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Eclectic Homeschool Online Book Lists - Preparing for College

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Preparing for College List

  • 360° of Reading: A Literature Guide for the College Bound Volume I
    by W. E. Poplaski
    ISBN: 1598583794
    What do Richard Dawkins, Jackie Robinson, and St Teresa have in common? .They all can be found in this book! 360° of Reading is a literature reference guide for high school students. It makes a great stocking stuffer at Christmas, or 'end of school year' gift for that special student. Any student who wants to read great literature will benefit from this book. It has reference pages for 360 books that cover novels, drama, poetry, and a broad range of non-fiction. Each reference page includes bibliographic information, a descriptive note, keywords and more. Furthermore, the books are indexed by author, country of origin, date of first publication, and keywords. It also has an appendix listing an additional forty titles. Twenty-four books by Pulitzer Prize winners and twenty-six books by Nobel Prize in Literature winners are among the works listed in this reference guide.
  • Choosing the Right College: 2008-2009: The Whole Truth about America's Top Schools
    by John Zmirak (Editor)
    ISBN: 1933859237
    The ISI guide also provides specific advice on which professors to seek out—and which courses and departments to avoid.

    As an exclusive feature, Choosing the Right College advises students which courses they should take at each school to provide themselves with a true core curriculum. This unique build-your-own-core feature is one more reason that Choosing the Right College has become the most valuable and trusted college guide on the market for students seeking a genuine liberal education.

    This 2008–9 edition includes essays on thirteen institutions not previously covered: Agnes Scott College, Case Western Reserve University, Centre College, Fordham University, George Washington University, Gettysburg College, University of King’s College (Halifax), Lehigh University, Occidental College, University of Rochester, Trinity Western University (British Columbia), University of Tulsa, and Union College.
  • Chris Chrisman Goes to College: And Faces the Challenges of Relativism, Individualism and Pluralism
    by James W. Sire
    ISBN: 0830816569
    Chris Chrisman, a young Christian, goes to college only to have his world turned upside down. On campus he finds the challenges to his faith -- both intellectual and personal -- almost more than he can bear. Then he meets Bill Seipel and Bob Wong. Together, the three young men, two of them Christians and the other a self-styled atheist, forge a common bond in the quest for truth. In the process they confront some of the dominant ideologies of the secular university.

    Weaving the story of Chris's first year on campus with separate expository chapters on such forces as individualism, pluralism, relativism and privitization, James Sire offers a helpful apologetic for those who are searching for truth in a postmodern world. He identifies no fewer than six types of relativism, from "All religions boil down to the same thing" and "It's true for you; it's not true for me" to "God does not exist; naturalism is true." Then in down-to-earth language Sire helps readers to think through these and other complex issues.
  • College Bound
    by Kathleen Winkler
    ISBN: 0570053137
    Table of Contents
    Introduction
    1. Mom and Dad Just Drove Away--What Do I Do Now?
    2. Staying Healthy--Physically and Emotionally
    3. Guy/Girl Relationships, Dating, and--Gulp--Sexual Pressure
    4. College Can Be a Dangerous Place: Knowing
    the Risks of Alcohol, Drugs, and Promiscuity
    5. College Academics--It's Not High School Anymore
    6. Nurturing Your Faith on a Secular Campus
    7. Walking a Minefield: The College Political Scene
    8. Going Home: Delight or Disaster?
    9. Give This Chapter to Your Parents
    Appendix
  • College Planner - Switched on Schoolhouse
    0740303058
    ISBN: 0740303058
    Little or no budget for college counseling? Help your students prepare for college with the Switched-on Schoolhouse College Planner. This Program is designed as a one-semester course to guide students in college planning, selection and application. Plus, they earn high school credit while doing it!
  • Everything College Survival Book, The; From Social Life to Study Skills-Everything You Need To Know To Fit Right In-Before You're a Senior!
    by Jason R. Rich
    ISBN: 1558507205
    The Everything College Survival Book covers every major issue an incoming freshman should know about the college experience. Roommates. Financial Aid. Fraternities and Sororities. Studying for exams. It's all here. This book is designed to make the transition into college as smooth as possible.

    Whether you need some helpful hints on how to bring home the A's or want to know where to go on a romantic date, The Everything College Survival Book will show you the way. This fun, informative book answers all your questions and highlights the major aspects of college life.

