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.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|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
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
Wait so this only works on the computer?
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.