Student time is the best time to learn new skills and take your first confident steps into "adult" life. This article offers a collection of the most useful books that not only help you become a capable, diligent student but also greatly simplify the difficult, tricky path of study.
1. Deep work
The first source of knowledge worth looking at is Cal Newport's book Deep Work. It helps to solve one of the most common problems that are very close not only to students but also to many adults - the inability to concentrate on a complex task.
This book will be useful to those who:
- Is unable to concentrate on one task, constantly switch their attention from one thing to another;
- Is casually paying attention to details while being unable to focus on what is important;
- is unable to fully integrate into the work process;
- is constantly distracted by social media, news feeds, emails, etc;
- has a distracted attention span and can't get into the details, can't delve into the essence of the issue.
Cal Newport offers a series of useful tips that allow you to easily master one of the most valuable and necessary skills for everyone - the ability to focus, to stop being distracted by various trifles. After reading the book, you will no longer need assignments help, because you will be able to easily understand any subject yourself and achieve great success in school or work. You will no longer need help, because you will be able to easily understand any subject yourself.
2. A mind for numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science
The next useful book for the student is the work of Barbara Oakley, an American doctoral student. In spite of the title, this book is not about math, but about learning skills.
This book is notable in that it:
- Encourages the reader to train his or her brain;
- allows you to master the techniques that are within the reach of experts in the exact and natural sciences;
- gives you the opportunity to learn how to solve tasks in any field;
- helps to master the alternation of different types of tasks (the interleaving method);
- offers an interesting and uncomplicated way to "compress" key ideas to the point where they can be easily retained in memory;
- develops the capabilities of the brain.
In this book Barbara Oakley proves that absolutely everyone is capable of changing the way they think and comprehend the skills of experts in the exact sciences.
3. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
The book was written by the American economist Charles Duhigg. It is, without a doubt, a must-read.
This wonderful book talks about:
- what habits are;
- how they are formed;
- How habits affect our lives;
- how ingrained, bad habits can be replaced with new and good ones.
The author argues that the pattern that every person follows is to blame for all trouble: after all, we do things just to get some kind of reward. For example, we smoke a cigar or a cigarette in order to relax. In this case, the process of smoking is the pattern, and relaxation is the reward. Mr. Dahigga suggests relaxing in other ways, such as taking a walk outdoors or chatting with a nice person.
This terrific book is a source of knowledge that will be useful not only to students, but also to those who have completed their studies long ago. It will really help you get rid of bad habits and acquire good ones, because after reading it you will know the mechanism of habit formation.
4. The Productivity Project
The following book, by Canadian author Chris Bailey, should be read by every student. This is an excellent guide to productivity. The author of this work tries to convey to the reader that productivity is a combination of time, attention and energy.
The book looks at many aspects of productivity:
- How to focus and avoid distractions;
- How to avoid multitasking;
- How to properly plan your day.
In the book, the author cites many different curious studies to demonstrate which techniques will help you be more productive in the long run and which will not.
5. Steal the Show
A remarkable work by professional actor Michael Port is a guide for those who are preparing for critical exams, intend to make a report in front of a huge audience, presenting their thesis or launching a large-scale business project. In general, the book is intended for anyone who seeks to hold a high position in society and always be on top.
In the pages of this work, the author shares with readers the following experiences:
- Describes acting techniques to win, convince and inspire an audience;
- Tells how to behave correctly on stage, to dominate the audience;
- reveals the secrets of attracting the audience's attention;
- Declares the key strategies for successful performances and the rules of attracting everyone's attention.
6. The personal MBA
Josh Kaufman's book deserves your attention for several reasons. The author tries to convey that there are certain foundational concepts for every aspect of business. His main idea is to convey to the reader: the true value is within you as a person.
Josh Kaufman is an outstanding manager who took the unconventional route of rejecting a classical business education. As a result of his self-study, he became a remarkable professional and landed a very prestigious position at Procter & Gamble.
This work is about believing in yourself, not necessarily needing an MBA (Master of Business Administration), and the resources that can be used to acquire a similar or superior education.
7. Speed Reading. How to Memorize More by Reading 8 Times Faster
The ability to read quickly and immediately analyze what you've read is an extraordinarily useful skill that will be useful in any situation.
The book will tell you how to:
- significantly increase your reading speed;
- quickly understand and analyze the text you read;
- memorize key points and arrange them in the "shelves" in your head.
This book is beneficial as it allows you to control the speed of reading and decide how much time a day to practice.
8. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
The book, written by author and psychologist Greg McKeown, is about how to organize your own life to allow sufficient time for yourself, your studies, and your friends.
The author of this work gives a lot of useful advice about:
- how to separate the major from the minor;
- how to change your life for the better;
- how to make your way as bright and full of positive events as possible;
- how to focus on the most important things;
- how to get rid of all the insignificant and unnecessary.
Essentialism is an absolutely new approach that will teach you not to waste your time on people and things that are not important to you and that you are not interested in.
9. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t
The book by American researcher Jim Collins will be useful and interesting not only to directors and business owners, but also to students who are planning to start their own business.
The author describes the results of his six-year experiment comparing companies that have achieved unprecedented heights to those that have not made a breakthrough. During this study, Jim Collins discovered the identical elements of success through which phenomenal results can be achieved.
10. Surrounded by Idiots
The book written by the famous Swedish psychologist Thomas Erikson is a universal picklock that opens any door to a personality.
In his book Thomas Erikson has compiled a very unique material on
- how to perceive people with different types of behavior;
- how to find an approach to people who you think are acting strange and do not understand you;
- what are the rules of communication with a person with a complex character.
This work is very easy to read and contains a great deal of useful advice as well as curiosity stories from various entrepreneurs.
Psychotechnology developed by the author will help you connect with the people around you who are the complete opposite of you.