Book Review: “Anyone Can Get an A+: How to Beat Procrastination, Reduce Stress and Improve Your Grades” by Geetanjali Mukherjee

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Do you wish you could get better grades? Do you struggle with certain subjects and believe that maybe you’re not cut out for them? Do you want to spend less time studying and still get good grades?

Studying for tests and exams can be stressful, not just for students, but also for teachers and parents. Grades in school exams and standardized tests can seem to determine your entire future, and yet many students are not able to get the grades they think they need to succeed.

Anyone Can Get An A+ is a conversational, down-to-earth guide for high school and college students on how to maximize their learning and get the grades they want. This book draws on research from the fields of psychology and neuroscience, and gives students practical advice that they can implement right away, to overcome procrastination, make the most of their study time and improve their grades significantly.

The book includes sections on how the right nutrition and diet can aid learning, how to organize your time and study schedule, how to keep track of all your deadlines and school-related paperwork, and how to overcome procrastination to complete your schoolwork on time. The author also discusses how students can incorporate the latest research on education and learning into their everyday study habits.

Anyone Can Get An A+ contains 39 tips on various aspects of studying and preparing for exams. In this book, you will learn:
-How best to prepare for exams
-What is the top mistake most students make when doing exam preparation and how to avoid it
-How to overcome procrastination and use your study time wisely
-How to break down larger assignments into smaller chunks
-How to write a paper
-How to use small segments of time effectively
-How to get help to understand difficult material

This book includes techniques that work for both high school and college students. Although some of the examples used may resonate more easily with college students, it is never too early to start good study habits, and many of the tips translate equally to high school and college. The author herself learnt many of these techniques while preparing for board exams in high school.

Anyone Can Get An A+ includes the following chapters:
Chapter 1: Adopting The Right Attitude
Chapter 2: Nourishing Your Mind and Body
Chapter 3: Organizing Your Study Life
Chapter 4: Getting The Most From Your Study Time
Chapter 5: Beating Procrastination
Chapter 6: Studying Effectively
Chapter 7: Tackling Difficult Subjects
Chapter 8: Revising For Exams

Bookworm1102’s Review

This book aims to help you to improve your grades by combating procrastination and with other study tips. As someone who describes herself as a serial procrastinator in all aspects, I could not wait to pick up this book and read some of the tips.

The book is mostly aimed at students and people who are studying, and offers numerous tips and advice to reducing stress relating to school, using the author’s own personal experiences.

I wish I had this book when I was studying. There are so many useful tips that I wish I had known when revising, as I usually just read through my notes and it stressed me out. There are some tips that I have applied to my life now, such as using a note app, and I took the author’s advice and started using Evernote, which is good!

I took a special interest in the procrastination section, and I have used some of the advice, such as procrastinating by doing something useful, and it has really helped me to do some things sooner, instead of doing what I would usually do and leave it all to the last minute.

Thank you to the author for the complimentary ebook copy.

I rate this book 4/5 stars!

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Guest Post: Bedtime Stories for Grown-Ups by Andrew Joyce

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About The Book

Bedtime Stories for Grown-Ups is a jumble of genres—seven hundred pages of fiction and nonfiction … some stories included against the author’s better judgment. If he had known that one day they’d be published, he might not have been as honest when describing his past. Here is a tome of true stories about the author’s criminal and misspent youth, historical accounts of the United States when She was young, and tales of imagination encompassing every conceivable variety—all presented as though the author is sitting next to you at a bar and you’re buying the drinks as long as he keeps coming up with captivating stories to hold your interest. 

Comprised of 218,000 words, you’ll have plenty to read for the foreseeable future. This is a book to have on your night table, to sample a story each night before extinguishing the lights and drifting off to a restful sleep. 

Mr. Joyce sincerely hopes that you will enjoy his stories because, as he has stated, “It took a lot of living to come up with the material for some of them.” 

 

Excerpt

What you are about to read is one of the stories from my book, Bedtime Stories for Grown-Ups, a collection of short stories that are a mixture of fiction and non-fiction. My hitching adventures are true. The Danny narratives are also true, but written from a perspective different from mine. The fiction stories are a jumble of genres. 

There are a whole lotta stories in the book—700 pages worth. Enough to keep you reading for the foreseeable future. 

Here’s one of my fiction stories: 

Everything’s Jake

 It was early in the morning when the man rode into town from the east, the sun at his back, his long shadow before him. The street was deserted except for an old mongrel dog sniffing its way home after a long night’s prowl. 

He proceeded on the main thoroughfare—the town’s only thoroughfare—until he came abreast of the Blue Moon Café with its “WE NEVER CLOSE” sign hanging from the ramada. Spurring his horse over to the hitching post outside the café, he dismounted and entered the establishment. 

At that time in the morning, the chairs were on the tables, and the only occupants were a boy sweeping the floor and a disheveled, overweight man behind the bar wiping a glass with a dirty rag. The barkeep watched the stranger approach. 

“How ’bout some whiskey?” said the stranger. 

When the barman was slow in responding, the man grabbed his collar, pulled him down until he was bent over the bar and their eyes were staring into each other’s. 

“I said whiskey,” growled the stranger. 

“Yes sir, right away,” was the barkeep’s quick response. 

