When I first started working on the CBOT 4th floor many decades ago, I asked an old timer who had a seat on the exchange the same question. The only thing he said, was you have to be here. Now that the pits are a thing of the past, the only thing you can do is read good financial news papers, monitor prices and get to know the breath of the market. Learn the mechanics of platforms and chart by hand. Don't waste your time on how-to books. People who write books don't make money from investing, they make money selling material. Determine what kind of investor you want to be. Investing is as simple as turning on a light switch, the hard part is making money. Obsessing over prices at a time when you should be obsessing over higher grades. Keep your priorities in order, focus on school first and let this be a hobby for now.