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If you're looking to improve your grades and study more efficiently, there are a lot of ways you can go about it. Thomas Frank, founder of the College Info Geek blog, YouTube channel, and podcast, breaks these ways down into ten steps in this short book. You'll learn how to learn more effectively in your classes, take better notes, remember more from textbook readings, cut If you're looking to improve your grades and study more efficiently, there are a lot of ways you can go about it. Thomas Frank, founder of the College Info Geek blog, YouTube channel, and podcast, breaks these ways down into ten steps in this short book. You'll learn how to learn more effectively in your classes, take better notes, remember more from textbook readings, cut down on procrastination, build an optimal study environment, and more. Along the way, you'll find techniques for increasing your study and work efficiency, giving you more free time in college as well.


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If you're looking to improve your grades and study more efficiently, there are a lot of ways you can go about it. Thomas Frank, founder of the College Info Geek blog, YouTube channel, and podcast, breaks these ways down into ten steps in this short book. You'll learn how to learn more effectively in your classes, take better notes, remember more from textbook readings, cut If you're looking to improve your grades and study more efficiently, there are a lot of ways you can go about it. Thomas Frank, founder of the College Info Geek blog, YouTube channel, and podcast, breaks these ways down into ten steps in this short book. You'll learn how to learn more effectively in your classes, take better notes, remember more from textbook readings, cut down on procrastination, build an optimal study environment, and more. Along the way, you'll find techniques for increasing your study and work efficiency, giving you more free time in college as well.

30 review for 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tom Miller

    I don't know about you, but when I was in school, the only thing I felt towards the study advice dished out by professors, TA's, and advisors was skepticism ("Really? You seriously read every chapter in the textbook before lecture when you were an undergrad, and that's what you attribute your success to??") and contempt ("This dude is so out of touch... the last time he stepped foot out of his old crusty office was when?"). This book is the opposite - a refreshing, nuts-and-bolts manual on crushi I don't know about you, but when I was in school, the only thing I felt towards the study advice dished out by professors, TA's, and advisors was skepticism ("Really? You seriously read every chapter in the textbook before lecture when you were an undergrad, and that's what you attribute your success to??") and contempt ("This dude is so out of touch... the last time he stepped foot out of his old crusty office was when?"). This book is the opposite - a refreshing, nuts-and-bolts manual on crushing it in college, written from an ACTUAL STUDENT'S perspective (not some ivory-tower pulpit preach). Besides being a one-stop-shop college powerhouse in general, here Thomas breaks down each piece of the puzzle in a logical and accessible way, with what he calls the "Desired Preparedness Equation." Whether you're looking to make the most of class, stop wasting your time with textbook reading, prepare better for exams, or figure out how to avoid committing a murder-suicide during group projects, he outlines a wide selection of different tactics to get your there (e.g. The 15-Minute Rule, The Learning Pyramid, Hofstader's Law, The Procrastination Equation, avoiding "Low-Density Fun," etc. etc. etc.). With links upon links to super-useful tools and resources for whatever aspect of the grades equation you're struggling with, this is a perfect gateway to improving your GPA, as well as your overall college experience. Highly recommended. Sincerely, Tom - a recovering engineering student

  2. 5 out of 5

    John Ramos

    Most "student hacks", "study tips" or "study help" books out there suck - they're written by professors who have no idea of what they're talking about, the methods they describe are too time consuming, the advice is not feasible in the real world. But not this one. This book makes you feel like you're actually sitting with Thomas while has a conversation with you. It's really down to Earth, you can fell that his recommendations come from personal experience. This is a book from a student to anoth Most "student hacks", "study tips" or "study help" books out there suck - they're written by professors who have no idea of what they're talking about, the methods they describe are too time consuming, the advice is not feasible in the real world. But not this one. This book makes you feel like you're actually sitting with Thomas while has a conversation with you. It's really down to Earth, you can fell that his recommendations come from personal experience. This is a book from a student to another; the gloves are off. Each step articulates nicely with one another and, without spoiling too much, in them you'll find tips on study methods, productivity, habits and how to balance your work and personal lives. 10/10 would read again.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rayan Osman

    I am a huge fan of Thomas Frank channel on youtube (collage info geek) i recommend it for every student out there struggling with collage life, lectures,exam anxiety, procrastination and time management . he wrote this book as a guidance to hack Studying and to get awesome grades. i will sure take stuff i've learned from the book into application ! I am a huge fan of Thomas Frank channel on youtube (collage info geek) i recommend it for every student out there struggling with collage life, lectures,exam anxiety, procrastination and time management . he wrote this book as a guidance to hack Studying and to get awesome grades. i will sure take stuff i've learned from the book into application !

