Nerd’s Guide To Better Grades in High School or College

About The Author (Amazon Bio)

My journey with foreign languages began in high school when I was introduced to Latin culture through a friend and purchased a Spanish grammar book from Barnes & Noble. Fast-forward 15 years and I’ve spent a great deal of my life studying foreign languages (10+ years of Arabic and Spanish; 2+ years of Japanese and Latin; and <1 year of French & German). I’ve lived in the Middle East, Tokyo, and D.C., and worked multiple bilingual jobs, including my current one as a linguist in the American Midwest. Aside from being a language nerd, I enjoy blogging, web-making, hiking, and following professional sports. You can find me at

Amazon Summary

Nerd’s Guide To Better Grades in High School or College By Benjamin Batarseh Review

Grades suck, but they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. High school grades are the most important factor of college admissions and determine how rich scholarship money is awarded. College grades, which are viewed as evidence of competence, technical ability, and work ethic, influence internship, postgraduate, and employment decisions. Indeed, while experience wins out in the long run, academic performance plays a pivotal role early in the game.

People tend to conflate grades with intelligence, which simply isn’t true. Anyone can do much better in school by working smarter, regardless of how smart they are. In addition, by taking a strategic angle, students who want to score better grades ensure that none of their hard work goes down the drain. This short book consists of 15 time-tested, fool-proof, nerd-certified tips to improve academic performance. The bulk of them apply to high school, and all of them will come in handy in college where most high school students are headed.

Why did I write this book? Well, I have a reputation for being a bit of an academic nerd. As someone who won a lot of scholarship money and got some cool opportunities to work and travel, I have seen firsthand how good grades can open doors. While the 15 tips naturally derive from my schooling in the US, they are widely applicable to educational systems around the world.

School, to be sure, consists of much more than just grades. Networking, relationships, extracurriculars, and lived experiences are super important, which you can read all about somewhere else. The focus of this book, on the other hand, is more laser-like. If you follow the advice contained herein, your grades will undoubtedly get better. The good news is you don’t have to be a nerd or a genius.

My Thoughts

 Nerd’s Guide To Better Grades in High School or College By Benjamin Batarseh Review

You may remember this weeks author from other book reviews I have done for his books. I really enjoyed a book he recently put out called “The Art Of Learning A Foreign Language” and later one called “Be More Productive.” As you can probably tell, I do really enjoy his books and his writing.

One thing I have really enjoyed about all his books is that they are always short and to the point. I don’t have a very long attention span and to be honest I get a little bored if I feel like the author is rambling. But, Batarseh’s books never make me feel like that way.

Another thing I liked about the book was that it was quite relatable. As a former student and full-time nerd, I thought the book had some chapters that I could really relate to. More on that soon when I go into more specifics. I also had some moments where I was like “that’s such a good hack, wish I had done that!” too.

I thought I would add some more specific thoughts and opinions from here onwards. If you want to avoid spoilers, I would recommend avoiding the rest of this review and skipping to the conclusion.

More Specific Thoughts

The first chapter, “Choose Your Professors Wisely” was one I loved because I wish someone had told me that when I joined university. Although my professors have been almost predominantly wonderful, there were a couple I could live without. I made the mistake of choosing the course because it sounded wonderful. I did not look into the professor and ended up hating the course because of the professor. This happened about two or three times in my first two years.

One other chapter I enjoyed a lot was “Take Prolific Notes” because it’s another one I strongly agree with. I think taking notes instead of relying on memory is really important. Some courses need it more than others like the ones with final exams (not all courses have finals) but either way, if you’re hoping to remember what you’re learning, take notes. It’s also great for memories because you can look at your notebooks in ten years and remember everything.

One of the chapters that made me go, “I wish I had known this earlier”, was the chapter titled “Stay Physically Active.” I don’t think I was active enough in university because as a history major there was an insane amount of reading and writing I needed to do. So obviously I didn’t spend as much time staying active as I wish I had. And that made me lose weight (not in a good way), feel more tired, decrease my attention span and more.

Overall, I really did enjoy this book. I think it is a wonderful and extremely helpful read for students in college or high school. If you’re a student, I would so recommend picking up a copy of this book.

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35 thoughts on “Nerd’s Guide To Better Grades in High School or College

  1. Seems like an interesting book.
    I think it can help a lot of people.
    I know some people whom this book can be very helpful. I will recommend them 😁
    Thank you so much for sharing this. This is an valuable asset.

      1. I have tons of people who are blogger and are students.
        One of the person, whom I’m connected with outside wp is 15 year old. She can really use it. Among all these people, I feel old.

        1. Haha I so understand, I have been feeling old lately too since so many people I talk to on WP are still teenagers or young adults in their early twenties.

  2. Although I share with you the contempt for marks, there is no way out. Would definitely suggest this book to needy folks.

    Thanks for reviewing.

    1. Absolutely, grades are not accurate measures of a child’s potential but in the world we live in grades matter a lot. I think this is definitely great for those that need help getting better grades. Thanks so much for commenting.

  3. This actually sounds like a book meant for me. Not that i read non fiction too much but this might be helpful, considering right now studies are my top priorities. Loved the review, di!

    1. You should definitely check it out, it’s short so it won’t take you long to finish it and I thought it was quite helpful. Thanks so much!

    1. Thanks so much!

      Yes, I think this book is so great for students especially since it’s shorter because students don’t always have a lot of time to read. Hope it helps.

    1. I’m sure it will be quite helpful, I wish I had some of these tips when I was in college.

      He’s great! His books are short, so informative and well written.

  4. I’ve seen so many instances of mismatch between grades and intelligence. I mean especially in those school systems, in which memory plays a more prominent role. In such a system, you don’t need intelligence. You only need memory to get the best grades.

  5. I got expelled from high school, so I never went to college. In my country, they refer to college mainly as ‘university.’ College was for those with poorer academic performance in my country. I went to community college to do grade 10 as a mature age student, where I was bullied by other students. God bless your blog.

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