Learn the little-known, easy-to-follow recipes master students use to rank at the top of their class while actually studying less than the average. Hint: their high scores have a lot more to do with powerful study techniques than they do with raw IQ!
Check out this excellent explanation of how taking breaks works to improve long term memory of a topic–with the research–by Dr. David Gilden.© Cody Blair, All Rights Reserved.
Motivation done right lets you motor through your to-do list like magic. Try this simple trick from London-based writer, Sidin Vadukut. Pair each chore on your daily to-do list with a short, sweet reward.
You are using a to-do list and a calendar to make short work of your academic tasks, aren’t you? Paper works great, but I’ve recently been playing with Wunderlist 2 and have been pleasantly surprised.
Here’s how it works…
- On your to do list add a fun to-do after each and every task.
- Assign your tasks (the fun ones and the less fun ones) a time to complete. That will keep you from letting things drag out or from over-scheduling yourself.
- Keep your fun to work ratio at about 1:10. For example, if I spend forty-five minutes studying my Econ homework, I might then allow myself five minutes of Smarter Every Day.
- Bask in the glory of a fully checked off to-do list.
Let us know your favorite rewards in the comments!
Read Sidin’s full article on fighting procrastination here.© Cody Blair, All Rights Reserved.
“I would recommend anyone, who has to devote several hours together to one subject of thought, to try the effect of such a break, say once an hour, leaving off for five minutes only each time, but taking care to throw the mind absolutely ‘out of gear’ for those five minutes, and to turn it entirely to other subjects. It is astonishing what an amount of impetus and elasticity the mind recovers during those short periods of rest.”
— Lewis Carroll‘s rules for healthy intellectual digestion.
Find out more timeless study superchargers in my ebook, Secrets Smart Students Know.
- Get a calendar you’ll actually use. I like gCal (Google’s calendar that comes with a gmail account) for its ease of use on most any device. Going old school? Cheap paper calendars rock. Don’t waste loads of time or money getting the perfect planner. Go for calendars that allow you to see at least one month at a glance–a semester at a glance is even better–and has room for ten to twelve items on each day. Avoid calendars that cost more than a cheap date or that feature pictures of soopah cutie-wootie kittens in sweaters. Or Justin Bieber. Or any Cardashian.
- Start using that calendar now. As soon as you have dates to put down, get them inked in; holidays, burfdays, road trips, class meetings, study groups, all night yarnbombing raids, end of semester dates, test dates, project due dates, colonoscopy dates, date dates, etc. Anything that will take more than thirty minutes should go on your calendar. The sooner you get it on there the better.
- Bust up big tasks into smaller chunks. Got a twenty-page research paper due in November? Break it down into small chunks–get research sources, write rough draft, bake brownies for prof, and the like–and put those chunks on your calendar too!
- Write down daily to-dos each and every day. Take five minutes in the AM or just before bed to transfer the next day’s calendar crud onto a to-do list. Assign each to-do a time–attend PHYS201 4:30-5:45, practice waxing w/ Mr. Miyagi from 6:30A-7A–so you’ll not only remember to do it, you’ll know about how long it should take, and what’s next on the agender.
- At the start of the week, map out the week. Sit down with your calendar once a week to look over upcoming commitments and revise, remove, and massage to make e’erthing fit.
These five easy steps–if you will make them part of your daily routine–will have you sailing through school all la-dee-dah while your roomies panic over missed assignments, cram and jam for their next exam, and generally muck it up.© Cody Blair, All Rights Reserved.
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Is it possible to actually get smarter during the summer whilst basking at the beach? Absolutely, yes! How? Take this semester’s notes and give them a light going over every week or two–while at the beach, if you like. Quiz yourself over them. Practice a bit. I’m not saying you’ve got to spend hours; just a little refresher every now and then. You’ll be transferring all that hard won knowledge into the vaunted vaults of your long term memory while the hottie with the pre-cancerous tan next to you is ever so slowly losing her spring semester learning and getting dumberer.© Cody Blair, All Rights Reserved.
Note to readers; if you aren’t reading this on my website you’re probably missing out on the extra content in the embedded links. Read it at studyprof.com to avoid missing out on some spiffy mind candy. In my previous post I started an UNinfographic, turning this infographic–based on Piers Steel’s book, The Procrastination Equation–into something easier to read and apply. Dr. Steel, of whose name I am quite jealous, has done a bang-up job of summarizing all the best research on procrastination and motivation–both of which are vital for study skills and habits. I’m giving you the short and sweet version, with my own additions and insights, but if you want the full scoop check out the book!
In our last installment we looked at ten ways to increase the value of a task thereby forcefully ejecting procrastination from the premises. This time around we’ll turn our attention to another part of the procrastination equation, decreasing impulsiveness. So without further ado, here are ten ways to decrease your impulsiveness and avoid procrastination. Continue reading 10 More Easy Ways to Kill Procrastination© Cody Blair, All Rights Reserved.