This book is meant for those about to start college/university, but from personal experience I can tell you that it is still useful even if you read after your sophomore year or anywhere along the way. It is never too late! Okay, maybe after graduation… but even then there are a few pieces of advice you can apply to your life. So if you are still a student you MUST read this book. It will change your life!
How to Win at College: Surprising Secrets for Success from the Country’s Top Students
This book is incredibly well written, but I did not expect anything less. I’ve been reading Cal Newport’s blog Study Hacks for a while now. Similar advice is found on the blog, but I recommend reading and buying the book nonetheless as it makes a great difference to have everything you need gathered in one place plus I believe it is more comprehensive. There are many interesting posts on the blog so it is easy to become slightly distracted. You won’t have this problem with the book.
You might wonder why I am suggesting this book despite not studying in the US. While some pieces of advice do not really work for my educational system, the majority do and they will be applicable for yours as well as they are universal. Following the advice given in this book can truly transform your student life and make the whole experience a more pleasant one without having to worry as much as you would without having some sort of guidelines.
Before you ask, no this is not the only book I’ve read on how to do well at college. These past few years I managed to collect and read quite a few, but none of them truly helped me. This one however, did help and I know it will continue to do so next year and after that as well.
None of the books I’ve read before truly stressed the importance of not pulling an all-nighter. Of course, I knew it was not healthy, but what you gonna do when you have no choice? I learnt the importance of personal effectiveness from this book and most importantly methods to avoid having to deal with the consequences of bad time management which also include all nighters. Another piece of advice that stuck with me was “attend a guest lecture”. I have done this in the past, but I never really sat to analyse what it meant for me and now that I do think about it, I realise that I felt so much better and most importantly, inspired after I heard amazing people talk about their achievements and how they got started and what they work on day after day to make this world a better place.
This book does not address strictly academic aspects of student life, but also the social ones; after all college is a place to make friends, to discover yourself and to get started on building a nice CV that will help you in your future job search. It is about gaining as much experience as possible.
The book is very well structured and dare I say it is the first non-fiction work that I managed to read in a relatively short time without getting tired or worse, bored. It contains 75 pieces of advice that can truly transform your student career. Read it!
You all know that I am not the kind to gush about a book for no reason. I do not do that and this is not a sponsored post. This is just my honest review of a book I bought from BookDepository. If you want a stress free life, or at least a less stressful college life you should definitely invest in this book.
From me: 5/5