The Straight-A Conspiracy: Your Secret Guide to Ending the Stress of School…and Totally Ruling the World - by Hunter Maats & Katie O’Brien




my notes:

Part of what makes genius so exciting and intriguing is that most of us will never have it.


The only reason you dont feel like genius every day is because you don’t know how learning is really supposed to work.

If you were to look at every little step that 'geniuses' took in pursuit of their goals, you'd see that anyone who followed those same steps could have done the exact same thing.

No one can do something impressive without a lot of practice.

The best learners today are all under the age of two.

Unrealistic expectations are the reason we stop finding learning fun.

A mistake is a giant flashing arrow pointing to where you can do fix-it-focused practice.

Look at the word: it’s a ‘mis-take.’ You took the wrong path this time.

Your attention is the most valuable tool in your brain.

Overwhelmed means your attention is crowded.

There’s no mountain that you can’t chip away, one rock at a time. There's No problem you can’t break into small pieces.

Feeling ‘stupid’ is not a lifelong diagnosis; it’s just an emotion that needs a RESET.

Emotions are supposed to be temporary states, but if you don’t RESET the unhelpful ones, they can last a long time.

You’re welcome to keep living in the warped reality where you think that your comparisons are fair, your expectations are realistic, and that you’ve seen everything your brain can do.

Math is just a bunch of rules that you follow.

No matter how difficult the material seems to be, it is based on rules, and you can find those rules and clear them up.

Commit to looking up words you don’t know.

History is extremely controversial...but it’s the how and why that make it so unbelievably mind-blowing.

The goal of history class is to learn from history.

An edge-of-your-seat outline allows you to solve all of the problems up front, so that by the time you’re writing, it feels easy.

Your job is to make your writing so easy to follow that anyone who picked it up could grasp what you were saying perfectly…on the first try.

Don’t Learn Streets, Learn Routes=Create as many meaningful connections within the information as possible. It’s more fun than cramming by repetition alone.

Actively hunt down any possible source of failure and terminate it.

Being a pro isn’t a job, it’s a lifestyle.

You have to take complete responsibility for everything that happens in your education.

The only thing that matters is what you are doing right now.

Being excellent is less stressful than being average.

The best learners never let themselves get away with bad habits.