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Today’s article is slightly different from what I’d normally write about, but I’ll use the excuse that the next academic year is approaching. Also, perhaps one or two of my readers are students (do lifelong students count?)
I’ve always enjoyed reading about learning techniques and study hacks, particularly when it comes to increasing efficiency and recall. Considering all the facts and dates I’ve forgotten from school, I don’t want to do the same with my degree just yet.
Here are the books and articles which have most influenced my studying. Some of which have helped me pass exams I thought I wouldn’t, while others have just provided me with useful and unconventional learning techniques.
|What books and articles have helped you to develop better study habits and learning methods? Image from picjumbo.|
|How to Win at College by Cal Newport|
1. How to Win at College: Surprising Secrets for Success from the Country’s Top Students – Cal Newport
In addition to his academic work, he’s published four superb books, largely focused on “contrarian, evidence-based advice for building a successful and fulfilling life” both in school and after graduation. How to Win at College may seem a bit unoriginal if you glance at the title and subtitle alone, but there’s much more to it. Start by having a look at some of Newport’s articles (linked below) on Study Hacks.
4. So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love – Cal Newport
|The Adventures of Johnny Bunko
by Daniel H. Pink
Yes, the title of this one is slightly pretentious. However, Stephens helps you to create opportunities for yourself and tailor your curriculum – inside and outside the classroom. Whether you’re wanting to travel, start a company, or succeed in business, this book has some great advice of how to get started now instead of waiting for graduation.
The best articles for students I’ve come across:
6. My plea to college students looking for a job or internship (Michael Adams)
7. How to Ace Your Finals Without Studying (Scott Young)
9. The Einstein Principle: Accomplish More by Doing Less (Study Hacks)
10. The Romantic Scholar: A New Approach to Student Life (Study Hacks)
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