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Posted October 11, 2000
I had the brains to get straight A's in high school, but since I was bored with school early on, ended up never doing my homework and skipping studying (not even knowing what a study habit was), and consequently got C's, D's and even a couple of E's throughout my high school career. After working in the real world for the next twenty years, I decided to go back to school and get my B.A. so I could continue on to law school. Luckily I stumbled upon Getting Straight A's early in my first semester while looking for a book on writing term papers. There is no doubt in my mind that without this book I would not have managed to transfer from a community college to UCLA with a 3.9 GPA. (The only reason it wasn't a 4.0 is because I didn't follow every single step the author recommends. If I had, I'm sure I would have hung onto a 4.0 with no problem.) Since then (and I'm still in school) I have given at least six copies of this book as gifts to friends of mine who are also in college. The only problem is hanging on to a copy for myself! I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It contains psychological tips that work on both the student and the teacher, and practical advice that will save you from those frantic final weeks before finals. BTW, the last time I looked for this book in a bookstore I was told it was out of print. My advice? Buy at least two copies while you still can -- one for you and one to give away. I know I sound like I'm getting a percentage of the book (I'm not), but it makes a great gift for students, one I wish I'd had back then.
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