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sleepless Dreamer

    Reading books about studying is my favorite way to procrastinate studying myself. Review to come!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Greta

    This book is a gift to you and even better than many you would have to pay for! This book really is a tool kid of the skills you need to master to survive at university. To the point and without anything that is not of interest to you. Content: 1. Pay more attention in class 2. Take effective notes 3. Work with your Textbook 4. Plan 5. Study space and environment 6. Stay organized and fight entropy 7. Defeat Procrastination 8. Study smarter 9. Write better papers 10. Group projects Every chapter has a This book is a gift to you and even better than many you would have to pay for! This book really is a tool kid of the skills you need to master to survive at university. To the point and without anything that is not of interest to you. Content: 1. Pay more attention in class 2. Take effective notes 3. Work with your Textbook 4. Plan 5. Study space and environment 6. Stay organized and fight entropy 7. Defeat Procrastination 8. Study smarter 9. Write better papers 10. Group projects Every chapter has a clear description of what is meant and strategies on how to implement it. Nothing too specific, but enough for you to get the concept and be able to look it up in detail, if you’re interested. The book is written student to student style and uses very casual language, which isn‘t necessarily mine but will probably be valued by the big mejority. I have to say that there is nothing really new in there, but there is only so much on a topic you can say and it really does sum up the key points. At the end of the day the biggest problem really isn’t that we don’t know it, but that we can’t implement it. Still this book is a good reminder to focus on the key areas and look where your biggest struggles lie. The solutions the author offers are good starting points to actually make changes. The best thing: You can either get it as free pdf or buy the Kindle version for 0,99€ from amazon! With that in mind it provides amazing value and it would be a waste not to read it!!! :)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Imade (Bridge Four)

    I really enjoyed this book, Thomas Frank has a gift for breaking down complex topics to their most simple components. I bookmarked pages to return to because I read it in a few days and it felt like so much information all at once. You can get even more information and tools from his blog and his Youtube channel.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    Really nice book for college students! I'm sure I will reread it during my studying year. Recommend to everyone who is interested in getting your college life more organised;) And of course check out this guy's YouTube channel and website -http://collegeinfogeek.com honestly, this guy is awesome ;) Really nice book for college students! I'm sure I will reread it during my studying year. Recommend to everyone who is interested in getting your college life more organised;) And of course check out this guy's YouTube channel and website -http://collegeinfogeek.com honestly, this guy is awesome ;)

  8. 5 out of 5

    ❀ Sabina

    Very funny, lots of tips, and loving the helpful tools and links provided.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Isabelle | Nine Tale Vixen

    Smart people learn from many sources, pick specific pieces and tidbits, experiment with them, and gradually form their own mental encyclopedia of "Stuff That Works." I've been a fan of the College Info Geek YouTube channel and podcast for years now, but even though I learn a lot from each new upload (and rewatch), there's something about the book format that my brain is better at processing — so it's a pity that it's taken me so long to finally get around to reading this! I did already know some Smart people learn from many sources, pick specific pieces and tidbits, experiment with them, and gradually form their own mental encyclopedia of "Stuff That Works." I've been a fan of the College Info Geek YouTube channel and podcast for years now, but even though I learn a lot from each new upload (and rewatch), there's something about the book format that my brain is better at processing — so it's a pity that it's taken me so long to finally get around to reading this! I did already know some of the things Thomas brings up in this book, but to be fair I keep up with his content as it comes out, and I'm the kind of person who procrastinates by reading productivity articles. This book tackles both the how and why behind improvements you can make to your approach to student-ing, with flexibility to accommodate different learning styles and personal preferences. Nothing is set in stone because everyone thinks and works differently, but this is a great starting point to figure out the best practices for yourself.

