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How to Win at College: Surprising Secrets for Success from the Country's Top Students Paperback – April 12, 2005
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--Jeffrey J. Fox, author of "How to Become CEO
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What does it take to be a standout student? How can you make the most of your college years--graduate with honors, choose exciting activities, build a head-turning resume, and gain access to the best post-college opportunities? Based on interviews with star students at universities nationwide, from Harvard to the University of Arizona, "How to Win at College presents seventy-five simple rules that will rocket you to the top of the class. These college-tested--and often surprising--strategies include:
- Don't do all your reading
- Drop classes every term
- Become a club president
- Care about your grades, Ignore your GPA
- Never pull an all-nighter
- Take three days to write a paper
- Always be working on a "grand project"
- Do one thing better than anyone else you know
Proving that success has little to do with being a genius workaholic, and everything to do with playing the game, "How to Win at College is the must-have guide for making the most of these four important years--and getting an edge on life after graduation.
Top Customer Reviews
I agree with essentially all of the tips he suggests. However, I think that outstanding students can indeed get away with studying in their dorms, eating with friends 2 or even 3 times a day, or getting a "normal" job just working in retail in town. While all of his tips are laid out clearly and justified in simple terms, college is a different experience for every person. Some tips will actually not apply to certain people. Some things he expressly forbids might be alright in certain situations.
That being said, I think this book holds a lot of wisdom. While it was a quick and easy read, and while it is like a compendium of tips that are intended to be read like a list, the reading did become predictable. He suggests writing every paper in college like you're writing for a Pulitzer--while he does write very skillfully, and while his personality does indeed shine in the writing, the reading just became somewhat monotonous after reading 10 or 15 tips at a time.
To fully enjoy this book, read it in small doses. Read 4 or 5 tips at a time and take time and ponder the things he suggests. For tips which come alive to you and really seem like they'd make you a better student, mark the page somehow.Read more ›
It's an okay book, there is some genuinely good advice like, ignore classmate's grades and take hard courses early on but there is a bit of fluff and while I have no doubt this stuff is from Yale, Dartmouth and other top notch students, it's vague and generic advice. Not much detail or anecdotes from students.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was decent. I felt like many of the things he mentioned are common sense. Overall, I don't regret buying the book but it's information that's available elsewhere.Published 2 months ago by M. Johnson
Great Book! Highly recommend for any highschool senior or future minded junior, or college freshman, or sophomore.Published 3 months ago by Kyle
A great book for any college student. Many other books or classes out there only show you the limited ways of performing well in college but this book shows you all the ways,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nguyen Trinh
Wonderful book that gives advice anybody can use regardless of being in college for the first time. You will not regret this purchase.Published 4 months ago by Collin Officer
Really useful tips combined with an engaging style makes this book a really good read for students who want to take full advantage of their college life.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I will start with how much I wish I had read this book before beginning college! The transition between it and high school can be difficult for some, especially to those whom take... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer