Jeffrey Ellenbogen, a sleep research fellow at Harvard Medical School in Boston, found that those who studied and then slept on it did much better on a test the next day than those who didn’t sleep. In fact, sleepers got an average score 76% correct while the all-night crowd got only 32% correct! Find the […]
We all think best when we’re well rested. A clear, alert brain allows us to focus, learn and remember information, and to be creative. On the other hand, when we’re sleepy, we make more mistakes and are less productive in school and at work. Healthy sleep puts us in the right state of mind to […]
What better way to zombie-proof yourself than to shrink your brain? That’s right, you can easily make yourself too stupid to be a target for the walking dead with these five simple techniques. © Cody Blair, All Rights Reserved.
It can be hard to avoid student stress and stay healthy while keeping up with the quick pace of college. Does stress keep you from doing your best in college? Are your health and your grades suffering because of stress? Here are some simple tips to reduce student stress.
Who is smarter… LeBron James, basketball supah-star OR Neil deGrasse Tyson, astro-geek? Greg Phelps, water wunderkind OR philosophy-phenom, Martha Nussbaum?* Maybe a better question is; who is better able to use the brains they have? Granted, the uber-athlete is © Cody Blair, All Rights Reserved.
Author of The Toyota Way, Jeffrey K. Liker, says that there are seven main types of waste Toyota has identified in its business. They’re boring, so I won’t share them here. Go get the book. Besides being a palindrome ‘a toyota’ is also a good bet for a reliable vehicle that will get you where you […]
Don’t you hate it when you’re talking to someone on the phone and you can tell they aren’t really listening? The pauses between your questions and their answers get longer and . . . longer. They ask questions that you’ve already answered. You know they aren’t paying attention. Failing to pay close attention in class […]
Fun fact: the smell of text books can be used to anesthetize rhinos. I made that up. But, seehrusly, if you’re finding it hard to get motivated to crack the books without the aid of a car battery, jumper cables, and a pair of wet-sponge ear muffs, read on. I’ve got five –count’em, five! — […]
I recently came across this cool, colorful, hard to read chart titled, “How to Get Motivated: a Guide for Defeating Procrastination” which was adapted from a book called The Procrastination Equation, by the impressively named, Piers Steel, Ph.D. And, being the caring, giving, people-person I am, and because I have a personal vendetta against the […]
Study Skills To Help You Study Smarter, Not Harder! I’ve found that most of the students who have taken my study skills seminar, GRE prep course, or SAT prep course aren’t studying too little; they’re studying too much in the wrong way! That’s why I’m making this study skills mini-course freely available to any student […]
Pain. Punish. Pustule. Proctology. Procrastinate. See how it just fits right in? It’s the cement shoes on your academic career. It’s the shooter on the grassy knoll as your presidential parade putters by. Well someone needs to take procrastination out, blind fold him in front of a brick wall, hand him his last cigarette, and […]
Get adequate sleep at night and take a nap during the day when possible. The average person needs about 8.5 to 9 hours per night, but some need more and some need less. Stress in your life—physical, mental, or emotional—will often increase your need for sleep (though it may make sleep more difficult). If possible, […]
“Evidence is mounting that sleep — even a nap — appears to enhance information processing and learning.” via SleepEducation.com.
Remember the end of last semester? How you felt completely buried by all the projects and studying you had to get done? Sleepless nights buried under books and class notes. Fingernails chewed to the knuckles from sheer panic. Resolve right now not to let it happen this semester! Here’s one simple way you can make […]
I realize many of you are in the midst of finals right now. Please, don’t make the mistake of trying to do an all-nighter to catch up. You will actually get better grades if you go to bed at a reasonable hour and get a full nights sleep. Study what you can in the mean […]
From the series Better Test Performance the Navy SEALs Way. In a recently televised interview, the Navy SEALs command psychologist, Eric Potterat, listed four key mental techniques taught to SEAL candidates. Self talk, the third technique listed, concerns how we focus our thoughts in high-stress situations. Here’s how you can apply this to help increase […]
Small, easy changes in your daily habits can lead to huge payoffs academically. Small strokes fell great oaks, as the saying goes. To expand on the metaphor, trying to cut down a great oak tree in a single day will wear you out! It takes a tremendous amount of energy, and you’ll be sore and […]