Give Yourself a Mind Like a Steel Trap!

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Take a look at Unforgettable, a short pdf ebook on memorizing vocabulary easily and effectively. A quick read will give you the inside scoop on… The quick and simple way to learn vocabulary for language classes and standardized tests like the GRE and SAT. How to soak up that tricky vocabulary like a sponge! SaveContinue reading “Give Yourself a Mind Like a Steel Trap!”

McCafferty on Cramming

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“All subjects are the same. I memorize notes for a test, spew it, ace it, then forget it. What makes this scary for the future of our country is that I’m in the tip-top percentile on every standardized test. I’m a model student with a very crappy attitude about learning.” – Megan McCafferty, Sloppy Firsts Cramming isContinue reading “McCafferty on Cramming”

Build Your Body, Build Your Brain!

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“For more than a decade, neuroscientists and physiologists have been gathering evidence of the beneficial relationship between exercise and brainpower. But the newest findings make it clear that this isn’t just a relationship; it is the relationship. Using sophisticated technologies to examine the workings of individual neurons — and the makeup of brain matter itselfContinue reading “Build Your Body, Build Your Brain!”

Study Skills – Five Fast Fixes

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Recently, a student asked me for my hot list of academic life-changers; key study skills you can use to dominate your grades. Here goes… 1) Get help. It’s the 21st Century, fellow netizens! Flying cars, robotic house maids, and personal jet packs are now commonplace… okay, well, maybe not. But it’s still the 21st Century!, whichContinue reading “Study Skills – Five Fast Fixes”

Quick Formula For Mastering New Academic Material

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Need a step-by-step formula for puttin’ the hurt on your current course load? Want to muscle through those killer classes and become a legend of learning? Here’s an idiot-proof way to step-up your academic game in three simple steps. Caution: This works best for non-skill-based classes such as, history, political science, sociology, biology, etc. rather thanContinue reading “Quick Formula For Mastering New Academic Material”

Maintain Focus in 100 Words (or Less)

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~~The “100 Words (or Less)” series gives you a super-short summary of what you need to know about the subject at hand and does it in 100 words or less. Check the link at the bottom for more detailed info about the topic.~~ Eliminate Distractions. Hide yourself away from friends and fun. This includes non-essentialContinue reading “Maintain Focus in 100 Words (or Less)”

Read and Reap: Suck the Facts Out of Your Texts

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Holy-frikkin-mooses. I just read three paragraphs in my Whirled History book, and I don’t have clue one on what it was about. How can I fish the beefy info chunks outta the steamy cesspool of facts that is my reading assignment? If that’s your main pain, then consider this simple drill to make your mindContinue reading “Read and Reap: Suck the Facts Out of Your Texts”

Simple Way to Boost Reading Focus

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Anyone who has ever tried to bulldoze their way through a narcolepsy inducing SAT or GRE reading comprehension passage will know just how hard it is to maintain focus when reading. No matter how hard you try to feign interest in scintillating topics like “The History of Corn Prices in 19th Century Dubuque” or “AnContinue reading “Simple Way to Boost Reading Focus”

Are You Taking Enough Study Breaks?

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Taking frequent breaks maximizes your brain’s ability to recall. Hundreds of variations on experiments first performed in the late 1800s have confirmed that taking a 5 to 10 minute break every thirty or forty minutes will help you get the most out of your overworked and underappreciated neurons. To help you remember to take studyContinue reading “Are You Taking Enough Study Breaks?”

10 Techniques to Help You Focus! – Homework and Practice

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Homework and Practice Homework can increase student understanding when assignments provide the opportunities needed to practice and apply new learning. – Northwest Regional Educational Consortium ‘Kay. Show of hands. How many of you like homework? … Anyone? … Bueller? … Bueller? Most of us have an ancient, wired-into-our-DNA hatred for HOMEWORK (just typing the wordContinue reading “10 Techniques to Help You Focus! – Homework and Practice”

Free Reminder Program to Get You Up and Moving

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If you’ve attended one of my seminars or read my ebook, you’ll already be aware of the fact that taking a break every thirty or forty minutes actually greases up your cognitive gears and think like an einstein. Along comes the Big Stretch Reminder program to help you remember to take those mentally stimulating breaks.Continue reading “Free Reminder Program to Get You Up and Moving”

Question Everything! – to deepen comprehension and increase recall.

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I know what you’re thinking, “Should I really question everything?” You’re such a smart-aleck, but the answer is, “yes!” at least if you want to hoover the knowledge-nuggets right out of whatever you’re studying and make yourself into the uber-scholar you always new you could be. Posing kick-ask questions–and thinking carefully through how you mightContinue reading “Question Everything! – to deepen comprehension and increase recall.”

5 Stone-Cold Procrastination Killers – Killer Five

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Procrastination Killer Number Five – Mr. Pot o’ Gold AKA Pollyanna Know what the big difference between morning people and most-definitely-NOT-morning people is? It’s what they think about when they first wake up. Most-definitely-NOT-morning people start off dreading the long commute to work, mentally moaning about the big project they are supposed to be churning out,Continue reading “5 Stone-Cold Procrastination Killers – Killer Five”

5 Stone-Cold Procrastination Killers – Killer Four

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Procrastination Killer Number Four – Mr. Loud Mouth Stop procrastination cold by [hidepost]letting the whole world know when you’ll be working on the irksome task you’ve been avoiding. Text it. Tweet it. Post it on your Facebook page… Writing out the next thirty things that would Bore a Comatose Sloth for my ongoing compendium. Ask meContinue reading “5 Stone-Cold Procrastination Killers – Killer Four”

5 Stone-Cold Procrastination Killers – Killer Three

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Procrastination Killer Number Three – Mr. Carrotstick AKA Mo Flies You know the old saw; motivate the donkey by whacking it with a stick on its namesake while dangling a carrot in front of the pointy end. Bad news. You’re the donkey in this scenario. Nevertheless, give some thought to stick and carrot. How will youContinue reading “5 Stone-Cold Procrastination Killers – Killer Three”

5 Stone-Cold Procrastination Killers – Killer Two

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Procrastination Killer Number Two – Mr. Slice-n-dice Little strokes fell great oaks. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. The journey of a thousand miles begins with …. Don’t make me pull out my beeg aphorisms. Whatever terrible task is your current bitter procrastination pill, realize you don’t have to doContinue reading “5 Stone-Cold Procrastination Killers – Killer Two”