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Pick and choose for college

July 10, 2007|By ERICA COLLIFLOWER

Book review

Hundreds of Heads Books, a publishing company based in Atlanta, believes in publishing books that combine the advice of hundreds of people "because hundreds of heads are better than one."

One of the company's more recent books, "How to Get A's in College," does just that. Editor Frances Northcutt combines and categorizes the advice, tips and general "words of wisdom" of students from all over the country. Their focus is aimed at their younger peers who are new to the college scene.

Student contributors write of personal experiences and what they've done or wished they'd done throughout their collegiate journeys. Their advice is tried and true, but not all uniform. Different advice-givers have sometimes completely different ideas of how to get good grades. So you just have to determine which advice makes sense to you and how much credence to put into it. Everyone has different study habits, after all, and no one agrees on the best food to eat while studying.

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But that doesn't mean that "How to Get A's in College" won't help you in determining your new success patterns at college. You can find advice on pretty much anything - finding cool study haunts, surviving all-nighters, choosing your major, getting along with professors and more.

A useful aspect of this book is the classifying of advice through the small picture icons littered throughout the pages. They provide a guide for advice, which is divided into five categories. Ironically, the picture icons are small heads whose facial expressions describe the type of advice being given.

This book is worth perusing, though all of the advice might not suit you. The warning at the beginning of the book makes complete sense: "This guide contains differing opinions. Hundreds of Heads will not always agree. Advice taken in combination may cause unwanted side effects. Use your head when selecting advice."

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