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Lecture Notes: A Professor's Inside Guide to College Success Paperback – April 6, 2010
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College is quite different from high school and most students don't make this transition very well because they have no idea about the hidden rules and codes of college classes. Professor Freeman lays it all out for them. For example, in the first chapter, he gives 3 rules for college success: 1) Go to class; 2) Read the books; 3) Talk to your professors. He explains the difference between a high school schedule and a college schedule and suggests how all that apparent free time is deceiving since for every hour of class, a you should spend two hours studying.
Professor Freeman's tone in this book is not that of a dry, crusty Classics professor. He writes a refreshingly personal and witty prose and weaves in his own stories about being a college student, graduate student, and, finally, professor. After reading his little book, I think more than a few students will decide to apply to Luther College so they can take his classes.
A friend recommended this book to me. I sat down and read through it in about 1 1/2 hours -- it's a quick read. I immediately ordered several copies from Amazon and have been happily lending them to students who need help and giving them as gifts to friends whose children are headed for college immediately or even in a few years.
There is so much of value in this book: why it is important to actually go to class, how to read a textbook, why you should actually read the textbook, how to take good lecture notes. These are the obvious topics. One chapter that I found particularly insightful and helpful discussed getting to know your professors in case you might need a letter of recommendation in the future. Students don't think about that until it is frequently too late. My absolute favorite chapter though is the one on things that irritate your professors. Every student should memorize this chapter!
I highly recommend this book in preparation for college. You learn the rules for sports before playing in the big leagues; why not learn the methods for success in college before enrolling?
Overall, if you come up with a winning game plan to meet and master *your* unique learning situation, you will excel. This book is as helpful to students fresh out of high school as it is to the single parent working and studying full-time. It's also a "fast read" so you will definitely benefit from reviewing it before you start each semester.
In fact, I think the busier you are, the more organized you have to be. And it's not entirely about being more organized. It is really like being able to pick the professor's brain and benefit from the tips and strategies that will allow you to work SMARTER not harder. Like learning what ticks your instructors off, how they grade your essays, and other neat tidbits that you generally won't find in a college catalog or course description.
This book covers how college is different than high school, how to budget your time, how to write papers, how to read a difficult book, and other things. This book is something that I wish I had gotten before I went to college the first time. I had no idea how difficult college was and almost squandered my scholarship and education because I thought that it would be as easy as high school.
I am reading this book because I am thinking about going back to college for a second degree. I was hoping for a book that would teach methods of studying and reading. This is not exactly that book. The studying and reading tips are a small part of this book. Most of it is where to sit in class and advice to not tap your pencil during an exam.
I disagree with the author on a few points. One that I remember is that he disapproves of laptops in the classroom because the typing sound would annoy the professor. If you know how to type, you can type way more words per minute than you can write, so bring your laptop to class!! You will almost be able to type as fast as your professor talks. You will never be able to write as fast as your professor talks.
Otherwise, I think that this is a solid read. If anything, it's a wake-up call to first year students who expect college to be like high school.
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Lecture Notes is a great yet brief book that gives advice I have not seen anywhere else. It is informative and entertaining and I recommend this book to anyone about to enter... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Dria
I work as an academic coach at a major university, and I wish I could give this book to every incoming freshman. However, I would then possibly be out of a job! Read morePublished on May 26, 2013 by Rebecca Adair
The book was delivered on time and in excellent condition. I would use the seller again. The book is a quick read. The book is small and easy to take with you. Read morePublished on March 26, 2013 by Marti