Review: Anyone Can Get An A+: How To Beat Procrastination, Reduce Stress and Improve Your Grades

Anyone Can Get An A+: How To Beat Procrastination, Reduce Stress and Improve Your Grades
Anyone Can Get An A+: How To Beat Procrastination, Reduce Stress and Improve Your Grades by Geetanjali Mukherjee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A detailed, structured guide to better time and learning management.

Geetanjali Mukherjee provides copious useful information and instruction in her guide to improving exam grades. Building upon her personal experience in exams based curricula, she crafts a helpful study guide for students of all levels of capability. She writes to the doubts and confusion students may go through.

I couldn’t escape a feeling that much of what Ms. Mukherjee writes is – common sense. Perhaps this has something to do with my own educational experiences. I’ve never had to “work hard” for any examinations, standardized or otherwise. But I haven’t been a “topper” either, always hanging around in the top group, barely making my (lucky?) entrance into such hallowed clubs. Good time management, good habits, generally, and an inner individual motivation to really learn. Good food habits too – and no one had to tell me! I’ve always done well in subjects where I’ve loved my teachers. I think this aspect – that there aren’t any bad students, only bad teachers – is missed in the book. But the book is for the typical student, not the carefree philosopher.

A comparison between educational systems – such as the Finnish vs. the American vs. the Indian – can add much value too. Children in Finland are known to do very little homework. They spend about 20 hours per week in classes, and much more in broad life skills education outside of classes. Children in Montessori educational systems similarly learn a lot more hands-on, at a pace suited to themselves, and excel at learning what they discover as their aptitude.

It shouldn’t be just about getting A-pluses, should it?

An easy-to-read book that diligent teenagers and parents and parents may well enjoy.

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About Rian Nejar

Rian Nejar is a mid-60's child from India. He trained and worked as an engineer in India, lived briefly in the Middle East, and arrived in America in the early 90's. After a Master’s degree in electrical engineering in America, he worked as an academic instructor, engineer, entrepreneur, and technical writer over the two decades since. Humbling and Humility is the first heartfelt written expression of his varied life experiences. He lives and writes in the Southwest United States.
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