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Are you a  student looking to improve your grades?

Some of the strangest advice you’ll hear in life is the most powerful.

Any idiot can tell you to do the obvious.

“Work harder.”

Okay… Wow… thanks for that insightful advice that I’d already heard ten million times from just about everyone without any context on how to actually do it.

Really… what is the point of giving that advice? If it were so easy to follow then odds are, someone would have followed it by then already.

So… in classic Smart Student Secrets fashion, I’m going to offer study tips for college that are a little weirder.

They might sound completely crazy. (Maybe they are.) But the thing is:

1. This advice worked for me in college.

2. Thousands of students have already used this advice to improve their life and grades.

3. The academic research pretty much backs up all this advice (but they just say it in fancy words.)

Here is what you need to know:

1. Don’t study a second more than you have to

Studying isn’t grunt work. You can’t just keep banging away at the textbooks hoping to get somewhere.

It’s absolutely fundamental that you’re focusing on it. If you start losing focus then you stop learning anything. And when you study for long periods of time, you have no choice but to lose focus every once in a while.

It’s much smarter to study with an intense focus for a shorter period of time – that is – every single time you study.

That strategy gets and keeps your brain in it’s most focused possible state so you don’t fall into the deadly habit of losing focus and daydreaming when you’re supposed to be learning stuff.

Study less so you can learn more.

2. Never pull an all-nighter (even if you haven’t studied for a second yet)

Seriously… those desperate last-second all-nighters are killing your grade.

I don’t care if you forgot to study for the two weeks you had to prepare for the test. Do not pull an all-nighter even if it could improve your grade but…

First thing, all-nighters don’t always improve your grades. It’s more of a hit or miss situation. Sure… the extra 5-8 hours of studying might improve your grades a little bit but at the same time, you’re going to be 10 times as tired as you would have otherwise been and your stress levels are going to be bursting off the charts.

Second thing, even IF they improved your grades…

Your grade will never be as good as it would have been had you studied consistently for the two weeks before the actual test. It won’t even be close.

By pulling the all-nighter, you’re ruining your chance to change your behavior in the future. You’re going to be able to pretend you saved your own butt when it reality you just hung yourself out to dry.

Next time you have a test coming, having pulled an all-nighter last time, you’re probably going to do the same stupid thing next time and every time after that – you’re screwing your grade up and just pretending you’re saving it.

Cut your losses. Take a few lost points. Learn your lesson.

3. Don’t open that textbook unless you absolutely have to

Textbooks are almost always completely useless.

Teachers write tests to their lectures (not their textbooks.) Your notes from class will always be more valuable than your textbook.

The reality is: textbooks are miserable for learning stuff. They can be okay for looking things up later. They’re reference books. They’re almost never helpful for studying.

If you try to study out of your textbook then most of the time you’re just going to be draining your energy and motivation. They’re written precise, boring, and long. That won’t help you learn much.

Can you open it for some things? Sure… but be really careful because…

Too many students use opening the textbook and daydreaming as their “proof” that they work hard.

“I studied six hours last night.”

No… you put your headphones on. Rocked out to music while daydreaming with your textbook open in front of you…

Shut the textbook and study stuff that you’ll actually learn.

4. Skip study group

Study groups are usually just boring social clubs.

If you’re going to go out and have fun with friends then do that. Don’t pretend that you’re actually studying.

For the study groups that are a little more than a social club (the ones that actually study…)

They’re usually only productive for the leader and the lagger in the group. The leader of the group ends up teaching concepts to other students (and that helps the leader.) The “slow guy” in the group is taught the concepts. And most of the people in between just fall through the cracks and sit around glad that they haven’t looked dumb yet.

Have fun with friends but don’t pretend you’re there to learn something.

5. Limit your study time to 20 minutes a night.

The old Smart Student Secrets study strategy was called the 15 Minute Study Strategy.

In 95% of schools, studying for 15 minutes a night is enough to put you near the top of your class. That is, assuming you’re doing it right…

Most advice students get is crap. It’s not measurable. It’s not effective. It’s usually not even practically doable.

When you actually get into the powerful and effective study strategies, short study sessions work wonders.

But people only have so much energy. By limiting your study time you force yourself to use effective strategies and focus.

By stretching out your study time you encourage yourself to zone out, slack, and learn nothing while bragging to your friends about how long you studied.

6. Sleep late & early & often & even take naps if you’re up for it

Memory consolidation takes place while you sleep.

In fact, sleep recovers just about everything that you use up in your body.

Sleep is just plain awesome.

But it’s one of those things “super productive” people like to give up because it’s not immediately obvious how productive sleep actually is. They try to tell themselves that sleep is just some low productivity activity biology forces them to do every time.

It’s not.

In fact, it’s probably one of the most productive things you can do.

So… if you’re sleepy… indulge yourself.

