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You can enjoy life while still studying hard.

College can be awesome. It can be inspiring. It can be fun.

High school may have sucked but college is different. You’re given the opportunity to make decisions for yourself and the result can be extraordinary.

It can be a nerve-wrecking time but it usually doesn’t have to be. You’re being given an opportunity to improve your life dramatically. Virtually every mistake you can make related to college is correctable. It’s a low risk environment.

The costs may be high and the professors may be tough but millions of students successfully take them on every year. On top of that, there are people all around you that are willing to help.

Here are 5 random things you should be thinking about:

1. You can get straight-A’s without sacrificing the really important things.

You can look down at your scores and be pleasantly surprised every time. You can probably score near the top of your class with dramatically less effort than the average student. The average student barely even cares about their grades. They show up because they “have to.” Sure… they’ll complain about their grades but given the choice between changing it and doing something else. They pick something else. You’re not an average student.

How do I know you’re not an average student?

For one thing, you’re reading this. You’re committed enough to improving your grades that you’ve read past the headings to understand the meaning of this article. Believe it or not, most people coming to an article like this don’t. You care about your future so much that you’re willing to work to improve it. You’re not average.

You may look like an average student but with a few small changes in strategy you could dominate in your classes. I made this transition myself. You can make only a few small changes and the big positive changes will follow.

Successful students are often the ones ignoring the recommended strategies. They discover their strategies on their own.

2. You’ve probably been taught the wrong way to succeed.

The number one challenge to creating the future you want is forgetting all the wrong things you’ve been taught.

If you’ve ever discussed wanting to improve your grades with someone, you’ve probably been given this advice: work harder! Naturally, that advice catches nobody off-guard. No one is thinking, “WOW! Working harder!? Why hasn’t anyone told me that before!?” Duh. Right?

Of course, you can succeed using hard work but most students use it as an excuse to grind themselves into the ground. Then, when they’re useless mush too unmotivated to care about their grades, they feel better for a while.

Hard work can also distract you from intelligent work.

It’s no wonder students struggle to increase their motivation.

For every bit of good advice the average student is given, they’re given piles of useless crap to sort through. It’s not easy.

You can turn any situation around as long as you care enough.

3. Your success is as inevitable as you make it.

The number one cause of failure is giving up.

I know you’ve struggled with getting things done in the past. You’ve probably done your share of procrastination. You’ve probably had a desperate cram session or two. You may have even failed a couple times. That’s okay.

Why is it okay?

Because failure won’t stop you.

If you’re still showing up then you still can do it. The fundamental concern for all college students is giving up. If you give up then you fail. If you keep taking the opportunities you get then you WILL succeed.

And what about your grades along the way?

Is your goal to get good grades or get into a good career?

In my experience, the best jobs don’t always go to the highest scoring students. The highest scoring students may get the highest starting pay but they end up in bureaucratic environment surrounded by other hyper competitive people. Naturally, few last long in that environment.

The smartest students aren’t always the one’s with perfect scores. They’re usually the ones playing the game consciously. If they care about their grades then, yes, their grades will look amazing. They know how to play the game of school. They understand the system.

The advancement potential is unlimited when you understand the system. This site might look like it’s about improving your grades but fundamentally, it’s about becoming a student of life. Your grades are just one manifestation of this.

Learn to get good grades. Through those same strategies, you can learn to get higher pay. You can learn to get fit. You can learn to be happier. Success dominoes in system. One success becomes a pattern of success.

Costs have been going up for decades and employment opportunities aren’t going up nearly as fast. You need to be prepared to face these challenges.

4. The cost is ridiculous! This is what you should do about it…

You probably know this already. College costs are going up faster than ever while the objective value of college is going down faster than ever. Plenty of economists have run calculations suggesting it’s smarter to invest money than go to college. Here are some reasons that probably shouldn’t matter to you:

  • You can’t get student loans to invest in the stock market.

Are you going to need loans to pay for college? Then you can still probably end up better off. If you had the money for college then it might be smarter to invest that money.

You can get student loans to invest in your career. In investing terms, you’re using leverage to increase your earning potential. College certainly comes with some risks but most of those risks are under your control. The market can’t collapse and eliminate the value of the things you’ve learned.

If you continue to make smart decisions then almost everything is under your control.

  • This doesn’t apply well to most career oriented fields

If you’re in a STEM field then this doesn’t apply to you.

If you’re in a very career oriented degree program then it doesn’t apply to you. (Business, marketing, accounting, etc.)

If you already have a career in the field you’re going to school in (and looking for advancement) then it probably doesn’t apply for you.

  • And for the rest of us…

Yea… Naturally, an economist can’t calculate the value of an art or an english lit degree. That’s why the whole idea of starving artist exists. As standard practice, I wouldn’t encourage someone in this direction but here is why I think you’ll be fine:

You’re still not average.

