BOOK 2019: The Straight A Conspiracy: Hunter Maats, Katie Obrien


I definitely wish I read this book while in school. Ideally sooner than later. The book outlines the “myth of the genius” which often limits many students from adopting a growth mindset and learning to learn. There are also various learning methodologies from making concepts “cake mix clear”, taking notes to going cyborg, and many others. Very tactical and practical tips to improve the mindsets and study habits of any students. The concepts can also be applied to other contexts for learning as well. It’s never too early or too late to start.


Read May 2019

Why I decided to read it

To be honest, I can’t remember. I saw it on my reading wish list and can’t remember how it was added. Perhaps from one of the various podcasts that I listen to (I would often add books that were referenced). When I was navigating the wish list, the title spoke to me. At the time, I took on one of my youngest clients (grade 9 going to grade 10 – my typical clients are post secondary students or young professionals) The book did not disappoint.

Who should read it

Any student at any age. Ideally in high school, though post secondary is definitely not too late. Later grade school would be helpful as well.

Memorable highlights for me

Geniuses are really just those who have put more work into what they are good at, at a younger age. Natural talent is mostly focused on effort put in. Summarized by Einstein “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer”

“People don’t procrastinate because they’re lazy. People procrastinate because they’re emotional. Shame, fear, and self-doubt trigger that desire to put off getting started on your work”.

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