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Hey guys!

We’ve decided to publish a new style article this month to see what you think of it.

Once a month we’re going to be making a roundup of articles about college, school, and studying that I think you should read. Then I’ll give my thoughts.

Please let me know what you think!

Without further ado:

Life After College

Smart Student Secrets is a study blog but what attracted me to it was how much it broke the traditional mold. People will tell you that skipping or putting off college is the end of the world. “You’ll never go back,” they’ll tell you but as Aaron put it:

“If you don’t go back to college then you probably shouldn’t have gone to college in the first place.” College isn’t the only path through life. It’s just the convenient box people try to put you in. No one will get in trouble recommending you go to college.

Imagine a college counselor recommending a student go into the military. Now imagine a parent’s response. That’s just a risky move for a counselor to make.

Imagine a college counselor recommending a student skip college. Again, imagine a parent’s response.

The world forgives counselors for blindly recommending college. The counselor barely has a choice.

In this article, Morgan tells her story and reminds you what’s really important in life.

Read This Article

A Complete Guide To Overcoming Finals Week

In this article, Samantha goes over the finals prep essentials students need to keep in mind.

Finals can get overwhelming. It’s important to keep yourself focused on a system that will make sure it’s impossible for you to screw it up. This article lays out the basics of any good plan. (In my case, the coffee is absolutely essential.)

Read This Article

How To Decipher A Financial Aid Letter

Okay… I know this might not seem like the most fun article in the world but I promise you, it’s worth it.

College is one of the biggest expenses of your life! The costs matter.

I know why most people don’t dig in too deep with the financials. (I’ll admit it. I didn’t dig in when I first went to college either.)

It’s all so confusing! It’s almost like they’re trying to make you throw your money at them blindly regardless of results hoping you won’t ask too many questions… 😛 Almost… I’m not quite the cynical (yet.)

Learn this stuff. This is a great article that can help you make the best decision for you.

Read This Article

You Are Enough

This article brought me back to freshman year. It’s a great read for anyone getting ready for their first year in college.

There are going to be rough times in college but they get better. You’re surrounded by other people but you’ll still find yourself lonely and longing for the familiar. I totally agree about the missing mom when you’re sick thing.

Fortunately, it doesn’t always stay that way and a little bit of waiting will get you farther than all that doubt and fear.

Read This Article

How To Live With Roommates

One of the toughest parts of the transition to college is learning to share a dorm room with someone you’ve never met before. You don’t know what to expect. It’s impossible to prepare for.

What if your roommate is mean?
What if your roommate is loud?
Oh no… what if your roommate smells funny!?

Don’t freak out too much. I understand why you would. Let the smooth sounds of Thomas’ podcast relax you a little. You’ll learn a lot and you’ll feel better for it.

Well… unless your roommate smells…

Read This Article

Dealing With Sleep Deprivation In College

Every college student understands the pain of late nights and early morning. I certainly doaibbbfs,/.nhfkjdsil

Oh sorry… I just fell asleep at the keyboard for a minute.

Anyway… in this article Caitlyn goes over a few important lessons that make sleep deprivation a little more manageable. This is absolutely essential when you’re trying to squeeze as much as you can into every day.

Read This Article

What did you think of this weeks roundup? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

April 2017 Kay’s Study Roundup


This is an absolutely essential read for anyone on this blog.

I’m about 4 hours away from something big.

The story began a decade ago when I first started to share my study strategies with other students.

I had figured out the Holy Grail of academic optimization strategies – and every intermediate step to get to it. Using this strategy, I pulled a nearly 4.0 GPA while running a double course load in college – and once I started sharing it.

Students noticed.

Droves of them.

And then teachers noticed.

Most of the teachers that were looking out for their student’s best interest got what I was saying and supported the cause. Others… well… not everyone has the student’s best interest at heart.


Early on (even before Smart Student Secrets,) I started writing for average students.

I knew… I was NEVER one of the “smart kids”. I was mediocre at best. And I knew, if these strategies worked for me then they could work for just about anybody. And that’s who I wanted to connect with.

But… There was a problem…

I built an audience giving these strategies away. Sure…

And I’d get messages from them. And we’d talk. And I’d hear their stories.

I’d hear from A+ students that cut their study time by 90%.

I’d hear from B students that took their grades up to A’s.

I’d hear from teachers that were sharing my strategies with their students.

I’d hear from older students how these strategies changed their life.

I love it. I love introducing these strategies that changed my life to other people.

But there was always this… but…

What about the C students?

What about the D students?

What about the students that are currently failing?

Sure… Some would reach out.. but…

They never followed through… They’d take a small step. They’d sign up. They’d learn some killer strategies. Seeing right there how powerful they were going to be…

And then… life kicks in. They lose sight of their goals.

And it’s gone.


Student’s came to this site to improve their life. They see the possibilities. But then… they move on.

In about 4 hours, I’m going to be introducing something – an email subscriber exclusive – that can help change that.

It’s going to make more Smart Students than at any other time in this site’s history.

If you’re ready to take your academic game to the next level – if you want to see it for yourself.

Write your email in the box. Check the confirmation you want emails. Confirm your email. And see for yourself.

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4 thoughts on “April 2017 Kay’s Study Roundup

  • May 18, 2017 at 4:03 am

    Thanks for the great advice.

  • May 18, 2017 at 3:59 am

    I have got some problem with my roommate from few days. I think your advice will help to solve the problem.Thank you.

  • May 18, 2017 at 3:56 am

    ” College isn’t the only path through life ” true!

  • April 28, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Hahah I love the description you used to explain my post. And again, thanks for sharing!


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