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”

Re-reading Your Notes Wastes Time!

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Did you know that reading over your notes repeatedly is one of the LEAST effective ways to study?  Psychology research has demonstrated repeatedly that you remember much more effectively when you work with information rather than just reviewing information. Solution: Teach your study materials to a partner.  Look briefly at a main heading in theContinue reading “Re-reading Your Notes Wastes Time!”

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”

Are You Smart Enough to Get Good Grades?

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Do you have enough mental muscle to get the grades you want or to score as high as you would like on the SAT or GRE?  I’ve pointed out several times that peak mental performance depends more on technique than on sheer power, however, there is no doubt that having a beefy brain does makeContinue reading “Are You Smart Enough to Get Good Grades?”

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)”

The Secret to Having Your Nights and Weekends Free While Still Getting Fantastic Grades!

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What would you like to do tonight, college student?  How about studying for two or three hours?  Joy! You can do that if you want, but wouldn’t your rather go to a movie or to the rec center?  Wouldn’t it be better to keep your nights and weekends free from studying so you can doContinue reading “The Secret to Having Your Nights and Weekends Free While Still Getting Fantastic Grades!”

Energize Your Study

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Favorite blog o’ mine, Lifehacker, recently put together a great post about increasing your energy.  Many items on the list you’ve already seen me blog about, but there are some new items as well, not to mention some helpful links for more info.  Take a look…

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Cody Blair has spent over two decades researching how students learn and remember most effectively. He helps students apply that knowledge in and out of the classroom. He is the author, instructor, and owner of StudyProf GRE Prep based in College Station, Texas, and has been teaching GRE prep since 2000. Mr. Blair is a NationalContinue reading “Author”

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)”