Taking frequent breaks is important for recall. If you’ve read my book, Best Grades Ever!, you already know this. 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.
“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”
This short video, by Dan Ariely–one of my favorite psychologists–gives you some quick and easy tricks for defeating procrastination. You can find loads more good info on defeating procrastination here. Dan Ariely, an Israeli American professor of psychology and behavioral economics, currently teaches at Duke University. He is also the founder of The Center forContinue reading “The Secret to Kicking Procrastination: Reward Yourself”
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 worksContinue reading “4 Simple Steps to Beat Procrastination”
Guest post by Allie Dillard Online studying has its own challenges and motivation is one of them. Students may get distracted being in a different setting, so they need to put in some extra effort to maintain their focus and attention. Listed below are some tips on how learners can remain centered and motivated.
~~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)”
Study Tips to Increase Focus and Achieve Your Educational Goals Focus is the big hairy bugbear that stalks many students. Twenty minutes into their two-hour study session they find themselves talking or texting or trimming their toenails or doing absolutely anything rather than studying. So how can you deftly dodge the distraction of friends, phones, Facebook,Continue reading “Study Tips to Increase Focus in Four Fast Steps”
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”
On my study skills video and in my study skills ebook I discuss the importance of taking frequent breaks during study sessions to boost recall and focus. Studying for 30 to 45 minutes and then taking a short 5 to 10 minute break can really boost your brain power. Try this handy FREE online focusContinue reading “Focus Booster App”
Summarizing and Note Taking Effective summarizing requires analysis that leads to deeper understanding. Students benefit from taking notes in both linguistic and visual forms. -Northwest Regional Educational Consortium All of us know how to summarize and take notes, but most of us only use those skills in certain situations. Ponder these examples… © Cody Blair,Continue reading “10 Techniques to Help You Focus! – Summarizing and Note Taking”