    Whether you're just graduating from high school or getting ready to pack the car for the big move, The Everything College Survival Book is the ultimate resource for answering your questions and turning your concerns about college into excitement. Take the stress out of planning for college and let The Everything College Survival Book make the transition a smooth and memorable one!
  • Faith at State: A Handbook for Christians at Secular Universities
    by Rick Kennedy
    ISBN: 1579108954
    Professor Rick Kennedy knows the wariness some Christians take with them to public universities. After all, not too many years ago he went off to school, leaving behind parents concerned for the status of his faith. But now, after years of public education and more years of teaching at state universities, Kennedy is convinced that Christians who attend such schools should be coached in more than just fear. Large secular colleges are filled with the foolish and the wise, the good and the evil. "Christians," Kennedy insists, "can thrive." Faith at State offers excellent, encouraging guidance on understanding and relating to professors, performing in the classroom, and being a Christian presence non-Christians can respect.
  • FIRE’s Guide to Due Process and Fair Procedure on Campus
    by Harvey A. Silverglate, Josh Gewolb
    ISBN: 0972471227
    Time and again, students on our nation’s college and university campuses are subjected to campus courts where due process is completely absent. FIRE’s Guide to Due Process and Fair Procedure on Campus provides information about the appropriate and inappropriate methods by which university administrators and student judicial panels address issues of academic misdeeds and behavioral misconduct. This Guide also provides a history of how due process issues have been handled by the courts and gives several examples of institutions at which procedures are handled with the utmost concern for fairness. These will serve as models for the proper execution of campus justice. Because it is crucial to choose the most effective grounds on which to base a claim of unfairness, the Guide will introduce readers to both legal and moral arguments, explaining how these may be used on private and public campuses. Readers can expect the Guide to answer, thoroughly and compellingly, such difficult questions as:

    How can one evaluate judicial procedures at my school for objective fairness?

    How does one know if one’s rights have been violated?

    What are the best arguments to use against unfair procedures?

    Is the law on my side? What is the modern history and current status of the United States Supreme Court’s view of "due process of law," and how has this concept been applied to university campuses (public, private, and sectarian)?

    What kinds of federal and state legal doctrines, aside from federal constitutional rights, both protect and restrict the rights and powers of public, of private, and of sectarian institutions of higher learning in with regard to disciplinary and other adjudicatory proceedings?
  • FIRE’s Guide to Religious Liberty on Campus
    by David A. French
    ISBN: 0972471200
    College and university campuses remain one of the only forums in which the rights of students of faith are regularly curtailed. The ease with which students are denied the right to associate freely among themselves, even in matters of conscience and religion, is profoundly disturbing, as is most students’ inability to expose such denials as fundamentally unjust. FIRE’s Guide to Religious Liberty on Campus provides a history of the crusade for religious liberty and explains how the legal and moral arguments for religious liberty apply differentially on public and private campuses. This Guide also answers pertinent questions such as:
    What is the modern history and current status of the United States Supreme Court’s view of the "free exercise of religion" and of "freedom of association?" How do these concepts apply to student liberty on my college or university campus?

    What arguments on behalf of religious liberty and the rights of conscience pertain to a private or sectarian institution?

    What legal and moral arguments may be made against the imposition of double standards by academic administrators in a variety of areas of campus life, including religious freedom?
  • FIRE's Guide to Student Fees, Funding, and Legal Equality on Campus
    by Jordan Lorence
    ISBN: 0972471219
    Disparate funding of student organizations at colleges and universities has for years thwarted student attempts to raise awareness of provocative campus issues. By denying funding to organizations whose viewpoints are controversial or out of current fashion, administrators ensure a campus that lacks meaningful, substantive debate and that unfairly restricts speech. A 9-0 Supreme Court decision in Wisconsin v. Southworth (1999), in conjunction with the decision in Rosenberger v. University of Virginia (1996), ensures that student organizations must be funded without regard to the message they propound (content neutrality). FIRE’s Guide to Student Fees, Funding, and Legal Equality provides a thorough explanation of the significance of student activity fees and their direct correlation with free expression and campus equality. This Guide provides students with the information they need to stand up for the fair distribution of student funds and educates administrators on the intricacies of this largely unexplored area of First Amendment law. It aims to answer the following questions:

    How does one wage an effective and successful campaign against disparate funding at my institution?

    How does one respond to an administrative claim that it is under no obligation to fund my worthwhile cause?

    What is the best method of requesting funding for my organization?

