The Secrets of College Success

The Secrets of College Success

The Secrets of College Success

The Secrets of College Success


Heading off to college? Or perhaps already there? This book's just for you. Winner of the 2010 USA Book News Award for best book in the college category, The Secrets of College Success combines easy-to-follow tips that really work with insider information that few professors are willing to reveal.

The over 800 tips in this book will show you how to:

  • Pick courses and choose a major
  • Manage your time and develop college-level study skills
  • Get on top of the core requirements
  • Get good grades and avoid stress
  • Interact effectively with the professor
  • Match college and career, and more.

New to this second edition are tips for:

  • Online courses and MOOCs
  • Community Colleges, Engineering Schools, and Arts and Design Colleges
  • E-readers, tablets, and laptops
  • Taking out Student Loans and Paying them Off, and more.

Ideal for college students at any stage, and college-bound high school students, The Secrets of College Success makes a wonderful back-to-college or high-school-graduation gift - or a smart investment in your own future.


To the student—that is, you.

Much has changed at college since the first edition of this book, just three years ago. Online courses and e-readers, picking majors at the beginning of college, increased emphasis on first-year experience and capstone courses, booming enrollment in community colleges, and mounting worry about how to pay for college and whether, in the end, it’s worth it—all of these are new to the college scene. and we have tips for all of them.

But much hasn’t changed at college. Taking tests and writing papers, managing your time and making deadlines without undue stress, knowing when—and how—to go see the professor, applying to grad school or finding a job—all of these are things that will always be a part of college. and we have tips for them, too.

We offer you a simple promise: if you follow the tips, techniques, and strategies in this book, you will succeed at college. Tens of thousands of students have read the first edition of this book and benefitted from it (we know; we get e-mail from students all over the United States—indeed, from all over the world—every day). and we’ve presented the ideas in this book to thousands of additional students at orientation programs at dozens of colleges (to see clips from our The Secrets of College Success campus presentation, visit www.GIMMEANA.COM).

We’re out to change college in America; to change it from a place in which students sit like sponges in large lecture courses . . .

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