One-Time College Flunk-Out Tells Students How Not To

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''How to Have Fun Without Failing Out: 430 Tips from a College Professor'' by Dr. Rob Gilbert.

If you think it’s going to be difficult to graduate from college, think about how difficult it will be to be to compete against someone who has graduated if you haven’t.

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Here’s a shocking statistic: 58 percent of students who start college never graduate. "This is outrageous," says Dr. Rob Gilbert, a professor at Montclair State University. "Every student who gets accepted by a college has already proven that they have the ability not only to graduate, but to graduate with honors."

Gilbert has discovered what makes a well-rounded, successful student and has compiled his advice into a new book, ''How to Have Fun Without Failing Out: 430 Tips from a College Professor'' published by HCI Books. He gives students inside information on how to get the most out of their classes as well as their whole college experience.

What makes Gilbert such an authority on college success? When he was an undergraduate, he flunked out. After earning his Ph.D. from the same university where he was such a dismal failure, Gilbert went on to become a college professor and, for the past 28 years, has been teaching students how not to make the same "killer" mistakes he made.

"Whether it’s your first semester of your first year, or the last semester of your last year, there are 10 things students can do right now to dramatically improve their grades," Gilbert says.

Dr. Gilbert’s 10 Commandments of College Success
1. Show up -- you have to go to class ... even when you don’t feel like it.
2. Pay attention -- if you go to class and don’t pay attention, why bother going to class?
3. Ask questions -- everyone knows you should do this, but only the exceptional students actually do.
4. Ask for help -- nobody has trouble asking for help the night before an exam, but you have to ask for help weeks before the exam.
5. Help others -- when you teach others, you’re also teaching yourself.
6. Take great notes -- this is the #1 strategy that separates the great students from the rest.
7. Do the work -- do what you have to do, when you have to do it, whether you like it or not, no matter what.
8. Do not cheat -- but research shows that most students do. Why risk humiliation and expulsion?
9. Don't quit -- no matter what, do not quit.
10. Keep your eyes on the prize -- the tassel is worth the hassle.

Gilbert states that the difference between a great student and a failing student is not "smarts" but "strategy." Gilbert has also been providing success strategies through his daily "Success Hotline" (973-743-4690), which he started in 1992 for his Montclair State students. This year, he also added a daily blog to his suite of student success tools, at http://GilbertSuccessHotline.blogspot.com.

Gilbert sometimes uses the "fear factor" when trying to motivate his students by reminding them about Tip #392: "If you think it’s going to be difficult to graduate from college, think about how difficult it will be to be to compete against someone who has graduated if you haven’t." When asked if there’s one tip from the book that he reminds his students about the most, Gilbert replied, "Oh yes, it’s #404: Be at the right place, at the right time, and do the right thing."

Contact: Dr. Rob Gilbert
Phone: 973-743-4428
Email: sendmeastory @ aol.com
Web: http://www.funwithoutfailing.com
Success Hotline: 973-743-4690
Success Hotline blog: http://GilbertSuccessHotline.blogspot.com

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