    When is too little funding an effective denial of funds and repressive of speech?
  • Fish Out of Water
    by Abby Nye
    ISBN: 0892216212
    Many Christian students find their faith tested upon entering secular universities. Today’s colleges are rife with professors who are not only unbelievers, but who actively mock religion and morality. With fresh classroom experience, college student Abby Nye details the loss of academic and religious freedoms. Includes tips for dealing with hostile professors, maintaining strong faith and honoring the Lord in one’s academic career. Perfect for anyone curious as to what’s happening on the college scene today, including high school graduates headed to college, their parents, and college students already swimming in the strong current of campus liberalism.
  • How to Stay Christian in College: An Interactive Guide to Keeping the Faith
    by J. Budziszewski
    ISBN: 1576830616
    Going to college usually means leaving behind your network of support and heading to a world with different perspectives, responsibilities, and expectations. Even if you're going to a "Christian" college, there's no guarantee you won't face challenges to your faith.

    So how do you stay Christian in college? How do you stay open about your faith in the face of potential ridicule? How to Stay Christian in College is an interactive guide through the maze of college realities. J. Budziszewski discusses the foundations of the Christian faith and directly addresses different worldviews and myths that students encounter at college. Filled with quotes, statistics, resources, stories, and encouragement, it will equip you to conquer the dangers that lie ahead.
  • Incredible Four-Year Adventure, The: Finding Real Faith, Fun, and Friendship at College
    by John Yates, Chris Yates
    ISBN: 0801063361
    Written by two Gen Xers fresh out of college, this book isn't filled with parental lectures; rather, the Yates brothers approach readers as slightly older peers who have just experienced the new frontiers of college life. The brothers saw many of their friends lose their faith in college, or at least become battered in the struggle to hold on to homegrown values and beliefs. In this book, they confront this trend head-on. Going away to college, the Yates guys write, can be a meaningful experience spiritually as well as academically. They give students a heads up about what to expect and provide usable tools to shape godly lives at college. Packed with stories from real life, this book covers roommates, dating, developing a Christian mind, the family at home, what it's like to go home again, choosing classes, and finding a campus group. Most of all, this hope-filled book presents a serious strategy for staying true to the faith and emerging from the college years stronger than ever.
  • Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagers
    by Barbara Frank
    ISBN: 0974218103
    Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagers is a parent-friendly curriculum for teaching your teenagers how to live as morally and financially responsible adults. It includes instructions for customizing the curriculum for all homeschooled teenagers, whether they are work-bound or college-bound.

