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From the Author
How would you sum up the content of this book?
This is a book that covers the most important aspects of studying in school and college - from planning your schedule, to taking notes in class and doing your homework, to studying for tests. The tips and advice are based on my own experience as a student (I received top marks in school, including the equivalent of class valedictorian in 10th grade, and graduated with honors from an Ivy League University and a top law school in the UK), as well as the latest research in how our brain works and how we learn from the fields of neuroscience and psychology. The book is aimed at giving you a tool kit - to understand the basics of how our brain learns best, and to use that knowledge to use the time that you spend studying as efficiently as possible. I think the book will be useful to all students, whether they are already doing well in school and just want to tune up their study systems or learn to tackle more advanced subjects, or whether they are struggling with their classes, and want to know how to get better grades.
How did you come to write this book, and what made you choose this topic?
I actually had the idea for this book many years ago, when I was in school and learning and applying a few of the tips myself. I had always been a good student, but in high school I found myself struggling with the technical subjects, science, mathematics and computer programming. I was barely passing in some of my classes, and had to completely overhaul my study habits, and get some additional help. My efforts paid off, and in the O-level equivalent exams, I received top marks and became class valedictorian. I went through similar experiences during my Masters' program, and I became interested in how to turn around grades and learn to do well in subjects despite struggling initially.
I wrote this book to share my own tips and success strategies, as well as those I picked up from reading some of the most recent research into how our brain works, and how to harness that knowledge to study and learn more effectively. I could see that so many students, especially in competitive societies where a single grade can have a huge impact on their future, are stressed out and overwhelmed by the pressures of schoolwork. I wrote this book in the hope that it could empower students to believe that they could do well in their studies without burning out or giving up.
What do you think is absolutely essential for getting good grades?
Well, I have written a whole book on this, so it's a bit hard to boil it down to one thing! I think if I were to pick any one thing, I would say planning. Creating a study plan, for the semester, for the week and even for each study session, even if the extent of your plan is five words scribbled on a spare piece of paper. Having a plan really focuses one's efforts and saves time. Try this the next time you go to the library or your favorite study spot to work - just jot down the 3-5 things you hope to get done during that session.
Planning and keeping track of your school obligations is not something students think is essential, but if you start to do everything last minute, and are constantly stressed because you might be forgetting something important, or are trying to juggle too many things in your head at once, you are not being an effective student and making the most of your time. Organizing yourself is actually pretty easy, and you can start with just simple tools, pen and paper. Just make sure to write everything that you need to remember down, and make sure you check that list at least every day. There are many systems and apps of course that are effective, but a notebook and calendar are enough to start with.
Is there a common flaw in the study pattern of most students? If so, how would you advise them to correct that flaw and improve the study process?
That's actually a great question! I think the most common mistake that students make (and I myself certainly wasn't immune to this) is to study passively. Reading through a textbook and simply highlighting passages without taking notes or sitting in class and not paying attention; it may seem like you are studying but really you're not learning anything. Research has shown that highlighting your textbook or simply reading is the worst way to learn, because weeks later, you remember very little. And it's worse because it gives you this illusion of having done the work.
The best way to learn? Do some active learning. Take notes that summarize the main points in what you are reading, answer questions on the text or take a short quiz. Anything that requires you to put your brain through a mental workout, manipulate the material and make it your own. This actually is harder in the moment than passively reading, but since it speeds up learning so much, it can actually save a student a lot of time.
What's the most important thing people don't know about learning and doing well in school?
Most students who are struggling at school (or adults contemplating going back to school), think that maybe they simply lack the aptitude for a certain subject, or that maybe in order to do well, they would have to become a grind and study every single minute. Neither of these things are true, and I found from my research and my personal experience, that good study habits can actually help you to study a reasonable number of hours and still do well. Additionally, if you're not doing well in a particular subject area, it just means that your brain hasn't had the chance to develop a solid foundation in that subject, which you can rectify by going back to the basics, simplifying the topic as much as possible, and mastering each aspect of the subject separately. When you put it all together, you will realize that suddenly you know a lot more than you did before, and more than you thought you could know.
Who will most benefit from reading this book?
The book was written primarily aimed at college or high-school senior students, but the advice can be implemented by younger students in middle school or younger and even those in continuing education, returning to school after a few years gap, or juggling the roles of student and parent or employee simultaneously. Being able to become more effective with the time you spend studying and get more out of it are topics that can benefit any student regardless of age.
I also wrote this book hoping to encourage those students who avoid certain careers believing that they lack the ability to excel in those subjects. It is an accepted fact that most countries are struggling to improve their diversity ratios in the fields of technology, science, and medicine. At the same time, the range of free and low-cost educational resources that are now available to students worldwide are incredible. I believe that anyone, with the knowledge of improved study strategies, can learn to master any subject and follow any career path that they choose.