Book Reviews

College Admissions Book Review: Admissions Confidential

Admissions Confidential : An Insiders Account of the Elite College Selection Process, by Rachel Toor, Textbook Binding – 288 pages, St Martins Pr (Trade) While we are preparing our full review of Admissions Confidential, here’s some information from our partner, Amazon.com. By the way, our site and this book are not related, despite the use…

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Book Review: Student Athlete’s Guide to College

The Princeton Review Student Athlete’s Guide to College. by Hilary Abramson Paperback – 195 pages; Princeton Review-Random House Let’s face it. Collegiate sports are big business. (Obvious statement #1) Elsewhere here in our book-review section, we discussed Peterson’s big book of sports program and scholarship information, which is a good way to start looking for…

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Book Review: On Writing The College Application Essay

On Writing the College Application Essay, by Harry Bauld Paperback – 138 pages, August 1987, published by Barnes & Noble This little college book is worth its weight in acceptance letters. It’s as fresh and pertinent today as it was back in 1987 when it first came out. Not many college books go through as…

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Book Review: Jump-Starting Your College Admissions Essays

Concise Advice: Jump-Starting Your College Admissions Essays (Paperback, Kindle, Nook) By Robert N. Cronk Arasian; first edition (2010) Concise Advice is a Timely Antidote to Writer’s Block It’s a scenario I see all the time: Parents wade into the college admissions quagmire when a child begins the search and application process. Then, years later, as…

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Book Review: Elements Of Style, Application Essay Guide

The Elements of Style, William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White Paperback – 105 pages; 4th edition, Allyn & Bacon; If you haven’t encountered this timeless classic in high school, you’ll be seeing it in freshman English at college. The wisdom in this little volume is the shortest route between your current writing skill level…

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Book Review: Going Broke By Degree

Going Broke by Degree: Why College Costs Too Much, by Richard Vedder Hardcover – 259 pages (June, 2004) American Enterprise Institute Press It’s no secret that college costs have been rising faster than income – ask any parent (or student) who has written a tuition check in recent years. Each year, it seems, the press…

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Book Review: Princeton Review’s Best 331 Colleges

Princeton Review’s Best 373 Colleges, 2011 Edition This perennial best seller is a quick-and-easy guide to learning some “inside” subjective opinions about hundreds of American colleges and universities. I’ve been a fan of this book as a college search tool for many years. Why? Well, I like the quotes gathered from real students at the…

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Book Review: 101 TIPS On Getting Into Medical School

101 TIPS on getting into MEDICAL SCHOOL (Paperback) By Jennifer C.Welch Gegensatz Press; first edition (May 10, 2007) ISBN-10: 1933237066 When this book first landed on my desk about a year ago, a quick flip though evoked a disappointed, “Duh!” My random riffling took me to such suggestions as, “Being a bridesmaid is not an…

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Book Review: Improving Your Grades in College

B’s and A’s in 30 Days: Strategies for Better Grades in College (Paperback) By M.A., Eric Jensen and Tom Kerr “Congratulations! You have chosen B’s and A’s in 30 Days-a proven, user-friendly grade booster…” This is a real Best Buy, since this quite helpful and easy to read grade-counseling manual is available from Amazon for…

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Book Review: Organizing From The Inside Out For Teenagers

Organizing from the Inside Out for Teenagers: The Foolproof System for Organizing Your Room, Your Time, and Your Life (Paperback) By Julie Morgenstern and Jessi Morgenstern-Colon “So, you want to get organized…” I had to chuckle when I first read the big blurb at the top of the back page of this book: “America’s #1…

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