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How to Win at College: Surprising Secrets for Success from the Country's Top Students Paperback – April 12, 2005
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What does it take to be a standout student? How can you make the most of your college years--graduate with honors, choose exciting activities, build a head-turning resume, and gain access to the best post-college opportunities? Based on interviews with star students at universities nationwide, from Harvard to the University of Arizona, "How to Win at College presents seventy-five simple rules that will rocket you to the top of the class. These college-tested--and often surprising--strategies include:
- Don't do all your reading
- Drop classes every term
- Become a club president
- Care about your grades, Ignore your GPA
- Never pull an all-nighter
- Take three days to write a paper
- Always be working on a "grand project"
- Do one thing better than anyone else you know
Proving that success has little to do with being a genius workaholic, and everything to do with playing the game, "How to Win at College is the must-have guide for making the most of these four important years--and getting an edge on life after graduation.
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I agree with essentially all of the tips he suggests. However, I think that outstanding students can indeed get away with studying in their dorms, eating with friends 2 or even 3 times a day, or getting a "normal" job just working in retail in town. While all of his tips are laid out clearly and justified in simple terms, college is a different experience for every person. Some tips will actually not apply to certain people. Some things he expressly forbids might be alright in certain situations.
That being said, I think this book holds a lot of wisdom. While it was a quick and easy read, and while it is like a compendium of tips that are intended to be read like a list, the reading did become predictable. He suggests writing every paper in college like you're writing for a Pulitzer--while he does write very skillfully, and while his personality does indeed shine in the writing, the reading just became somewhat monotonous after reading 10 or 15 tips at a time.
To fully enjoy this book, read it in small doses. Read 4 or 5 tips at a time and take time and ponder the things he suggests. For tips which come alive to you and really seem like they'd make you a better student, mark the page somehow.Read more ›
It's an okay book, there is some genuinely good advice like, ignore classmate's grades and take hard courses early on but there is a bit of fluff and while I have no doubt this stuff is from Yale, Dartmouth and other top notch students, it's vague and generic advice. Not much detail or anecdotes from students.
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I will start with how much I wish I had read this book before beginning college! The transition between it and high school can be difficult for some, especially to those whom take... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
We purchased this to discuss with a group of first year students. It's a fast read, but pithy. There's some atypical advice here (Don't read everything assigned. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jessica T
Very goods tips for later in life, shows some new and innovative ways to truly win at college. Can't wait!Published 1 month ago by a. goggins
This is good, and many of the tips are solid, but it's just not nearly as strong as Newport's Straight-A Student. His suggestions work better when they're in a solid framework. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sonia N. Simone
This book has some very good tips, as well as some that may make you think.Published 2 months ago by Ian Martin