How to Win at College by Cal Newport – [PDF Download]

The only guide to getting ahead once you’ve gotten in proven strategies for making the most of your college years, based on winning secrets from the country’s most successful students. What does it take to be a standout student?

How can you make the most of your college years graduate with honors, choose exciting activities, build a head-turning resume, and gain access to the best post-college opportunities? Based on interviews with star students at universities nationwide, from Harvard to the University of Arizona, How to Win at College.

There Are Some Simple Rule That Cal Newport Highlight In This Book.

  • 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.
  • Take three days to write a paper.
  • Always be working on a “grand project”.
  • Do one thing better than anyone else you know.

Proving that success has little to do with being a genius workaholic, and everything to do with playing the game, How to Win at College is the must-have guide for making the most of these four important years and getting an edge on life after graduation.

How to Win at College PDF

This book greatly helped me for some guidelines to follow when I enter college. While I did not read Cal Newport’s book on doing well in high school, I feel it would have been just as helpful for me four years ago as this one has been for me.

The book is easy to short and because it does not have a story about someone who implements each concept, it gives a plethora of useful information in less than two hundred pages.

Here are some of the points made that stuck out to me before I enter my freshman semester this fall:

1. Make your Bed and Never Nap.

This makes your room cleaner and less likely for you to jump into it to sleep or relax. I learned the danger of napping in high school. Most of my friends in senior year would go home from school and “nap” from 2pm to 6pm. As a result, they would be up the entire night and be sluggish during school. This coupled with their procrastination made school more of a chore than a place to learn for them!

2. Schedule your free time & Maximize.

Your Summers- During this summer, I have in the morning planned what I will do that day. Since I don’t have a job, I have the entire day to do what I want. With a schedule, I have been able to be disciplined about my learning despite no telling me I need to be working. As a result, I have read 18 books in June!

3. Don’t Study in your room and Find a Secret study Place.

Trying to read in your bed will just make you drowsy and fall asleep. I found the library to be very helpful for maximizing focus and productivity.

4.Relax before Exams-Being calm and collected.

Before an exam can greatly increase your performance and focus. While I am not prone to stress and anxiety, I noticed the decrease in scores of others who are stressed up to the time they walk into the door for the exam.

These are just some of the points that I found helpful before I even started college. I will definitely be using around 60-70% of the strategies in this book to make me excel at college and love the process! 

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Author Cal Newport
Book Title How to Win at College
Language English

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