Kay and I were talking the other day and she was discussing an email exchange she was having with a student. She wanted to figure out how to help this student but she wanted to see what I was thinking about it…
I’ll call the student J…
J was saying something like:
“I want to study better but I don’t want to use active recall or flashcards…”
That’s tough for a study “gooroo” like myself to listen to because active recall is kind of like my superpower.
And J doesn’t like it. I get that… I didn’t always love it…
When you use active recall, you feel it. At first it will stress you out a little bit but once you get in a rhythm with it, personally (maybe I’m crazy,) it gets pleasurable.
In fact, even when I’m not in classes, I’m using active recall to study stuff.
So… for me…
Hearing, study better + no active recall…
I’m thinking like a personal trainer that hears, get healthy and fit + no diet or exercise…
At first hear – it just doesn’t compute, right? My gut is saying “it doesn’t work that way.” But…
My gut is wrong…
A few hours after the conversation I felt like a complete doofus for not realizing this earlier…
Most students don’t want “to study.”
I get why you think they do… They say they want “to study,” but that’s not the final goal they are after…
What they really want…
to improve their academic situation.
When someone says, “I need to study more” they’re really saying:
I want to learn more or more likely…
I want to improve my grades.
That’s the real goal here.
Studying is ONE way to achieve that goal.
But there are more ways to improve your grades…
You don’t need to pick up your textbook and stare it down for hours to learn something. In fact, have you ever had classes where you’ve never opened the textbook a single time? I have.
I’ve had classes where I didn’t even have to study to get near the top of my class. And it’s not because I’m gifted or something. I’m a bloke that got D’s in high school (at least early on.)
I got to the top of the class based on the strategies I used.
Anyone that applies these strategies can get similar results.
In fact… this is why I felt like a doofus…
I wrote a whole book on the subject…
This is an ebook that’s been downloaded tens of thousands of times. I literally have emails in my inbox from readers telling me this book changed their life. I guess it’s easy to get caught up thinking there is only 1 way to do something.
There is a world of possibilities. Don’t miss out.
Since J gave me this helpful reminder that I lose focus on the real goals sometimes too, here is a coupon that will get you J’s Super Special Discount until Friday: EXPIRED
Maybe She Won’t Notice
D’s eyes were watering at the score on the screen.
He was thinking, “Is this what I am now?”
The score was low. Lower than he liked to think about – and way lower than he used to get.
He was just hoping that his mother wouldn’t ask. He always hated telling her and it killed him worse to lie about it. It’s his mother… she wants what’s best for him and he knew he was screwing it up.
Staring at the score it hit him…
This has to change. On the next test, coming up in 3 weeks, he was going to make up for it. He was going to score high.
So… he studied. He studied for hours that night. He studied until his eyes were closing involuntarily.
The next day… he studied for hours.
And the day after that… he did it again.
But the day after that – his best friend was going through a bit of a crisis. So… he took the day off studying. I mean, no one needs to study hundreds of hours for a test, and he was doing well so far.
But the next day… he was exhausted. And, you know, exhausted studying doesn’t work. So he missed that day to.
The day after, he squeezed in some studying.
And… I think you know how this story goes…
The night before the test, he’s staring down at his study guide and cursing to himself.
It happened… again…
That night he buckled down and studied almost all night. (Until he virtually crashed at 3 am.) Every time he started dozing off earlier he’d get a snack or drink and keep on plugging. He worked. And he worked hard.
He even had moments where it felt like he was running better than ever. He felt like he was going to pull it off.
The test was the next afternoon.
And I’d like to say he knocked it out of the park and D saved himself with his last ditch effort to save his grade but…
I can’t say that.
Sure… D didn’t bomb completely.
But when he was staring down at his score… he was tearing up again. And he still was hoping that his mother wouldn’t ask him about it…
It’s not a number on a piece of paper.
I know… it can help reduce your stress to think that way, and there is a place for that.
But your future, your position in the world, is partially decided by these numbers on these papers. We all know it.
We all want to put ourselves in the best position possible – and these scores can do that for us.
And D knew it.
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