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”

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”

4 Simple Steps to Beat Procrastination

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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”

More Motivation Tricks for Sluggish Students

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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! —Continue reading “More Motivation Tricks for Sluggish Students”

Motivation Tricks for the Sluggish Student

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Lacking the uuumph to bust out that text book on The Unabridged History of Colloids? Does the idea of studying “Innovations in 19th Century Grouting Techniques” leave you less than enthused? Fear not, grasshopper. Here are some slick tips to overcome your motivational malaise. © Cody Blair, All Rights Reserved.

10 Easy Ways to Kill Procrastination

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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 theContinue reading “10 Easy Ways to Kill Procrastination”

Procrastination, Flash Cards, and Cramming

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I recently received an email from one of my students with several great questions. I thought these issues, and their answers, might benefit everyone. Hi Cody, Some study issues that I have noticed that I have is not in how I study but when I study.  I have a horrible habit of procrastinating and onlyContinue reading “Procrastination, Flash Cards, and Cramming”

Self discipline a better predictor of grades than IQ …

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Crack that whip, people. From a 2004 study by Martin Seligman and Angela Duckworth done with American 8th graders… Self-discipline … accounted for more than twice as much variance as IQ in final grades, high school selection, school attendance, hours spent doing homework, hours spent watching television (inversely), and the time of day students beganContinue reading “Self discipline a better predictor of grades than IQ …”

Still More Motivation Tricks For Sluggish Students

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Remember, getting to work when we don’t want to is a learned skill. We have to train ourselves to get motivated on command. Here are the final three motivation busters. Make sure to check out the first two articles in the series if you haven’t already. Blow up the little problems – Sometimes a littleContinue reading “Still More Motivation Tricks For Sluggish Students”