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How to Become a straight-a Student: The Unconventional Strategies Real College Students Use to Score High While Studying Lessby Cal Newport
Synopses & Reviews
Looking to jumpstart your GPA? Most college students believe that straight A’s can be achieved only through cramming and painful all-nighters at the library. But Cal Newport knows that real straight-A students don’t study harder—they study smarter. A breakthrough approach to acing academic assignments, from quizzes and exams to essays and papers, How to Become a Straight-A Student reveals for the first time the proven study secrets of real straight-A students across the country and weaves them into a simple, practical system that anyone can master. You will learn how to:
Streamline and maximize your study time
Absorb the material quickly and effectively
Know which reading assignments are critical—and which are not
Target the paper topics that wow professors
Provide A+ answers on exams
Write stellar prose without the agony
A strategic blueprint for success that promises more free time, more fun, and top-tier results, How to Become a Straight-A Student is the only study guide written by students for students—with the insider knowledge and real-world methods to help you master the college system and rise to the top of the class.
Offers time-management strategies, tips on taking tests, techniques for writing essays better and faster, and self-assessment tests to help students analyze their study skills.
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.
Table of Contents
pt. 1. Study basics — Manage your time in five minutes a day — Declare war on procrastination — Choose when, where, and how long — Part one cheat sheet — pt. 2. Quizzes and exams — Take smart notes — Demote your assignments — Marshall your resources — Conquer the material — Invest in "Academic disaster insurance" — Provide "A+" answers — The plan in action — Part two cheat sheet — pt. 3. Essays and papers — Target a titillating topic — Conduct a thesis-hunting expedition — Seek a second opinion — Research like a machine — Craft a powerful story — Consult your expert panel — Write without the agony — Fix, don't fixate — The plan in action — Part three cheat sheet — Conclusion.
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