Making the Most of College: Students Speak Their Minds

Making the Most of College: Students Speak Their Minds

by Richard J. Light

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Overview

Why Do Some Students make the most of college, while others struggle and look back on years of missed deadlines and missed opportunities? What choices can students make, and what can teachers and university leaders do, to improve more students' experiences and help them achieve the most from their time and money? Most important, how is the increasing diversity on campus -- cultural, racial, and religious -- affecting education? What can students and faculty do to benefit from differences, and even learn from the inevitable moments of misunderstanding and awkwardness?

From his ten years of interviews with Harvard seniors, Richard Light distills encouraging -- and surprisingly practical -- answers to fundamental questions. How can you choose classes wisely? What's the best way to study? Why do some professors inspire and others leave you cold?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674013599
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 05/30/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 757,902
Product dimensions: 4.56(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Richard J. Light is Professor in the Graduate School of Education and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Powerful Connections
  • 3. Suggestions from Students
  • 4. The Most Effective Classes
  • 5. Good Mentoring and Advising
  • 6. Faculty Who Make a Difference
  • 7. Diversity on Campus
  • 8. Learning from Differences
  • 9. What College Leaders Can Do
  • The Assessment Project
  • References
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

What People are Saying About This

Making the Most of College is an excellent book which will be of practical help to students and teachers alike. It shows close attention to the ways students learn; what they tell the interviewers, the author's own experience and that of other teachers together provide a rich account of the college experience. I will buy the book and use it, and be grateful to Richard Light for his sensitivity and creativity as a teacher and teacher of teachers.

Martin Trow

Making the Most of College is an excellent book which will be of practical help to students and teachers alike. It shows close attention to the ways students learn; what they tell the interviewers, the author's own experience and that of other teachers together provide a rich account of the college experience. I will buy the book and use it, and be grateful to Richard Light for his sensitivity and creativity as a teacher and teacher of teachers.
Martin Trow, University of California, Berkeley

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!  It really highlighted the importance of creating an experience for students.  Also, it is a good explanation of what is missing from many online learning experiences.