Posted by: ccclib | April 9, 2014

What the Best College Students Do

ImageBoth Calhoun Libraries have copies of the 2012 book, What the Best College Students Do. We hope that this book may be of interest to some of you.
LA 229 .B24 2012 (Located in the Popular Books Collection)

Syndetic Solutions describes the book this way:
“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 collegeâe”and every other educational enterprise, too. The first thing they should do? Think beyond the transcript. The creative, successful people profiled in this bookâe”college graduates who went on to change the world we live inâe”aimed higher than straight Aâe(tm)s. They used their four years to cultivate habits of thought that would enable them to grow and adapt throughout their lives. . . . Ken Bain [author] 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 âeoemeta-cognitiveâe#157; 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 didnâe(tm)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.”

The Table of Contents reads:  What the Best College Students Do
1 – The Roots of Success
2 – What Makes an Expert?
3 – Managing Yourself
4 – Learning How to Embrace Failure
5 – Messy Problems
6 – Encouragement
7 – Curiosity and Endless Education
8 – Making the Hard Choices
– Epilogue
– Notes
– Acknowledgments
– Index

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