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I went camping with my girlfriend the other day. (I promise… this is getting to how you can boost your grades massively but this is an important story.)

We borrowed an old tent and sleeping bags from my parents. We brought a bag of easy to cook food. We picked up some firewood from her parent’s. We even brought matches and one of those handheld wand lighter thingamajigs.

We thought we had everything we needed.

So we drove out of town into the middle of nowhere campground. We got our spot and we started setting everything up.

We fumbled around with the tent for a while. It’s kind of like a three dimensional puzzle meant to confound and confuse the imagination (particularly when you don’t have instructions or a completed photo of the tent. We were just winging it.)

We’d stick rods into other rods randomly and eventually we built what seemed like the two-story mansion equivalent of a tent.  If the tent was a model more advanced we would have probably had a balcony to sip wine on. So… that was pretty cool.

Then we got to the fire…

Have you ever tried to start a fire?

We had a box of matches and a lighter with a trigger on it. How hard could it be, right?



The Greatest Innovation Ever = Making Fire

I can’t even imagine how someone came up with making fire intentionally.

It’s crazy.

We played with our box of matches for half an hour and got nowhere. We knew we needed to light some kindling but we could get the kindling to light anything bigger.

We then pulled out the lighter with a literal trigger on it. We still couldn’t get that fire into anything more than a few burnt twigs.

How some cave person thousands of years ago decided to rub sticks painfully for two hours to make a spark while over dry kindling and ready to add small dry twigs to it is beyond me. That guy must have been the Einstein of his time intellectually and the Schwarzenegger of his time at rubbing the sticks together.

Unfortunately, my girlfriend and I aren’t quite that prepared for fire building. We probably could have had a flame thrower and we still wouldn’t have figured it out.

And this is where your grades are coming into it…


The Steps To Building An Intellectual Fire

Getting killer grades is kind of like building a fire.

If you don’t know the correct steps to take then you’re just going to be rubbing sticks together and embarrassing yourself. Certain tools can help you. You may be able to light a small fire if you’re lucky but you’re going to have to keep redoing it if you don’t know what you’re doing.

You need to lay out the kindling. You need to get the spark. Tools can help with that. You need to get the right amount of air to it. Then you need to know how to keep the fire fed.

In school: you need to have the foundation of knowledge for your class.

You need to find the motivating spark of curiosity. Tools can help with that.

You need to do the right amount of studying. (Not too much. Not too little.)

Then you need to keep feeding that curiosity with the right inputs.

If you try to feed that curiosity with something too big then it might not ever catch. If you just keep feeding the curiosity little tidbits that you easily understand then the fire won’t keep growing. And you sure as hell can’t feed that fire by relearning stuff you already know (ashes.)


Most Students Can’t Build The Fire

Students struggle day after day to build a new little fire.

They might have a burning passion for something outside of school like sports, games, or maybe another person but they rarely develop that same burning for school stuff.

It’s not there fault though.

It’s almost like parents and teachers are trying to make school a difficult place to enjoy. They wake you up early. They make you follow orders all day. (Go here. Now here. Now wait. Now here.) And they call everything they make you do work. That doesn’t help.

They make you “work” and you don’t even get paid. Isn’t that outlawed? There is a word for that…


It makes sense most students never learn to build a burning curiosity. The students that are capable of it are at a huge advantage.


Once You Start A Fire

Fires are hard to start but once you have a big enough flame, they’re super easy to maintain. It can even be hard to stop.

Once you start your intellectual fire for school, it’s just as easy as a fire to maintain. You just keep throwing logs into it and it will keep burning. Or in study words, you just go through a basic consistent study routine and you’ll keep getting the awesome results.

Students starting from the bottom are up for a big challenge but I’ve watched D students turn into A students by the end of the year. It’s an extraordinary challenge because classes tend to build on themselves. If you don’t know what you need from last year then you’re probably going to struggle this year.

Students can overcome it. For students that consistently apply good strategies (not perfect strategies), within 2 school years, they can be scoring near the top of their class.


For average students that aren’t scoring D’s, it’s easy to make the change.

I’ve watched B student’s become class topping students by studying less than 15 minutes a night (using the right strategies.)


And once a student gets to that higher level of competence, keeping up there is easy because almost anything they try to learn will be caught up in the flame.


You Can Score Near The Top Of Your Class

I don’t care if your grades suck right now.

It doesn’t take an extraordinary intelligence to score high. It doesn’t even take an extraordinary effort.

It takes intelligent proven study strategies. And it takes the knowledge of how to use them. That’s the kind of stuff I’m obsessed with learning.

Now I just have to figure out how to build that actual fire.

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This Is Why Your Grades Suck – And Why I Can’t Build A Fire

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.

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