chapter  3
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You have ignition. The brain has fired: its energy is compellingly available. It needs to be harnessed, however. What are you going to do with all this power? Where do you want to go? And what’s the best way of getting there? There are probably as many answers to those questions as there are students. But there are all sorts of ways in which you can help yourself to use that formidable energy sensibly and profitably, and this chapter addresses about a dozen of them. If they have a common theme, it is the one with which I began: you are in charge. It is you who usually knows best what suits you, what’s happening to you, what you need, and what you enjoy. Indeed, we can elevate that into a governìng principle:

No matter who you are-what age, background, gender and so on —there is one thing on which you are the world’s leading expert: you. You may feel you’re inexperienced, know virtually nothing about the subject you’re about to study, and that your teachers not only know much more but also know best Most of that may well be true; but nobody knows you better than you do, and never forget that.