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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for its life changing effect, October 23, 2012
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I picked up this book in pursuit of straight A's. What I got instead was a chance to completely change the way I view education and learning. The goal of this book is not to teach you how to make the grade (although there is advice for doing that at the end of the book) but to show you a process and viewpoint of education that leads to growth and success in life after school. Although the book is not perfect it did change my life, and perhaps save a doomed to fail college career. Here are some of the main things I liked and disliked about the book.

Liked: (note the length of discussion of each of these topics varies)
-How it encourages learning, growth, self discovery and curiosity over success and jumping through hoops (grades)
-Encourages one to take control of your own education.
-discussion of intrinsic vs extrinsic motivation
-focusing on good questions over correct answers
-explanation and discussion of strategic and surface learners vs deep learning
-the benefits of taking responsibility for outcomes and focusing on the ability to change the future
-why self compassion is more important than self esteem
-discusses attitudes towards failure and why certain ones are better
-how embracing the unknown and changing your language can make you solve problems better
-the mindful process of deep learning
-effects of prejudice on learning and how to overcome it
-how living in a different culture effects learning
-the effect of competition and comparative thinking on learning
-how viewing the world as flexible can enhance learning and growth
-7 levels of thinking, from basic to most advanced
-effective ways to learn (can be used to make good grades)

Disliked:(Mostly personal preference)
-that there were many long winded stories. While at some times I found them inspiring and useful, others times I got nothing out of them, probably just my mood at the time though.
-that there was no clear outline of the principles in the book and how to apply them, of course if one pays attention they can make their own

I gave this book a 5 out 5 stars because I feel it changed my life for the better, especially in regards to college. I believe that if you apply the principles in this book, it will help you get more out of college, and life.

God Bless!
Cody
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