These books are fun, easy, and enjoyable reads and will help students learn how to enhance their Gettysburg College experience.


Beating the College Blues by Paul A. Grayson, Ph.D. and Phillip W. Meilman, Ph.D.

"Written expressly for students and not about them, Beating the College Blues comes at a time of increased awareness of the complexity of life on campus. In a conversational question-and-answer format and using specific "case studies" drawn from real life, this volume deals with everything from getting started and fitting in to facing the challenges of life after college."

Topics covered include:

  • Test anxiety and study habits
  • Changing family relationships
  • Sex, rape and sexual harassment
  • Coping with anxiety, depression and stress
  • Eating Disorders such as anorexia or bulimia
  • Pressures to use alcohol and other drugs
  • And much, much more

Beating the College Blues is available on


On Course by Skip Downing

"The Fifth Edition of On Course continues to empower you with the tools you need to take charge of your success in college and in life."

Look inside for:

  • One Student's Story features a collection of personal essays from fellow students who have used On Course. These essays give you insight on how students apply On Course strategies to their own lives.
  • Embracing Change: Do one thing different this week exercises at the end of each chapter list beliefs and behaviors related to the chapter topic and encourage you to select one you would like to experiment with for one week. After the week, you can assess your results to determine if your outcomes and experiences have changed.
  • Wise Choices in College section provides you with a solid foundation of study skills- such as reading, note taking, studying, memorizing, and test taking- to help you excel in all of your college courses.
  • On Course Principles at Work present information about career planning, linking the strategies you learn to choosing a career, and succeeding in the workplace.
  • The Case Study in Critical Thinking displays how to use the techniques you learn to make wise choices in real-life problems.

On Course is available on


How to Study in College by Walter Pauk and Ross J.Q. Owens

"More than one million students have used the common-sense systems in How to Study in College to transform adequate work into academic success. Now you can too..."

Look inside for:

  • Learn how the Cornell Note Taking System-paired with Questions in the Margins-can be applied to any course to help you improve your grades.
  • It's Your Q  icons ask you to apply what you've learned about marginal questions to come up with your own.
  • Understand learning styles- visual, auditory, and kinesthetic- includes strategies for "switching channels" from one style to another in order to pick up information more readily and clearly.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to reading and coursework to identify what's relevant, important, and reliable.
  • Improve your reading skills by using the PACE system.
  • Increase your vocabulary, permanently, through the World History System and Words in Context sections.

How to Study in College is available on


Becoming a Master Student by Dave Ellis

"Courses using this book have made a difference in the lives of millions of students. For many, it was discovering the power of self-responsibility for the first time- for others it was changing a habit or managing time more effectively. Literally, hundreds of strategies for school and for life are packed into Becoming a Master Student. The key is to jump right in. Get involved. Test the waters. I have seen again and again that involvement can make the difference between leaving this class with a road map to success or just 'getting it out of the way.' My goal is that you will use this book to help you succeed in school and in life."

 -Dave Ellis

Becoming a Master Student is available on