*Book Review by Dr. Wayne Hubert
Tips From the Professor: A Guide for College Success by Dr. Gwendolyn Dolske is not just another student handbook for successfully navigating undergraduate life. It is not ponderous, theoretical, and impractical as so many student guides are, but rather it is concrete, experiential, and most of all, fresh in its approach.
Naturally, Dr. Dolske covers familiar and expected topics like time management, strategies for studying, writing papers, classroom presentations, and she illustrates them with specific examples from her own experiences as an undergraduate as well as those of her own current students. Instead of theory, Dr. Dolske grounds her presentation in real life, her own and her students’.
Dr. Dolske also covers issues that are not usually found in student guides. For example, she explains to her readers how to talk to their instructors, how to ask for letters of recommendation, how to manage money, how to understand grading, and–without doubt my favorite–how to be fully present during class time. It is worth purchasing the book if only to read this section.
I also appreciate how Dr. Dolske speaks to her audience as a mentor, eager to help, encourage, and pave the way for those new to the undergraduate experience. She has learned much as a student and as a Professor, and she wants her readers to have what benefits she has earned and received.
Though this wonderful handbook will enjoy wide appeal, Dr. Dolske has a particular audience in mind. She is writing to students who not only want to enjoy college and get good grades, but she is also writing to those students who understand the need for personal responsibility and discipline, those who in the end desire a good education. With Dr. Dolske’s lively and useful guide, those students can have it all.
Wayne Hubert, Ph.D
Emeritus Dean Of Arts and Humanities
Rancho Cucamonga, California