Cal Newport | Author and Expert on Getting the Most Out of College

Cal Newport

Author and Expert on Getting the Most Out of College

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Cal Newport

Newport is the author of Deep Work (2016). In the book, he
argues that the ability to focus without distraction is a superpower
in the multi-tasking, internet-obsessed 21st century economy. In
his newest book, A World Without Email (March 2021), Cal proposes a bold vision for liberating workers from the tyranny of the
inbox -- and unleashing a new era of productivity.

In Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World
(2019), Newport proposes a bold solution: a minimalist approach
to technology use by reducing the time you spend online. It is an
indispensable guide for anyone looking to reclaim their life from
the diversions of the digital world.

His book, So Good They Can't Ignore You (Grand Central Publishing, 2012) argued for the development of skills and craftsmanship rather than relying on "passion" as a career compass. It was named to numerous "best business books of the year" lists, including Inc. Magazine, The Globe and Mail, and 800-CEORead, and the corresponding New York Times Op-Ed was the paper's most e-mailed article for over a week.

Newport regularly explores themes of work excellence and productivity for on his popular blog, Study Hacks and in his series
for students How to Be a High School Superstar (2010), How to
Become a Straight-A Student (2006), and How to Win at College

Cal Newport is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at
Georgetown University, specializing in the theory of distributed
algorithms. He earned his Ph.D. from MIT in 2009.

Cal Newport
Featured Keynote Programs

What Successful Students Do Differently

Based on the extensive research conducted for his award-winning books and blog, Newport reveals the surprising habits used by many successful students to forge college careers that are interesting, engaging, and impressive.

How to Become a Straight-A Student...Without Becoming a Grind!

Based on his popular advice guide, "How to Become a Straight-A Student" (Broadway Books, 2006), Newport reveals the unconventional tactics used by many top students to score impressive grades while spending *less* time studying than their lower scoring peers. With a focus on efficiency, this talk debunks many myths -- including the idea that better grades require more hours in the library -- and offers tested advice on everything from the danger of "pseudo-work" to conducting smart paper research.

The Zen Valedictorian
How to Do Less, Enjoy Life, and Become Outrageously Impressive

Based on a popular long-running series from his Study Hacks blog, in this talk Newport introduces your audience to the exciting world of the Zen Valedictorian -- students who live relaxed, interesting lives while also becoming outrageously impressive. Covering topics such as the benefits of radically simplifying your student schedule, to harnessing the power of the Superstar Effect to become impressive without becoming impressively busy, Newport provides step-by-step advice for adopting the Zen Valedictorian lifestyle.

Harvard Without Ulcers
7 Myths About College Admissions That Are Making You More Stressed Than You Need To Be.

In this illuminating talk, Newport draws from a half-decade of journalistic research into what makes impressive students impressive, to debunk the most stress-inducing myths surrounding college admissions and replace them with powerful, unexpected truths, including:

* What admissions officers really mean when they say they are looking for "passion."

* Why doing more activities can make you seem less impressive.

* Why getting the best possible grades is less important than you think.

Cal Newport
Featured Books

How to Become a Straight-A Studentby Cal Newport

How to Become a Straight-A Student

by Cal Newport
Looking to jumpstart your GPA?

Most college students believe that straight A's can be achieved only through cramming and painful all-nighters at the library. But Cal Newport knows that real straight-A students don't study harder--they study smarter. A breakthrough approach to acing academic assignments, from quizzes and exams to essays and papers, How to Become a Straight-A Student reveals for the first time the proven study secrets of real straight-A students across the country and weaves them into a simple, practical system that anyone can master.

You will learn how to:

- Streamline and maximize your study time
- Conquer procrastination
- Absorb the material quickly and effectively
- Know which reading assignments are critical--and which are not
- Target the paper topics that wow professors
- Provide A+ answers on exams
- Write stellar prose without the agony

A strategic blueprint for success that promises more free time, more fun, and top-tier results, How to Become a Straight-A Student is the only study guide written by students for students--with the insider knowledge and real-world methods to help you master the college system and rise to the top of the class.

How to Win at Collegeby Cal Newport

How to Win at College

by Cal Newport
The essential guide to getting ahead once you've gotten in--proven strategies for making the most of your college years, based on winning secrets from the country's most successful students

"Highly recommended because it is full of practical tips that will help high school grads take the next step in life."--Money

How can you graduate with honors, choose exciting activities, build a head-turning resume, gain access to the best post-college opportunities, and still have a life? Based on interviews with star students at universities nationwide, from Harvard to the University of Arizona, How to Win at College presents seventy-five simple rules that will rocket you to the top of your class. These often surprising strategies include:

- Don't do all your reading
- Drop classes every term
- Become a club president
- Care about your grades, Ignore your GPA
- Never pull an all-nighter
- Take three days to write a paper
- Always be working on a "grand project"
- Do one thing better than anyone else you know

Proving you can be successful and still have time for fun, How to Win at College is the must-have guide for making the most of these four important years--and getting and edge on life after graduation.

"This deliberately provocative book is a good way for a smart student to see how out-of-the-box thinking can lead to success in college."--Seattle Times

Cal Newport
Featured Reviews

Cal Newport
Featured Articles & Resources

Want a Job? Don't Major in Business.

From Cal Newport's blog, "Study Hacks": Business administration and management is the country’s most popular college major. The reasons are not surprising. Many students...
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