Imagine Better Test Scores

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From the series Better Test Performance the Navy SEALs Way. In a recently televised interview, a Navy SEALs representative listed four key mental techniques taught to SEAL candidates. The second of those techniques was mental rehearsal.  Here’s how you can apply this to help increase your own test performance. That gray organ betwixt your earsContinue reading “Imagine Better Test Scores”

Better Test Performance The Navy SEALs Way

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The elite SEALs teams—the U.S. Navy’s Special Ops forces—have discovered how to make their trainees more successful at completing the mythically-tough training and actually become Navy SEALs.  In fact, they now teach trainees stress control techniques that may be responsible for helping to boost the number of successful passing candidates from one fourth of eachContinue reading “Better Test Performance The Navy SEALs Way”

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”

Best Schedule for Studying for the GRE (or any test!)

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Many of the test prep books out there include schedules to help you prepare for the GRE or SAT, but every single one that I’ve seen has a fatal flaw!  Their schedules would have you studying each topic only once before the test.  That’s crazy!  No one will master a difficult topic, much less rememberContinue reading “Best Schedule for Studying for the GRE (or any test!)”

The Best Study Schedule (updated)

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(this is an updated version of a post from January 2008) I’ve posted quite a bit on how and when to study in order to maximize recall, but putting it all together may be a bit daunting.  Follow this step-by-step guide and you’ll be well on your way to the top of the class!  TheseContinue reading “The Best Study Schedule (updated)”

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?”

Are you giving away points by not approaching tests correctly?

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Can you give me any tips that are specifically for testing? Get to the test ten or fifteen minutes early, if possible, and look over your notes again while you wait for it to start.  That will help prime your brain for the particular concepts you’ll need for that test. When you first get theContinue reading “Are you giving away points by not approaching tests correctly?”

Top Five Ways College Students Work Too Hard (Part 4)

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Are you studying the wrong way? That will definitely cause you to work too hard.Ever heard of the backwoods farmer who wanted to clear off an acre or so of heavily forested land? The farmer excitedly began cutting trees with a new chain saw he had recently purchased, but by the end of the day heContinue reading “Top Five Ways College Students Work Too Hard (Part 4)”

Study Tips – Top Five Ways College Students Work Too Hard (Part 1)

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These study tips can make good study habits easy! The magic grade fairies have been watching you. They know just how hard you’ve been working on that project/homework/study session and they will grant you the exalted, golden A+ of perfect knowledge. Your mental sweat translates directly to superior scores. Riiiiiight. If you believe that I’veContinue reading “Study Tips – Top Five Ways College Students Work Too Hard (Part 1)”

Wired Magazine: Want to Remember Everything You’ll Ever Learn? Surrender to This Algorithm

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Here’s a great–and very readable–article in Wired magazine about how your memory works. Part of the article focuses on the work of Piotr Wozniak, a Polish memory researcher (yes, they have those), and his memory software app, Supermemo. The man and the application are brilliant, and the app works unbelievably well, helping you to memorizeContinue reading “Wired Magazine: Want to Remember Everything You’ll Ever Learn? Surrender to This Algorithm”