What the Best College Students Do

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What the Best College Students Do

Format:  Hardcover,

289 pages

Publisher: Harvard Univ Pr

Publish Date: Aug 2012

ISBN-13: 9780674066649

ISBN-10: 0674066642

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The author of the best-selling book "What the Best College Teachers Do" is back with more humane, doable, and inspiring help, this time for students who want to get the most out of college and every other educational enterprise, too.

The first thing they should do? Think beyond the transcript. The creative, successful people profiled in this book college graduates who went on to change the world we live in aimed higher than straight A s. They used their four years to cultivate habits of thought that would enable them to grow and adapt throughout their lives.

Combining academic research on learning and motivation with insights drawn from interviews with people who have won Nobel Prizes, Emmys, fame, or the admiration of people in their field, Ken Bain identifies the key attitudes that distinguished the best college students from their peers. These individuals started out with the belief that intelligence and ability are expandable, not fixed. This led them to make connections across disciplines, to develop a meta-cognitive understanding of their own ways of thinking, and to find ways to negotiate ill-structured problems rather than simply looking for right answers. Intrinsically motivated by their own sense of purpose, they were not demoralized by failure nor overly impressed with conventional notions of success. These movers and shakers didn t achieve success by making success their goal. For them, it was a byproduct of following their intellectual curiosity, solving useful problems, and taking risks in order to learn and grow.

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Publisher: Harvard Univ Pr
Publish Date: Aug 2012
ISBN-13: 9780674066649
ISBN-10: 0674066642
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 289
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.05
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.75 x 8.5 x 1.25

Chapter outline

The Roots of Successp. 1
What Makes an Expert?p. 32
Managing Yourselfp. 64
Learning How to Embrace Failurep. 99
Messy Problemsp. 133
Encouragementp. 164
Curiosity and Endless Educationp. 199
Making the Hard Choicesp. 221
Epiloguep. 258
Notesp. 263
Acknowledgmentsp. 281
Indexp. 283

Book description

The author of the best-selling book What the Best College Teachers Do is back with more humane, doable, and inspiring help, this time for students who want to get the most out of college—and every other educational enterprise, too.

The first thing they should do? Think beyond the transcript. The creative, successful people profiled in this book—college graduates who went on to change the world we live in—aimed higher than straight A’s. They used their four years to cultivate habits of thought that would enable them to grow and adapt throughout their lives.

Combining academic research on learning and motivation with insights drawn from interviews with people who have won Nobel Prizes, Emmys, fame, or the admiration of people in their field, Ken Bain identifies the key attitudes that distinguished the best college students from their peers. These individuals started out with the belief that intelligence and ability are expandable, not fixed. This led them to make connections across disciplines, to develop a meta-cognitive understanding of their own ways of thinking, and to find ways to negotiate ill-structured problems rather than simply looking for right answers.

Intrinsically motivated by their own sense of purpose, they were not demoralized by failure nor overly impressed with conventional notions of success. These movers and shakers didn’t achieve success by making success their goal. For them, it was a byproduct of following their intellectual curiosity, solving useful problems, and taking risks in order to learn and grow.

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Rated 1 out of 5★ by We had to buy this for school - It is common sense!! Don't buy it. 07/24/2013
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