Why this type of book has never been written before... First, most professors and nearly all college administrators began their college lives as traditional students. They did not start their college career by taking night classes. As a result, they don’t really understand the time crunch and juggling of responsibilities that the returning adult learner faces. It’s one thing to talk about it, and quite another to live it.
"This book will elevate your grade in at least one of your courses. And that is worth way more than 8 bucks!"Secondly, the professors who usually write about learning or self-help want to provide an explanation of how the mind functions as it learns. This is fascinating stuff to those of us in education, but that explanation usually encompasses 100 additional pages and 75 pages of self-examination. As a result, those books tend to be very dense and take a lot of time to read. When I returned to college, time was the one thing in short supply. My belief is that returning students need tips they can employ quickly; at least I did.
Third, most professors who write have a forced loyalty to one university (who is their primary employer). As a result, they’re afraid to be candid and criticize. Moreover, their perspectives are isolated because they stay on one campus and are there usually during the daytime.
Lastly and most importantly, professors don’t want to let their secrets out. They hold their tests, lecture notes and homework solutions close to the vest. Also, they tend to set a dividing line between teachers and students. They don’t want anyone peaking into their world. This is a missed opportunity because if a student can see why their instructors craft assignments and exams the way they do, they can understand how to do well in their courses. In this book I give you this behind-the-scenes look. I hope you will dog-ear certain pages of this book and return to them when you need to revisit a technique or suggestion, or if you just need a pep talk.
Finally, you realize by now that your ultimate success will depend on your belief in your abilities. Keep in mind the saying my great aunt had, which I mentioned in Chapter One, “God don’t make junk.” Remember this when doubt creeps in. Having read this book, you now realize that you already possessed all the tools. You just needed a few pointers on how to open the toolbox. So cast aside your fears, study hard and claim your path. Your success awaits you.