e. every decimal above a 3.0 GPA may be worth thousands of dollars in future earnings); C) The author seems credible: He successfully tested his recommended methods during his college years (I started with the bio first and switched to the introduction.)
I had never heard about books highlighting GPA-maximizing strategies. I found many books about how to ace the SAT but, to my knowledge, nobody asks for an SAT score on a job application.
I found this book to be a great resource for creating a college game plan that is easy to develop based on your child’s strengths and weaknesses. The strategic planning described in the book allows for a better understanding of the course selection process, degree plans and the costs that are involved, especially with respect to finishing college in four years. Overall, I would highly recommend this book to parents and high school students who are planning on attending college and want to get the most they can out of it. The advice and planning process is easily understandable and provides a strategic plan that can be executed with ease.
With college looming closer and closer for my children, I found the GPAMaxx Guide to Acing the Public University to be a very helpful resource. This book outlines steps and strategies that will be useful to implement with my kids to help them develop a game plan before they arrive for their first semester of college. Concise and well-written, I only wish that this book was around when I was preparing for my higher education!
My granddaughter was struggling with starting college, admissions, leaving home etc... I found this book by Jeff and bought it for my her. She still was anxious about leaving home but once she read the GPAMaxx, that part of her struggle has subsided quite a bit. Thanks for putting some thought into writing this book Jeff. Much appreciated.
Finally a book that cuts through the B.S. directly to the bone. Gimpel's book tells you exactly what you need to know in an easy to digest format and manner. his no-nonsense approach will get you (or your kids) on the right track towards academic success. Once someone masters the secrets found in this book, he/she will have stellar grades, scholarships, and other opportunities that most people can't even dream about.
Get this book if want you or someone you love to be successful.
Acing the Public University is very candid about the prospects for students going to public universities. I found it helpful in the way it emphasizes the students' need for having a game plan in order for them to take maximum advantage of their skill set, their personal learning style and the university system itself. The book doesn't gloss over the work involved in doing this, rather it shows what needs to be done and how to do it in a timely and efficient way.