  10. 4 out of 5

    The Artisan Geek

    22/1/18 A nice book if you’re looking for habits to improve your study skills! 22/5/19 Just skimmed through this book today and realised a lot of things never stuck with me. I feel that this is a really good starting book if you're trying to figure out how the study in the first place, but in the end you yourself will have to do the hard work (as expected) to find what works best for you. You can find me on Youtube | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Website 22/1/18 A nice book if you’re looking for habits to improve your study skills! 22/5/19 Just skimmed through this book today and realised a lot of things never stuck with me. I feel that this is a really good starting book if you're trying to figure out how the study in the first place, but in the end you yourself will have to do the hard work (as expected) to find what works best for you. You can find me on Youtube | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Website

  11. 5 out of 5

    *facepalm*

    If you too are obsessed with being more productive every single day, this book is the ONE!!! Brief and informative guidelines, categorized and sorted into 10 easy steps, based on psychology and statistics, not just personal experiences. And it's not boring at all! You can download the book right away... just visit https://collegeinfogeek.com/get-bette... If you too are obsessed with being more productive every single day, this book is the ONE!!! Brief and informative guidelines, categorized and sorted into 10 easy steps, based on psychology and statistics, not just personal experiences. And it's not boring at all! You can download the book right away... just visit https://collegeinfogeek.com/get-bette...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sofiya

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I did not learn anything new after reading this book, but I have read several books on these topics. This book is best suited to a beginner that has no background in learning. Many of the topics covered in the book are covered better and in more depth by other books. There are no original learning ideas in this book. A unique value that this book provides is specific software recommendations. Would not read again. Notes (not helpful): Have good nutrition, sleep, and exercise Sit up front and make a I did not learn anything new after reading this book, but I have read several books on these topics. This book is best suited to a beginner that has no background in learning. Many of the topics covered in the book are covered better and in more depth by other books. There are no original learning ideas in this book. A unique value that this book provides is specific software recommendations. Would not read again. Notes (not helpful): Have good nutrition, sleep, and exercise Sit up front and make a deliberate effort to be present 15 Minute Rule: When you get stuck, push yourself to solve the problem for 15 more minutes. During that 15 minutes, document everything you do, keeping in mind that someone else will need those details if they are going to help you. After that time, if you’re stuck, you must ask for help. Note Taking Methods. My ranking: best to worst. (BEST #1) Write on the slides: Saves time. Add personal notes and references to slides instead of writing notes from scratch. (#2) Cornell Method: Good note taking strategy. Upgrade from outline method. Works best with handwritten notes and if the professor does not provide any additional note material. It helps you process your notes for efficient study while still in class. (Best when hand writing notes during lecture and the professor does not pass out notes) (#3) Outline method: effective but can easily become mindless note-taking. Works well when typing notes. (Best when using a laptop to write notes) (#4) Mind mapping: Best to help visualize connections between material. Not a good method for taking notes during class. Also, mind maps can be time consuming to make. If using mind maps, make sure the time spent using the mind map exceeds the time used to create the mind map. (Good to help visualize connections between material. Not usually appropriate for lecture notes) (#5) Flow Method: Messy web of information connecting ideas with arrows and connecting information with your own ideas, examples, and connections. (Good way to learn information thoroughly when you do not have limited time. Also good if information being learned is not structured) Use active reading strategies. Read as if you were having a conversation with an intelligent friend. Use active recall by taking notes after reading a section. Then go back and fill in the information that you missed. Plan out your entire education. Create an excel spreadsheet that maps out all the classes you will take in each quarter of college. This will make sure that you graduate on time and meet all your requirements. Batch low thought-intensity work and carve out blocks of time for high thought-intensity work Create a daily plan. Your daily list should have no more than 2-3 tasks on it (debatable). Use timeboxing by scheduling specific blocks of time for each task on your daily list. Be aware of planning fallacy - people are really bad at estimating how much time is needed to complete a task Make your tasks actionable steps. Use a task manager. Choose a good study location with good “vibes”. People are a huge source of distraction Have a file organization system. School Year —> Class —> Project a Specific Folders Use a quick capture system for your ideas. (I’m using Apple notes) 2nd Brain: Use app for note taking. Options include Evernote, OneNote, Google Docs? Plan your week on Sunday. Also organize your files on your desktop, organize your notes, re-evaluate your tasks, and keep your backpack and room organized on Sunday. When procrastinating: Notice you are procrastinating and say to yourself “I am procrastinating right now” Try to guess what is causing you trouble. Are you feeling impulsive? Does the reward not motivate you? Are you not feeling capable of completing the task? Find a way to fix the problem area Put in consistent, daily effort. Rely on habits, not willpower Commit to having high density fun and stop low density fun. Spaced Repetition for learning individual facts and pieces of data. (Anki) When writing a paper do a brain dump. It may include everything you know about the topic, questions you have, points you think you might like to cover, outside sources you’d like to research, quotes from others that come to mind. Your paper should have a well defined focus. You should come up with several guiding questions that you’d like to answer. Use Wikipedia to find sources. Write and awful first drafts “Write drunk; edit sober” - Earnest Hemingway? Then, edit ruthlessly. Make group projects suck less Get everyone’s contact information and enter it into the system you’ll be using to communicate and make sure everyone can access it before you leave class. Discuss goals for the project and create some project milestones. Consider using gantt charts. A group needs an editor to collect all the finished components and integrate them nicely together. Use Trello to manage projects.

