Self-Improvement & Motivation
A Guerrilla Manual
for the Adult College Student
How to Go to College (Almost) Full Time
in Your Spare Time...and Still Have Time
to Hold Down a Job, Raise a Family,
Pay the Bills, and Have Some Fun!
By: Mike Doolin
The Author Tells You How This Book Will Help You
In the very many years it took me to go from high school dropout to college graduate, I've memorized the physical layouts of nearly a dozen campuses in seven states, from Hawaii to New York. I've been a Psych major, an English major, a Sociology major, a General Business major, a Marketing major, and, finally, an Advertising major. I've dropped nearly as many classes as I ultimately finished and received credit for. I've taken a number of classes again, and again, and again, and yet again, because I kept changing colleges (and states and accreditation organizations) and the credits never transferred. And I've quite literally spent more time in classrooms than most people with PhDs.
By anyone's standards that's a lot of mistakes, a lot of backtracking. But in that very long trip through a college education I've learned more about the college system than in it. You can get a degree when you're over 30 (or 40 or 50), married, working full-time, raising kids, paying mortgages, etc. etc.
This is a "how to" book. It's intentionally short on theory, long on practice. It's full of the mistakes I made and some advice on how to avoid making them yourself. And it includes the experiences, advice and mistakes of a number of other adult college students too. It'll show you the strategies that work...and the ones that don't. It tells you the things you need to do and say, and the people to say and do them to. It shows you the pitfalls and traps to watch out for and how to avoid the most common problems. And it'll help make your trip to that degree faster and more painless than it could be.
And, perhaps most important of all, it'll help you develop the personal organization you absolutely must have to get a college education while your life is full of a lot of other responsibilities.
Right this minute, 7 million people over the age of 25 are working on a college degree. This is about half of all college students in the country. And every year, tens of thousands of these adults - who are raising kids and working and trying to maintain a relationship and busy with hundreds of other details of life - manage to get a college degree. You can too. It certainly won't be as much fun as having mom and dad pay the freight when you were 18. And you probably won't be able to hang around dorms, drink a lot and party more.
But it can be done. And you're one of the ones who can do it.
CHAPTER 1 - Should You Even Go to College?
CHAPTER 2 - Some Good Reasons to Go to College
CHAPTER 3 - Conquering Your Fears
CHAPTER 4 - Getting Yourself Organized and Finding the Support You Need
CHAPTER 5 - How Fast Can You Actually Get A Degree?
CHAPTER 6 - What Kind of a Degree Do You Really Need?
CHAPTER 7 - Who's Paying for All This? How to Find the $$$!
CHAPTER 8 - Save a Ton of Money - Start at Your Local Community College
CHAPTER 9 - How to Save Even More Money
CHAPTER 10 - Budgeting
CHAPTER 11 - Time Management
CHAPTER 12 - Make Sure You Know What You Have to Take Beforehand
CHAPTER 13 - How Adults Learn
CHAPTER 14 - Getting to Know Your Learning Style
CHAPTER 15 - Start Slow, Start Smart
CHAPTER 16 - Chopping that 120 Credit Hour Goal Down to Manageable Size: Not All of Your Credits Have to Come from the Classroom
CHAPTER 17 - What About those Classes that I Absolutely Have to Take but Aren't Offered When and How I Need Them?
CHAPTER 18 - Work Ahead
CHAPTER 19 - Get To Know Your Teachers
CHAPTER 20 - Dealing With the Bureaucracy
CHAPTER 21 - Campus Resources
CHAPTER 22 - Grades, Grading and Grade Point Averages
CHAPTER 23 - Recheck Your Records Every Semester
CHAPTER 24 - The Importance of Having a Private Place to Study
CHAPTER 25 - Studying and Note-Taking
CHAPTER 26 - Writing
CHAPTER 27 - Taking and Passing Tests
CHAPTER 28 - Personal Computer, Yes or No?
CHAPTER 29 - Day Care
CHAPTER 30 - Do You Have Time for a Social Life?
CHAPTER 31 - What Are You Waiting For?
Other Sources of Information
Books on Being an Adult Student
Financial Aid Information
How Adults Learn
Selecting a Major and a School
Finding a Community College
Financial Aid Information
Advanced Placement Tests
Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Education
Typical search keywords
Using the Internet for School
Credit by Examination
Credit for Life Experience
Credit for Work Training
Credit for Military Training
Credit for Volunteer Work and Homemaker Skills
Evaluation of Previously Earned Credit
Getting A Degree in an Other-Than Classroom Setting
For Alleged Violations of the Family Rights and Privacy Act
A Guerrilla Manual for the Adult College Student by Mike Doolin: 296 pages; Softcover; ISBN 978-1-55270-048-8: Published in 2000; Canadian $34.95
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