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  • The Unconventional Strategies Real College Students Use to Score High While Studying Less
  • Written by: Cal Newport
  • Narrated by: Johnathan McClain
  • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (80 ratings)

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How to Become a Straight-A Student

Written by: Cal Newport
Narrated by: Johnathan McClain
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Publisher's Summary

Looking to jump-start your GPA? Most college students believe straight As 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 
  • Conquer procrastination
  • 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.

Includes a PDF of Time Management Tips. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2007 Cal Newport (P)2019 Random House Audio

What the critics say

“A smart, concise, fun, and above all informative guide on how to ace college by being smarter about how to work.... This book is a must-have for anyone who wants to do well at college and enjoy it too.” (M. Cecilia Gaposchkin, assistant dean of faculty for pre-major advising, Dartmouth College)

“This book delivers on its title 100 Percent. I wish I'd had a copy when I was in college - I would have had a better GPA and a better social life!” (Jason Ryan Dorsey, author of My Reality Check Bounced!)

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worth the read!

i am adult student that is mid way throught a condenced medical program. i have instantly changed some of my approaches to note taking and studying.

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Just so good

Easy to read, great techniques and entertaining, it’s motivating i really love it. Im clearly going hard next session

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Studying made less intimidating

Makes studying for college/university less intimidating and manageable. Recommend to any student who wants to improve their grades and get a more balanced schedule while in school

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Want to succeed in university? Read this!

Honestly this book changed my life, it’s so good! I went from being a student who was always getting 70-80% to getting high 90’s every single assignment and exam!

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Must read

A must read for anyone who wants to learn how to study more efficiently and therefore "study hard, have more free time and get higher grades".

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Excellent materials for STEM students

Great materials and strategy for studying. I'm a mature student struggling with getting back the school mindset, and this book prepares my mind for my study in engineering. Highly recommended!

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good stuff

very effective, saved so much time. love how there's a dedicated section for essay writing as they are in my opinion the most painful part of college.

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Number #1 Tool for Academic Success

Brilliant ideas simply explained to draw out the best academic performance possible. I thoroughly enjoyed and will benefit from reading this extensively instructional book.

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This book is straight to the point and informative

This book is a good read for anyone from 9 grade to post-secondary. Has tips on note-taking, studying, and essay writing from top-tier students.

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