When released, with a shaking hand he placed the glass he had been wiping on the bar, grabbed a bottle from beneath the counter, and poured a liberal amount of an amber liquid into it. 

As he started to re-cork the bottle, he was told to leave it. 

“Yes sir.” 

Turning his back to the bar and placing his elbows thereon, he called to the youth doing the sweeping. 

“Hey you, boy, come over here.” 

Placing his broom against the nearest table, the boy did as he was bid. 

“You got a name, son?” 

“Yes sir. It’s Billy.” 

“Well, Billy, do you know a man by the name of Jake Tapper?” 

“Yes sir.” 

“Do you know where he lives?” 

“Yes sir.” 

Reaching into his vest pocket, the man withdrew a silver dollar and flicked it in the boy’s direction. “You go tell Jake that Mac’s in town.” 

  • • • • •

Jake lay on his bed, staring at the ceiling. It was much too early to be awake, but since she left, he’d found it hard to sleep. It had been a heady eight months. He had never loved a woman as he had loved Jeanie. Sure, it was taking a chance messing with Mac Conway’s woman, but it had been worth it. Now that she had run off with that piano player from the Blue Moon, he thought he’d just stop running from Mac. Might as well get it over with, thought Jake. 

Then there was a knock at his door. “Yes, who is it?” 

“It’s me, Mister Tapper. Billy Doyle.” 

“Whatcha want, Billy?” 

“A man down to the Blue Moon told me to tell you that Mac is in town. I think he wants to talk to you.” 

“Alright, Billy. You tell him I’ll be right there.” 

Jake packed his few belongings and left the room. Instead of going to the Blue Moon, he went to the livery stable and saddled his horse. Then he mounted and headed out of town as fast as the beast could carry him. 

It is one thing to think brave thoughts in the seclusion of your room, but it’s another thing to face Mac Conway in a saloon. Hell, it ain’t healthy to face off with Mac anywhere. Now that Jeanie’s gone, there’s no reason to git myself killed. 

The next day Mac caught up with Jake, and then went looking for Jeanie. 

 

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About The Author

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Andrew Joyce left high school at seventeen to hitchhike throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico. He wouldn’t return from his journey until years later when he decided to become a writer. Joyce has written five books. His first novel, Redemption: The Further Adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, was awarded the Editors’ Choice Award for Best Western of 2013. A subsequent novel, Yellow Hair, received the Book of the Year award from Just Reviews and Best Historical Fiction of 2016 from Colleen’s Book Reviews. 

 Joyce now lives aboard a boat in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with his dog, Danny, where he is busy working on his next book, tentatively entitled, Mahoney: An American Story. 

 

Guest Post: The Aona Series by Simon Williams

Book One – Oblivion’s Forge

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Close to death, a loner who lives a life of slavery to geomantic forces tries to forget the horror he glimpsed and the god-like beings that threaten the very existence of the world.

A young woman cursed by a witch seeks shelter in a castle as winter closes in- only to find herself propelled into a nightmare.

A healer who has reached the limit of her abilities and endurance when she struggles with a mysterious, incurable disease, seeks help from her mentor but is swept up in events beyond her control.

In each of these people and many others, ancient forces stir in response to the existential threat facing the world of Aona. A suffocating darkness to stand against the destroying light; a raging torrent of power bestowed through a thousand years of blood.

Oblivion’s Forge is the first book in the Aona series, which tells of a monumental struggle between two great powers, an unparalleled existential war.

“What if all of this- our powers, our world- is that last light hanging in the void?”

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Book Two – Secret Roads

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A Gate has opened: the marandaal have reached out into Aona, and the great powers of the world awaken.

Caught between the destroying light of the marandaal and the malign influence of the choragh, ancient masters of Aona, are the men and women who will shape the destiny of this world: wielders of the Old Powers, and their protectors.

Secret Roads continues the chronicle of malevolent forces and violent upheaval that began with Oblivion’s Forge.

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Book Three – The Endless Shore

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The marandaal spread throughout Aphenhast, and in the bitterly divided land of Harn a small group of men and women seek to bring the unity without which the entire world will perish. Nia, former spy and assassin for the Watchers, flees north, carrying with her a terrible secret about the Watchers themselves. In Mirkwall, Ilumor presides over the kin and prepares to fight the marandaal. But some other power has been stirred within the Mirk; something not even his masters the choragh know about. And in Luudhoq, Yui and her companions must avoid capture by the immortal Seven at all costs..

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Book Four – The Spiral Heart

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As the marandaal draw ever closer to Harn, Inerdyr is intent on crushing the renegade Watchers and mercenaries who have banded together in the name of a unified resistance to the starspawn.

In Luudhoq, the Seven fight and plot as cracks appear in their ancient empire.

Ilumor prepares to lead the defence of Mirkwall against the marandaal, but an unexpected fate awaits him.

And those few who walk the Green Road find that something terrible lurks within the very heart of the world…

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Book Five – Salvation’s Door

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The known Existence is likely dead and dark, every world turned cold and lifeless by the remorseless marandaal. Only Aona remains; a precious world that represents the only light and hope left.

Yet Aona is dying, and the disease spreads not only from out of the Gates, fathomless portals linking the physical world to the void, but also from Aona’s true heart, the mysterious Green Road.

Now the final battle will be fought, a monumental struggle for life itself.

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