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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MAYBE THEY WON’T NOTICE…
I’m not going to get in trouble again, am I?
Here is the story:
I’m the originator of the 15 Minute Study Strategy – proving you only need 15 minutes of studying each night to academically dominate MOST academic institutions. You may have heard someone talking about it – and it’s easy to be skeptical I get.
It’s a crazy fact that most academics don’t want you to know. And for good reason…
This strategy completely obliterates their systems.
Student’s are supposed to struggle through school. School starts as a training/education tool (around gradeschool.)
As you grow up, it becomes a weeding out mechanism. It’s a system that rewards people for: obedience, hours of work, and unhappy type a’s.
And it’s meant to punish students that are: intellectually curious, motivated, and genuinely smart people.
My strategies BLOWS everything they built apart and it rewards students for smart actions.
It’s not the hours invested as much as it’s the things you do. If you do these things – you’ll get killer grades.
(And that’s why they hate me. Its proves everything they’re doing is wrong – and it forces them to address the truth… Or continue to pretend otherwise despite the overwhelming and increasingly humiliating evidence.)
Are you ready for this?
Let me send you some emails – it’s important we take this one step at a time.