Live Life, Study Hard – Free Book

Today, I’m happy to give you my free ebook on how to get the best out of your time at university.  Live Life, Study Hard [744Kb PDF]:

Would you like to enjoy your experience at uni because of your degree work, not despite of it?  Life shouldn’t stop when you study.  If you want to enjoy the best of both worlds, then “Live Life, Study Hard” is a good starting point.

Working toward a degree needn’t be a chore.  But it’s hard to know where to start.  The first year of uni gives you plenty to think about.  And not much of that thought is necessarily on your study…

Before you know it, you’ve got a small forest of books to read, lectures to comprehend, tutorials to attend, deadlines on the horizon, and all manner of practical work to complete.

Live Life, Study Hard” is a guide to prepare you for this work and get into the right mindset without breaking into a sweat.  Part 1 helps you gear up for what’s happening and what’s ahead.  Part 2 forms the beginnings of study, giving the lowdown on lectures, writing without worrying, and getting to grips with essays.

Here’s the contents:


  • Your first year DOES count
  • Get serious about university
  • The downside to benefits of uni life
  • Five ways you don’t get the most from your degree
  • Make your own decision exactly that!
  • Achieving balance
  • The importance of paying attention
  • 20 ways to cut down & free up time
  • Study traps you need to know


  • Perfectly prepared for lectures
  • How seminars & tutorials take you beyond the lecture
  • Shifting states: Make writing work for you
  • From “Essay Hell” to “Essay Hello”
  • Escape from Essay Writer’s Block
  • Wonders of the weekend
  • Mental necessities of timetabling
  • More pushes to get you working
  • What next? Getting through your degree

The book is absolutely free to download and you’re free to share it with others.

Hope that has whet your appetite.  If you do only one thing toward your degree this weekend, do the work you need for the following week, no arguments.

If you do only two things toward your degree this weekend, make the second thing a thorough read-through of this book. 🙂


  1. Excellent e-book, excellent advice.

    Really wish I was able to read this when I started university. It would have changed my experience for the better, I’m certain.

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