This book lives up to its name completely. The strategies presented in this book, when followed, make academic excellence a habit. You'll never find a closer thing to a step-by-step guide to improving your GPA. You don't even have to read the entire thing (it's not even that big of a book), I didn't and I still got straight A's. Probably my favorite thing about this book was that it didn't just list off "tips." It gives you full-blown techniques that you can learn and tailor to your own college life.
I'll share details about my experience. I achieved straight A's before, occasionally in high school and consistently at technical college, but never at a university. I could no longer skate by with taking good notes and the occasional last-minute cram session. This book helped me most with one of the key points of academic success: time management. This book offers an almost foolproof time and task management system when followed closely. You'll also find techniques for studying, writing papers, avoiding procrastination, taking exams, doing homework problem sets, and it works for any major. I'm a computer science major, and this book would work just as well for a political science, history, biology, education, or engineering major. I could take the study techniques and apply them to writing a program, for example.
I said that you don't have to read the entire thing, and that's true. I skimmed some sections, while I thoroughly read and re-read some other sections to ensure I absorbed everything. I'll also say that you don't have to stick to this book 100% of the time, that would be impossible, and the author knows it. Stuff happens, sometimes you simply don't have enough time. The techniques in this book can be resumed after weeks of neglect. I stuck to this book about 60% of the time over this last semester, the rest of the time I was in a never-ending loop of procrastination and last-minute study/programming marathons. When I got tired of that, I would return to the system and be back on track in no time.
This book doesn't make it effortless, academic success is still hard work for most. Those to whom it comes naturally are either in piece-of-cake majors, are flat-out geniuses, or, most likely, are employing the tactics listed in this book! Cal Newport interviews straight-A students from the top schools in the nation and shares their tactics with you. This book gives you all of the tools you will need to improve your grades in college, while having more free time!
Are you a good student but want to be a great student? Get the book. Are you a nervous high school senior who doesn't know what to expect in college but wants to hit the ground running? Get the book. Are you struggling to manage all your coursework and you simply feel like there are not enough hours in the day? Get the book. It's one of the best investments you'll make. Will you actually get all A's? Maybe not. Will your grades go up if you read this book and actively use the tools it provides? Definitely.
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Crown/Archetype (26 December 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0767922719
- ISBN-13: 978-0767922715
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.2 x 20.2 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 159 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)