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Three Ways to Help Spread the Word

September 16th, 2009 · 8 comments

Update: Based on a reader suggestion, I want to sweeten the deal here. E-mail me your stories of spreading the word. I’ll choose the student who I think did the most to disseminate our philosophy, and award him or her a signed copy of the rare “yellow version” of the red book (an early edition of the red book that featured a gaudy yellow cover).

Spread the Word

The first month of a new semester is the perfect time to motivate students to overhaul their study habits. With this in mind, I want to humbly ask you to consider helping me spread the word to the stressed out, unhappy, pseudo-workers among you.

Here are three specific ways you can help…

  1. Leave an Honest Review on Amazon.
    Students take Amazon reviews seriously when considering book purchases. If you had a good experience with my books, please consider leaving an honest review (click here for the red book and here for the yellow book). The most useful reviews tend to include specific details about how the book helped.
  2. Mention the Books to Your Academic Skills Center.
    Several students have reported mentioning the books to their academic skills center on campus. In many cases, the centers subsequently started recommending the books to students who are struggling. This is a great way to impact a lot of your classmates.
  3. Buy a Copy for a Friend.
    Do you have a friend who seems overwhelmed by college? Buy him a copy of the red or yellow book. I suggest writing my e-mail address on the inside cover and letting him know that he can always e-mail me with questions about applying the advice to his situation.

If the Study Hacks philosophy of doing less, doing better, and knowing why has improved your life, please consider taking a few moments to spread those same benefits to others.

Thanks!

8 thoughts on “Three Ways to Help Spread the Word

  1. lukaszp says:

    Having in mind that what you publish on this site is of a considerable value for all students, that’s a pity that your books are not available e.g. in Poland, where I come from. Have you thought about make it more widespread abroad, or even having it translated into other languages? I think more people would be able to learn how to do less, do better, and know why 😉

  2. Ingenious marketing campaign! However, if you really wanted to spread the word, why not give away a few copies on the site for the people who get the word out the most?

  3. Daniel Garcia says:

    Definitely, Cal. I’ve already been recommending it to basically anyone I know going into college or even in High School! (I’m currently in my senior year of HS, and I still find the majority of the tips in your books and blog applicable!)

    You can rest assured that as long as you keep publishing more material, I will keep buying and keep recommending. :]

  4. Stanford '13 says:

    Speaking of academic skills centers, Stanford’s “Center for Teaching and Learning” preaches many of the same study skills you practice. Maybe they’ve seen your site? Or maybe you both came upon your strategies independently.

  5. Pauline M. says:

    Good day! I wonder where I can purchase your books(not online buying as much as possible). I live in the Philippines, by the way. Thanks!

  6. Study Hacks says:

    Have you thought about make it more widespread abroad, or even having it translated into other languages?

    Such details are handled by the foreign rights department of my literary agency. They’d be more than happy to sell the Polish rights if there was a Polish publisher willing to buy them. (The book has been translated into Korean and Chinese.)

    Ingenious marketing campaign! However, if you really wanted to spread the word, why not give away a few copies on the site for the people who get the word out the most?

    Sure. I’m always happy to send out free, signed copies. I’ll put a note on the post to this effect…

    Speaking of academic skills centers, Stanford’s “Center for Teaching and Learning” preaches many of the same study skills you practice. Maybe they’ve seen your site?

    You should ask them. As mentioned, such centers really listen to their students. I’d be fascinated to hear what you find out.

    Good day! I wonder where I can purchase your books(not online buying as much as possible). I live in the Philippines, by the way. Thanks!

    I’m not sure whether or not they’re available in the Philippines. Hard copies and electronic copies are always available through Amazon.

  7. rb says:

    Cal, I’ve forgotten: are you planning on writing something for grad students? How applicable are your current books for grad school?

  8. Louis says:

    Hi Cal.

    My friend has lent me the red book. I’ll get around to leaving a review in Amazon in a couple of days.

    Anyways, I wanted to list the tactics that you suggested that I have found that contribute most to the grades I’m getting now…
    The morse code technique was brilliantly simple. Usually we just make mental notes while reading and these mental notes usually diminish instantly.
    The organization book from the GTCDS article I think… I carry around a little spiral bound notebook with all major appointments in it i.e tests, quizzes and the like.
    And finally the Sunday Morning Project (Sunday becuase I spend Saturday finishing off the week’s work) which I have taken upon to publish a short story in a major newspaper/magazine. I’ve been published before in second rate newspapers, and I’m aiming for the big leagues now.

    In regards to the ‘quality over quantity’ aspect of college admissions; I was wondering if you had any good ideas for micro-businesses off the top of your head that could coincide during school days. . .
    Thanks Cal!

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