    Step-by-step projects (requiring minimal preparation by the parent) teach your teenagers about credit, insurance, taxes and many other subjects they’ll face once they’re on their own. Reading and writing assignments review the principles your teenagers need to get along with family, friends and coworkers, and to live their values in their personal and work lives. This book is a compilation of all the practical things you wish you’d been taught in high school. Now you can make sure your teenagers are ready for life "out of the nest".
  • Major in Success: Make College Easier, Fire Up Your Dreams, and Get a Very Cool Job
    by Patrick Combs, Jack Canfield
    ISBN: 1580085326
    How do you figure out what career you would truly love while you’re still in college? What’s the best way to pick a major? How can you get and stay motivated? Finally, a book that answers the important questions about being a successful student! With so much at stake during the college years—your career, your success, your future, your happiness—you need smart, savvy, and inspiring ideas to ensure you excel. Author Patrick Combs helps you discover your passion, and reveals how to make the most of your college years and land a dream job. In this revised edition, you’ll find new resources, updated websites, the latest job market research, a new handy appendix, and fresh success stories. Whatever your dream, whatever your major, whatever your age, MAJOR IN SUCCESS is an investment in your future.
  • Money Management for College Students
    by Larry Burkett
    ISBN: 0802463479
    Whether you're just starting to think about college or have only a year left, the Momey Management for College Students workbook is an invaluable resource. Learn to manage your finances, balance your checkbook, use credit cards, obtain loans, etc.
  • Students' Guide to Colleges : The Definitive Guide to America's Top 100 SchoolsWritten by the Real Experts--the Students Who Attend Them
    by Jordan Goldman, Colleen Buyers
    ISBN: 0143035584
    College guides are a must for any teenager trying to choose the right school. Unfortunately, most guidebooks are vague, boring tomes written by administrators and journalists, instead of the real experts–the college students that actually go there. Students’ Guide to Colleges is different. Entirely student-written and edited, this invaluable resource cuts through the cant with comprehensive listings of the vital statistics and requirements for America’s top 100 schools accompanied by three totally honest, fresh, fun-to-read descriptions penned by attending undergrads from different walks of life. Want to know how big classes really are? How rigorous the academics get? Or how greek or granola, chill or up-tight, homogenous or diverse, gay or straight, a campus really is? Lively, irreverent, and insightful, the Students’ Guide to Colleges is the only guidebook that offers multiple perspectives on each school and tells it like it is so that college applicants can make the best choice when deciding where they want to spend their college years.
  • Student's Guide to Economics, A
    by Paul Heyne
    ISBN: 1882926447
    Paul Heyne, one of the nation's best-selling economists, provides an accessible overview of the discipline of economics. Economic knowledge, he contends, is not complete without reference to the totality of human society-a realization essential to a proper understanding of the fundamental principles of economics. The sweep of economic thinking is presented here with reference to the great economists and important schools of thought.
  • Student's Guide to Liberal Learning, A
    by James V. Schall
    ISBN: 1882926536
    A Student's Guide to Liberal Learning is an inviting conversation with a learned scholar about the content of an authentic liberal arts education. It surveys ideas and books central to the tradition of humanistic education that has fundamentally shaped our country and our civilization. This accessible volume argues for an order and integration of knowledge so that meaning might be restored to the haphazard approach to study currently dominating higher education. Freshly conveying the excitement of learning from the acknowledged masters of intellectual life, this guide is also an excellent blueprint for building one's own library of books that matter.
  • Student's Guide to Literature, A
    by R. V. Young
    ISBN: 1882926404
    A Student's Guide to Literature takes up these questions: In a time of mass culture and pulp fiction, can great literature still be discerned, much less defended? Why is literature so compelling? What should we read? Literary scholar R. V. Young addresses these timely issues in this guide to Western literature and poetry. He demonstrates that literature liberates the mind from cultural and temporal provincialism by expanding our intellectual and emotional horizons. Learn how great fiction and poetry are integral to a liberal education, and visit the classic works of literature again—or for the first time.
  • Student's Guide to Music History, A
    by R. J. Stove
    ISBN: 1933859415
    R. J. Stove’s A Student’s Guide to Music History is a concise account, written for the intelligent lay reader, of classical music’s development from the early Middle Ages onwards. Beginning with a discussion of Hildegard von Bingen, a twelfth-century German nun and composer, and the origins of plainchant, Stove’s narrative recounts the rise (and ever-increasing complexity) of harmony during the medieval world, the differences between secular and sacred music, the glories of the contrapuntal style, and the origins of opera. Stove then relates the achievements of the high baroque period, the very different idioms that prevailed during the late eighteenth century, and the emergence of Romanticism, with its emphasis upon the artist-hero. With the late nineteenth century came a growing emphasis on musical patriotism, writes Stove, especially in Spain, Hungary, Russia, Bohemia, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and the United States. A final section discusses the trends that have characterized music since 1945.

