• How to Win at College

  • Surprising Secrets for Success from the Country's Top Students
  • By: Cal Newport
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (57 ratings)

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How can you graduate with honors, choose exciting activities, build a head-turning resume, gain access to the best post-college opportunities, and still have a life? Based on interviews with star students at universities nationwide, from Harvard to the University of Arizona, How to Win at College presents 75 simple rules that will rocket you to the top of your class. These often surprising strategies include:

  • Don't do all your reading
  • Drop classes every term
  • Become a club president
  • Care about your grades, ignore your GPA
  • Never pull an all-nighter

Proving you can be successful and still have time for fun, How to Win at College is the must-have guide for making the most of these four important years - and getting and edge on life after graduation.

©2005 Cal Newport (P)2020 Tantor

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Disappointing, just a money grab

Most of this is pretty standard advice. Not a lot of new here. Found this a disappointment from Dr. Newport as his other books are so good. I imagine he sat down with his publicist and thought, "What else can I easily jot down just to make some cash?" I mean, come on, make your bed? Seriously?

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  • 03-06-20

very insightful

gives practical advice on how to improve not only on your grades but on things that matters in ones life..

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-09-22

Ok, but Newport can do better.

I listened to this book to get motivated for my 4th year of college, and found myself a bit dissapointed.

The book is aimed at an American audience, so a lot of the chapters will be irrelevant for international listeners. Some international listeners may also struggle to understand some of the college terms used in the book. The language otherwise is very clear and easy to understand.

There are a lot of very short chapters. This can actually be a good thing, how ever I wish some of the chapters contained real life examples, celebrity stories or references to studies. As this would help get Newport's message across.

I wish the book would be more objective, as some of the chapters seem to be Newport's subjective opinion. Some might find them useful others may not.

There are many great chapters, and I would recommend this book just for those. Most readers however, will find a lot of the chapters to be unnecessary, outdated or irrelevant. I would love if Newport decided to make a new revised edition to this book, as this was written back in 2005 and there has been a lot of technological advances in education since then.