Being a student, our main job is to study. There can be thousands of formulas for studying better. You can find many hacks about studying on YouTube or blog posts. There are some books about being a good student too. And this book ‘How To Become a Straight-A Student’ got my attention. The book was written by New York Times best selling author of seven books Calvin C. Newport. He is also a computer science professor at a university. The book we have today is going to be a perfect one for students.
I am also a student, and I’ve just tried to go deeper into the book. And things I found were really appreciable. So in this post, I’ll be trying to provide some fresh summary from the book in the following. And one thing needs to be clear: It is really impossible to absorb the whole book and zip it into a summary. I can really give you some hints about the book and how this book can benefit you as a student.
About The Author
The writer of this book is Calvin C. Newport. Calvin is an American non-fiction author. He is also an associate professor of CSE at Georgetown University. He was born in 1982 in America. He is a New York Times best-selling author of seven books. Including, A World Without Email, Digital Minimalism, and Deep Work, which have been published in over 35 languages, Calvin wrote many books till now, and we can expect some more books from him.
The book ‘How To Become a Straight-A Student’ was written in 2006. Almost 15 years ago from today. The book got very decent reviews and ratings from people of American and all over the world. He is also a regular contributor to some top-class news magazines in the USA.
Inside The Book ‘How To Become a Straight Student’
First of all, this is not a typical do better in the school book. There are no hacks that can be found. The book isn’t filled with expert’s points of view about being a better student. The author interviewed top-scoring undergraduates in school and found some unique and optimal study habits. One of the things he found was that time is not the reason why people fall behind. The reason is that how we spend our time.
Deep work is something that top students do. Students who do better in school and exams are focused on their studies more intensely without distraction. Distractions like smartphones or social media. This deep work makes their study more effective, and it saves their time too. Students who are more focused on their studies normally need less time to complete a topic. So the main reason is not the time is about how focused a student can be while he is at the table or desk and studying.
This is completely the opposite of Deep work. Many students are distracted while they are studying. Some students study in front of the Television or study with music or any Youtube videos. This makes your focus less effective. Even some students are there who are in group studies, but they are actually not studying. This actually hurts your brain’s ability to focus. This requires much more time to accomplish a topic than someone else who is free from this sort of distraction.
The quality of your work is an essential thing that we do not pay heed usually. The intensity of focus will help you to accomplish more in less time. And distraction in focusing may decrease your ability to accomplish things in time.
The book also talked about appropriately managing your time. Planning your study routine in the morning can benefit you throughout the day. Another thing is that even top students can not avoid the trap of procrastination. This is natural. The book has brief details about how top students manage their progress of studying and avoid procrastination. It is a combination of some healthy habits that top students have.
I hope this summary gave you an idea about the content of the book. The book has very decent reviews and ratings. Almost everywhere, the book is not less than 4-star ratings out of 5. In Google rating, the book got 4.8 out of 5. In Goodreads, the book got 4 out of 5. And people really appreciated the methods of the book ‘How To Become a Straight Student.’
This is it for today. If you have more questions to ask about the book, you can use the comment box. I recommend you read the book if you want to learn fresh things about being a good student. Stay in touch with books and stay in touch with us.