    Stove’s guide also singles out eminent composers for special coverage, including Palestrina, Monteverdi, Handel, Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Wagner, Verdi, Brahms, Debussy, Richard Strauss, Sibelius, and Messiaen. As a brief orientation to the history and countours of classical music, A Student’s Guide to Music History is an unparalleled resource.
  • Student's Guide to Philosophy, A
    Ralph M. McInerny
    ISBN: 1882926390
    A Student's Guide to Philosophy examines these questions: Who is a philosopher? Can philosophical thought be avoided? What have philosophers written over the ages? And why should we care? In this critical essay, these and other questions are posed and answered by one of America's leading philosophers, Ralph McInerny of the University of Notre Dame. Schools of thought are examined with humor and verve, and the principal works of philosophers and scholars are recommended.
  • Student's Guide to Political Philosophy, A
    Harvey C. Mansfield
    ISBN: 1882926439
    Behind the daily headlines on presidential races and local elections is the theory of the polity—or what the end of our politics should be. Harvard's Harvey C. Mansfield, one of America's leading political theorists, explains why our quest for the good life must address the type of government we seek to uphold. He directs our gaze to the thinkers and philosophies and classic works that have proved most influential throughout the ages.
  • Student's Guide to Psychology, A
    by Daniel N. Robinson
    ISBN: 1882926951
    Psychology is frequently the most popular major on campus, but it can also be the most treacherous. In this guide, Daniel N. Robinson surveys the philosophical and historical roots of modern psychology and sketches the major schools and thinkers of the discipline. He also identifies those false prejudices—such as contempt for metaphysics and the notion that the mind can be reduced to the chemical processes of the brain—that so often perplex and mislead students of psychology. He ends by calling for psychology to investigate more intensively the problems of moral and civic development. Readers will find Robinson's book to be an indispensable orientation to this culturally influential field.
  • Student's Guide to the Core Curriculum, A
    Mark C. Henrie
    ISBN: 1882926420
    College students today have tremendous freedom to choose the courses they will take. With such freedom, however, students face a pressing dilemma: How can they choose well? Which courses convey the core of an authentic liberal arts education, transmitting our civilizational inheritance, and which courses are merely passing fads? From the smorgasbord of electives available, how can students achieve a coherent understanding of their world and their place in history? In a series of penetrating essays, A Student's Guide to the Core Curriculum explains the value of a traditional core of studies in Western civilization and then surveys eight courses available in most American universities which may be taken as electives to acquire such an education. This guide puts "the best" within reach of every student.
  • Student's Guide to the Study of History, A
    John Lukacs
    ISBN: 1882926412
    To study history is to learn about oneself. And to fail to grasp the importance of the pass—to remain ignorant of the deeds and writing of previous generations—is to bind oneself by the passions and prejudices of the age into which one is born. John Lukacs, one of today's most widely published historians, explains what the study of history entails, how it has been approached over the centuries, and why it should be undertaken by today's students. This guide is an invitation to become a master of the historian's craft.
  • Student's Guide to U.S. History, A
    by Wilfred M. McClay
    ISBN: 1882926455
    No nation in modern history has had a more powerful sense of its own distinctiveness than the United States. Yet few Americans understand the immensely varied sources of that sense and the fascinating debates that have always swirled around our attempts to define "America" with greater precision. All too many have come to regard the study of their national history as tedious, just as they fail to embrace the past as something in which they must be consciously grounded. In this introduction to the study of American history, Wilfred M. McClay invites us to experience the perennial freshness and vitality of this great subject as he explores some of the enduring commitments and persistent tensions that have made America what it is.
  • True for You, but Not for Me: Deflating the Slogans That Leave Christians Speechless
    by Paul Copan
    ISBN: 0764220918
    Answers to Today’s Toughest Faith Questions
    "Well, that may be true for you, but it’s not for me" is the rallying cry of our culture. It’s one of many popular sayings put forward with no evidence:
    "All religions lead to God."
    "Who are you to judge others?"
    "Jesus was just another great religious leader."
    "Christians are so intolerant."

    Most Christians are left grasping for a response, and the conversation moves on without them. "True for You, But Not for Me" is a ready-reference handbook for answering our culture’s latest objections to Christianity. It features:
    • Brief answers to each argument
    • Readable explanations on each subject
    • Helpful introductory material to sets of similar anti-Christian slogans
    • Study questions for individual or group use
  • University of Destruction: Your Game Plan for Spiritual Victory on Campus
    by David Wheaton
    ISBN: 0764200534
    The statistic is staggering: Fifty percent of Christian college students lose their faith--or at least have made it a low priority--by the time they graduate.With a fresh voice and a conversational style, author David Wheaton explores the three pillars of peril--sex, drugs, and rebellion--most often encountered by college students. He then offers students advice on developing a game plan to avoid the spiritual pitfalls. While the temptations and influences may still be there, students following these practical tips will find that a university of instruction does not have to become a university of destruction.
  • What Smart Students Know
    by Adam Robinson
    ISBN: 0517880857
    Starting from the premise that successful students are not necessarily any more brilliant than their less successful peers, but have simply mastered the art of efficient learning, Adam Robinson introduces high school and college students to an innovative approach that can help them achieve top grades while discovering the joy of true learning.
  • Where Ya Gonna Go?: Now That You're a Graduate
    Kevin Johnson
    ISBN: 0764223402
    Now That You're a Graduate...
    Feel ready to ditch high school but not so ready to dive into the real world?
    Clueless about what’s coming next?
    Then Where Ya Gonna Go? is for you!

    With high school winding down, you’re maybe excited and terrified at the same time—happy to escape those tight walls but scared to leave what you know well. Where Ya Gonna Go? can help you answer the questions knocking around in the back of your brain about where your life is headed and what you’re supposed to do. Getting smart, after all, doesn’t stop after you’ve got your diploma in hand. You’re just getting going! Here are wise words to help you make your way.
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