It’s true … I love a solid subtitle! So I was delighted to receive the latest from Blogging for Books (in exchange for an honest review): College Rules!: How to Study, Survive, and Succeed in College, 4th Edition, by Sherrie Nist-Olejnik and Jodi Patrick Holschuh.
College Rules! is a straight-talk guide that’s packed with information, tips, real-life examples, and cautionary tales to help you have the best possible college experience. As the authors state in their Introduction, their aim is to provide rules “for studying and learning that will help you be both efficient and effective in achieving academic success in college” (3). For example, they suggest updating your phone with contact information for the Health Center, Tutoring Center, Campus Tech Support, Financial Aid Office, and each of your professors before finding yourself in a last-minute emergency.
If you’re interested in the topic but not convinced you want to read College Rules! from cover to cover, think about your own strengths and weaknesses and choose a couple of chapters accordingly. Do you tend to run out of time before completing everything on your to-do list? Check out Chapter 7: Timely Tips, which focuses on time management. Do you feel like your course syllabus is basically scrap paper waiting to happen? Chapter 14: Your Course Syllabus Is Your Friend is your must-read. And if the thought of taking a final exam brings on crippling anxiety, Chapters 22 and 23 (on prepping for and taking different kinds of exams) are calling your name.
Because this is a new edition of a previously published book, there are some changes and additions. The new sidebar feature, “App 4 That,” spotlights apps and online tools that can help you become a more successful student. Also freshly updated is Chapter 6: Learning 2.0, which covers Classroom (N)Etiquette, Classrooms Without Walls, and more.
One last tip: College Rules! will help you succeed at Ridley High School, too, and it’s available now in the library!