  13. 5 out of 5

    MAI AYMAN

    " willpower is a finite resource " the most clever line in the book i knew the book from the website info Geek and i knew the website from the writer's youtube channel and how i knew the writer in the first place😂 of course from the great crash course channel . the book may not so different from his videos except it's book my fav . format of things , many of them are not new but hey that's the problem in the first palce in college , u can reach easily to senior's experience but u can't apply it " willpower is a finite resource " the most clever line in the book i knew the book from the website info Geek and i knew the website from the writer's youtube channel and how i knew the writer in the first place😂 of course from the great crash course channel . the book may not so different from his videos except it's book my fav . format of things , many of them are not new but hey that's the problem in the first palce in college , u can reach easily to senior's experience but u can't apply it , i thinks it a life problem not only college . the e-book is missing the equation and probably need a better format it literally burn my eyes when i read it ,i summarize most of it in a paper to make sure it'll be applicated , what bothered me is that he relays alot on apps and whatever and ignoring old fashion people like me (not entirely to be honest😅 ) but for ur info paper bullet jour is much more joyful . okay what i really liked in this book is the part of pay better attention & plan like a general and the fudge ratio i used it 10min ago and it was 6 oh god .😨generally it's a nice book and nice writer .

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ransom Patterson

    Okay, I might be a little biased (and in the interest of full disclosure, I am a writer for College Info Geek), but still, this is an excellent book. Thomas presents, in an orderly, entertaining manner, useful advice for earning better grades, just as the title implies. I think the "while studying less" part is where the book really shines. Thomas doesn't advocate laziness, but he does emphasize efficiency. In particular, I found his chapter on how to waste less time when working on a group proje Okay, I might be a little biased (and in the interest of full disclosure, I am a writer for College Info Geek), but still, this is an excellent book. Thomas presents, in an orderly, entertaining manner, useful advice for earning better grades, just as the title implies. I think the "while studying less" part is where the book really shines. Thomas doesn't advocate laziness, but he does emphasize efficiency. In particular, I found his chapter on how to waste less time when working on a group project to be quite helpful. Also, make sure to see his section on "high density" vs "low density" fun. It may just change the way you approach studying. And you could say that of the book in general. If you're a college student (or even just a professional looking to work more effectively), check out this booK!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Leonel

    I happened to find the College Info Geek youtube channel by browsing youtube out of boredom and damn, am I glad I found it. Thomas wrote this book in a way everyone can enjoy and get something out of it. But I think geeks and nerds (like me, for example) will definitely enjoy this book even more than others thanks to the awesome references and "videogame geeky" motif. So, the book is well written, but... ¿Is the content any good? Definitely, maybe my opinion about this kind of books might not be I happened to find the College Info Geek youtube channel by browsing youtube out of boredom and damn, am I glad I found it. Thomas wrote this book in a way everyone can enjoy and get something out of it. But I think geeks and nerds (like me, for example) will definitely enjoy this book even more than others thanks to the awesome references and "videogame geeky" motif. So, the book is well written, but... ¿Is the content any good? Definitely, maybe my opinion about this kind of books might not be the best or most reliable, since it´s the first book of it´s kind that I read, but the whole content is pretty solid and well thought out, with good foundations and explanations. 5/5, great read for every college student, and if I may say so, for everyone in general.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ash A

