Earn A+ Grades in College or University
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A Professor Shows How to Succeed
4.1 (7 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,111 students enrolled
Created by Duncan Koerber
Last updated 8/2016
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • How to recognize self-defeating behaviors and attitudes
  • Techniques to get on the path to A+ grades
  • How to network and expand your career horizons
  • Why you should attend the professor’s office hours
  • How to write term papers effectively and efficiently
  • And more...
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  • No materials or software are required

Are you about to start college or university and wondering how to get off to a good start? Or are you a current student looking to push yourself to a higher level?

This course presents proven techniques and behaviours of successful college and university students. Do these things correctly to increase your potential.

I’m Dr. Duncan Koerber, and I’ve taught at the university level for over ten years. I’ve worked with thousands of students. I know what factors contribute to school success. Take this course to see what I see. What’s going right – and wrong – in today’s classrooms?

Effective students are setting themselves up for success every single day. Ineffective students are defeating themselves.

The course moves logically through important topics such as:

  • Picking the right school and program
  • Classroom behavior to maximize understanding
  • Note-taking skills that reinforce memory
  • Avoiding distractions
  • Study tips to avoid cramming

Try a free preview of the lectures. Udemy offers a 30-day guarantee. 

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is useful for people contemplating a college or university career or people in the midst of one
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Curriculum For This Course
35 Lectures
1 Lecture 02:01

Learn more about the course... and me. 

Preview 02:01
Selecting a School or Program
5 Lectures 11:49

Career demographics change while you're finishing your degree. 

Preview 02:32

Don't get lost in the big class. 

Class Size Matters

Where you live matters. 

Live on Campus

Change is good in this case. 

Don’t Be Afraid to Change Programs Mid-stream
Self-defeating Behaviors
6 Lectures 16:39

Fear the late penalties. 

Late Work Kills

Just get it done on time. 

No Extensions!

Skippers never win. 

Skip Class if You Want, But Don't Expect an A

Keep your eyeballs up. 

Preview 03:03

Pretend to like the class. 

Try to Care, Even if You Don't

Copying is for losers. 

Preview 03:39
Vital Practical Skills
8 Lectures 20:46

Writing can set you apart. 

Good Writing Stands Out

Techniques for getting writing done without stress. 

Preview 02:43

Get your pens ready. 

Take Notes by Hand

Don't bother with the yellow markers. 

Highlighters are Evil

Make sure you have a point. 

Have a Thesis or Argument

Practice makes perfect.

Practice Essay Exam Answers by Writing Them Out

The Digital Age can help save you time. 

Bibliographic Software Is Your Friend

Online databases can make research easier. 

Know the Online Databases like the Back of Your Hand
Course Principles
5 Lectures 12:02

The syllabus is the contract.

Read the Syllabus Over and Over Again

Readings are the core of a course. 

Do the Readings Please

Classroom position matters. 

Preview 02:31

Professors have perspective. 

Professors See All

Don't be anonymous. 

Does the Prof Know Your Name?
Successful Behaviors
7 Lectures 18:24

Study now not later. 

Study as You Go

Leave the library at the library.

Preview 02:04

Expand your horizons with club participation. 

Get Involved in a Campus Club or Organization

Stay focused in our distracted age.

Avoiding Distractions

Stop procrastination with this one small tip. 

A Procrastination Solution

Having a job makes school tough, but it's not an excuse. 

"But I Have a Job Too"

Don't obsess over grades. 

Grades Aren't Everything
Think of the Future
3 Lectures 07:30

One reason to get to know your professors. 

Remember You May Need Reference Letters

Networking, not just studying, will get you the career. 

Preview 02:16

Keep an eye on grad school, just in case. 

The Lure of Grad School
About the Instructor
Duncan Koerber
4.6 Average rating
231 Reviews
4,443 Students
10 Courses
University Professor

Dr. Duncan Koerber has taught writing and communications courses for the past 10 years at six Canadian universities to thousands of students.

Oxford University Press recently published his writing textbook, Clear, Precise, Direct: Strategies for Writing (2015). Available on Amazon, the book considers the seven most common errors (interfering factors) in writing and how to improve them (enhancing factors). His second book, Crisis Communication in Canada, is in the revision process for University of Toronto Press.

Currently a full-time assistant professor at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, Duncan Koerber worked for nearly 10 years in reporting and editing roles for the London Free Press, the Mississauga News, and the University of Toronto Medium. He has freelanced for magazines and newspapers, including the Toronto Star.

Duncan Koerber has been a successful freelance editor, earning a 95% success rating on Upwork. 

Duncan Koerber has a bachelor of arts degree in English, Professional Writing, and Political Science from the University of Toronto (2001), a master of arts degree in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario (2003), and a Ph.D. in Communication and Culture from York University and Ryerson University (2009).

His academic writing, which focuses on media and journalism history, writing pedagogy, and public relations crisis communication, has been published in the Canadian Journal of Communication, the Journal of Canadian Studies, Journalism History, Media History, Composition Studies, Canadian Journal of Media Studies, and Sport History Review.