Book Review: How to Become a Straight-A Student

If you are anything like me, where you are constantly searching for the most effective methods to advance your study skills, test-taking techniques, and have a study-and-work-life balance, then look no further! Another book I would like to recommend to you by Cal Newport is ‘How to Become a Straight-A Student‘. This 214-page book is separated into three parts featuring stories of students from America’s most rigorous colleges and universities including Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Duke, Amherst, and Skidmore. If you are interested in defeating the urge to procrastinate, develop tehcniques or systems to locate and organise sources for a research paper, or secrets to efficiency then better buy the book!

The contents:

Part 1: Study Basics

  • Manage your time in five minutes a day
  • Declare war on procrastination
  • Chose when, where and how long

Part 2: Quizzes and Exams

  • Take smart notes
  • Demote your assignments
  • Marshal your resources
  • Conquer the material
  • Invest in “Academic Disaster Insurance”
  • Provide “A+” answers

Part 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