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More for less–Getting the most From your mind

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Most of us feel like we are pretty good at using our brains; I mean, we’ve been doing it our whole lives, right? But are you really getting the most out of your mind when it comes to memory, study, and creativity?

There are loads of little tweaks and changes you can make to your current routines that will give big brain benefits. Which of these are you not currently using to their full effect?

Continue reading More for less–Getting the most From your mind © Cody Blair, All Rights Reserved.

4 Simple Steps to Beat Procrastination

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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…

  1. On your to do list add a fun to-do after each and every task.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

GRE Prep Courses

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  • Small GRE Classes: usually, eight students or less! That means you get immediate answers to your questions and personal attention, so you get the help you need!
  • An easy to follow study schedule to help you continue sharpening your new skills after the class. You’ll have a step-by-step plan to power up for the GRE.

WOW. Not what I expected; I actually learned something! Best course I’ve been to. – Anastasia S.

  • An in-depth look at test taking strategies, including how to handle test anxiety. That can be the KEY to a vastly increased GRE score for about 20% of my students, and most other GRE prep courses don’t even talk about it!
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“Hudson is an excellent lecturer. I took his GRE course, and I am convinced that his instruction immensely improved my score. His price is an absolute bargain compared to many GRE prep courses out there, and I believe his instruction on the writing portion alone is worth the money. In my first practice test, I scored a 318. On test day, I scored a 329, and I know that I could not have performed that well without his tips.” – Ben F. – Read what other students say

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…thank you for the fantastic prep for the GRE. The general insight into the structure of the exam, question writing, trends in grading (the generally scientific and data based approach to the whole course), and general tips for efficient time use were a massive help. I took the exam that September and received 164/167/6.0 scores. So thank you very much for the excellent course.” – GRE Prep Course Student – Read what other students say

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  • Experienced GRE Prep Instructor. The seminar is taught by me, Cody Blair, a Texas-certified teacher and National Merit Scholar with over a decade of experience teaching GRE Prep.

I decided to take the GRE with very little time to prepare. After two meetings with Cody, my score improved 12 points, and I scored above and beyond my goal during my official test. I would highly recommend giving him a call if you are preparing for the GRE. – Maverick N. –  Read what other students say

  • I Fit Your Schedule. Other programs have about the same amount of formal instruction as StudyProf GRE Prep, but they fluff it out to five weeks (and $1,200) or more by adding lots of GRE practice work you could easily do on your own at home for FREE. We get the GRE classroom instruction done in two days! Just come on…
  • Two Consecutive Saturdays, then use my continuing schedule of GRE study to target your problem areas before the test. Best of all, you have the freedom to fit your GRE study to your schedule. If you run into problems I provide…
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“Thank you for your time and effort to make this easier on us. In retrospect I was very scared of failure on the GRE. But now, I can honestly study and aim for a 320, without feeling foolish. Cody’s offer to help outside of prep class was also impressive … Thank you!” – GRE Prep Course Student. – Read what other students say

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GOLD GRE Course – $495 – Includes the full GRE course, a 433-page GRE prep book with two free online GRE practice tests, and an 58-page supplemental book that includes techniques not covered by any of the major prep companies. PLUS, you may attend the GRE class as many times as you like for free for the next 3 years. You will also get seven, full-length GRE practice tests with over 450 verbal and quantitative practice questions. You can also view all the session videos online so you can review at your convenience.

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“I took your GRE prep class last month and just took the GRE test. I just wanted to thank you for helping me study for this test. Again, thank you so much. I never expected to score this well!” – Mallory F. –Read what other students say

I began teaching GRE prep in 2000. My employer at the time decided to offer GRE and SAT prep. Since then, the GRE has undergone some major overhauls, and I’ve been around for all of them. I originally got the course from a guy in Austin who had been teaching GRE prep–with great results–for fifteen years. I used his materials for awhile, but…

A couple of thousand students later, and I saw clear areas for improvement. I saw what really tripped up my GRE students. I found the areas of the GRE most students struggled with. I figured out the best ways to explain certain concepts. I found powerful techniques and tricks that aren’t in any of the GRE prep books. I also figured out exactly what was in the books that wasn’t needed; even the big international GRE test prep companies have whole sections full of information that isn’t on the GRE. So I rewrote the course; quantitative, verbal, and written analytical.

Since then, I’ve steadily modified the StudyProf GRE Prep course to streamline the content, perfect the techniques, and add in powerful methods for tackling the problems that the other GRE prep companies don’t even address. You can register for an upcoming StudyProf GRE Prep class now or find out more about one-on-on GRE tutoring.

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I decided to take the GRE with very little time to prepare. After two meetings with Cody, my score improved 12 points, and I scored above and beyond my goal during my official test. I would highly recommend giving him a call if you are preparing for the GRE. – Maverick N. –  Read what other students say

Lewis Knew It

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So, ‘member how it’s good for your study stamina to take frequent breaks? Looks like Lewis knew it way back when.

“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.”

Find out more timeless study superchargers in my ebook, Secrets Smart Students Know.

5 Simple Ways to Rule at Back-to-School

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Yipe! School is hurtling at us like a ton of hurt. What to do? How can you prep now to kick massive academic kiester? Here are five quick and easy ways.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Prime Yourself for Success

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What do the words in the following list have in common?

  • reliable
  • rock
  • steady
  • trustworthy
  • Abe
  • true
  • honest

Did you figure it out? They are all words that have to do with being reliable or trustworthy. Did you realize, however, that just thinking about these words has primed you (predisposed you) to view things in your environment–including what you are reading right now–as more reliable and trustworthy?

There is ample research to back this up. For a complete explanation of this and further resources, look here. You might also read the excellent book, Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces That Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave, by Adam Alter for an absolutely amazing analysis of how environmental factors, like colors and symbols, have been proven to affect behavior, mood, and performance (HINT: Paint the opposing team’s locker room pink to sap their energy before a game. Paint your locker room red!)

So how can you use this to prime yourself for academic success? As you begin a study session, prime yourself with key words, images, and thoughts. For example, I might think about words like diligent, engaged, attentive, smart, and focused, in order to increase my ability to be all of those things during my next class. I could prime myself to be creative by thinking words like: creative, insightful, clever, smart, and weird. You can prime yourself with thoughts of strength and quickness for athletic tasks. This worked remarkably well for me when I learned of it and applied it during my high school football career.

Priming works on others as well, whether they realize it or not. One study found that just showing people words that remind them of old people–such as rocker, cane, dentures, wrinkles–made them walk slower compared to another group primed with non-geriatric lists of words.
“As a man thinketh, so is he.”
BONUS: Keep priming lists for key occasions. In my wallet or on a list on my smart phone I can keep lists of words that prime me for different activities and occasions. I look at the list and think carefully about what they mean, what they look like, and how they feel.

© Cody Blair, All Rights Reserved.

Get smarter during the summer?

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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.