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Brianna Smrke achieved the perfect score of 45 for her IB Diploma, a feat achieved by less than one percent of IB students internationally. In this remarkable first book, Brianna tells students how they can maximize the return on their educational effort by cultivating three habits of mind: focus, resourcefulness and 'stacking' – approaching a task with an eye to what else it might be used for in addition to the stated purpose.

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“You are the artist of your own life. There are many opportunities to personalize your experiences. Make your experience more than ordinary, and you will not regret it. Together we’ll find out how. It is not as hard as you might think. This is not a textbook. It is a useful, hackable guide. Expect oddball examples, practical tips and valid evidence.”

High School Hacks is a student survival guide. But it’s not just about surviving: it’s a guide to thriving. In 2010, Brianna Smrke achieved in the top 0.5% of all International Baccalaureate students in the world. She knows what she’s talking about. She understands the pressures and challenges you’re facing. She has the inside knowledge on juggling school, work, relationships and life, and coming out smelling of success. She wants to share her secrets with someone. That someone is you...

With a foreword by Paul Campbell, Head of Outreach and Development, IB Americas.

About the author

Brianna Smrke achieved a perfect 45 point score for her IB diploma at Michael Power St. Joseph HS in Toronto, Canada, a feat achieved by approximately one percent of IB students internationally. This remarkable accomplishment was soon overshadowed by her exceptional university career, nearly completely funded by scholarships, where she was given the highest honor possible for an undergraduate at her institution, McMaster University.

While her engaging in her diverse studies (complex systems, social innovation, math, comics), travels (San Francisco, Bhopal, Cape Breton etc) and projects (cardboard carpentry, student refugee programs), she began to realize that the habits of mind she cultivated in IB were the engine of her success.

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Author Brianna Smrke
ISBN 9781909717756
No of pages 234
Format Paperback
Publication Date 1 Mar 2016

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