A self-made success shares the study techniques that took him to the top of the class.
Ong did not have a successful freshman year at college; years later, when he returned to the college classroom as an adult, he vowed to achieve success. Sure enough, employing his homegrown study techniques, Ong made Phi Beta Kappa. Here, he shares the down-and-dirty details of how other students can repeat his performance. He leaves no aspect of classroom work left untouched; from figuring out just what the course criteria are (classroom participation, penalties for late work), to staying focused on finals, Ong takes the student from the first day of the semester to the last–assuring focus throughout. He is nothing if not specific, offering examples of time-management calendars, highlighting options, and discussing the relative size of margins on notebook paper–even samples of notes he took during his own college classes, with captions that point out his arrow-drawing techniques. There are sections on core study principles (this consists entirely of sensible mandates) and on giving classroom presentations, including when and how to use visual aids. In general, his bullet points are clear and on-target. His 16 fundamentals for exam review are purely hard-nosed common sense–and his advice for working on group projects takes its tone straight from a military handbook; failure is simply not an option. Motivated students should find his detailed suggestions highly useful. In fact, following his advice to the letter would render almost any student fail-proof.
Packed with great information and solid advice. A good graduation gift for high-school seniors.