    This book absolutely helped me alot. It's great with all those recommendations added in academic references, too. This book absolutely helped me alot. It's great with all those recommendations added in academic references, too.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Marta

    So when I was revising for my first quarter finals this year, I was probably mindlessly scrolling through studyblr, (classic) procrastination at its finest I'd say, and I came across this video, I watched it out of curiosity and well, discovering Thomas Frank's College Info Geek was definitely a game changer for me: from the channel to the super awesome podcast and let's not forget his blog with lots of cool resources. So what's this all about? Well, let me list a few things like: getting study So when I was revising for my first quarter finals this year, I was probably mindlessly scrolling through studyblr, (classic) procrastination at its finest I'd say, and I came across this video, I watched it out of curiosity and well, discovering Thomas Frank's College Info Geek was definitely a game changer for me: from the channel to the super awesome podcast and let's not forget his blog with lots of cool resources. So what's this all about? Well, let me list a few things like: getting study advice and well-researched "hacks" that actually work, how to land your dream job/career, networking, college life, adulting tips, etc. (I promise I'm not paid for the spam, I just love what this guy does xD). And enough with the babbling, let's get to the book, which btw it's for free. This felt like talking to your big bro, who is a huge unapologetic nerd, breaking down his experience in college as if it was some sort of quest. That's basically it. So if you're into this kind of approach in non-fiction and not reading some stuck-in-the-past dude bragging about himself then it's your lucky day! I think this is the only barrier when diving into the book, since almost anyone could probably take advice from it, even if your student days are long gone. Honestly, I had fun reading this. Tom is such a goofball and I enjoyed the geeky references too much for my own good. Besides, the explanations are handled in such an easy and accessible approach, you can actually take them into account right after. The chapters are outlined nicely in order for you to focus on the areas where you lack the most first. These are filled of inspo quotes and some insightful personal experiences of his that you may find helpful. I don't think I have any complaints about this book. It fulfills its intended purpose without failing to be entertaining as well. It may seem introductory to some but personally, that's exactly what makes it shine. I'll definitely come back to it again and again because man, the tips here are that good.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Luke

    I have attended plenty of seminars and workshops on ‘study skills’, which often involve an unrealistically enthusiastic presenter and a thin booklet of mundane tutorials. Thomas Frank’s 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades is therefore a much-needed alternative. Although I had previously tried much of Frank’s advice, the book’s simplistic layout is especially effective. His casual narration is also particularly accessible for younger students. The guidance and references are certainly aimed at an I have attended plenty of seminars and workshops on ‘study skills’, which often involve an unrealistically enthusiastic presenter and a thin booklet of mundane tutorials. Thomas Frank’s 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades is therefore a much-needed alternative. Although I had previously tried much of Frank’s advice, the book’s simplistic layout is especially effective. His casual narration is also particularly accessible for younger students. The guidance and references are certainly aimed at an American audience and some of the jokes can feel a little unnecessary. Nonetheless, Frank provides a free ebook of the text through his website, College Info Geek, which is remarkably generous for its quality. While other books definitely explore study and productivity in more depth, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades is a simple and informative guide that should benefit any student. It’s much better than the typical ‘study tips’ workshop, I promise. Rating: 4/5

  19. 4 out of 5

    Clément Moissard

    This is quite a nice guide. It is quite precise and very up-to-date with all the online apps available for free nowadays. It is a good reflection of Thomas' work on his YouTube Channel (though the Channel tackles much broader subjects). I wonder if it would have helped me when I entered college a few years ago. In France at least, things were not as complicated as what this book seems to describe, and a solid organisation was not really a concern. I think it would be especially useful for someone This is quite a nice guide. It is quite precise and very up-to-date with all the online apps available for free nowadays. It is a good reflection of Thomas' work on his YouTube Channel (though the Channel tackles much broader subjects). I wonder if it would have helped me when I entered college a few years ago. In France at least, things were not as complicated as what this book seems to describe, and a solid organisation was not really a concern. I think it would be especially useful for someone who has a lot of projects outside of school.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nicolle Mosquera

