The College Athlete's Guide to Academic Success: Tips from Peers and Profs


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Developed and written specifically for student-athletes, this reader-friendly guide offers practical strategies for succeeding in college. Filled with sage and tested advice, the book addresses the most salient academic, personal, and career issues affecting college athletes—from scheduling and time management to maintaining academic motivation and personal well-being. With a meaningful foreword by NCAA President, Myles...

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For courses in Orientation to College for Student-Athletes.

Developed and written specifically for student-athletes, this reader-friendly guide offers practical strategies for succeeding in college. Filled with sage and tested advice, the book addresses the most salient academic, personal, and career issues affecting college athletes—from scheduling and time management to maintaining academic motivation and personal well-being. With a meaningful foreword by NCAA President, Myles Brand, the book speaks to the reader from “both sides of the desk” by providing tips from 35 academically successful student-athletes, as well as time-tested advice from two faculty members (the authors) with decades of experience teaching and mentoring college athletes. A valuable resource for anyone entering or soon to enter the world of college athletics, and their advisors, counselors, coaches, and parents, this book uses an inviting format to pack suggestions and tips into practical advice that can guide one’s path to success.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Wouldn't it be great if instead of each entering student having to discover for him or herself the best path toward success, there was a guidebook to show the way? Wouldn't it be useful to have easily accessible the wisdom of students who have themselves succeeded, and of faculty members who see students' struggles from an objective point of view? For almost every student-athlete entering college, the best option for a happy and secure life depends on academic achievement. . . . This is a well-conceived, well-written book, which should assist student-athletes in achieving success in college. . . .It is not a Cliff's Notes version of the courses taken by typical freshman, but rather, a compilation of sage and tested advice on how to succeed in college. The good news is that now there is such a guide. . .Professors Nathanson and Kimmel have taken the mystery out of success in college by providing a most useful and readable guide.”

--Myles Brand, NCAA President

"The idea of combining the sincere advice from actual student-athletes in college and the recommendations of college professors and advisors is a winner. The students who have lived or are living the college experience speak from their hearts, and their comments will hit home with anyone wise enough to add this text to their must-read list. This book is a must-read for all parents of prospective student-athletes, the coaches and counselors working with them, and, most of all, the student-athletes themselves. Every student-athlete can win with this book.”

--Rich Kosik, Seminar Leader, New York City Public Schools Athletic League Academic Director, Reebok ABCD All America Basketball Program

"This book would be very beneficial in freshman orientation courses in which the main goal is to prepare student-athletes for their upcoming college experience...the writing style is definitely informal. This is a good approach, as college students respond well to no-nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is language.”

--Jennifer Jones, Director of Athletic Academic Services, Bradley University

"This book did a superb job of highlighting how important time management is, as well as offering practical tips to help students stay on top of it. Also, staying attentive in class can be a challenge, and the advice on note-taking is terrific--advice I wish I had as a college student.”

--Alexander Wolff, Senior Staff Writer, Sports Illustrated

"The authors do an excellent job of easing the uncertainty of collegiate academic success flet by new student-athletes by providing a plan for success. The student-athletes are properly guided to rely on the qualities they possess that have led to their athletic success and to use those same attributes to achieve academic success. This book will effectively help them transition to academic success and ensure that they have personally evaluated the critical areas needed to succeed academically.”

--Roy Kortmann, Head Softball Coach, Long Island University

NACADA Journal (National ACademic ADvising Association)

Book Reviews

Issue 28(1)

The college athlete’s guide to academic success: Tips from peers and profs. (2008). Bob Nathanson, and Arthur Kimmel. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson Prentice Hall. 175 pp, $24. ISBN 0132379473

Review by: Holly Martin

Assistant Dean, First Year of Studies

University of Notre Dame

The College Athlete’s Guide to Academic Success: Tips from Peers and Profs is an exceptionally well-designed and well-written guide to college success. Specifically designed for use by student-athletes, this text provides the reader with a detailed understanding of the unique problems and challenges faced by student athletes. However, with its down-to-earth advice and perceptive insights into the details of becoming a successful college student, it will also be extremely helpful to parents and advisors, as well as to undergraduates not engaged in athletics. In addition, its reader-friendly design makes it likely that students may even use the book outside of a college orientation class.

