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Survival Secrets of College Students Paperback – May 1 2007

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (May 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764135724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764135729
  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 13.6 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,904,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Note to parents: Slip this helpful book into your kid's dorm room and hope he or she doesn't realize you put it there."

The Hartford Courant, Carole Goldberg, Sunday, August 26, 2007

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A book that will get read Feb. 11 2008
By J. Adams - Published on
Format: Paperback
We wanted a book that would help our daughter prepare for her freshman year of school away from home, and this book worked. The content is helpful and its written in a low-key style with quotes from a number of different college students for an easy and compelling read. Our daughter was fascinated once she got started which meant she (rather than her mother and father) ended up doing a good deal of the thinking about her first year. That was a triumph. Finally, the authors' use of a wide variety of sources means there are also a wide variety of suggested strategies. That worked too--it reminded everyone in the family that even though the stakes seem high, there are lots of different ways for things to work out well for our daughter and us over the next four years.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good Tips and Easy Reading Jan. 27 2008
By WAG - Published on
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This is a worth while purchase.
Easy to read - not written in novel form.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great Graduation Gift May 12 2007
By C. Bremer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Liked the format of interviews and comments from actual students. Easy to find information on lots of topics, plus helpful lists. Practical ideas for new college students and their parents.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Waste Of Money March 10 2008
By The Big Shmoo - Published on
Format: Paperback
It is hard to believe that other people read the same book. I picked up this book as a stocking stuffer for one of my kids. (Yeah, I still put things in their stockings - it's a family tradition.)

When I opened the book, I found a disjointed collection of often contradictory advice from a zillion different students instead of a cohesive text of single point of view or narrative. Barrons might make the test guides and other books, but they sure don't deserve to get your money twice!

I would like to share some of the unbelievable stupid things this book says:

"You don't need a printer., but it's very nice when you are doing a paper and you don't have to walk across campus at midnight in the cold to the library or the lab to print out."

However on the next line below it says:

"You want a printer and copier so you can copy somebody's notes."

Or how about my personal favorite written on the same page:

"You are already paying fees for a computer use. You have computers to use in the dorm, in labs, and in the library seven days a week. Why would I take my small desk space in my room when a computer is available during the day."

As a parent -- I WILL BE BUYING MY KIDS COMPUTERS. (Even if I have to do without something else.)

Last but not least, my wife almost died laughing when I read her this snippet from page 77, "It was really comforting that my mom made my bed."

I thought going to college was all about learning to be independent and an adult!

Honestly, if you want to prepare your kids for school, buy them a copy of College 101: The Book Your College Does Not Want You to Read Sure, it is a little dated now, but the advice is priceless. As a parent you will die laughing (in a good way) at some of the war stories the author tells. Author Guy Stevens has been in the trenches. He tells it like it is. He has an opinion, and he expresses it in a consistent manner. Oh and his book isn't published by Barrons. (Has anyone ever heard of The Back Alley Press?) The fact that the books is independently published, is reason enough to support it.