Einstein said: “If I had an hour to solve a problem I'd spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and five minutes thinking about solutions.” Below you will see that we strive to connect the solutions we propose to our understanding of the nature of the challenges students will be facing this semester. Each item in the list below when expanded will include a short introduction to the topic, some bulleted advice, and links to lengthier analyses of the challenges the advice is tailored to and explanations of why the advice is effective.
We believe this framing coupled with guiding you to analyze the demands of your particular courses and tasks is, ultimately, more effective than merely providing a list of general tips. We WILL provide concrete, actionable advice drawn from a variety of sources*, but in the context of an analysis of the root causes of the challenges at hand--we’re providing both tips and roots. We will also direct you to existing McGraw online resources and materials and external ones which elaborate on particular topics in ways we believe are apt for the Princeton context.
This resource is designed to help you make more informed, systematic, and ultimately more effective decisions so you can stay engaged, learn, study, research, write, and achieve your goals—and become a more effective learner and scholar along the way.
We’ve organized our guidance under the following categories. Notice that the headings include verbs—ACTIONS you can take to engage, learn and achieve to the best of your ability. Note, also, that this document will be constantly evolving to address new challenges we hear about from students, including specific issues.