Step-by-step recipe for meeting your academic goals

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If you could just make yourself study… If you could just make yourself read the textbook… If you could just quit wasting so much time on FaceBook… If you could just make yourself get up in the morning… Psychology research has unlocked the secret to willpower. Discover the step-by-step, simple method for achieving your goals,Continue reading “Step-by-step recipe for meeting your academic goals”

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”

The Secret to Kicking Procrastination: Reward Yourself

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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”

Get Your Game On

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Website habitrpg.com lets you gameify your life. Complete your daily goals, build good habits, and knock out items on your todo list to earn rewards. It’s absolutely astounding how much time we’ll spend playing games like Farmville or killing imaginary zombies in order to earn pixelated coins or an extra centimeter on our experience bar;Continue reading “Get Your Game On”

10 More Easy Ways to Kill Procrastination

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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 readContinue reading “10 More Easy Ways to Kill Procrastination”

Habit Forming by Repetition Illustrated

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Here’s a great picture of exactly how we achieve our goals through repeated actions.  We become what we repeatedly do. This is a time-lapse of a Japanese group that walked the same path over and over. After several days they had worn a path in the grass. Consider how long it will take for theContinue reading “Habit Forming by Repetition Illustrated”

Memory Game to Help Kids (or Adults) With Mnemonics

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Here’s a quick game that you can teach your kids to help them learn to apply mnemonics and also build a foundation for later study skills.  Kids may not be too keen on studying, but if it’s fun they’ll do it all day long. My kids and I usually play this while driving. Three StoryContinue reading “Memory Game to Help Kids (or Adults) With Mnemonics”

Flash Cards

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Flash cards are a powerful tool to help you memorize things such as vocabulary, mathematical formulas, history facts, and spelling. Here are some strategies to help you get the most from your flash cards. Use flashcards in several different colors. Use each color as a cue to help recall something about the fact on thatContinue reading “Flash Cards”

Simple Changes Lead to Excellent Grades

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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 andContinue reading “Simple Changes Lead to Excellent Grades”

What’s the Best Way to Study When I Have Several Tests In The Same Week?

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Mid-terms and finals are the bane of most college students’ existence.  One final exam would be bad enough, but at the end of the semester we often have to take two or three exams in a single day!  It’s enough to make even the most studious among us pine for the life of a beachContinue reading “What’s the Best Way to Study When I Have Several Tests In The Same Week?”

Best Practices for Building Better Habits (Part 4)

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(continued from part 3) Get help Even the Lone Ranger had Tonto, kemosabe. There’s no reason you have to try to change those bad habits all by your lonesome. Here are a couple of good sources of help. Friends and relatives can be a tremendous encouragement. Send them an email detailing exactly what you areContinue reading “Best Practices for Building Better Habits (Part 4)”

Best Practices for Building Better Habits (Part 3)

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(continued from part two) Reward yourself Did you just engage in your target habit? Then reward yourself! A little reward is appropriate at this point; something easy. How about a mental “attaboy!” Allow yourself a little self-congratulations and pride in your achievement. Sounds silly, I know, but it’s actually very effective and has quite aContinue reading “Best Practices for Building Better Habits (Part 3)”