3 Books Every Student Should Read – College Info Geek


– Hey guys. So it finally happened. I finally moved into a new house and don’t let this
backdrop deceive you. My room actually looks
like this right now. Things are definitely
still in flux. I’m not even near finished
setting up this room, so this week I wanted to
bring you a quick video where I recommend three of the
books that really helped me become a more effective student. And I’m gonna go ahead and say that each of these
three books is something that you should read
if you’re a student. So, my first book
recommendation is “The Power of Habit”
by Charles Duhigg. And as I’ve said before, and
if you’re on my mailing list, you know that I think habits
are one of the core things that form your ability to
become a successful student. Your habits and the patterns that are ingrained
up in your head are largely what define what
you do on a day to day basis. And as time goes on, the
accumulations of those actions really define whether or
not you achieve your goals. The reason I love “The
Power of Habit” is because it explains how
habits are formed. It goes over something
called the habit loop and shows how routines
are formed in your head. They are triggered by certain
things and they end up leading to certain rewards. It also shows you how you can
start changing your habits with the knowledge
of this habit loop, how you can break bad habits or start building good habits
that you don’t have yet. My second book recommendation
is one I mentioned last week, “The Personal MBA”
by Josh Kaufman. Now, “The Personal MBA”
is the author’s attempt at building a
education in a book that can sort of replace
actually going back to graduate school for an MBA. And while he’s not very
serious about that claim, he obviously isn’t saying
that two years of intense graduate level education is
gonna be replaced by this book, what he wants you to
realize is that there are certain foundational concepts
to each aspect of business. Accounting, working with
others, sales, marketing, value creation
and in my opinion, all these aspects of business are useful to know no
matter what your major is. And the reason for this is that you probably want
a job after you graduate. No matter what your major is, you’re looking to get
hired by a company that has to conduct business. So if you understand the
fundamentals of business, if you understand value
creation, value delivery, if you understand
how marketing works, if you understand
how your brain works, how to work with others and
how to work with yourself, all concepts that are
gone over in this book, then you’re gonna be
a better candidate. It’s going to compliment the actual in class
information you get that’s specific to your major. And my final book recommendation is “Debt-Free U”
by Zac Bissonnette. Now this book, I think,
is the most essential book for anyone looking to
go to college in the US. I can’t really say
that it’s essential for people in other
countries because I know that the financial situation
with education is different. But for US students at
least, read this book. It can save you thousands
and thousands of dollars. The book contains a
wealth of information about student loans,
the cost of debt and how hard it might
actually be to pay off, and most importantly,
whether or not you actually need to take
debt to get a good education. He breaks down a lot of the
flaws in the college rankings that drive a lot of
student’s college decisions, and shows how you can get
a really good education at an in-state
public university, or even a community college. He also shows in actual detail, how you can afford
that education without
taking on debt. Now, so far this channel
has been mostly about studying and productivity. But that’s only one
of the focuses I have with my website,
College Info Geek. I also wanna teach students how to become better
job candidates and how to become
financially stable. And the first step is helping
them stay out of student debt or pay it off as
quickly as possible. That’s why “Debt-Free U”
is probably my favorite student focus book of all time. And if you’ve ever seen my essential reads
for students list, which you can read by
clicking the card right now, you’ll see it right at
the top above my own book. So, that’s it for this video. Hopefully you find
these books useful, and you’ll find
other recommendations over on my essential reads page. You can also get my book “10 Steps to Earning Awesome
Grades (While Studying Less)” for free. And while I’m not going
to list my own book as essential for students, I
do think you’ll find it useful. So, I’m gonna get back
to cleaning this house up and building a proper backdrop
for next week’s video. So, I will see
you in that video. And also if you’re waiting on the 10,000th subscriber
bonus video, it is coming. These past few weeks
have been really hectic and I haven’t had
time to film it, but I will be getting
it out as soon as I can, and I’ll show you how I
actually shoot these videos. So, look forward to that. (upbeat music) Hey everybody, thanks
for watching this video on my book recommendations. If you wanna get new
videos every single week on being a more effective
student, then you can click that big red subscribe
button right there. If you wanna get
links to these books and also see the other books
I recommend for students, then go to the companion
blog post for this video by clicking the orange
logo right there. If you also want a copy of my
book on improving your grades, just click the picture
and I’ll send you a copy. You can also check
out last week’s video on building your ability
to focus if you missed it. And lastly, if you’ve
got ideas for new videos or just wanna connect, I’m @TomFrankly on Twitter
or you can leave a comment. Thanks!

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97 thoughts on “3 Books Every Student Should Read – College Info Geek”

  1. Eirini Tz says:

    you are helping us students so much!! amazing videos

  2. Ahmed Aboauf says:

    Thanks Thomas I really enjoy your videos but I hope you help us with tips for continuous learning after collage that helps us balance our desire to learn and grow with the a very demanding job and personal issues.

