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This section is constantly growing with new and valuable secrets to scoring near the top of your class (while studying less than most students at the bottom of your class.)

New Member? Start Here

Want to know what this members area is all about? That’s what this post is supposed to help you with. It can give you the lay of the land so you can hopefully make the most of it.

How To Get An A+ On All Your Finals By Aaron Richardson

You can get near-perfect grades on your finals and it’s easier than you think.

101 Strategies To Improve Your Grades Without Studying More By Aaron Richardson

This is Smart Student Secrets’ most popular ebook. It’s hundreds of pages dedicated to the not quite noble goal of “never studying again.” Or… god forbid, just reducing your study time while still pumping up your grades. A true testament to the laziness behind Aaron’s philosophy. 🙂

Is A Better Grade Worth The Effort? An Extreme Perspective

Need a little perspective on how valuable a good grade can be? Well… this can show you some crazy numbers that might make your mind blow. It also gives you a hint of the power of smart decisions in general. Get what this article is saying and you’ll get yourself a comfortable retirement whether my numbers are crazy or not.

The Greatest Study Hack Is This

The vast majority of study advice misses this point. While most study advice is looking at the surface of learning there is more to be gained from looking into the depths of how you actually find study advice that worked. 90% of study advice would have no attention at all if student’s were to pay attention to this point.

How To Know When You Really Understand It

Understanding opens the door to getting good grades. When you understand something you can gain more points while knowing less. It’s not everything but understanding when you understand and when you don’t can make sure you don’t waste time trying to understand when you already do. It also ensures you don’t waste time memorizing when you’d do better trying to understand.

The Most Powerful College Alternative

Bypassing college can be a big mistake if you’re not completely aware of what the alternative is. Sure, going to college is the statistically better option but statistics can be deceiving. You can skip college and end up miles ahead of the average college graduate but you absolutely must understand this… (unless you’re cool with fast food until you retire.)

7 Step Test Prep: Higher Scores With Less Stress

Most student’s have a 1 step test strategy. Break the norm and spend some time preparing for your test and you might surprise yourself with the difference it makes. Here you can learn a simple 7 step strategy to make your test prep as effective as it can be.

How Bad Students Become Good Students

What are the things that make bad students turn their grades around? What does it take to motivate an unmotivated student? Those are questions that have interested me ever since I made my own personal transition to better grades. Here are a few of the things I’ve noticed.

5 Other Things You Should Know Graduating From High School

Graduating from high school is a big time in a person’s life. There are a few things that you should know to make it a little easier. More importantly, these are things that can help you build a strong foundation for the rest of your life to stand on. These are some of those important things.

How To Crush Your Friend’s Grades

Yes… we all know it’s pointless to judge ourselves in comparison to our friends but hell… it can be so darn fun to have a little healthy competition with your friends. This is about how to make the friendly competition a productive (and victorious) experience.

The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned About Running A Quality Personal Study Experiment

Back in my school days (only a few years ago actually,) I used to have this crazy habit of running personal experiments on my own recall and study strategies to learn how I could produce better results with less effort. I put in a whole lot of effort but eventually I realized a much easier solution… That’s what this article tells you about.

How To Take A Day Off Studying (And Not Have The World Collapse Around You)

No… You don’t need to be a study machine to kick ass in school. In fact, trying to be a machine could be one of the biggest mistakes you make. Why? Because you will inevitably fail.

Is An “A” Worth The Effort?

There is a lot of work suggested on this blog. Sure… it’s boundlessly more efficient than the strategies suggested by your teachers but it can still be a challenge. Is it worth the effort? That’s the question that I try to answer with a few rough theories.

Time Or Grades? Do You Really Have To Pick One?

Many students feel the need to sacrifice their time for good grades. Is it really necessary? Is there a way you can score near the top of your class without giving up all your free time in the process? Of course, there is. That’s what this article can help you start with.

7 Free Resources For College Students

This is a quick list of 7 free resources I think every student should take advantage of.

Studying Worse Is The First Step To Studying Better

This is a response to a reader with a question about transitioning to the 15MSS. Change is important but it introduces new challenges. This article is about how you can face those challenges without going too crazy. 🙂

The 7 Reasons You Procrastinate (And What To Do About Them) – Free Download

Here you can find the free pdf guide download referenced in The Ultimate Guide To Crushing Procrastination. It can teach you more about why you’re procrastinating (even when you’ve got your motivation down.) It then goes into more detail about how to solve them.

Memory Investment Mastery

If you want to know how to study what you need to study then this is the article for you. Okay… this may be a tough one but it’s in the subscribers only area for a reason. It’s the kind of thing that’s powerful but not easy to understand.


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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.

My newest book is, in my opinion, the best book ever written for students that want to absolutely crush the academic game.

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.)

It’s about working only when it matters most and creating the habit of motivated and effective learning.

I guarantee this… You can skyrocket your grades with my book while studying less than you ever had to study before. If I’m wrong, send me an email and I’ll refund you – no questions asked.

Please give me the chance to change your life for the better – it’s on me to prove it. What you’re going to do is: click on the link here or below, click “Buy Now”, fill in the boxes, and you’ll get your copy of the book through an instant download.

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