How to Become a Straight-A Student

The Unconventional Strategies Real College Students Use to Score High While Studying Less
Narrated by: Johnathan McClain
Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
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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

Critic Reviews

“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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Wish I would've bought the paper book

Narrator is good and the content is good. However, he often references images in the book that I really wish I could see. This is my first audible book, so maybe I'm missing some way to view these (description also says it comes with a PDF guide, but I don't see it anywhere), I would definitely get the paper book though .

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don't judge a book by its cover - this is a gem

This book had more information for the length of time than most self-help books out there.

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Essential Reading for Students (and professionals)

I'm not a student, but I wish this book was around when I was.
Cal's arguments are composed, lean, and riveting.
The Case Studies and variety of specific examples make this text stand out.

I'm an executive who always needs to write and study, and I found a plethora of applicable steps.

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has good points but lacking for STEM students

I liked the way he structures the way you should study and even though a lot of what he says is common sense, he offers practical and original ways to put it to use. my only complaint is that it seems that the book is made for students which are coursing humanistic careers. technical careers take a second place.

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Not really a college book

This is more of a book for grades 7-10, not really college level. None of the material is special or unique. The narrator is annoying and seems to shout at you at times. I really don't understand the popularity of this book at all, perhaps it is good for struggling students.

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This is a great book about learning how to learn.

I recommend this book to anyone who wants to stop studying the hard way and start studying the smart way.
about the narrator: he is awesome.

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Very useful for College

Liked the time management aspects especially since they are transferable to more aspects of life than

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True to the title

I'm a technical undergraduate student, and this book certainly helped with my academic results. No magic pills here.

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MADE ME A STRAIGHT A STUDENT

As a high school student I graduated with a 3.5 GPA. I started college about six years after high school and was nervous because I was out of touch with how to study and I have never even known how to do it properly. I had had lucky breaks and good relationships with teachers that saved my grades most of the time, but in my first semester of college I came across this book about two weeks then. I’ll spare you the novel I could write about the happiness that came with the great grades I got after reading through this book. I am now a 4.0 student in college, as a working mom and I wholly contribute that to The study templates and overall guidelines instructions that this book provides. The principles shared in this book are true because I can apply everything that I’ve learned in this book to my business, my family schedule, my kids lives and so on. All while being able to evade stress (most of the time).:) I have also recommended this trip to several friends and family members especially those heading into school. This isn’t limited to a university education alone, but to anyone who’s going into high school or a technical college as well. I am forever grateful that I happened to stumble across this book, as I am better for it and my family is better for it.

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I Need to Re-listen to This. Needed this Way Back When.

I wish I found this book years ago. However, the number of opinions for papers regardless of importance is a little obnoxious. Still, this should be a must-read for high and middle schoolers. I need to re-listen to this.