7. Don’t do all of your assignments

You know that limited energy thing I was talking about earlier?

One of the best things you can do to improve your productivity is to stop doing low productivity tasks.

If you look at your syllabus then you might be able to pick out some of these low productivity tasks. (If you’ve got 100 homework assignments but homework is only 10% of your final grade then 1 homework assignment is only worth a tenth of a percent of your final grade.)

Save your energy for high value assignments.

Life is too short and there are way too many fun things you can be doing to recharge your batteries.

High grades are only useful if you can maintain them. Saving your energy is one of the best ways that you can keep those high scores coming through the whole semester (instead of burning out half way through and leaving your grade in a heap on the floor.)

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7 Study Tips For College That Are Weird, True, And Will Improve Your Grades

A B&C Students Guide To Mercilessly Crushing A Students At Their Own Game (While Laughing Your Way Towards The Ivy-League)

Are you smart but getting meh grades?

The smartest students are often the ones the school system leaves behind. It’s easy to motivate a half-wit (or even almost-wit – like a horse with a carrot dangled in it’s face to get it running. Giddy-up horsey!

You would never fall for that, right? Then this is for you.

It’s easy to procrastinate when you’re getting a raw deal. That’s the smart thing to do.

Academics is a game – and its prizes are good. Really good! There is more to the story than that though. What do you have to do to get that prize? And that matters even more than the prize. Study 18 hours a day for straight-A’s and a high-paying job someday in the distant future? Ughhh… Not me. That’s for sure.

I scored near the top of my college Engineering class while studying less than 15 minutes a morning. And seriously, I don’t sound like a super genius, do I?

Hint: I had barely scraped a 1.0 GPA in high school and I wasn’t skipping and having fun with friends either – I was… dare I say… trying my best.

Big Tip: trying doesn’t matter unless you’re experimenting or already using an effective strategy. Trying without an effective strategies is a waste that can plop your grades in the stinker. First step – STOP TRYING with ineffective strategies.

You got that?

Look… I’m a bit crazy. I get it. I’ve read hundreds of books on grades, learning, and memory. I spent sleepless nights studying obscure academic journals. I swear, I even read the book “How To Read A Book” and didn’t have to drink alcohol to do it!


You wanna’ know why?

Don’t tell anyone but… I care. I was emotionally crippled by the school system. I had heartless, lazy, and downright mean teachers (and a couple good ones that couldn’t help.) It took years for me to untangle their mess…

And I went to college and beat them at their own wretched game. Top scores. Easy studying. Time to make friends and impress the ladies. (You know… the important stuff!)

But I know… I wasn’t alone and I know there are others facing similar and worse challenges than I did. And I may be out of the warzone now but I can’t in good conscience leave you behind without my arsenal.

That’s why a decade ago I founded Smart Student Secrets and got link backs from LifeHack, HuffPo, and good college professors with names I can’t pronounce from all over the world that see these strategies crushing every day. But forget about them… the emails I get from grateful students… that’s the stuff a good life is made of.

My newest book is, in my opinion, the best book ever written for students that want to absolutely crush the academic game.

It gets you to focus your energy on the most important aspects of grades – giving you leverage on the system.

It shows you the big painful studying, you’re not benefiting from – that you thankfully get to stop today and forever.

It takes the latest in academic research on memory and puts into your hands, the exact memorization strategies that a Purdue Professor proved can let someone memorize 2.35 things for every one they’re memorizing now.

And this isn’t about “working harder” – and it’s not about “working smarter” either. (I cringe every time I read that phrase.)

It’s about working only when it matters most and creating the habit of motivated and effective learning.

I guarantee this… You can skyrocket your grades with my book while studying less than you ever had to study before. If I’m wrong, send me an email and I’ll refund you – no questions asked.

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3 thoughts on “7 Study Tips For College That Are Weird, True, And Will Improve Your Grades

  • June 15, 2021 at 2:27 am

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  • April 19, 2021 at 11:14 am

    This is really weird advice that my parents would not have liked. They think I have to study 24 hours a day. Well, okay, not 24, but 16, and the other 8 hours of sleep. Also, even if I’ve already done everything, I have to do it again and again. Tell me my parents aren’t the only ones like that?
    And I agree with your views that learning should be flexible and smart. And you can get the most out of it even in a short time if you concentrate on the process.

    • April 24, 2021 at 6:13 am

      I agree that this isn’t the kind of advice you’d hear from most people.

      That’s one of the major challenges that students have to face. The average person respects the effort the student appears to put in more than the results of that effort. If you study 10 hours a day, it’s hard for anyone to judge you harshly for a low score. If you study 10 minutes a day, it’s easy for them to judge you harshly. Plenty of students actively “pretend” to study to get people off their back… There is definitely something weird going on there.

      You’re definitely not alone! I hear stories like that all the time.


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