  3. Ellinor Silfvast says:

    Nice video! I'm really struggling at the moment with my studies, mostly with my lack of motivation. But I'm slowly getting better at it. And I want to thank you for your videos, blog and your book. It helps me a lot!

  4. Hamza Benihoud says:

    Thank you so much !

  5. Abe Mamo says:

    Rock on dude!

  6. Ali blue says:

    you are awsome. your videos always helping me.

  7. Christine Bartolata says:

    Hey! Just want to say thank you for all your tips on all things school-related. I have learned a lot and am working on getting a few habits down not just for my studies but also my work. Can you do a video on how to study for an essay exam? Thanks again!

  8. Huw Richards - Grow Food Organically says:

    Great recommendations thanks! I'll be sure to get all 3:) Congratulations on your move!

  9. Kumail N says:

    Thomas, how should I memorize stuff???

  10. Leeann D'Souza says:

    So cute when you mention your book. 
    I honestly had just started reading The Power of Habit when you had mentioned it first. 
    I have a query though. All this college studying is fine. But I want to know how I can start reading a lot more books (novels – fiction, non-fiction, etc) and not just my college textbooks. I used to read a lot when I was a kid but I don't anymore because of technology and plus I've become lazier. 
    Also I would love it if you could make a video on the above topic and on how to gain general knowledge and know about everything else that may not relate to you(world politics, history, military, etc). You know, the random things. 
    I hope you understand my request. Thanks for all the effort you put into your work. It shows. Glad you're alive 😀

  11. Stories We Love says:

    there´s a reason why you´re on my wunderlist! you´re awesome man thanks for the recommendations! 
    And finally here we have one new background 🙂 awesome! and my room looks even messier! 
    With Love From Germany<3

  12. Jay Araujo says:

    More book reviews.

  13. Patryk Mleczek says:

    I`ll check the second recomendation. The Power of Habits seems to be cash grab.

  14. Joseph Dye says:

    I would really love to see a tour of your bookshelf/library.

  15. Florie Anne says:

    Thank you 🙂

  16. Edgar Ruiz says:

    great video! it would be great if you could give more book recommendations for students. 🙂

  17. Jack Simms says:

    Do you know when you'll release your productivity book?

  18. Prashanth Vaidya says:

    Amazon's gonna be filled with tons of orders soon ! 😀

  19. Agatha Castro says:

    You deserve waaay more subscribers than you already have! Your content is awesome! Congratulation on the good work!

  20. R. Cheng says:

    Hey I love your videos! Can I ask what college you attended? It seems like you had a tremendous amount of work there.

  21. Joel Vargeese says:

    What an awesome video, Thomas! I always look forward every week for your videos and have been a long time follower! Definitely going to pick up those books, keep on the great work! You and Cal Newport totally changed my outlook on becoming more of an effective and efficient student!

  22. Davide Rossetti says:

    Awesome videos they are really helping me so much 🙂 CAN i ask you if you can make a video about best/worst positions/places in which you can study? Thanks 🙂

  23. Erik Peterson says:

    Hey Thomas, thanks for these great resources.  I just started listening to Power of Habit on audiobook and really digging it – or Duhigging it, if you will 🙂   My takeaway is that I'm going to start writing down my cues, routines and rewards for each of my habits and work from there to see which area to tweak.  It would be awesome to hear more in-depth how you've used the habit loop to improve your habits.  Congrats on the new place!

  24. Hana Monaffal says:

    Hey, When should a college student start studying? my semester is three months and I want to get good grads this time. :/
    Most of the time I see the subjects at midterms for the first time. Haha
    Should I start going to lectures and take notes and study everyday? I really want to change.
    Help me.

  25. star_dust_girl says:

    Great recommendations! I would add Cal Newport's books too though! 🙂

  26. Kylie Empey says:

    As a person with ADD, I would just like to note that your eyes are greenish in this video and they look like my little brothers. And why is there a flying saucer on your shirt? The flower/splash thing above it looks like a fish trying to eat your face and it scares me. And I love that your Playstation is just chilling in the middle of the room.

    ….I had to watch the video 3 times and take notes to get the gist of it. Thank you for the  recommendations, and keep the videos coming! I love them even when I'm focused!

  27. Denız Kadakoy says:

    Thank you very much,your all tıps help me how to cope wıth problems that every student faces.

  28. Santika Paramita says:

    Feeling lucky to find your channel on youtube Thom. I'd like to watch one by one of all your videos. Nice to know you. I am Santika, tourism univeraity student from Indonesia.

