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Kick Ass in College: Highest Rated "How to Study in College" Book | 77 Ninja Study Skills Tips and Career Strategies | Motivational for College Students: A Guerrilla Guide to College Success [Kindle Edition]

Gunnar Fox
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Book Description

** Selected as the #1 College Success Book by the Prestigious Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) National Library Review! **

“I read Kick Ass in College cover to cover in only 3 days. After the first hour, I felt a great sense of motivation to pursue my studies and enjoy college… The chapters unfold with urgency, frankness, and humor. Gunnar really speaks the truth…” – U. Phan/5.0 out of 5 stars

“Head and shoulders above the rest… I searched for words of wisdom that would ease my daughter’s transition into college life. I ended up buying her 3 books. But it was Kick Ass in College that she found to have the best information and helpful hints to survive… We liked this book so much it has become my standard high school graduation gift!” – Gayle Keller/5.0 out of 5 stars

" …will save students a lot of heartache... invaluable coaching for college." – Professor John Barberet


“the most succinct, practical, engaging and immediately useful success-in-college book available.” – VOYA

“I wanted to give you a big THANK YOU! I’m returning to college in the spring (UCLA). I was feeling very intimidated... I appreciate the things you’ve demystified and clarified for me and the organized, concise and fun way you delivered this information!” – Raquel Brejtfus, Barnes & Noble customer

“Must-read material for students seeking to use their degree as a springboard to an exciting career.” – Barbara Eureste, Director of the Career Placement Center, University of Texas at Austin

Book Chapters:

1 - College: Get Over It
2 – Why People Are Willing to Spend Thousands To Earn A College Degree
3 - Gunnar’s Philosophy of Intellectual Horsepower
4 - Choosing To Succeed By Planning To Succeed
5 - Making Them Eat Your Academic Dust
6 - Averting Disaster: There’s More Than One Way To Flunk A Cat
7 - Curing Test Anxiety and Laughing In The Face Of Death
8 - As the Phrase Turns: Writing Your Way To The Top
9 - Time Management: Not As Boring A Topic As You Might Imagine
10 - Congratulations: You’ve Got a Kick-Ass Memory
11 - Talent on Demand: Your Personal Success Team
12 - Making A Name For Yourself: If You Don’t Toot Your Own Horn Ain’t Nobody Gonna Toot It For You
13 - Sucking Up: A Lost Art
14 - Snagging A Good Gig: It’s All About Persistence
15 - Accepting Adulthood: You Can Run But You Can’t Hide

16 - Stairway to Tomorrowland: More Tips, Tricks and Hacks for Future-Minded Students
17 - Sealing the Deal: Winning Admissions Essays for College or Grad School

Editorial Reviews

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Although Fox, a "person young enough to have college in his rear-view mirror," has branched out into law and real estate, he did develop a study program for "at risk" students at the University of Texas and still runs series of lectures for prospective students. His own student experiences figure prominently in this guide, which he delivers with a swaggering self-assurance that occasionally threatens to overwhelm some of the good advice he has to offer. There's nothing new in his pushing "serious, steady effort" ("professors want some pain"), time management, and disciplined study strategies (limit TV, and no music while working, not ever), but he goes a bit further than most to counsel kids about getting to know campus services, finding mentors, and becoming involved in extracurricular activities. Salient points appear in boldface, and key ideas are listed at the close of each chapter, making skimming easy. The focus-on-studies-and-the-future approach will appeal to parents; kids will come away with a few helpful hints to get the job done (although few will follow the music advice). Stephanie Zvirin
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"I am going to suggest our business school use this program in our introduction to business class. I am also going to give the ordering information to my current students and suggest that those who are not achieving the grades they need take the summer off and study Kick Ass in College carefully." ~Professor Kris Tilker, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas
"Interesting and refreshing in its approach!" ~Dr. M.C. Walter, Professor, California State University at Long Beach
"Without taking himself too seriously, author Gunnar Fox finds creative, down-to-earth ways to present vital information that really helps students succeed." ~Dr. Steven Sachs, Professor, Los Angeles Valley College

