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How to Raise Your High School Grades by Half a Point in One Semester -- Or Less

Gary North, Ph.D.

If you are serious about raising your grades, I can show you how to do this. But you must be serious.

Rule: "There ain't no such thing as a free lunch." My course is free. Your mastery of it is not.

In 27 lessons, which you can go through in one month (with one day per week for rest), you will learn how to improve in every phase of your school work: note-taking, reviewing for tests, taking exams, writing papers, budgeting study time, and much more.

I teach real-world strategies, not "somewhere, over the rainbow" strategies.

I know what works because I made it work in my career. I was an honor student in high school -- though not straight-A's. I won a California state scholarship. I was a B+ student in college, and an all-but-one-B straight-A student in graduate school.

I have taught at the community college level and the university level.

What I tell you here really will work. But it won't work unless you apply it.


Back in the mid-1980's, I co-authored a book with a scientist. He did the research. I did the writing. By then, I had known him for a decade. He is a graduate of CalTech.

A few years ago, he told me about an amazing little book he had read. It was written by a university professor. The professor had been a mediocre student in high school. He had gotten into college, but he flunked out. He asked to get back in. He was told that he would have to take correspondence courses first. He did. This took him two years.

He was re-admitted. But he was working three part-time jobs to pay for school. He worked very hard. He just barely got by academically. Then he made a discovery. He began using a simple technique for improving his comprehension. He describes it in Chapter 7 of his little book. He never got anything lower than an A from that point on.

My friend told me that his son had also adopted this technique. His story is also amazing.


My friend taught his children at home. They are very smart children. Their parents are genius-level. By age 16, his second son had finished calculus.

That year, his father assigned him a college-level physics textbook that was so advanced that it was too difficult for most freshman students, even in the best universities. It was written by a professor at CalTech, one of the three or four most difficult science colleges to get into.

His father had told him he was on his own. He had to learn the material without outside help. It was taking him 5 to 7 hours a day, and he was missing 30% of the problems. He had hit the proverbial brick wall.

His father knew about Professor X's technique. He also knew that most students, no matter how desperate, will not use it, even though it's incredibly easy. Maybe they think it's beneath them. I don't know. Neither does he.

This young man was highly motivated. He was ready to learn the system. Within days, he had cut his study time in half, and he missed no more problems.

Then he took the SAT exam. He scored 1480. This was high, but not genius-level. Then he passed enough AP exams to skip his first two years of college. He enrolled in college as a junior and received straight A's as a chemistry major.

He kept using Professor X's technique whenever he hit a brick wall, just as he had with physics. That was the key. It got easier to use -- and it wasn't difficult in the first place.

He took the Graduate Records Exam (GRE) in chemistry. There were three parts: two quantitative and one verbal. Maximum score: 800 per section. He used Professor X's technique to review. His scores: 800, 800, and 770. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology told him that he was the highest-scoring applicant that year.

He received full scholarship offers at CalTech and MIT. He went to CalTech. He has now received his Ph.D.

Think what this means. He had received a high SAT score, but with the GRE, he blew off the charts. Nobody else was close in the entire United States.

Professor X's technique works.

In my course, I'll tell you Professor X's name and the name of the chemistry student who adopted his technique. As humorist Dave Barry says, I am not making this up.

Here's what I learned from all this. It's not enough to be smart. It's not enough to put in 7 hours a day on just one textbook. You have to have an edge. Professor X's technique will give you this edge.

Straight-A students should use this technique. They are smart. They work hard. But they don't have the edge. They can get this edge, but they won't. Count on it. They won't.

That's why you have a shot at raising your grades by a full point. Most of your competition will know nothing about this, and even if they did, they wouldn't do it.

I will show you how it's done.

This course is not make-believe, which I'm going to prove to you to your complete satisfaction.

If you do what I recommend, you will learn how to maximize your study time. You will then possess a technique for recalling your textbook, teacher's lectures, and outside reading material. You will be able to apply this learning skill to your job after you graduate. This skill will give you a life-long head start.

