Saturday, April 23, 2016

Do you have a child headed off to college this upcoming fall? Check out College Rules!, 4th Edition by Sherrie Nist-Olejnik, PhD, and Jodi Patrick Holschuh, PhD

College looms on my family's horizon. My son is a freshman in high school, but as a high school teacher, I know how quickly the years fly by. My niece is headed off to college this upcoming fall, and it seems like just yesterday she was a tiny tot that played with dolls and dressed up as Buzz Lightyear for Halloween in Kindergarten.

Here's a great book to give to your high school grad this year: College Rules!, 4th Edition by Sherrie Nist-Olejnik, PhD, and Jodi Patrick Holschuh, PhD.

This updated classic promises to teach kids everything they need to know to not only survive but succeed in college. The transition from high school to college isn't easy, and this tome gives kids the tools they need to avoid rookie mistakes and set themselves up for academic success. It also delves into the juggling all those new academic and social responsibilities. The advice is practical and straightforward; these are the tips and strategies that kids need to know to successfully transition. 

Some of the tips include how to...

- Study smarter—not harder
- Use technology in the classroom
- Choose an app for every occasion
- Excel at time management [Read: Balance homework and parties]
- Stay motivated—even in those “yawn” classes
- Plan a manageable course schedule
- Interact effectively with profs
- Become a research ace—online and at the library
- Survive the stress of exam week
- Set yourself up for stellar recommendations

Sad but true stories are also shared, focusing on mistakes other first year college kids came to regret.

While you can find this book at your local library, why not give it as a gift to your favorite grad? Tuck a $100 bill under the cover so your grad can stock up on some dorm room goodies, too.

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