Last year I fell in love with College Info Geek. Why? Because this guy has the secret to success. Thomas Frank is like a God that all college students should worship.
Recently, I read a book by the founder of CIG, Thomas Frank, called 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less). This book has a lot of helpful information that I plan on implementing in my life. Because it has been helpful for me, I decided to share all of my knowledge with all of you.
First things, first: This book is free which means you should download it. You can get the book by clicking the image to the right. It takes you straight to his website where you can find the book and other helpful tips.
My review of this book? I loved it. And I'm not just saying that in the hopes that Thomas Frank will one day read this blog post and like it. I'm saying that because this book has a lot of awesome tips that will make you succeed in college and other tips that will help you succeed. There is also a lot of pop culture references that I guarantee will make you actually laugh out loud. (Especially the Harry Potter reference in chapter three.)
"Ideas are just a multiplier of execution."
Content wise, I firmly believe that the most important chapter in this entire book is chapter three. It talks about getting the most out of your textbook and, more importantly, knowing when and when not to do your assigned readings. It offers multiple reading techniques that enable you to get the most out of your study time. It is also very helpful that this book provides a lot of current resources such as websites and apps that students can use.
Now for the negatives.
There is a few things in this book that I disagree with. Primarily on the chapter about writing better papers. Notably, the difference between Frank and myself is that I believe in getting it done and he believes in making it near perfect. I would never recommend a writing process that needs you to go back to one assignment more than a couple of times for the sake of perfectionism. As college students who may be heavily involved on campus or commuting to school or working or possibly all of the above, we don't have the time to do homework while staying involved just to work on a single assignment for a long time.
I highly recommend a 3-day process that allows me to just pump out an essay unless it's more than 10 pages. Day 1: Outline. On this day you write out an outline of your paper and complete all the necessary research you will need to write the paper. Day 2: Draft. You simply write the paper. Day 3: Review & Submit. You can use Grammarly to make sure your paper is error free and submit it. I recognize that this doesn't work for everyone but, being a student who can type quickly and has limited time, this has been efficient enough for me.
Another negative, is Evernote. Evernote is listed throughout this book as a resource so so so many times. It is as if you're watching an Avengers movie but there's a can of Coke conveniently placed in frame in every other scene for advertisement. I understand having a preference and I definitely do the same thing with Google (all hail the Google God.) But there is more out there than just Evernote and I think it's important for the audience to be able to see that.
I did check out Evernote for the first time and it is a pretty nifty site but it is very simple. Simple for some is good but simple for others is not so good. It is all a matter of preference. But I definitely prefer OneNote.
OneNote allows you to insert captured or web pictures while take notes and more. I especially like that you can have a note book with multiple sections rather than a bunch of note books. Or the fact that you can write anywhere on your notes and draw on them. Plus, there is abundance in color and symbol coding. You can code your notes by making tasks on your notes or mark something as important and more like the cute question marker. (Whose advertising now!)
However, I don't think OneNote has the ability to take an image and make the words searchable. I have to admit that is a cool and useful feature of Evernote. But as I said, it is all up to you.
I do wish that there was an entire chapter dedicated to finding your motivation in college. However, it is difficult to teach someone to gain motivation when they've lost it. Even if there was a section on how to find textbooks for cheap that would useful too because it is important and relevant to many college students. Honestly, you can't get much of anything from your textbooks if you can't afford them which happens to many students today. Even myself.
Aside from that and a few edits, this book is perfect for college and high school students who are looking for a way to succeed academically without loosing their soul. I wish that it more accessible to college students so they can implement it into their lives.
I hope my notes are useful for you all.
It may seem daunting to implement these steps into your life, but as the book says just pick one or three and start there. Once you master these steps, it will make your life so much more easier. I guarantee it.
P.S. If you would like access to my notes, then feel free to contact me or to shoot me an email and request them. If you liked this blog post and have other books that you would like me to read and review, then, again, just contact me request a book and I will read your request.