When San Francisco native Lance Ong (B.A. '99) started as a freshman at UC Santa Cruz, he thought college would be pretty much like high school. He would skim his text books, cram for tests and spend most of his time playing video games. Today, five years after graduating from SF State, he laughs sheepishly at this notion. "Boy was I wrong. I flunked out."
his first year was enough of a shock to send Ong back to the drawing board.
"Whatever happens, I can't fail again," he told himself
as he enrolled at City College and made the simple decision to focus and
work hard. This determination paid off. By the time he transferred to
State, he had dramatically improved his grades and, more importantly,
his ability to study.
main message is about attitude. "Be earnest about becoming your best,"
he writes. But he also lays out detailed, specific advice. The book includes
photographs of the best way to flag class notes for exam preparation (use
tape flags -- they are less likely to curl than Post-Its). He urges students
to take a public speaking course early in their careers to help them in
future class presentations and he gives specific questions to ask when
editing one's own paper.
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