Product Details

  • File Size: 2836 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: (October 18, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009TE79XO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #506,880 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kick Ass in College August 6, 2005
For any parent or student looking for the best advice and guidance for college, this is it. For the first time a no-nonsense blue print on how to succeed in college, written in such a way that entertains while it teaches. It appears that Gunner Fox has painstakingly collected all the wisdom of the sages and condensed it into one handy guide palatable for any age group. No matter if you have a son or daughter about to go off to college, or if you want to return to finished up your own education, this is a must read book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent advice August 8, 2005
By Winefan
Gunnar's book offers readers the rare combination of solid advice from someone who knows what he is talking about presented in language that doesn't pull punches or put you to sleep. For those students who find themselves in the college haze of overstimulation from academic and socials demands, Kick Ass in College offers rock solid advice that, if followed, will allow readers to succeed in college while still having fun.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Helpful but repetitive... some inaccuracies March 17, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As a high school teacher, I read this book to gain some ideas to help my students and those going to college this year. The book contains a lot of information that can be helpful to high school and college students, alike. Some of the information is repeated throughout the book; perhaps for those who skim but for those of us who read every word it became annoying. Some of the information is inaccurate so take this with a grain of salt and not for scripture. A lot of the book is devoted to three things: 1) studying (this section is good), 2) how to work the system to your advantage (this section is somewhat inaccurate and not the most honest approach to one's entry into adulthood), and 3) keeping healthy (most of this is okay but much of it should be common sense unless one has been living under a rock).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ August 16, 2005
I was stunned at how accurate this book is, and I am making it require reading for all of my children. I was told about this book by a friend who had read an email about it, and found it totally by luck. Hopefully this thing hits the mainstream because it will change a lot of lives for the better! Wish I had read it before I went to college...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must buy for all seniors May 23, 2006
As college becomes an option for more and more students it has become increasingly important for them to be properly prepared for college life. But by the time they are seniors they have generally stopped listening to too much the adults around them are saying! This is where Kick Ass In College comes it. Gunnar Fox has found the way to write an invaluable, step by step guide to the whole process that will grab students' (and their parents') interest and keep them reading until the last page.

In an easy to follow, engaging format Fox relates the success in college as the cornerstone for success in life. By addressing each aspect from why good grades really are important, to getting to know your professors to study habits and dealing with love, he covers all the nitty gritty of college life. Its emphasis on grades as a means to success in life after school give meaning and motivation to the structured study habits he describes in this book. The bold faced section headings and the Key Points as the chapter summaries give the readers the sign posts through out the book to follow and refer back to for information. The book manages to be extremely entertaining while giving seriously good suggestions and information.

Kick Ass in College's excellent advice should be read by all college bound students and their parents. It will give our students the extra edge they need to be prepared both for life at college and a pathway to their future success. As college becomes an expectation for most students, schools are overwhelmed by No Child Left Behind requirements and parents themselves may never have a post secondary education, Gunnar Fox's book is a well needed dose of reality and information.

This book should be the number one graduation gift for all graduating seniors.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kick Ass - Must Read November 2, 2005
This book has very important guidelines to excel in college - and in a reader-friendly format. It's a timeless resource - one I'd expect to see 'on the shelves' for years. My kids will definitely read it before they head for college.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book to gift to a teenager you know ... November 28, 2012
By DJ1990
Format:Perfect Paperback
I bought this book for my college-bound nephew based on the edgy sounding title.

The advice covers topics I am fairly familiar with as a former graduate student (optimal study skills, goal setting, dealing with professors) and a person who has made it into my 40's in one piece (avoiding drug abuse, not drinking and driving, safe sex). But this book is so creative and convincing in discussing these topics that I actually read the whole book myself before giving it to my nephew. It is delivered in a witty and irreverent manner. The illustrations make the content extremely engaging. I also like the fact that the book emphasizes the right values - honesty, helpfulness and decency while not coming across as preachy. I actually found some of the sections (such as effective note taking, brain hacks to improve memory etc.) to be very relevant and useful in my day job.

This book drives home the point that the kids who get straight A's in college are not necessarily more hard working or talented ... they are simply better organized and have a system. The author gives you what you need to have a realistic shot at being one of those college whiz kids. I would definitely read it if you are in college or thinking of going. Or gift it to someone at that stage in their life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Kick Ass in College" just saved me nearly $8,000
This is a long one, so stick with me, it's far better in narrative form.

