No. The long term readers might be thinking I’m talking about the kind of experimentation I did when I was younger.
To catch the rest of you up: I used to consistently do strange and downright silly experiments to find better and better ways to study. For example, I would hop on one leg while trying to learn a set of information and I would compare that to my results without hopping on one leg. (If you’re curious, it helped pretty consistently but it looked like it was because of a silly and impractical reason.) That’s how I ended up starting to improve my grades and was the base of my original study philosophy. Eventually I started to notice how a lot of the silly experiments I did were backed up by recent experiments done by professionals.
That is not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about something dramatically better and easier.
My study experimentation strategy worked because I was trying new things. I stopped doing the new things that didn’t work. I kept doing the new things that did work. That meant I was constantly studying with better and better strategies. That’s what I want you to think about.
You don’t need to do silly things to appreciate this benefit. This is all you need to do:
1. Make a plan to study better.
2. Follow the plan consistently.
3. Measure your results.
4. Ask, “Did it work?”
If it worked then record that and repeat that strategy. If it didn’t work then don’t repeat it.
5. Is it worth it?
You may discover some strategies that improve your grade but aren’t valuable enough to be worth doing consistently. (For example, my silly hopping on one leg strategy.)
6. Find a safe opportunity to repeat this experiment.
By safe, I mean this: When you find a strategy that works, use it on your big tests. When you only have a silly small test coming up, consider trying a new study strategy. By constantly trying new things you can always be improving your grades by creating more and more powerful study strategies.
Simple enough, right? Using these six steps you can change absolutely anything in your life for the better. If you’re committed then your grade will be improved.
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