Nathanson and Kimmel have written this guide with a keen awareness of students’ need to think for themselves and discover their own best study strategies. The informal but purposeful style, along with the structure of the guide reinforces student engagement.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132379472
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 2/19/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 7.08 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Bob Nathanson, Long Island University - Brooklyn

Dr. Bob Nathanson is Associate Professor of Teaching & Learning at Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus where he has also taught in the departments of Physical Therapy and Psychology since 1976. He has taught and advised hundreds of student-athletes during his tenure, and has also taught freshman orientation seminar and summer pre-college orientation courses for over 20 years. In 1993, Prof. Nathanson was awarded the David Newton Award for Excellence in Teaching, the University’s highest teaching honor.

He has served on the University’s Intercollegiate Athletics Council (IAC) since its inception in 1996. The IAC reviews virtually all aspects of the athletics program with special regard for student-athlete welfare. As a result of such careful oversight, in 2001 LIU was honored as one of nine schools to receive the inaugural USA Today/NCAA Foundation Academic Achievement Award for excellence among student-athletes. LIU was selected for having the highest student-athlete graduation rate above the average of the general student body among Division I institutions from 1994-2000. In 2002, LIU was a repeat winner. On May 4, 2005, Prof. Nathanson was one of two faculty members honored by the LIU Department of Athletics in recognition of his “tremendous support and dedication to our student-athletes and Long Island University Athletics.”

Prof. Nathanson is President of the Institute for Academic Success of College Athletes (IASCA), a newly-formed not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to enhance the ‘student’ side of the ‘student-athlete’ role. Dr. Nathanson is also a member of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics.

Arthur Kimmel, Long Island University – Brooklyn and St. Francis College

An Adjunct Professor of Sociology and Social Work at Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus and an Adjunct Professor in the Sociology & Criminal Justice Department at Saint Francis College in Brooklyn, N.Y., Arthur Kimmel is co-editor of Basketball: History, Culture, Business, Sport (M.E. Sharpe, forthcoming). His research and teaching interests include the Sociology of Sports, Popular Culture, Mass Communications, and Diversity. In 2004 he, along with Professors Bob Nathanson and Jeff Lambert founded the Institute for Academic Success of College Athletes, a non-profit organization created to identify, develop, and implement strategies to enhance the academic performance of college athletes.

In addition to over two decades of teaching at the university level, Professor Kimmel spent 12 years working in the advertising industry as a copywriter, copy supervisor, and Associate Creative Director at major agencies including NW Ayer and Ogilvy & Mather Direct.

A life-long sports fan and participant, Kimmel has coached youth and high school basketball for more than 12 years, and has coached and refereed soccer for over 15 years. In addition, he holds a third degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Students he has taught, trained, and coached have won dozens of tournament championships in both forms and free fighting at prestigious competitions. He, himself, is a trophy-winning competitor and remains active on the tournament scene as a respected judge and referee.

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Table of Contents

FOREWORD: Myles Brand, NCAA President

  1. Welcome to College
  2. “I Can Do It!” The Power of a Positive Academic Mind-Set
  3. Making the Most of Campus Resources
  4. Finding the Time to Succeed
  5. Scheduling for Success and for Enjoyment
  6. Choosing a Major: What Do You Want to Do With Your Life and How Do You Get There?
  7. Playing to Win in the Classroom
  8. Scoring Points with Faculty
  9. Learning to Study and Studying to Learn
  10. Delivering at Crunch Time: Doing Your Best on Exams
  11. Mind-Body Connection: Taking Good Care of Yourself
  12. Moving On: Transitions After Eligibility and College


Profiles of Featured Student-Athletes

About the Authors


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