Ellen Bremen’s New Book Say This, NOT That to Your Professor is a 'Back-to-School' Must Read for Parents

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Ellen Bremen, professor and author of Say This, NOT That to Your Professor, wrote the book as a solution to the high drop out rates of first year college students. Surveys point to poor problem solving and communication skills as the reason behind college student struggles. This book is a great summer primer for parents and college bound students as a dialogue opener between the kids and parents regarding upcoming obstacles to success for new students.

Award winning and tenured professor and author of the recently published book Say This, NOT That to Your Professor: 36 Talking Tips for College Success (Norlights Press) urges parents to do their own “back-to-school” reading before sending their kids off to college in the fall. “This book is a ‘back to college’ summer read for Mom and Dad. Say This, NOT That to Your Professor helps parents who will no longer be able to intervene in their child’s education once they are in college,” Bremen explains.

“Parents can’t access their child’s educational record in college because of ‘FERPA’ (The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974). So, in essence, parents go from 13 years of yearly teacher conferences to suddenly feeling in the dark about their child’s academic standing.”

“When a student calls home and says, "I blew my exam" or "I'm afraid to tell my prof that I have no clue what's going on in Calculus" or "The prof totally tested us on stuff that he didn't go over!" Parents will not have power or the ability to help due to this law (unless the student signs paperwork giving the parent permission),” Bremen says.

Say This, NOT That to Your Professor arms parents with official information to better guide their student, teaching their child how to self-advocate and navigate college policy. “Unless a parent reads this book, they will be under the misconception that they can continue taking over and managing their student’s academic life, without teaching essential skills kids need to learn for college success and for future employment in their chosen career fields,” Bremen explains.

Once parents are finished reading Say This, NOT That to Your Professor, they can slip the book into their student's backpack so the student can use the tips themselves to effectively manage various class-related situations, such as late work, absences, grades, or even boring classes, for success in their college years. Book reviewers are raving about Say This, NOT That to Your Professor. A review of Say This, NOT That to Your Professor can be found at http://universitychic.com/article/getting-inside-professors-head.

A 14-year classroom veteran, Ellen Bremen is three-time award-winning tenured faculty in the Communication Studies department at Highline Community College. She has previously taught at Darton College, University of Nevada Las Vegas, and the College of Southern Nevada.

Ellen has received national recognition for teaching innovation by the Sloan-Consortium (2011), the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development and the National Council of Instructional Administrators (2003). She received degrees in Post-Secondary Education and Communication. Ellen blogs as The Chatty Professor (http://ellenbremen.com). For media inquiries contact Inspired Media at dianeden(at)centurytel(dot)net.

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