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Published 2 months ago by Ravyn Summers
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Highly Recommended for high school juniors and seniors even hinting at college. This book is full of great Life Skills EVERYone can refresh on, even for after college. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Carl Siroky
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative book..
Very informative.I wish I had this when I went to college.Awesome book for both parent and college bound kids. Read more
Published 10 months ago by noel s.
5.0 out of 5 stars GENIUS -- I use something every day from this book.
Kick Ass in College is extremely motivational. It is like an encyclopedia of hacks. It has study hacks, productivity hacks, getting a job hacks, life in general hacks, etc.. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Smeister
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best study skills books I have found, especially for new...
The suggestions for developing effective study skills are very good. I found that several chapters were most applicable to new college students. Read more
Published 17 months ago by J. Shumaker
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This is a great guide, and there is much to learn from it. The links however are no longer valid and trying to navigate to them via the website is nearly impossible, even google... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Waddoo
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun
This book is easy to read and really helps you focus on ways to succeed in college. Don't come into this expecting it to be fully serious, but does have great help in it!
Published on May 22, 2013 by TexAg
5.0 out of 5 stars We Recommend This Book to Our Students
I work at a large university and discovered this book several years ago. We are thrilled that it's been re-released so that more students can benefit from Gunnar's advice. Read more
Published on May 21, 2013 by Judith M. Rule
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book. Applicable to Undergrad, Grad and Professional School
This book is very insightful and I will definitely be taking the advice I found in it. I'm currently trying to force every prospective college/grad student I know to read it.
Published on March 8, 2013 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
I read this book a little late, as this is something you should read before you actually get to college. wups. But either way it was still an aspiring book! Read more
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More About the Author


Gunnar Fox has a track record of teaching students how to earn top grades - while still having a life in college. He also teaches his students how to develop skill sets in the classroom that will allow them to achieve success and financial freedom in the real world.

** QUICK VIDEO INTRODUCTION TO KICK ASS IN COLLEGE: Please check out the videos on Gunnar Fox's Amazon Author Central Page **

Gunnar graduated from Phillips Academy Andover and the Plan II Honors Program at the University of Texas. In college he was elected President of the Student Council, named Dean's Distinguished Graduate and received the Outstanding University Student award. Gunnar later enrolled at Stanford Law School, where he served as Associate Editor of the Stanford Law Review.


Gunnar Fox will show you how professors think, what makes them tick, and what they really expect from you.

Gunnar was a hot shot in college. But he wasn't born one. As Gunnar says, "Show me a college hot shot and I'll show you a great mentor in that student's life." Gunnar had many mentors and he had a bag of tricks and hacks the minute he walked in the door at college.

Four years later he was holding an acceptance letter to his dream law school.

"But college success is not just about hard work," Gunnar says. "And few 'A' students are geniuses with special mental powers. You have to trust me... They just have the best information."


As a student development specialist at the University of Texas, Gunnar was assigned responsibility for the "at risk" student population. Let's be honest: nobody wanted this job. These were students who had been written off and were expected to crash and burn after a year or so. History suggested that few of them would ever graduate.

These were capable, clever kids with big dreams. And yet they had been defeated by college. Many of them were just hanging around like demotivated zombies, just waiting to receive their failing grades so they could go home in shame. (Think "The Walking Dead" with backpacks.)

But Gunnar had other plans for them. To the amazement of most everyone, his easy-to-use toolbox of study hacks and life strategies energized these students, decreasing their failure rate by a whopping 65 percent. Not just a few of them graduated -- busloads did. Pretty soon their failure rate was no higher than the rest of the student population!

People said, "Holy cow, Gunnar! You oughtta write a book!" ...After a couple more years of testing and tweaking the first edition of "Kick Ass in College" was born. The new expanded second edition is now better than ever and impacting lives every day.

Kamilya's story is an example:

"I absolutely love Kick Ass in College. I have read the book twice before, and now for the third time. I re-read it before each semester, and I have been kicking ass ever since. I had to leave school with a 1.5 G.P.A. but when I came back my grades jumped to a 3.4. I graduated with a 3.8! The book is wonderful and I recommend it to every college student I know!"
~K. Williams, Bowie State University | 5.0 out of 5 stars

When reasonably motivated students apply Gunnar's methods their potential for success in college and beyond is unlimited. But as Gunnar says, "Don't worry if your confidence is shaky or you feel a bit underprepared. Just bring an open mind and trust the tips. They will work for you."


Over the last decade Gunnar has lectured extensively in Ivy League schools, state schools, community colleges, high schools, prep schools, law schools, international schools, and everywhere in between. Gunnar is an internationally recognized curriculum design and distance-learning consultant.

After working for several international law firms and multinational corporations, Gunnar founded a global consultancy serving universities and education enterprises.

In addition to "Kick Ass in College" Gunnar Fox has also written the "University Success Plan" series for international students.

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Gunnar Fox divides his time between Dallas, Texas and Bangkok, Thailand. He loves learning new things and follows a Paleo/Primal approach to health and fitness.

Look for "Kick Ass at Work" to be released in June 2015.

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