    This is actually one of the best books I've ever read. Everything and every part of it is just as amazing as it sounds and believe me, it helps A LOT. I absolutely loved every single part of it, the way Thomas writes is just so easy to read that I literally ate the book :) it was very satisfying and mind changing. I'm absolutely going to apply every single step to my everyday student life >v< Now, if you're reading this I highly recommend you to read this book, like seriously! This is actually one of the best books I've ever read. Everything and every part of it is just as amazing as it sounds and believe me, it helps A LOT. I absolutely loved every single part of it, the way Thomas writes is just so easy to read that I literally ate the book :) it was very satisfying and mind changing. I'm absolutely going to apply every single step to my everyday student life >v< Now, if you're reading this I highly recommend you to read this book, like seriously!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Abdel Rahman Amin

    Really cool I hope you will find your way to a good publisher who appreciates your work as me . This book helps me a lot as it shows me how to be cool and hard-working student. Really good luck and thanks.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Roaa

    i have highlighted at least 50 different sections and i read this right before my final year started i'm hoping i implement a few of these tips so i'll edit this later with a review and an update on how well these tips help me i have highlighted at least 50 different sections and i read this right before my final year started i'm hoping i implement a few of these tips so i'll edit this later with a review and an update on how well these tips help me

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kenny

    The College Bible Thomas has always been my go-to for college advice. This book was a great compilation of trial and error many can learn from.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Clarin

    This good man single-handedly saved my school year. Easy read, and 100% worth it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Raíssa Santana

    Great language, very fluid, a must-read to every student to say the least.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Karin

    Amazing book that teaches you how to be more efficient with humour and funny examples. Looking forward to read the next book by the author!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ali

    Very good book, very applicable for university students.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Susmit Islam

    It says "earning better grades", but in reality, it gives you SO MUCH MORE. So while the title may give you the impression that it's just for students, really, IT'S FOR EVERYONE. A more apt title would thus be "STEPS TO HAVING A DISCIPLINED LIFE." (not including the 10 in the title since, as you would expect, a few of the 10 steps solely apply for students). Overall, it's a really good read. 😁 It says "earning better grades", but in reality, it gives you SO MUCH MORE. So while the title may give you the impression that it's just for students, really, IT'S FOR EVERYONE. A more apt title would thus be "STEPS TO HAVING A DISCIPLINED LIFE." (not including the 10 in the title since, as you would expect, a few of the 10 steps solely apply for students). Overall, it's a really good read. 😁

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jess Go

    Should read it again while taking notes.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Imtiaj Iqbal

