Dr. Wizard’s Advice – Readers


          If the Web would have existed when I was about to go to college, this site is exactly what I would have needed.  Everybody’s dumb – gleefully so – before they head off to school.  Dr. Wizard makes you less so.  Maybe just a little, but a little counts a lot.

          – Will Leitch, author of God Save the Fan and founder of Deadspin


          Dr. Wizard’s lessons aren’t spoon-fed lists of advice; they’re real stories that suck you in and make you laugh.  From an insider tutorial on scoring an ‘A’ paper to a discourse on last-minute Halloween costumes, these quick reads will guide your way through the Sex, Drugs, and Term Papers of college life!

          – Amanda Nachman, publisher of College Magazine


          Cool, impressive, innovative content.  I’ve added Dr. Wizard to my blogroll, and look forward to following the posts regularly.

          – Cal Newport, author of How to Become a Straight-A Student


          Dr. Wizard’s Advice for College Students evokes the contemporary college student’s concerns again and again with useful suggestion and clear direction, with good humor and familiar language, and with genuine empathy and inspiring choices.  Joe Webb’s references to popular culture and his use of campus language establish a comfortable familiarity, but his “advice” displays reflection on making sound choices and guides students towards high standards for themselves – as maturing adults and informed citizens.  This project will find a wide audience among college students and deep appreciation from parents and teachers.  My hope is that Dr. Wizard’s Advice quickly finds itself in book form.  Students will read it and use it.

          – Michael Loudon, Eastern Illinois Univ., African-American Studies Dept. Chair


          As someone who has spent thirty years teaching and advising college students, I can’t tell you how impressed I am with the content of this website.  The writing is brilliant, creative, irreverent, and insightful – and I can foresee that in the very near future it will be consumed regularly and voraciously by the college students for whom it is intended.

          – Roger Festa, Truman State Univ., President Emeritus of the American Society of Chemists



           Dr. Wizard approaches a lot of important topics with a pop-culture context that is relevant to us.  I’ve sent the link to dozens of my friends in colleges all over the United States.  I have my mom and dad read Dr. Wizard, too.  It makes them feel hip.

          – Elise Monaco, Saint Louis University, student


            Dr. Wizard’s advice is precise and to the point; he clearly understands what students are going through and is also interested in helping undergraduates make the transition into ‘real’ life.  His down-to-earth writing style and use of examples from popular culture help college students see how high concepts can still be relevant today, and he offers practical advice for university life.  In one of Dr. Wizard’s most recent posts, How to Write and ‘A’ Paper, I found myself cheering this guy on.  He understands what is required to be a successful student and has what it takes to connect with undergraduates today.

          – Nathan Crook, Bowling Green State University, Dept. of Sociology


          Dr. Wizard has cracked open the subculture of college profs to those of us who have only known professors inside the classroom or in awkward senior thesis counseling sessions, and at the same time cracks us up with his humor.  He brings up phenomena that are strangely obvious, yet often somehow left unsaid.    When my two sons get into their senior year of high school, I will point them towards this website (if the internet is still around), because as a society, we waste some of our most prolific potential between the ages of 16 and 24.  For those of you who have some little wizards of your own, you know that this is a huge compliment.

          – Zach Gray, The United States Military Academy, alumnus  

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  1. Sean said, on October 31, 2008 at 6:02 am

    I have a test in 10 hours which I have yet to start studying for because of my discovery of this refreshing and helpful blog (Things I do not typically read). Though I am a junior and have already gone through some of these events, I still find all of it genuine, thought provoking and intuitive. Congrats, I just became an avid reader.

  2. flaviusmorpork said, on January 21, 2009 at 12:35 am

    Dear self proclaimed expert/doctor/repeated failure!!!
    I read the newpaper article about how you chose to leave school because your life wasn’t going right and that now your offering advice to college students. Well? What makes you a fucking expert? The fine example you’ve set? Repeately quiting.(or is that the message you want to send?) When it gets tough you should just quit. I would imagine that through this you caused your parents a great deal of grief and expense. Then you move back in on them and work at some dead end type of job. Finally going back to school again then quitting AGAIN! What a loser! No wonder your divorced. Did that get a little rough and you decided to quit? Before you start giving out such sage advice….take a look at the mess you made of your own life and repair that. Until then stop proclaiming yourself to be a doctor of anything but failure.

  3. SceH said, on January 21, 2009 at 6:29 am

    Flaviusmorpork, I think you forgot to consider these wise words…

    Now put your hands up
    Up in the club, just broke up
    I’m doing my own little thing
    Decided to dip but now you wanna trip
    Cuz another brother noticed me
    I’m up on him, he up on me
    Don’t pay him any attention
    Cried my tears, three good years
    Ya can’t be mad at me

    I put gloss on my lips, a man on my hips
    Hold me tighter than my Dereon jeans
    Acting up, drink in my cup
    I could care less what you think
    I need no permission, did I mention
    Don’t pay him any attention
    Cuz you had your turn
    But now you gonna learn
    What it really feels to miss me


    la fin

  4. Carlin said, on January 21, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    Flavius, I think you need to take a minute, go into Tree Pose, and relax for a minute. If you’ve browsed but don’t like the website, I’m sure you can find some other url to amuse yourself with. I’m guessing, however, by your ignorant commentary that you haven’t actually read any of the advice, since you don’t seem to have any idea of what you are in fact critiquing.

    Dr. Wizard has made mistakes in his life, and I think it is extremely honest and brave of him to highlight these digressions for the world to see. I am quite confident your life is free of mistakes, but since he has made mistakes that he has learned from and grown from, why should he not share his experiences so that others may choose their paths with more wisdom? If I was traveling to India, and was reading about where to go, and places to avoid, I’d be sure as hell to heed the advice from someone who had traveled there extensively and been to both the good and bad parts of town, and I’d be sure to ignore the guy typing on his laptop in Berkeley.

    If you took the time to read any of this website, or to learn more about Dr. Wizard and his pursuits, you’d clearly see that his life is “repaired” to borrow your verbiage, and his successes are widespread and multifaceted. Life is a journey, and Dr. Wizard has traveled it extensively in his young age. I’d take his advice any day over someone who’s life, prosperity and dreams were handed to him on a silver platter, and who never had to fight for what they wanted out of life.

  5. Kara said, on February 21, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Brilliant, absolutely brilliant. The advice offered in this blog is so witty and undeniably helpful — I wish I could get everyone I know to read it. Thank you for being so honest and so ridiculously funny. Each new entry brightens my day. 🙂 I’m in Edwardsville — think you could teach some courses over here? It’d be a wonderful bonus for my senior year. I’m looking forward to the book.

    P.S. I, too, love the dash.

  6. drwizard said, on February 22, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    Thanks Kara! And as for my teaching a class at SIUE – I suppose you never know…

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