How to Become a Straight-A Student

How to Become a Straight-A Studentphoto by: Steven S.

All college students want to become a straight-a student. It is hard to balance college life between classes, studying and trying to have a social life. Many college students struggle to find a balance that allows them to do well in their classes and still have a social life. Cal Newport wrote a book called “How to Become a Straight-A Student” that has helped many college students reach this balance.

“A common complaint I hear from students is they never seem to have enough time to finish their work. They vent about how many hours they spend—late nights reviewing in the library, weekends sacrificed to paper writing—but no matter how hard they try, there always seems to be something else due. They believe unless they forgo sleep or any semblance of a social life, there are simply not enough hours in the day to stay on top of their schoolwork.”

Does this sound like your life?

The book explains how “pseudo-working” is the common approach used to study. For instance trying to study and watch TV at the same time. You lack the focus and concentration needed so you do not accomplish much. Many students put themselves in situations that cripple their brains ability to think clearly. The result is fatigue, headaches and lackluster work.

Chapters include

  • Study Basics
  • Quizzes and Exams
  • Essays and Papers

Within these chapters you learn how to gain efficiency by compressing work into focused burst. The formula is work accomplished = time spent X intensity of focus. Using this formula you can spend less time studying with better results. This leaves you more free time to enjoy the things you really want to do.

If you are looking for an academic and college life overhaul you really should read this book. It does not cost much and many reviewers on Amazon.com claim it has turned their life around. You should also check out Cal Newport’s web site Study Hacks. It is an excellent resource for tested strategies for getting more out of the college experience and life in general.

Looking to jump start your G.P.A? Most college students believe that straight As can only be achieved through cramming and painful all-nighters. But Cal Newport knows that real straight-A students don’t study harder — they study smarter. A breakthrough approach to acing assignments, from quizzes and exams to essays and papers, How to Become a Straight-A Student reveals the proven study secrets used by real straight-A students across the country. You will learn how to:

Streamline your study habits to learn more in less time.

  • Take smarter notes (Hint: Less is more)
  • Provide A+ answers on quizzes and exams
  • Know which reading assignments are critical — and which are not.
  • Choose an A-worthy paper topic.
  • 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 with the insider knowledge and real-world methods to help you master the college system and rise to the top of the class.