With design students, there is the 2/13/2 Rule. Allow me to explain.
A Visual Design student who is signed up for my upcoming Typography course wrote to me and asked what he could read during the summer to get ready for the Fall semester class. It about knocked my serifs right off. Where was he hiding his apathy? How dare he, during the sacred summer months, think about preparing for entering a demanding and increasingly competitive career field by preparing early for a class?