How to Survive in College

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1993, Vol 38(12), 1306. Reviews the book, Learning Skills for College and Career by Paul I. Hettich (see record 1992-97756-000). This book is essentially an insider's guide to college survival. It would be an excellent text for a course that introduces students to some of the everyday realities of higher education. The book covers everything from choosing friends to public speaking to taking notes. A large portion is concerned in one way or another with personal adjustment in the college setting. In general, the suggestions are viable, practical, and interesting to read. They are accompanied by exercises that provide an opportunity to practice the skills discussed. There are also “Box” scenarios or personalized examples designed to maintain the interest of the reader. If students are to be successful, they need to be made to feel that higher education has something for them. The text does a superb job of appealing to the career motive. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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