本文介绍的这位天才主人公，名字叫做George Fillmore Swain。他在15岁就入读了麻省理工学院，随后在MIT和哈佛大学任教35年。George教授本身就是天才，又在一直教育着各种天才，他是如何做到的？
George教授的这本《How to study》，为你介绍了9种高效学习的方法。
If you are beginning a subject, do not start with the most complete book, but take a more elementary one.Remember that elementary knowledge is not the same thing as superficial knowledge, but may be quite the reverse.
The point is, that you should not dissipate your powers by taking up too many subjects, looking into them cursorily, then dropping them and passing on to something else.
Remember that here, as elsewhere, "the more haste the less speed." You may think that you have not time to think about your studies. The fact is, that you have not time not to think about them, and that in the end you can do more in less time if you will insist upon taking pains.
It is not necessary to read every word in the book. Sometimes paragraphs, pages and perhaps chapters may be skipped. This, however, should not lead you into the habit of careless or superficial reading.
Cultivate the power, by habitual practice, of fixing your mind intensely upon one thing for a considerable time.It has been said that the difference between clever and ordinary men is often mainly a difference in the power of directing and controlling the mind through the attention.
Study from things, by experiment, in the field, rather than entirely by books. In this way, what you learn will be real to you. Book knowledge is of very little value in itself.
As Herbert Spencer says, it is much better to know a few books thoroughly than to know many superficially.
Summarize what you learn and construct an index. Learn where to go to find what you do not know. You cannot learn everything even about one subject, and the next best thing to knowing it is to know where to find it or how to work it out yourself.
A healthy body is necessary for the fullest cultivation of the mental powers, but on the other hand, the mind will not work when the body is exhausted.Moreover, see that your studies are done under proper conditions of air, light, sun; that you have a comfortable chair, but not one which leads to somnolence.