8 Essential Strategies For Academic
Do you know a student who can use some help improving his or
her performance in school?
Then you might have him or her read 8 Essential Strategies for Academic
Success, a book that I wrote in the summer of 2005.
practical and concise study guide brings together all of the lessons that I
learned during my years as a student on how to be an effective learner, and
how to get the highest grades possible in school.
At the risk of being immodest, I believe that this is a jewel of a book that
can make a huge difference for many struggling students out there, as well as
for students who are doing relatively well, but are looking for some key strategies
that can take them to the next level of academic success and keep them there.
In fact, I'm so confident in the effectiveness of the strategies
in this book that I invite students to give it a try - a good, solid, earnest
try - for up to a year, and if there isn't a significant difference in academic
performance within a year's time, I'll provide a full refund, no questions asked.
Specifically, this book will teach you how to:
- Learn new subjects with such clarity that you'll remember
them for years
- Get more done in one 30-minute session than many students get done in several
- Use optimal nutrition to dramatically boost your brain power
- Become highly skilled at preparing for and writing exams
- Complete top-notch writing assignments with amazing efficiency
- And plenty more priceless study tips that just aren't taught in school
How This Book Came To Be
After working my tail off and getting average grades during
my undergraduate years at the University of Toronto, I knew that my grades reflected
the sad truth that I just hadn't gained a solid understanding of the subjects
that were taught in my courses. All I had become a master of was logging several
hours at the library each night, reading my textbooks while my mind was elsewhere,
and writing piles of beautiful notes that I didn't fully understand.
After some very frustrating undergraduate years, I was determined to turn things
around with my graduate studies.
Before I left home to attend chiropractic school in the suburbs of Chicago,
I spent an entire week reflecting on my approach to studying and thinking about
what I had to do to become a more effective student.
I ended up writing a detailed, step-by-step plan that I hoped would allow me
to truly master new subjects for the long term, one that would allow me to avoid
all of the mistakes that I had made throughout high school and at U of T.
To make a long story short, my carefully designed study plan was a smashing
success. I carried a near-perfect academic record throughout the four-year program
despite having to work 20 hours per week to help pay my way through school.
But more importantly, my new approach to studying allowed me to learn new subjects
with a level of clarity and understanding that made me feel like I owned these
subjects for the long term. I had very little need for notes because the material
was so clear and fresh in my mind. Even today, more than a decade after I first
applied these strategies to my studies, I remember the details of many of my
graduate-level courses well enough to teach them.
a brief look at the 8 essential strategies that I used to change the momentum
of my academic career for the better:
Strategy Number 1: How to learn new subjects so that you understand and
remember them for the long term
Strategy Number 2: How to stay physically fresh and clear minded during
Strategy Number 3: How to choose the best time to study and absorb new
Strategy Number 4: How to save countless hours by getting the most out
of each class
Strategy Number 5: How to become highly skilled at taking exams
Strategy Number 6: How to become an effective and efficient writer
Strategy Number 7: How to foster the right teacher-student relationship
Strategy Number 8: How to use optimal nutrition to boost your brain power
and learning capacity
I originally wrote the outline for this book for my children to use when they
reach an appropriate age. The last thing I want is for them to struggle like
I did during my undergraduate years, logging numerous hours at their desks,
but not making good use of those hours.
With these strategies available to them, I'm confident that they will enjoy
studying and learning a lot more than I did during my earlier years. I'm also
confident that these strategies will allow them to perform at a level that will
give them numerous opportunities to fully explore their interests, opportunities
that are less likely to be available if they don't develop confidence in their
For those of you who plan on giving this book to a student as a gift, please
be fully aware that it will only be as useful as the student's desire to become
an effective learner and to do well in school. I'm quite certain that those
students who are earnestly looking for help with their academic careers will
find the strategies in this book to be priceless.
don't forget, if you find that application of the strategies in this book don't
lead to a significant improvement in academic performance - as judged by you
- I'll provide a full refund. All I ask is that you try your best to apply the
principles in this book for a year.
Finally, please note that I have written this book to be as practical and to
the point as possible. It is a total of 65 pages and can be read by many students
within a few hours.
I look forward to hearing from students who use the strategies
in this book - I trust that these strategies will be just as effective for them
as they have been for me.
Here's a look at the back cover of 8 Essential Strategies for Academic
Please note: While this book is most relevant to high
school and college/university students, it can definitely be used by junior
high and elementary school students to establish a solid foundation of study
habits that will serve them well in the years to come.
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