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College Survival

Whew! You've been accepted into a college, but you wonder what it's going to be like. Or maybe you have a few worries about making it away from home? How will you study? What will you eat? The College Survival Special Collection offers a few good books and a few good links to help you make the best of your college experience.

Getting Adjusted

A few books and sites with a little of everything — good general guides to read if you want to know what to expect.


The college dorm survival guide: how to survive and thrive in your new home away from home by Julia DeVillers — From avoiding the dreaded Freshman 15 to decorating your space, this informative and funny guide gives experts' advice on everything you need to know to enjoy dorm living to the fullest.

How to survive your freshman year: by hundreds of college sophomores, juniors, and seniors who did: and some things to avoid, from a few dropouts who didn't by edited by Mark W. Bernstein and Yadin Kaufmann — Containing more than 1,000 pieces of advice gleaned from interviews with students at more than 100 colleges, this handy guide helps see to it that one of life's more challenging rites of passage is a positive one.

Parents' guide to college life: 181 straight answers on everything you can expect over the next four years by Robin Raskin — The market is saturated with college admissions guides, but this is the only one that gives parents honest answers to the real questions they have when they send their children to college.

It's ok if you're clueless: and 23 more tips for the college bound by Terry McMillan — The most motivating, interactive approach to college success. Explores the ability to learn and develop throughout college and life.


College Board — Information on college board tests, how to plan for college, how to select and apply to the right college, and how to pay for college.

Peterson's College Planner — Planning timelines, information on admissions essays, college search tools, free test preparation materials, and information on paying for college.

Time Management

A big part of college success is managing your time — scheduling what to do when and leaving time left over the fun stuff!


Done!: how to accomplish twice as much in half the time- - at home and at the office by Don Aslett — In DONE!, the author reveals the secrets behind his amazing time-management philosophy and he knows how to get the most done in the least amount of time.

The one-minute organizer plain & simple by Donna Smallin — The perfect handbook for busy people who don't have time for a top-to-bottom purge or a complete organizational overhaul. Instead this book provides 500 fast and innovative ways anybody can become a bit more organized right now.

Time power: a proven system for getting more done in less time than you ever thought possible by Brian Tracy — This book is filled with strategies, tools, and time saving techniques, including how to establish priorities and multi-task.


How To Manage Your Time in College — Attending classes, studying, working a part-time job, participating in extracurricular activities, and finding time for friends, family and yourself can be a hard schedule for college students to balance. The following time management tips will help you stay balanced and stress-free.

Student Time Management Tips — Well-developed student time management skills is a foundation of good study habits. Here are a few recommended articles on time management for students.

Time Management for High School Students — High School students are some of the busiest people in the world. To get the most from all you do, you must be in control of your time. This is a simple and straight-forward guide.

Learning and Studying

College usually brings lots of reading, writing, and note taking. No worries—these books and CD-ROMs will help to get through all three!


College rules!: how to study, survive, and succeed in college by Sherrie Nist-Olejnik, and Jodi Patrick Holschuh — In high school, students have lots of safety nets. In college, they sink or swim. This completely revised guide to college success educates students in the basic college survival skills that professors don't teach, such as how to study, take tests, balance school and social life, and more. Filled with advice on how to hit the campus running, this fun-spirited crash course in the rules of college provides tools to equip students for a lifetime of learning.

How to become a straight-A student: the unconventional strategies real college students use to score high while studying less by Cal Newport — A breakthrough approach to acing academic assignments, from quizzes and exams to essays and papers, How to Become a Straight-A Student reveals for the first time the proven study secrets of real straight-A students across the country and weaves them into a simple, practical system that anyone can master.

How to get A's in college: hundreds of student-tested tips by Frances Northcutt, special editor — This book explains how, featuring peers who talk directly and personally to students. Here, hundreds of successful college grads explain how to get top grades, find the right major, manage time, stay motivated, avoid stress, seek out the best teachers and courses, form important relationships, and graduate — happily — at the top of the class.

Professors' guide to getting good grades in college by Lynn F. Jacobs and Jeremy S. Hyman — This is the first book to reveal the insider secrets about how professors really grade. Fast-paced, entertaining and easy-to-follow, the Professors' Guide will help you get truly excellent grades in college.

Study skills simplified: communicating in the classroom, confidence building and goal setting, test taking, managing stress, developing concentration, active listening and notetaking, reading textbooks, writing effectively by Enid Leonard — From surviving your first week to time management to note taking strategies, Study Skills Simplified is a concise introduction to the study skills students need to master to be successful in college.


Purdue OWL Handouts — Purdue's well-known online writing lab offers tips on many aspects of writing, from grammar to research to putting your ideas on paper. Includes links to information about how to cite various sources in the different citation styles.

Study Guides and Strategies for Students — Tips on studying, test taking, reading and writing skills for students, plus practical advice on subjects such as procrastination, stress management, taking notes, critical thinking, memory techniques, spelling and grammar, and more.

A Study Skills Resource Site — This site offers free study guides and strategies including note-taking, solving math problems, test anxiety, reading comprehensive, building vocabulary, and writing a research paper. Tons of tips are presented in an easy-to-follow format.

Eating, Food and Nutrition

You've heard of the dreaded Freshman 15? Well, take control of your eating habits. Here are some nutrition books and sites to help you. Also, even if you have that dorm meal plan, it's not a bad idea to learn how to make a few dishes!


College cooking: feed yourself and your friends by Megan and Jill Carle — Sisters Megan and Jill Carle know all about leaving Mom's well-stocked kitchen to face an empty apartment fridge with little time to cook and very little money. From cheap eats to midnight sweets, starving students will learn everything they need to know to cook and have fun in the kitchen. Filled with mouthwatering home-style dishes and easy-to-make snacks, this compilation of over 60 recipes shows how to impress a date, plan parties, and feed a household of roommates. This is the only cookbook no student should be at college without.

Solo suppers: simple delicious meals to cook for yourself by Joyce Goldstein; photographs by Judi Swinks — This is another user-friendly book by a well-known San Francisco teacher, chef and restaurateur (Square One), Joyce Goldstein, that meets a very specific need: recipes for the single guy or gal who doesn't want to make do with corn flakes or cottage cheese for dinner.


Beating the Freshman 15 — Everyone's heard warnings about the "freshman 15," but is it true that many college students pack on 15 pounds during their first year at school? College offers many temptations. You're on your own and free to eat what you want, when you want it. This site offers a sensible and healthy approach to eating while away at school.

College Eating and Fitness 101 — Dining halls provide many food choices in a new eating environment. Eating at college may seem intimidating, but healthy eating doesn't have to be difficult. Just keep these general nutrition principles in mind. This guide will help you to learn easy ways to include food & fitness into your busy schedule.

Student Recipes — Most cookbooks will tell you that it takes time and energy to prepare an elegant meal. Forget it! Cooking a good tasting meal can be easy, fast and does not even require much planning. While students do not have much time to shop for food or prepare meals, they can make good tasting food.