Most books for students give you the same old advice: work hard, take detailed notes, use a planner, yadda yadda. If you’re looking for a book like that, ignore this one.
Beyond Brilliance shows you precisely how to succeed in school and develop mastery (based on decades of science). Read it and you’ll know why certain memories are stickier than others, why self-control is more important than effort, and why snoozing more can mean studying less.
The truth is, you don’t need to be naturally “brilliant”, or pull all-nighters, or give up your social life, or even scimp on exercise to get top grades and become an expert learner.
All you need to do is learn how learning actually works. Then, like the world’s most successful students, you can use that skill to crush your classes and get better at anything you like. This book shows you the way. You’ll learn why common myths about learning might be holding you back, the most practical and most efficient tools researchers know about how to absorb material, how to conquer procrastination, and tons more straightforward insights that will inspire and empower you.
Unlike vague, scammy self-help books, Beyond Brilliance is helpful. And unlike academic textbooks, it’s understandable and to the point. With its concise, illustrated chapters and focus on universal principles, it’s the perfect playbook for any student who’s ever dreamed of a better way. Engineering majors at MIT, C students, victims of tracking and standardized testing, homeschoolers, and graduate students in a variety of fields will all find valuable guidance in these pages.