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How to Become a Straight-A Student: The Unconventional Strategies Real College Students Use to Score High While Studying Less Paperback – December 26, 2006
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“This book delivers on its title 100 Percent. I wish I'd had a copy when I was in college—I would have had a better GPA and a better social life!”—Jason Ryan Dorsey, author of My Reality Check Bounced!
“A smart, concise, fun, and above all informative guide on how to ace college by being smarter about how to work . . . This book is a must-have for anyone who wants to do well at college and enjoy it too.” —M. Cecilia Gaposchkin, Assistant Dean of Faculty for PreMajor Advising, Dartmouth College
About the Author
Cal Newport graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth in 2004, where, using the strategies outlined in this book, he earned thirty-six straight A’s in a row. Also the author of How to Win at College, he is studying for his Ph.D. in computer science at MIT.
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I bought this book at the end of 2011 and decided to put to practice what it says. I was very amazed at my former roommate's 5.0 GPA and scholarship to Stanford once he got his minor in Biology. This guy would just come home, watch movies, go out with his girlfriend, play sports a lot, go dancing, etc. We never saw him cramming or pulling one all-nighter, NOT EVEN ONCE!. The other 2 guys were jealous studying like crazy but with 3.85 GPA. When I asked him about his success he said he wasn't doing anything special, except for staying in school until he finished his homework for the day. It didn't make sense since we saw him at home around 6 pm. "I just divide the work for each assignment unless it is too easy, and I never stay more than 1 or 2 hours doing just one assignment, That helps me usually get over 100% so at the end of the semester I don't have to worry too much about tests and other stuff like that; I don't read the whole thing, EVER! I would never be able to read the 100+ pages required each week, plus memorizing, and then doing an essay, it is ridiculous."
I read a few books about getting A's (I am from Mexico so the grading system is different), but they all said the same: read the whole thing, learn everything to avoid surprises, repeat it but in your own words, make notes in every paragraph, develop mental maps, and so on... This book is different (some of the things are similar but not the same).
Here's the most useful piece of advice I got from it: It is very often more important to know what NOT to study, than what to study. Time is very limited and we shouldn't waste it trying to read all the materials, learn absolutely everything for the tests, etc (especially the night before whatever is due). Your brain will shut off before you can do that, so you're better off knowing what you can and cannot do without burning out.
I also have to say I enjoyed precious nights of deep sleep, and going to the test with a fresh mind (and scent), instead of tired, desperate, stinky, and trying to memorize 5 minutes before the test. This book is a lot about having free time to enjoy (not just getting drunk like some reviewers said) while others are wishing they would have studied earlier. It is a lot about structure and dividing the workload throughout the semester, month, week, day. You need to pay attention since at some point it could get a little tedious, like when he explains how to prepare for an essay. But if you try them they will work; the ultimate goal here is making college less tedious, more enjoyable, and an experience that will enrich your life instead of becoming a very expensive hell. It is also worth mentioning that the author is not giving you something he just though of, but these are common habits among top students attending top universities.
I can also suggest you try the methods in the book and combine them with others such as mnemonics; I memorize whatever information I don't think I'll need in the future, and just pour it on the test, then forget about the rest; I do this ONLY with useless info that won't help me in any other class, and when I know the test will allow it (like multiple choice, short answers, yes/no, etc).
Would definitely recommend it.
Cal NewPort isn't necessarily a great writer, in the normal sense of the term. He is the hardcore version of SR Covey. He is not a motivational writer but the kind of writer you ought to read if you want to shine at work. He is not about the superficial part of your day, he is very much interested in people producing their best work. I would recommend his other books, especially Deep Work.
This year I have surprisingly become the top student in class. My instructor has said several times I'm the top student (grade wise). I made the only 100 last test lol.
I was a terrible student before this and after reading this book things changed.
Buy this book if your struggling with university or community college like I was.