  29. ilovemusic2394 says:

    I read these books! It was so helpful! I've been working on chaning my habits and the personal MBA very interesting. I might get a minor in business. You should make more videos on book reviews!

  30. Steven Debolt says:

    smile more 😀

  31. Vidushi Malhan says:

    I was searching on how to build focus and found your channel,just wanna say that love your content Frank,would love to see a video on "how to crack college interview" and "time managment".:)

  32. Adrian Haley says:

    Ace's hat on the globe at the end 😛 Another OP fan 🙂

  33. kill8283 says:

    Thomas i am new are you going for a PHD or are you still in those 4 primary years of college plz respond.!

  34. Balika Kamble says:

    i would like to these books thank you,

  35. nan says:

    OMG just found these videos today. so useful! 🙂

  36. Zooney L says:

    So Good They Can't Ignore You by Cal Newport teaches that passion comes with skills and isn't necessarily discovered in advance.

  37. Jo Anderson says:

    Hey Thom, nice reads there, already started reading "The Power of Habits", but here is my question

    If there is an option to listen to the Audio book of the same, should I keep reading or listen to the Audio Book?


  38. Eric Liang says:

    I just finished reading the personal mba not too long ago. Great book.

  39. Kelsey Adler says:

    Hi Thomas 🙂 Would you say that the "Debt Free U" book is still useful for kids who are going to medical school? I just graduated from undergrad last year and am taking a gap year before diving into med school. Thanks!

  40. DeLynn G says:

    Read Dave Ramsy

  41. Dikshita Desai says:

    what do u do of the books you've already read??? I have a lot of school,college books + some other books i love, and i was wondering how to store them all…..or what to do with them……can u please help me with that…

    I love ur videos!! Thank you so much!

  42. John Mendis says:

    How to be in your mailing list

  43. Vonder Gong says:

    Can you make a video which is for abroad you know one day it comes a day in which you must move in other country. Because you can't stay anymore in this country in which you are now, for example because for studying, because of job (From which you earn such money which are funny, in other country the same job is 2x this which you get). In other words, before we move in other country what should we know??
    Like for example
    If I want to move in USA, what I must know or steps or what to get there easy or I don't know how to explain it!
    Or not USA, let's be UK???

  44. Angel Anaya says:

    i really want all those books :c i cant cuz i dont have money :'(

  45. Princess Mae Evangelista says:

    Thank you thomas 😊😊

  46. chris cameron says:

    read the practicing mind by Thomas m sterner

  47. Nathan Rarangol says:

    "If you're waiting for a 10,000th subscriber bonus" it's been a year and now you're just about at 190,000 subscribers congrats.

  48. Marvin Gutierrez says:

    do you have a video of good apps for students to use?

  49. Ayoub Babiker says:

    Good video, Thank you

  50. SportTech says:

    I really like the list, but I think a few very important books are missing (like the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People). I am currently doing a master's degree program and the following books helped me a lot. Check out my list:

  51. John L. says:

    Damn it man. Should have made this video 5 years ago!

  52. 鏡音リカ says:

    This is what I need, I've been reading motivation bullshit for business but honestly those only make me feel more depressed, is not like I don't want to work but I need more help on studies by now.

  53. Suhasini Malwade says:

    I love your channel. good work!

  54. Joseph. Mongiovi says:

    I agree with hydrox24 when he said he would like density in a book review. Maybe just a few minutes on each book on your list you have in the description. Not just about the book, but why it's good for "this" type of reader Pretty much anything that you put a ton of detail into are the videos I like to watch.

  55. Fatima Zaidi says:

    Here are my book recommendations: Debt Free Graduate, Organizing for your brain type, How to win friends and influence people.

  56. Roccarok says:

    The power of habit is AMAZING!

  57. drafting savant says:

    this is awesome. going to start a book tube channel with only 5 books

  58. Marita del Solar says:

    I love your videos!

  59. esiagent1 says:

    Alright I have both the Habit and the personal MBA but haven't read either yet but I think I'll start the Habit today. A great book is Grit, by Angela Duckworth. It's really worth the read.I do like the 25 page a day rule, it's kind of like hitting they gym for an hour. Strong mind and body.

  60. Faizan Ahmad Khan says:

    plz tell me which book should I buy as a gift for my university graduate elder bro plzzzz reply must!!!

  61. Charles Belushi Oriel says:

    Your channel doesn't only help students but also those who are professionals as well, who need to learn their crafts progressively.. Professionals are like students.. We both have to learn everyday.

  62. Sinano says:

    Yup… my biggest Problem. My habbits!!!!

  63. carwen40 says:

    Hey Thomas Frank…started listening to your video's last fall. I'm an older woman student going back to school to get my RN. Thanks for the encouragement!!

