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What Smart Students Know: Maximum Grades. Optimum Learning. Minimum Time. Paperback – July 27, 1993
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I am an intelligent person, but I have never done well in school. An occasional A, a more common B, and often Cs or less. What a surprise to read this book and find that I actually have what the author terms the "attitude of a smart student." This attitude is comprised of a love of learning, a willingness to learn, and the knowledge that no one teaches you better than you teach yourself -- because we all learn in different ways, and only we know how we learn best.
There is a difference, however, between being a smart person and a smart student. Attitude alone is not enough to succeed in the school game if you do not know all the rules. "A smart student knows that school is a game, but it is an important game," writes the author. And one of the most obvious, and most denied, rules is that there is nothing more subjective and biased than grading. This author points out that grades can even be based on how a student dresses, where a student sits, and the teacher's personal opinion of a student. For example, if you have a good reputation as an "A student" but do the same on a project as someone with a bad reputation as an "F student," you will often be graded according to your earned reputation. "All students make mistakes," teachers will often reason, "This is an `A student' mistake and can be excused." For the student who has established an "F student" reputation, the same mistake will be seen in light of his grade history and he will be graded accordingly.Read more ›
It's definitely an advanced way of studying--what I mean by that is, this method is for people who already have the basics down. If you know how to take notes, keep your locker organized, and keep up with your reading, and just want to be more efficient, this book is for you. If you first need to work on being generally more responsible about school, start with another book. :-)
Turned out to help me so well that I am already having too much free time in the past three months. Even if I have to go the extra mile as a deaf student. It's true that old habits are hard to break, I still have some tiresome old studying habits. But, it's slowly changing... Mind me, habits can't be changed overnight.
No matter who you are, one getting straight A's or struggling for C's, I STRONGLY suggest you to sniff out a copy of this book.
These reviewers miss Robinson's primary point: that traditional "learning" methods are boring, time-consuming, AND ineffective. Think of the methods as a football quarter-back's "playbook:" you don't have to run EVERY play in the book in EVERY game. Robinson himself says that the methods do not apply in every course, and that some methods apply more in some types of courses than others. Robinson does NOT tell students to employ ALL the methods ALL the time.
Another point I'd like to make is that any new set of learning techniques takes time. Heck, typing took me forever to master; but now that I've invested the time it saves me WAY more than the time I spent learning it.
Finally, Robinson's point is that HOWEVER MUCH time you have to devote to your studies, whether it's an hour a day per college course or an hour per week for a high school course -- whatever -- your time is best employed using these methods. If you're short of time, or the test isn't so important, Robinson says to cut back on the methods to fit your time budget and the importance of the test.
The more time you have, and the more important the test, the more you should use Robinson's methods. The less time you have, simply cut back. No biggie.
Either that, or go back to wasting all your time with the old "learning" methods of rereading your notes ad infinitum until test time.
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I'm a Senior in College and this book helped me out! If you need help studying this is defiantly the book to buy.Published 10 days ago by LaLa45231
I guess it takes discipline to read through this and actually implement the advice as well (where I failed at). Otherwise, very entertaining read and good advice.Published 1 month ago by Coolcalcium
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Awesome book. Really changes the way you perceive school.Published 3 months ago by Michael Castillo
This helped me IMMENSELY with grad school. You put in more work, but come exam time you've got a major edge over everyone else. I am totally going to teach my kids this method.Published 5 months ago by Matthew F. Niner
I really like this book because not only did it provide various study tips, it also gave great examples of how to teach yourself. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sanora Rae