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- Print Length: 81 pages
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- Publication Date: January 1, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AVWKZCA
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,533,292 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Study Secrets: The Definitive Guide to Acing Your Courses Without Missing a Fun Night Out Kindle Edition
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However, I think the author has succeeded in pointing out two things that makes most successful people successful which are overlooked by most others, and that is the fact that you need to study or pursue something that you genuinely enjoy and want to succeed at. The other is knowing yourself and when you are at your most productive, so that your efforts are not in vain.
The resources and step by step, practical guide to developing a resume and going through the application and interview process etc was very practical also. I would recommend this book to every college student at any point on the college journey...and most people in their day to day lives throughout their career. Well done.
The good (the great):
Anderson is an erudite author who does a fantastic job of synthesizing literature and personal experience in a novel way that's extraordinarily useful for aspiring young adults who are interested in post-secondary education. His own experiences are enveloped within relevant motifs drawn from an astronomical array of literature. Anderson is an outstanding strategic thinker and his book makes this fact very clear via the frequent theme of "metacognition" that is subtly woven into each and every page of this book, beginning with advice on how to read the book, and ending each chapter with a summary and exercise. The philosophical (strategy) advice and the practical (tactics) advice are outstanding and a powerful synergy arises from this potent combination. The book is worth reading alone based on the quality of the aforementioned advice, but the extensions of technology (operational; Google Calendar, tracking methods, etc) that Anderson expounds on are quite novel and easy to apply. At this bargain price, it's worth giving this book a look; you will undoubtedly learn something insightful.
The bad (the "not great"):
Anderson doesn't do a great job of separating things in a concise manner. His personal anecdotes are informative and very pertinent to the subject material but the distinction between his experience and his advice needs to be made a little more obvious. Some of the quotations and paraphrasing need to be illustrated a little better, the book could benefit from the use of "block quotes" to highlight certain passages. Some facts and statistics need outright citations. A lot of the highly technical aspects, which are extraordinarily useful, need to be moved to appendices. Less fragmented paragraphs and suble improvements to grammar are crucially important, and segues and "informal" commentaries must be used tactfully; though to be fair, while Anderson a prolific strategist and author, a flowing work of poetry is not what one would expect this book to be anyhow.
The title and cover of this book do not adequately prepare the reader for what they're about to read. The cheap cover art and the title "Study Secrets" is distasteful and makes the book unappetizing. "Study Secrets" does not do justice to the myriad of material that's covered in the book. There are also several instances wherein the language Anderson uses indicate poor judgment and could be considered offensive to some on a personal level. The "author bio" is grossly insufficient and does not give justice to Anderson as a man and his credentials. I suspect that Anderson, with his relentless drive for self-improvement and efficiency, will revise and improve this book greatly.
Disclaimer: I'm familiar with the author and his anecdotes and abilities. Brett is indeed a prodigious and aspiring individual and exemplifies the quote at the beginning of "Chapter 4: How to Make Daily Progress Towards Long Term Plans", from the famed American inventrepreneur Thomas Edison: "Vision without execution is hallucination." Brett had a vision for this book, and he executed everything that needed to be done in order to make it a reality. This is an impressive step into the world of writing for a busy man in his early twenties. His literary abilities are otherworldly, and when he references other literature, he is not putting on a façade. Brett is an erudite scholar who is capable of critically reading many books and this is and will be reflected in all of his writings. I genuinely look forward to his writings in the future.
However, I found this book full of very excellent advice not only for studying, but also for structuring my time so that I can get done what I want to get done and still leave room for the unexpected gifts life brings every day.
I highly recommend this for anyone! It's nicely written and an easy read.
Do yourself a favor: read this book and implement its strategies! You won't be sorry!
The planning and recommendations in Study Secrets are super helpful, especially if you have a checkered academic past. It's a good way to build self-confidence and get motivated!
I especially like the section on managing Google Calendars for students. Great advice!