    I am one of the fans if Frank for his Youtube videos and I have been watching his videos before he wrote this book. The book all about 10 skills to get awesome grades. I've summarized the first 3 chapters of the book and will do for the full book later Insha'Allah. So, there a gift for you guys the summary of the first 3 chapters: Focus on getting good grades while also gaining skills outside of class, building things, doing extracurriculars, making connections and - yes - making time to have fun. I am one of the fans if Frank for his Youtube videos and I have been watching his videos before he wrote this book. The book all about 10 skills to get awesome grades. I've summarized the first 3 chapters of the book and will do for the full book later Insha'Allah. So, there a gift for you guys the summary of the first 3 chapters: Focus on getting good grades while also gaining skills outside of class, building things, doing extracurriculars, making connections and - yes - making time to have fun. “Ideas are just a multiplier of execution.” * CHAPTER 01 * Pay Better Attention in Class Since your Class Time is a constant rather than a variable, I think it makes sense to prioritize Learning Quality first. * CHAPTER 02 * Take More Effective Notes Notes that focus on learning rather than simply recording. ( ◜‿◝ )♡Five Excellent Note-Taking Methods []The Outline Method Simplest note-taking method. To use it, you just create bullet lists out of the lecture material or book you’re reading. • Main ideas are at the top level ◦ Supporting details become nested ◦ Eventually you build an organized, hierarchical outline of the material • This is pretty meta I have a habit of reading a book for at least 15 minutes a day, and whenever I f inish a chapter, I immediately go over to Evernote and type out some notes on what I read. When I do this the Outline Method is my system of choice. Also, if you prefer to take your notes on a computer, the Outline Method is one of the easiest to use. []The Cornell Method To take notes in the Cornell style, you divide your paper into three sections: 1. The Cue column 2. The Note-taking column 3. The Summary column The Note-taking column will be the most familiar to you, as it just contains the notes you take during class. You can use any style you want, though in most cases people will use the Outline Method. As you take your notes, you’ll use the Cue column to formulate questions based on main ideas and important details from the Note-taking column. Once class is over, you should immediately write a small summary of what was presented in the Summary column. By doing this, you’re processing your notes for efficient study while you’re still in class. When it comes time to actually study them, you’ll find that you’re already halfway to creating a great study guide, as you’ve already written down questions. You should also have a clearer understanding of the material already, since you took the time to summarize it. []The Mind Map Method Method for creating a tree of connected ideas, and I f ind that creating mind maps helps me to better flesh out ideas I want to write about. They’re a great way to visualize a lot of information. To create a mind map, start with a single “umbrella” term in the middle of your page. Then, start branching out from it by drawing lines and writing down words that flesh out that main idea. Mind maps are very visual, so you should experiment with using different colors, drawing pictures next to your terms, and doing other things that help you understand and remember the information more clearly. For me, mind maps are best used when I’m trying to get a clear picture of all the details underneath a certain topic. But what if you want to integrate small mind maps into your notes? Can you create a hybrid system? []The Flow Method Your brain stores information in a messy web of tangled facts, ideas, memories, and references. Flow notes are meant to be an on-paper representation of your mental picture of a subject. So, how do you actually take Flow-based notes? Here are the basics: • Connect terms and ideas with arrows • Deliberately write things down in your own words • Create backlinks - links ideas back to related terms and details mentioned earlier in the lecture Flow-based note-taking isn’t perfect for every subject; as Scott Young emphasizes, it’s best for subjects where the ideas are easily connected to other ideas. []The “Write on the Slides” Method If your professor is nice enough to provide the lecture slides to you before they’re actually shown in class, then printing them out and taking notes right on them can be an excellent method of note-taking. * CHAPTER 03 * Get More Out of Your Textbooks ( ◜‿◝ )♡Don’t Do All Your Assigned Reading: You can’t do all of it. And you probably shouldn’t. While the material in those textbooks is objectively useful, remember the theme of this book - reducing your study time! Your time in college is extremely limited, especially if you’re making good use of it by working on projects, building relationships, staying involved in clubs, etc. Oh, and maybe a bit of time to actually relax as well. But how do you figure out which assignments are necessary, and which ones aren’t? The first piece of advice I can give you is this: Readings can be separated into different categories: 1. Primary readings 2. Secondary readings * Primary readings generally include the required textbook for the class and possibly other readings based on what you’re learning. In general, you should make your best effort to do these readings. * Secondary readings are things like smaller books, articles the professor wants you to read, case studies, etc. These are for either quick scanning or skipping altogether. Be mindful of how much overlap there is between what’s presented in class and what’s in the textbook. Pay attention to how much of your exams actually focus on things you could only get from the reading. ( ◜‿◝ )♡Know How You’ll Be Assessed: • Multiple choice tests • Essays and written questions • Data analysis in labs • Reports and class presentations. The type of assessment you’ll be facing should help you define the specific information you need to pull out of your readings. You can’t remember it all, so the most efficient strategy is to figure out precisely what you need to learn and focus on that. ( ◜‿◝ )♡Don’t Read Textbooks Like Newspapers: When you read your textbooks, you’re reading to learn and apply the information. passively running your