It's like lifting weights. You can't bench press 200 pounds the first day you try. Keep at it for a year, under the supervision of a coach, and you will be able to (if you're a male).

Here is a general rule: you can develop a new habit if you use it for 30 consecutive days. This can be a bad habit or a good one. But, after 30 days, it sticks.

I provide 27 lessons. Skip one day a week for a mental rest.


You would like to raise your grades. Who wouldn't? The question is, are you willing to pay the price?

Are you ready to find about a virtually unknown way to study?

Are you willing to test the truth of my theory for long enough to take at least one exam in each of your classes?

Are you willing to stick with my program if you do significantly better on these exams?

Are you willing to test my claim that I can raise your grades next semester by at least one half a grade point over what you received last semester? (Because I don't know how far into this semester you are, I don't make any promises about this semester.)

Are you willing to test my claim that I can raise your grades by at least another half point in the semester after that (unless, of course, you get straight A's next semester)?

Basically, I'm asking this: (1) Are you willing to give me a chance? (2) Are you willing to give yourself a chance?

If your answers are "yes," you can get the entire course here. Print out one lesson a day. Then read it.

Note: If you refuse to print out and read each lesson, you are less likely to implement it.

If you will not implement it, the course will not work for you.

This course is for students who are willing to read. If you are looking for academic success without reading, please look elsewhere. This course cannot help you.

If you have additional questions regarding college, join my site. (This offer is limited to students age 13 or older.) I answer all questions on my forums. If you don't have a credit card, use a debit card. You can get one at your local bank.

Introduction and Lesson #1
Gary North
If you will commit and then follow through, this course will deliver. Are you ready to commit? . . . keep reading
Lesson 2: The #1 Technique for Raising Your Grades
Gary North
This technique is simple to describe. It is obvious, once you hear what it is. Yet almost no one has ever heard of it, and even among those who have, almost no one adopts it. If you adopt it, you will gain a permanent competitive advantage . . . for the rest of your life. . . . keep reading
Lesson 3: Attitude and Academic Success
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This is the easiest lesson of all: Watch a movie video. . . . keep reading
Lesson 4: Your Home Office
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You need a place to work. Here is what you need in your work place. . . . keep reading
Lesson 5: Following Instructions
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This is probably the most difficult lesson of all. It takes great willpower to do this, up until age 82. Then you just pretend you can't hear -- just as you did at age 2. . . . keep reading
Lesson 6: Budgeting Your Time
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The payoff here is tremendous. This habit will pay dividends for the rest of your life. The higher you advance academically, the more important this skill becomes. . . . keep reading
Lesson 7: Scheduling Fun Times
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This is the good part. . . . keep reading
Lesson 8: Study Partners
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This strategy is basic to survival at the Harvard Law School. It can help you, too. . . . keep reading
Lesson 9: Identifying Your Less Important Time
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Get rid of marshmallow TV. That step can change your life. It changed mine. But wait! There's more! . . . keep reading
Lesson 10: Turn a School Bus into Gold
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This is what we call turning a lemon into lemonade. . . . keep reading
Lesson 11: How to Use Study Hall Effectively
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Study hall can be a life saver if you use it correctly. Most people use it incorrectly. If your study area at home is chaotic, study hall is crucial. . . . keep reading
Lesson 12: Dealing with a Killer Class
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A killer class can drag down your GPA. Here's how to solve the problem. . . . keep reading
Lesson 13: Summer Vacations
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Here is where you lap your competition. You can also save your family $2,400 (after taxes) every summer -- and maybe more. . . . keep reading
Lesson 14: Buy Your Textbooks Used
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Nobody ever tells you this. They ignore the obvious. . . . keep reading
Lesson 15: How to Read a Textbook
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There is a strategy to this. Few students ever figure this out. . . . keep reading
Lesson 16: Tying Up Loose Ends
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Take a break. But not for long. . . . keep reading
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