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This week’s question brought up an important point for the 15MSS (15 Minute Study Strategy.)

I just had a weird little question for you. My 15 minute study session isn’t ending up 15 minutes. Since setting up for the study session isn’t included it’s turning into 25 or 30 minutes. Is it supposed to be that way or am I messing something up?

Well… I have a weird little answer for you.

If you’re really just preparing for your study session in those extra 10-15 minutes then you’re not really screwing anything up. You might be wasting a little time with inefficient strategies but saying you’re screwing up is a bit of an overstatement.

If you’re unintentionally using those extra 10-15 minutes for any amount of recall based studying and you’re calling it prep work then, yes, you’re screwing it up.

So… if you’re making flash cards during those 15 minutes and trying to memorize them at the same time then you’re screwing up. If you’re just writing through flash cards as quick as you can then you’re not screwing up.

The problem with this inconsistency is that is completely ruins any attempts to measure what you’re doing. You can’t tell whether your strategy is working if you’re half studying and half prepping for studying.

Many people work on prep time in very different ways. I try not to go too deep into the specifics because different people have different lifestyles and preferences. Some people spend 15 minutes before the session preparing their study material. Some students spend an extra hour a week randomly preparing stuff. Some students only use free time in class to prepare for studying.

Whatever way you’re able to follow through with consistently is probably best. Following through is more important than 5 minutes here or there.

I recommend keeping prep time as short as practically possible for you and your own preferences. Adding an extra 15 minutes to your daily study routine adds up into hours real quick. I don’t know about you but I prefer not to waste my free time doing boring class prep work. Work during those periods as if you’re getting a flat fee for it. Any extra time you spend is lost.

Some students completely skip prep work. Depending on the specific subject I’m studying, I sometimes do that as well. If you can just pick up your notes, textbook, or whatever and start studying you’ll save yourself a whole lot of trouble. It may cost you a couple points but adding up those extra hours you spend to do prep work, it may be worth it.

At the very least, try not to go overboard with the prep work. In my experience, 15 minutes every study session is longer than usual. I’ve used somewhere around that long before but looking back, knowing what I know now, I think it was a little bit excessive.

Of course, then you have to look at how that prep work is being used. If you take 15 minutes to pull out your textbook and find a pencil then you’re wasting it. If you’re using that 15 minutes to furiously write flash cards then you’re at least getting a little bit of study material exposure. It’s not ideal but at least it’s not completely wasted time.

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Q/A – It’s Not Really 15 Minutes!

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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