The Practice of Management by Peter F. Drucker (1954)

The Practice of Management by Peter F. Drucker was the first book to look at management as a whole and being a manager as a separate responsibility. A classic since its publication in 1954, The Practice of Management created the discipline of modern management practices. Readable, fundamental, and basic, it remains an essential book for students, aspiring managers, and seasoned professionals.

An excerpt from 'The Practice of Management' by Peter F. Drucker. (Credit: Luke MacKay)

An excerpt from ‘The Practice of Management’ by Peter F. Drucker. (Credit: Luke MacKay)

This is a practical book, written out of many years of experience in working with managements of small, medium and large corporations. It aims to be a management guide, enabling readers to examine their own work and performance, to diagnose their weaknesses and to improve their own effectiveness as well as the results of the enterprise they are responsible for. Read more

Going back to school: Top 10 ways to get ahead of the game fall semester

UCLA dorm room (of Hedrick Summit)

UCLA dorm room (of Hedrick Summit)

As the lazy days of summer come to a close, many of you find yourselves heading back to school for fall semester — some of you may actually be setting out for college for the first time! This year, whether it’s your first or your fifth, vow to make a few healthy changes early in the semester to get ahead of the game. Need to know where to start? Just follow these top 10 tips and lay the groundwork for your success.

Tip #1: Don’t procrastinate

Instead of waiting until after classes begin, grab your books early and begin to browse the content. Buying early also allows you to bargain shop, guaranteeing that you get the best prices on those costly textbooks. Read more

10 signs you are falling behind in a college course

A college student is looking for something.

Do you feel like you’re falling behind this semester?

Whether it is your first year at college or your last, it can be easy to get in over your head. Sometimes you simply pick too heavy a class load, or maybe you have been enjoying so-called “extracurricular” activities too often. Whatever the reason, you may have found yourself wondering if you are falling behind in a college course. So what are the signs that you have bitten off more than you can chew and it is time to call “uncle” before you do serious damage not only to your GPA, but to your psyche as well? Read on. Read more

How to study after midterm exams: Reassess your study habits

Study buddyMidterm exams are over. Thank goodness for that. Now, what can we take away from the experience? Did you do okay? Do you need to study more? This is a great time to take your academic temperature, assess how to study for tests and learn some study tips so we can do better for finals.

Study better next time

Maybe midterms didn’t go the way you planned. You realize you need to review test taking tips and attack the problem from a different angle. Here are few tips: Read more

How to research communication journals on cross-cultural communications, advocacy and interpersonal communications

Communication journalsStudents contemplating communication degrees or who are in the midst of writing papers on cross-cultural communications, business communication, or advocacy and argumentation can take advantage of the thousands of books, communication journals, and articles on Questia, your digital library and online research and paper-writing tool. Read more

Top tips for academic success: 7 habits of highly successful students

Ever wonder how some of your classmates make academic success look so darn easy? Wish you could pick their brain without actually having to confess you don’t have all the answers yourself? We all know that achieving any goal worth having is going to take persistence and passion. So, take a look at our latest list of the top 7 habits of highly successful students and see just what you can do to get yourself started down the right path for the new year! Read more

A first look at communication theory and journalism reference sites

A first look at communication theory or a topic such as journalism is just the beginning when doing research. The next step is to narrow your choice of topic to an area of focus. Reference sites on the Web will help you to review the many possibilities for your research and then delve deep into the subject you choose. Read more

Political science term paper: From current events to global policy — the choice is yours

Whether you’re interested in historical events and personalities or current events and global policy, political science is the study for you. From past presidents to the inner workings of a democracy, you can indulge your curiosity and explore any number of subjects that interest you. If you are working on a term paper or research project for a political science course, when it comes to topics, the choice is yours! Read more

Tips on how to study and get better grades on your final exams — College instructors spill the beans

Finals advice

Your professors will appreciate your hard work!

Around this time of year, students may begin to feel a bit of panic as they realize that final exams are rapidly approaching. Not to worry! I’ve been a college instructor for going on 16 years now and I’m going to spill the beans on how students can get better grades on their final exams. Here’s my list of insider tips on how to study and prepare for that all-important final.

Tip #1 — Think like a professor

How can you prepare for your finals? Think like your professor. What would he or she put on the final? Read more

Writing tips for your next term paper or research project — Get started now!

It is easy to get overwhelmed with reading, research and homework assignments to the point where you hardly know what day it is. No wonder you find that you have a term paper or research project due next week and you haven’t even chosen your topic yet. Yikes! What do you do? Here are a few writing tips to help you get started on your next term paper or research project. Read more