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College Knowledge: 101 Tips


Practical advice on every aspect of campus life for students headed off to college

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Practical advice on every aspect of campus life for students headed off to college

What educators and students have to say about David Schoem's College Knowledge:

"David Schoem is a devoted teacher. He recognizes the challenges of preparing to be a responsible, compassionate, successful adult in the twenty-first century. He has written a book that can make a meaningful difference in the lives of its readers."
---Jeffrey Lehman, President, Cornell University

"College Knowledge is full of wise, straight-to-the-point guidance for success both in and out of the classroom. Every first-year student should read-a--nd heed---David Schoem's advice. Though written for students, parents of first-year students can learn from it, too!"
---Beverly Daniel Tatum, President, Spelman College

"College Knowledge is a deceptively straightforward guide appropriate for any student entering higher education. As both a parent and an educator, I highly recommend this sage, yet easy-to-digest guide as a must for the college-bound young adult."
---Pamela Horne, Director of Admissions, Michigan State University

"Professor Schoem's insights and encouragement helped me to create many of my most satisfying and lasting experiences during college. This book captures his infectious enthusiasm and will inspire readers to take risks in exploring all that college has to offer."
---Miriam Vogel, former Schoem student

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780472030354
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 5/23/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 752,745
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 6.58 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Believe in yourself 1
2 Learn to be a college student : you're not in high school anymore 3
3 Get to know faculty 6
4 Get involved and be engaged 11
5 Expand your comfort zone 13
6 Develop good study habits 16
7 Ask for help 18
8 Discover the value of challenging ideas (including your own) 23
9 Live a balanced life 25
10 Remember that tomorrow will be even better than today 26
11 Decide who you are - it's your life now 28
12 Discover your values 29
13 Determine what you like (and dislike) in life 31
14 Find your voice and take a stand 35
15 Learn to enjoy yourself, learning, and the college experience 37
16 Take (safe) risks 38
17 Make quality friendships 41
18 Rediscover your place in your family 44
19 Get comfortable being alone 45
20 Fall in love 47
21 Make yourself a part of the scholarly community 49
22 Think critically 51
23 Ask questions 53
24 Find yourself a mentor 57
25 Be both a thinker and an activist 59
26 Pay attention at orientation 61
27 Return to the three Rs - reading, 'riting, and 'rithmetic 62
28 Manage your time effectively 67
29 Participate in learning communities and other special academic programs 69
30 Visit your academic advisor often 71
31 Choose good teachers over good class topics 73
32 Pursue your intellectual passions 75
33 Make intellectual connections among courses 76
34 Go to office hours and get to know your instructors 80
35 Become skilled at different ways of knowing 82
36 Take small classes and seminars 83
37 Participate in undergraduate research programs 85
38 Take a course pass/fail 87
39 Consider an independent study course 88
40 Go to class on time (and other rules of the classroom) 90
41 Read the reading assignments 92
42 Don't fall behind : learn to be both the tortoise and the hare 94
43 Think sensibly and strategically about grades 98
44 Don't freak out over finals 100
45 Be intellectually honest : don't cheat 102
46 Take responsibility for the world around you 104
47 Withhold assumptions about people 106
48 Participate in intergroup dialogue 108
49 Examine your social identity 112
50 Do community service 113
51 Participate in alternative spring break 115
52 Collaborate with your peers 117
53 Learn a second (or third) language 119
54 Study abroad 120
55 Take democracy seriously : participate actively in civic life 125
56 Think about social justice 127
57 Be a boundary-crosser 128
58 Learn outside the classroom 131
59 Get along with your roommate 133
60 Enjoy life in the residence hall 135
61 Join campus organizations and participate in campus activities 139
62 Go to lectures, museums, workshops, talks, and concerts 140
63 Stay involved in campus life as a commuter student 142
64 Take full advantage of learning opportunities as a commuter student 144
65 Develop leadership skills 146
66 Explore religion, spirituality, and a life of commitment 150
67 Consider whether fraternities and sororities are for you 152
68 Get around town without a car 154
69 Live a well-rounded life 157
70 Take care of your soul 158
71 Get away from campus during the semester 160
72 Go to sleep if you're tired 163
73 Exercise and play sports 166
74 Limit your all-nighters 167
75 Be safe in sex 168
76 Control your alcohol use and don't use drugs 171
77 Lock your door and don't walk home alone at night 173
78 Know how to get out of dangerous situations 177
79 Get help in case of emergencies 179
80 Visit the counseling and health centers 181
81 Write home : ask for care packages 183
82 Make your first visit home a good experience 185
83 Keep your high school friends but invest in new college friendships 187
84 Make friends with staff in the financial aid office 190
85 Be careful using credit cards 192
86 Balance your checkbook 194
87 Get a job 196
88 Pick up after yourself : do your own laundry 198
89 Show up to class 202
90 Use a planner 203
91 Love your laptop 205
92 Identify faculty who will write recommendation letters for you 207
93 Explore possible majors 209
94 Avoid the sophomore slump 211
95 Spend your summers productively 215
96 Investigate internships 217
97 Graduate in four years or as quickly thereafter as possible 219
98 If necessary, look into transferring to another college 221
99 Take a summer vacation 225
100 Investigate possible career choices 226
101 Remember your college accomplishments 228
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