Students who experience difficulty with the transition to college often cite unfamiliarity with college-level academics as a major reason for their struggles. These students might be capable of succeeding academically, but they don’t know exactly what this entails.
Fortunately, it is possible for students to familiarize themselves with college-level academics before they arrive on campus. An excellent book, The Thinking Student's Guide to College: 75 Tips for Getting a Better Education, tells students precisely how to position themselves for academic success. Written by a professor at Northwestern University, it can reduce academic missteps during the first few semesters of college.
(Thanks to the College Solution blog for the great recommendation.)