8 Books Students Should Read for Success

Books for Students Success
June 2020 by


You’re probably going to have to read at university, usually as part of your course. But there are plenty more books to help you with university that you might not know about. Whether you’re a student or not, topics like procrastination are something we all struggle with. Thankfully, there are many books on personal development out there to help you in being successful.

The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale

The Power of Positive Thinking

There is a chance you might have heard of this book due to its great success. The author discusses how the power of positivity can lead to you achieving your goals. Not only does the book help you work harder but it also makes sure you’re in a good headspace while doing it. The book helps you overcome worries you may have about certain goals and gives you a sense of hope towards your ambitions. The book is available to buy on Amazon (or even in audiobook form).

Slow Move, Big Change: Using Microresolutions to Transform Your Life Permanently by Caroline L. Arnold

Small Move, Big Change

I’m sure we’re not the only ones who set ourselves big goals and feel disappointed if we can’t reach them. This book aims to combat that by focusing on smaller, realistic goals that have a big impact in the long run. While this book is great for students with academic goals, the book focuses on general life and is suitable for anyone. The author also talks from her own experiences and how she adapted to succeed. The book is also available from Amazon for a low price.

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

You are Badass

This book shares similarities to ‘The Power of Positive Thinking’ by taking away those worries that stop you from progressing. Jen Sincero helps you understand who you are and how to love it through the power of confidence. If confidence is something you struggle with, whether that be in your work or just yourself, then this book is exactly what you’re looking for. The book has fantastic reviews and can be bought for £10 on Amazon.

How to Write a Lot by Paul J. Silva

How to Write a Lot

It can be understood that a big part of university is writing. Especially with academic writing, this can be quite difficult and this book is perfect to help with that. The book, first of all, points out bad habits which we are all a victim of, before showing a way forward to progress and improve. The author talks from his own experience to explain what it is that makes your academic writing stand out. Particularly if you have a dissertation to do, this book might have come at a great time. It retails for £16.22 on Amazon.

Deep Work by Cal Newport

Deep Work

This is another book you may have seen circulating the internet after it’s huge popularity. With procrastination being one of the biggest issues for students, this book tackles distractions to help you stick to your work. The book takes readers on a journey through the authors’ experiences and how he managed to avoid distractions. The book is great for calling you to action and you can grab a copy for £11.99 on Amazon.

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

The Happiness Project

While work is important, so is maintaining your happiness. Gretchen Rubin decided on the concept of the book after realising the one thing she wanted in life was ‘happiness’, something we can all relate to. This book shows us how to do just that through the authors own investigation into the topic. The book is thoughtful and intriguing with a lot of research behind it. It’s available on Amazon for £4.19.

From College to Career: 90 Things to Do Before You Join the Real World by Lindsey Pollak

Getting from College to Career

If you’re thinking a lot about life after university, then this might be your perfect read. This book is a well put together guide on preparing for your future career. It includes 90 tips to get you started, with important subjects covered like job hunting. It gives you essential information and a better chance of securing the future you’re aiming for. The book is priced at £13.75 online.

Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Thinking Fast and Slow

You mind works in mysterious ways, and if you’ve ever wanted to learn more about it then now is your chance. This book talks about faster thinking and how this can often lead to irrationality. It teaches you to think slower and as a result, make better decisions. Decision making has always been an important and well-recognised skill so this book helps you to develop it! The book is available for £10.49 on Amazon.

These are just a few books that are perfect reads to develop your work and headspace at university. There are plenty more books out there to tackle your academic worries so don’t be afraid to look around. You can even buy some of these books used, or in e-book format to cut the cost! Let us know if you’ve read any of these books in the comments below.



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