eyes over the words in a textbook won’t help you really learn the material. And trying to re-read it multiple times won’t yield much of an improvement either.Instead of reading passively, read as if you were having a conversation with an intelligent friend. This type of reading is called active reading. ( ◜‿◝ )♡5 Active Reading Strategies: The only acronym-based reading system I recommend is SCAR: • Stop • Complaining • And • Read []Use the Pseudo-Skimming Technique Filler paragraphs can include: • Background story • Asides • Exceptions (because professional scholars want to be thorough) • Extra details In many cases, Information of these types won’t make up the bulk of what you’ll be tested over later - so paragraphs containing those types on information should be quickly scanned. However, a good number of paragraphs in any reading will contain important material that you should learn. Enter Cal’s pseudo-skimming method; essentially, you’re going through your readings at a staggered pace. One moment you’ll be quickly scanning through paragraphs, the next you’ll notice an important paragraph and slow down to take it in fully. []Read the Chapter Backwards Before you dive into a chapter, flip to the back of it and see what’s there. Usually, you’ll see a list of key vocab terms, review questions, and other helpful stuff. []Create Questions While You Read * ActiveRecall - the practice of forcing your brain to actually retrieve information instead of just passively exposing yourself to it. Doing this helps you learn much more efficiently. An easy way to prep for Active Recall-based study sessions is to create questions while you do your reading assignments. You should definitely take notes when you read - either during or immediately afterward - and a great way to process these notes for easy studying is to pull details from them and rework them into questions you can quiz yourself on later. []Pay Attention to Formatting Text in your reading assignments that’s bolded, italicized, or • sitting nicely • in lists … should be given special attention. []Mark Up Your Book and Take Notes Lastly, find a way to make reading a more interactive process by either marking up your books or taking notes on what you’re reading. For me, using a pen/pencil works so much better. Not only can you easily underline and bracket important terms, but you can also write short notes in the margins of your book. Remember why Harry Potter’s Potions book was so useful in The Half-Blood Prince? Margin-notes can really help jog your memory later because they help you connect the reading material to things you already know, making it easier for your brain to solidify your understanding of the topic. ( ◜‿◝ )♡Summarize What You Read: []I want to put special emphasis on summarizing, as it’s about the most useful implementation of an Active Recall strategy. []Teaching something results in higher retention in your own brain. This is because you’re intensely processing the information with a goal of being able to communicate it in a form that will be understandable to someone less knowledgeable than you. []You should definitely be paying close attention to your syllabus and what your professor says). ( ◜‿◝ )♡Don’t Overload The System- Take Care of your physical health: The system he was referring to is your brain, but I’m going to take it a step further and define the system as your body.Your mind does all the work involved in earning awesome grades, and the performance of that mind is dependent on the state of your body. []1. Eating healthy 90% of the time []2. Working out regularly - this can be fun exercise; join an intramural sport or get addicted to DDR like me! []3. Getting enough sleep - at least 6 hours a night. ( ◜‿◝ )♡Sit Up Front and Be Present: Sitting up front and making a deliberate effort to be present actually does help your focus, attention, and energy levels. And it all starts with choosing that row the moment you walk into the classroom. ( ◜‿◝ )♡Come Prepared: To make sure you’re prepared in class as much as possible, create a mindfulness habit. To me, being mindful means regularly considering the things that your life, and your goals, depend on - especially those that lie outside the current moment. For instance, a non-mindful student would only think to start looking for an apartment one, maybe two months before he’s supposed to move. A mindful student, on the other hand, would have asked landlords a year in advance what the best time to start looking is, learned it was 7–8 months beforehand, and then started his search at that time. []If you find that you’re not as mindful as you’d like to be, an easy solution is to create a reminder. ( ◜‿◝ )♡Get Help from Your Professor (The Right Way): Not only will you get the help you need, but you’ll also start building a relationship with that professor. “Before you do, ask yourself this question: What is it that I don’t understand?” []When you go for help, you should be able to show the professor all that you do understand up to an exact point – and even show what you understand afterwards. []15 Minute Rule * 1. When you get stuck, push yourself to solve the problem for 15 more minutes. * 2. During that 15 minutes, document everything you do, keeping in mind that someone else will need those details if they’re going to help you. * 3. After that time, if you’re still stuck, you must ask for help. ( ◜‿◝ )♡Keep Those Hands Moving: Being an active participant is almost always better than being a passive observer. []When it comes to lecture-style classes, the best ways to be active are to speak up in class discussions and to take lots of notes. []Forcing yourself to take notes can be hard, though - so you’ve got to turn it into a habit. To do that, you could: * Form a study group and compare notes on a regular basis * Use a habit-tracking tool like Habitica or Lift (more about Habitica - my tool of choice - later in the book) * Elevate the importance of your notes. * Make them public. You should still find a way to build a habit that keeps those hands moving when you’re in class. That's all. In short, the book is just a combination of Frank's knowledge from deferent books & blogs he has read. I didn't read all of those books yet. As a result, these informations are new for me. So I have learned many things from this book & those are applicable and workable. So, for me this is a Five star rating book. Thank you Frank for the free pdf.

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