You know the challenges you’re going to face. The average person in your field might be a “starving artist” or a overqualified barista but that’s not you. You’ve read this far into this article. You have your head on straight. You can make just about any career work.

Just be prepared to face the challenges and you’ll beat the average.

College is difficult enough without having bad teachers kill your motivation.

5. Never take a class from a bad teacher.

Having a good teacher can change everything.

I’ve turned hating a subject into loving a subject based on the inspiration of a single teacher. These kinds of teachers go beyond lecturing information and can completely transform the way a student thinks about the subject.

Having a bad teacher can, unfortunately, do the same.

A bad teacher can ruin your progress for years. One bad teacher in high school can plague you all the way through college. One bad teacher in college can destroy your motivation for a career in the field. There is no good reason to take the risk.

Never take classes from bad teachers. (It just encourages them to continue sucking.)

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College can be difficult but it can also be an amazing positive change in your life. It can be an investment that feels like the best time in your life.

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5 Random Things You Should Think About Before Going To College

A B&C Students Guide To Mercilessly Crushing A Students At Their Own Game (While Laughing Your Way Towards The Ivy-League)

Are you smart but getting meh grades?

The smartest students are often the ones the school system leaves behind. It’s easy to motivate a half-wit (or even almost-wit – like a horse with a carrot dangled in it’s face to get it running. Giddy-up horsey!

You would never fall for that, right? Then this is for you.

It’s easy to procrastinate when you’re getting a raw deal. That’s the smart thing to do.

Academics is a game – and its prizes are good. Really good! There is more to the story than that though. What do you have to do to get that prize? And that matters even more than the prize. Study 18 hours a day for straight-A’s and a high-paying job someday in the distant future? Ughhh… Not me. That’s for sure.

I scored near the top of my college Engineering class while studying less than 15 minutes a morning. And seriously, I don’t sound like a super genius, do I?

Hint: I had barely scraped a 1.0 GPA in high school and I wasn’t skipping and having fun with friends either – I was… dare I say… trying my best.

Big Tip: trying doesn’t matter unless you’re experimenting or already using an effective strategy. Trying without an effective strategies is a waste that can plop your grades in the stinker. First step – STOP TRYING with ineffective strategies.

You got that?

Look… I’m a bit crazy. I get it. I’ve read hundreds of books on grades, learning, and memory. I spent sleepless nights studying obscure academic journals. I swear, I even read the book “How To Read A Book” and didn’t have to drink alcohol to do it!


You wanna’ know why?

Don’t tell anyone but… I care. I was emotionally crippled by the school system. I had heartless, lazy, and downright mean teachers (and a couple good ones that couldn’t help.) It took years for me to untangle their mess…

And I went to college and beat them at their own wretched game. Top scores. Easy studying. Time to make friends and impress the ladies. (You know… the important stuff!)

But I know… I wasn’t alone and I know there are others facing similar and worse challenges than I did. And I may be out of the warzone now but I can’t in good conscience leave you behind without my arsenal.

That’s why a decade ago I founded Smart Student Secrets and got link backs from LifeHack, HuffPo, and good college professors with names I can’t pronounce from all over the world that see these strategies crushing every day. But forget about them… the emails I get from grateful students… that’s the stuff a good life is made of.

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It gets you to focus your energy on the most important aspects of grades – giving you leverage on the system.

It shows you the big painful studying, you’re not benefiting from – that you thankfully get to stop today and forever.

It takes the latest in academic research on memory and puts into your hands, the exact memorization strategies that a Purdue Professor proved can let someone memorize 2.35 things for every one they’re memorizing now.

And this isn’t about “working harder” – and it’s not about “working smarter” either. (I cringe every time I read that phrase.)

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4 thoughts on “5 Random Things You Should Think About Before Going To College

  • July 24, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    This is a great article. It is a great point about success being up to you. Some risks in life require luck. College is the kind of risk that requires discipline.

    • July 24, 2017 at 4:49 pm

      Thanks for the comment!

      That’s a great way to explain it.

  • July 24, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Never EVER take classes from bad teachers!


    I just thought that needed more emphasis. Why waste your tuition on dinosaurs that can tear your head off way better than teach.

    I had one teacher that would literally lie in front of the whole class to sound smart. I raised my hand and offered a correction. This guy completely denies I’m correct. Then, at the end of class I brought up my source to him. Then he completely denied saying I was wrong. Where is this guy’s head?

    Life is too short.

    • July 24, 2017 at 4:50 pm


      He sounds like a tool.

      I totally agree with the emphasis. I’d even consider adding another EVER:

      Never EVER EVER take classes from bad teachers.


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