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This weeks question brought up a rather hazy aspect of the 15 Minute Study Strategy. This is a problem that many students don’t need to worry excessively about but it can become a major issue if you’re studying with certain particular methods or about certain particular subjects.

I’ve been attempting the 15 minute study strategy using flash cards. I’ve felt really good about the amount I’ve been memorizing but I’m not sure if I’m doing it right. The flash cards I’m creating tend to take a dramatic amount of time to create. I need to scope out the info. Then write it all down. If I were to include that in my 15 minutes then I’d hardly spend any time actually using the flash cards. Should I be making the flashcards faster or is this time not supposed to be included.
-Ryan

This is an interesting point to bring up.

The 15 Minute Study Strategy, ideally, will spend 90% of its time on recall. If you’re spending more than 10% of your time creating flash cards then you probably shouldn’t be including it in your 15 minutes. Sure, plenty of students do and can get away with it but it’s not ideal for everyone.

This often comes down to how a person creates their flash cards. Some students (in some classes) can write up a ton of good and highly prioritized flash cards in only 5 or 10 minutes. Those flashcards can last 2 or 3 sessions. If that’s the case then including prep time shouldn’t be a big problem. Some other students end up spending hours perfecting their flash cards. If that’s the case then, I would recommend you change your flash card writing strategy, or it shouldn’t be included in your 15 minutes.

Flash cards are a typical example I use to discuss studying with the 15 minute study strategy because virtually everyone already understands the concept. That being said, they’re usually not one of the most efficient ways of studying. They’re just a simple strategy. I wouldn’t consider them anywhere near ideal without some serious prep work.

Flash cards are my example mostly to represent recall versus reading. Studying can’t just be reading certain information repeatedly. You need to look away from the information you’re reading, and remember it, to be studying. Flash cards force that pretty well. It can be done with other, less common methods like covering what you’re reading and remembering, or closing your eyes and remembering.

I’ve seen some super efficient flash card creation strategies that can work pretty well with the 15 minute study strategy. If you’re working with flash cards then one of your top priorities should be speeding up your flash card creation. You just have to get a little creative and then get a little mechanical. By that, I mean, you need to find some way to get only the most important information, then you have to copy it down to flash cards as mechanically as you can.
One method of doing this is just creating flash cards of very specific sets of information. For example, you might just take the flashcard information directly from the summary at the end of a textbook chapter. That information is a very condensed source that could save a ton of time. It should ideally be done in conjunction with notes but it’s efficient. That’s what people creating flash cards need to focus on.

Prep time should only be included in the 15 Minute Study Strategy if that prep is efficient. If you’re not careful then your prep time could easily take over your study time. Considering there are alternatives to requiring any prep time at all, consider however much time you choose to invest in prep work optional.

If you’re looking to make your homework as efficient as your study time then you might want to check out 9 Strategies To Make Homework A Breeze (Cliche Free).

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Q/A – Fitting Prep Work In The 15MSS

How You Will Get Straight-A’s – Impress Teachers – And Having People Beg You To Tutor Them (And It Will Be Easier Than What You’re Doing Now)

Ever met a dope that still scored higher than you?

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Despite what you have been told, hard-work and intelligence are not the keys to good grades. In a study by Karpicke of Purdue University and Roediger, III of Washington University showed the right strategy can get you remembering 2.35 things for every minute of focused studying you’re doing now.

If you study wrong, you could be plummeting your grade by 67% (or more if you’re using a worse than normal strategy.) And many of the wrong strategies are one’s you’ve been taught to do your whole life!

Once I discovered this for myself, my whole world changed. I got C’s and D’s in highschool. In college, I was near the top of my class for my Engineering degree. Freshman year in college, I knew I had to spread the word.

I worked with one student (D.L, I’ll call him for soon-to-be obvious reasons.) He was going back to college after getting out of prison on a drug charge. He was retaking his English class – with the same teacher. A couple weeks into the semester, the professor pulled him aside and asked him, “how the hell some prison teacher could make him that much better – that fast?”

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It makes sense the teacher wondered that. The changes that can take place when you change strategies are astounding.

Every minute you study ineffectively is wasted. Your grades may go up a little but it’s a losing battle. Effective studying skyrockets your scores faster – giving you more time to:

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My book How To Study Happier teaches this strategy that let students memorize 2.35 things for every one they would normally memorize. Plus, it gives you dozens of other strategies and stories that can put you on the path to academic enjoyment – instead of just surviving. (And remember, no matter where you are in your journey, it just gets harder from here. Be prepared!)

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