  64. Edgar Lee says:

    I'm not a student but I loved The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking by Starbird and Burger. It's a fantastic book that teaches anyone how they can learn more thoroughly and effectively.

  65. Tiffany Amber says:

    Thanks for sharing! I'll be sure to read these!

  66. Learner Learner says:

    Thanksssss for your video Thomas….

  67. essennagerry says:

    I have a question… a whole situation… please bare with me.

    I'm not a U.S. citizen, I'm a Bulgarian citizen living in Austria. (Thanks EU.) I'd like to spend some time (two or three years) living in the U.S. in order to perfect my English. If I could also do a BA or an MA there that would be amazing. BUT money plays a big role in me avoiding American Universities. I mean, I'm right here in Austria, living costs may be high, but my education is less than my phone bill.

    However, the whole process of living and studying (higher education) in the U.S. would benefit me immensly in terms of language. It would be goals reached. Not to mention that having a degree from an English speaking country would really boost my resume. (An aspiring English teacher in the need of a Japanese working visa.) I can reach my goals without it, but it'd be very benefitial to have it. So…

    Can I do this without going into any kind of debt? Will the book "Debt Free U" help me do that?

    Thanks in advance!

  68. I'M KIRA says:

    Do You Go To Harvard, Yale, Or Stanford?

  69. prakhar bhardwaj says:

    hey, I really thank u for this….the power of habit is really a must book for a college student

  70. Max Awesom says:

    my favourite thing about this Guy/channel (and something i see as an underrated key to good business) is that this guy is legitimately Likable. he consistently pushes out various pieces of media and then is very humble and realistic about the way things are (i.e promoting a different book over his own), on top of that he will often tell people to get off youtube over watching more of his videos.
    Its kind of like, a certain initial denial/subversion of typical business habits can build trust between client and seller.

  71. Naz Tv says:

    Thank you

  72. JonathanAnon says:

    Thomas, you look and sound a bit like Dean Cain. Are you, in fact, Superman?

  73. razor309ify says:

    Really grateful for your work and ideas Thomas, thanks a lot man !!!

  74. Quds hussein says:

    Thank you I will read these books soon, I'm a fan of books you proceed from Iraq

  75. Grim says:

    What videos of yours cover becoming a better job candidate?

  76. Quỳnh Thúy says:

    Hi. I'm Asian and it's really popular for studens here to read I'm gifted, so are you which is written by Adam Khoo. thank u very much and keep your great work. i will find The power of habit in my country 😀

  77. Ijeoma Nwaogu says:

    please share what type of microphone you use to get such crisp clear audio

  78. David-oh says:

    I see "The Swerve" on your shelf. Awesome book!

  79. Crazy Francky says:

    I kinda disagree with you at 1:56, i don't wanna get hired, i want to be hiring people

  80. Ana Khan says:

    If i don't know english? How can i read these books?

  81. Easy Engineering says:

    nice job sir

  82. Syed Mehreen says:

    I wud luv 2 c a tour of ur home😊

  83. John Outler says:

    mindhacker by Ron Hale-Evans and Marty Hale-Evans is hands down one of if not the single most powerful books ive read to show me how to get the most out of how my biology works towards using my brain as effectively as possible.

  84. Dylan Worth says:

    My mother and I never had a close relationship, but she has served in the military for the past fifteen years and since she knew she wasn't going to use the post 9-11/GI bill she passed it down to me for which I blessed to probably not need the last book on this list, but I can't wait to watch more of your videos!

  85. Clark Clarke says:

    thiss made meee subscribed to you! thanks man!

  86. Carlos Ruiz says:

    I am going to read this book I'm. Not a US citizen but have been studying at US colleges.

  87. salma jamac says:

    i really excided these books

  88. MJ SPINE says:

    Hey Thomas, I'm not sure if you'll read this comment or whatever but I was literally thinking that you should totally transcribe all your helpful youtube videos into chapters and compile the best and most relatable and interesting book, that even I, as a more of a get-it-from-the-library type of person would totally buy!! Thanks!

  89. ExtremeIdiotz says:

    I just enjoy reading textbooks

  90. Halima says:

    The power of habit.
    The personal mba.
    Debt free u

  91. Beauty tips and tricks says:

    Made a list of best teen fiction books

  92. God is wonderful says:

    hi !I have just subscribed .

  93. saghir Ahmed says:

    vehicle air conditioning system

  94. BLMbeats says:

    this dude is so helpful

  95. Shreya Shrestha says:

    Can you make a video on how to publish your own book?

  96. YoUR BuDDy says:

    I have read so many books
    The monk who sold his ferrari
    The power of unconscious mind
    The secret
    Think and grow rich
    Rich dad poor dad
    But they were not effective

  97. Pushpak Thorat says:

    Is atomic good to read?

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