Hacking Your Education: Ditch the Lectures, Save Tens of Thousands, and Learn More Than Your Peers Ever Will

Hacking Your Education: Ditch the Lectures, Save Tens of Thousands, and Learn More Than Your Peers Ever Will

by Dale J. Stephens
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Hacking Your Education: Ditch the Lectures, Save Tens of Thousands, and Learn More Than Your Peers Ever Will by Dale J. Stephens

It’s no secret that college doesn’t prepare students for the real world. Student loan debt recently eclipsed credit card debt for the first time in history and now tops one trillion dollars. And the throngs of unemployed graduates chasing the same jobs makes us wonder whether there’s a better way to “make it” in today’s marketplace.

There is—and Dale Stephens is proof of that. In Hacking Your Education, Stephens speaks to a new culture of “hackademics” who think college diplomas are antiquated. Stephens shows how he and dozens of others have hacked their education, and how you can, too. You don’t need to be a genius or especially motivated to succeed outside school. The real requirements are much simpler: curiosity, confidence, and grit.

Hacking Your Education offers valuable advice to current students as well as those who decided to skip college. Stephens teaches you to create opportunities for yourself and design your curriculum—inside or outside the classroom. Whether your dream is to travel the world, build a startup, or climb the corporate ladder, Stephens proves you can do it now, rather than waiting for life to start after “graduation” day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399159961
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/05/2013
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 1,356,383
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Dale J. Stephens left school at twelve to become an unschooler, the self-directed branch of homeschoolers. He has appeared at TED 2012; on news outlets including CNN, ABC, and NPR; and in New York Magazine and Forbes. His writing has been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Fast Company. Dale founded UnCollege.org.

Table of Contents

About Uncollege.org x

Introduction xi

1 Understanding the System 1

How College Really Is 4

What You Can Do Instead of College 11

Is College Worth It? 16

2 The Hackademic Mind-Set 19

One of the First Unschoolers 21

Sleep Hygiene 24

Be You 27

Do You Like Marshmallows? 32

Learning Outside the Classroom 36

Peer Accountability 41

Putting Yourself Out There 48

Organizing Collaborative Learning Groups 53

3 Identifying Your Talents 57

Overcoming (Your Own) Expectations 65

What You Don't Know 69

Know You're Awesome 75

Two Invaluable Skills 77

4 Finding Mentors and Teachers 85

Reaching Out to Mentors 87

How Hackademics Write Emails 92

From Email to Coffee 95

Become an Apprentice 98

Learn from Your Peers 102

5 Building A Community/Network 107

Dropping Out and Helping People Get into College 108

Conference Hacking 111

Hacking Personal Introductions 119

The Importance of Reputation 126

The True Value of Your Network: Getting Jobs 129

Community Versus Network 131

Bring People Together 133

6 Finding Educational Resources 139

Hacking Libraries 142

Hacking Traditional Colleges 144

Incubate Your Ideas 150

Start a Business 154

7 Learning from the World 161

From Waiting Tables to New York City 162

Weekend Trips to London 166

Paris or College? 168

From Deckhand to Captain 170

The Traveling Artist 172

Epilogue: Education Hacking is Lifelong 177

Acknowledgments 187

Endnotes 191

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stephens writes an awesome account of his own education hacking experiences. As the father of a 16 year old, the book has made a serious impression on me. I've passed it on for my son to read so he can make his own decisions. On a personal level, as someone looking to change careers I found the tips highly useful so I don't run right out and sign up for classes this fall at the local university. Stephens points to a wide range of free and low cost education options for anyone looking to learn. That said, this book is more useful for younger people without the obligations of a family or mortgage. His suggestions of going to apprentice for people make more sense for younger people without serious financial obligations. But I still recommend for the career changing individual.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wait so this only works on the computer?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im pretty sure it only works on computer. U cant do it with sinpletouch nook :(. Maybe with an ipad or iphone i didnt try that yet.