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As Cal Newport discovered the hard way during his first year at Dartmouth, straight As are not achieved through all-night study sessions. Rather, most straight-A students study fewer hours than their peers and still get top-tier results because they employ unconventional strategies that streamline their study time. Based on Newport’s experiences and those of the exceptional students he interviewed across America, How to Become aStraight-A Student is the first comprehensive study guide, written by students for students, that shows you how to master the college academic system and score high while studying less.
An accessible guide that provides a detailed prescriptive study system for tackling college-level quizzes, exams, essays, and papers, How to Become a Straight-A Student is the roadmap to how to study smarter. In Part 1, Newport helps students analyze their study skills and imparts strategies for time management and ending procrastination. Part 2 reveals the secret weapons straight-A students use to dominate exams, ranging from how to improve alertness to how to absorb the material effectively in as little time as possible. In the last section, students learn to “hunt the elusive question,” “craft a powerful story,” and six other indispensable steps to writing essays and papers better and faster than ever before. Case studies on how students customized these approaches to their own temperaments round out the book. A perfect gift for the college-bound freshman, or for a student looking to freshen-up their skills, How to Become a Straight-A Student is the only study guide written with wisdom from the trenches in a hip, fresh style.