Friday, December 18, 2009

School Hacks on Campus: Brigham Young University

This blog is to chronicle the "School Hacks on Campus" group for Brigham Young University. We will be guided by Cal Newport in developing skills to become better students.

Who is Cal?
From his blog:
Cal Newport graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College in 2004, and earned a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2009. He's currently a postdoctoral associate at MIT and is the author of two books: How to Become a Straight-A Student (Broadway Books, 2006) and How to Win at College (Broadway Books, 2005). His third book, How to Be a Highschool Superstar, will be published in July, 2010.

What is Study Hacks?
The Study Hacks blog explores strategies for building a remarkable life — one that’s accomplished and engaging, but also relaxed and enjoyable to live. It rejects the idea that extreme success and extreme stress are inextricably connected. It seeks, instead, examples of people who love their life while simultaneously being well-respected (and well-rewarded) for what they do.

So why join our group?
I don't know about you, but I have plenty I'd like to accomplish in my college life outside the classroom. The idea of study hacks is to study smarter, and harder, but not necessarily longer. If you have goals you want to accomplish (Start your own business, travel the world, spend more time serving others, just to name a few), and grinding through homework sets and tests is sapping all the life out of your life, come join us and we'll all learn to beat this game, together.

What next?
Do me a favor and fill out this google form.
We'll meet for the first time shortly after the semester starts in January. Just come ready to learn and contribute!

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