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Making the most of college : students speak their minds / Richard J. Light.

By: Light, Richard J.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2001Description: 242 p. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 0674004787 (alk. paper); 9780674004788 (alk. paper).Subject(s): Harvard University -- Students -- Attitudes -- Longitudinal studies | College seniors -- Attitudes -- Longitudinal studiesDDC classification: 378.1/98 LOC classification: LD2160 | .L54 2001Other classification: 81.55 | 10 | 24,2 | AL 43200 | AL 46000
Contents:
Introduction -- Powerful connections -- Suggestions from students -- The most effective classes -- Good mentoring and advising -- Faculty who make a difference -- Diversity on campus -- Learning from differences -- What college leaders can do.
Summary: "Why do some students in the United States make the most of college, while others struggle and look back on years of missed opportunities? What choices can students make, and what can teachers and university leaders do to improve more students' experiences and help them make the most of their time and monetary investment? And how is greater diversity on campus--cultural, racial, and religious--affecting education? How can students and faculty benefit from differences and learn from the inevitable moments of misunderstanding and awkwardness?" -- Book jacket.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 231-235) and index.

Introduction -- Powerful connections -- Suggestions from students -- The most effective classes -- Good mentoring and advising -- Faculty who make a difference -- Diversity on campus -- Learning from differences -- What college leaders can do.

"Why do some students in the United States make the most of college, while others struggle and look back on years of missed opportunities? What choices can students make, and what can teachers and university leaders do to improve more students' experiences and help them make the most of their time and monetary investment? And how is greater diversity on campus--cultural, racial, and religious--affecting education? How can students and faculty benefit from differences and learn from the inevitable moments of misunderstanding and awkwardness?" -- Book jacket.

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Library Journal Review

Light (Graduate Sch. of Education and the John F. Kennedy Sch. of Government, Harvard) interviewed 1600 Harvard students over a ten-year period to discover how to make the most of the college experience. The result is this valuable and practical book, recipient of the 2001 Virginia and Warren Stone Prize from Harvard University Press for an outstanding publication dealing with education and society. Filled with advice and illuminated by real stories of students' self-doubts, failures, discoveries, and hopes, the book is a blueprint for academic success. Some of the issues examined include collaborative selection of classes, talking productively with advisers, improving writing and study skills, maximizing the value of research assignments, and connecting learning inside the classroom with the rest of life. The students' actual responses are woven throughout, creating a revealing text unlike anything else parents, children, matriculating freshmen, and educators have read. This rich account of college life is recommended for all types of libraries. Samuel T. Huang, Univ. of Arizona Lib., Tuscon (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Richard J. Light is Professor in the Graduate School of Education and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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