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This week’s question is one I picked, not because I have a wonderful answer, but because it’s the kind of question I like to get caught up contemplating about myself. Here is the relevant portion:

I have to pull out my bs detector on that post. There is no way a person can study in as little as 5 minutes. At 15 minutes I had my doubts but it’s ridiculous to think that someone can get any good studying done in that amount of time. Heck, I can’t even pull out my books in 5 minutes.

BS detector must be beeping cause it’s low on battery or something. You might need to get it charged because I tentatively stand by my post (but not necessarily the spin this question put on it.) There are two important things to note first.

First of all, preparation time is not included in the 15 minute study strategy. If it takes you 5 minutes to take out your textbook then you can’t go on pretending that it’s study time. The preparation for studying is all on your time (so for your time’s sake, keep it quick.) Since that was explicitly stated in the post you’re referring to, I’ll assume that was probably just a joke.

Second, I certainly don’t think 99% of students should rely on 5 minute study sessions. I can see some valuable uses for them on a temporary basis (when you’re trying to create a study habit,) but the average study load for most students tends to be more than can be practically achieved in 5 minutes (on average, of course, some folks are rather impressive.)

I get that a 5 minute study session is unbelievable. In fact, I considered referring to the study strategy in this blog as the 10 minute study strategy but figured it would set off too many bs detectors. People would get distracted by the impressively small number. The smartest of students would see the hard to believe number and assume it’s crap. That was one of my main fears in publicizing this strategy.

It is very possible for the skilled practitioners of a good study strategy to get high test scores while studying only 5 minutes a night. I’ve done it myself in short bursts. The fundamental problem with cutting the study sessions so short is the risk of never getting “in the zone” while studying. It sometimes takes a few minutes of focused studying to get your brain fully immersed. The more time you have, the more likely you’ll hit that fully immersed position.

Here is the interesting part for me though: most of those 15 minutes I recommend are really just prep time for ~5 minutes of highly focused studying. The reason you give it that period of time is to find those specially focused moments. I have met students that can seem to get into that highly focused state fast. (I don’t happen to be one of them.)

I wouldn’t say that anyone can reduce their study time down to 5 minutes consistently without notable negative consequences but from what I’ve seen, the crazier thing would be to say it’s completely impossible.

In the meantime, I’m sticking with the 10-15 minutes. It’s long enough to get focused without pushing even close to inefficient lengths of study time.

Do you want to know how to study in less than 15 minutes a night? That’s what this blog is all about. Be sure to follow and check out the archives for more details. The ebooks in the sidebar can get you started into the nitty gritty details even faster.

Q/A – How Little Studying Is Too Little Studying?

Accelerated Learning Secrets First Written About In Shakespeare’s Times Reemerging And Being Conclusively Proven In Today’s Academic Journals

Professors Karpicke of Purdue University and Roediger, III of Washington University published an incredible paper that is making waves in the top rungs of Academia.

Colleges have taken pride in their ability to train the next generation of students for decades now. By subjecting their students to intimidating reading, long and immense lectures, and rigorous and unforgiving testing, they claim to have properly trained their graduates.

But modern research methods are calling those very claims into question.

You see… what these professors have discovered (and more are joining them every day) is shaking the very foundations of academia – all of the endless hours of studying, reading books, taking notes, and listening to endless lectures… doesn’t really teach students all that much – not even preparing them for the very tests they’re using.

The exact things that colleges and many professors have been encouraging are hindering students’ abilities to learn by occupying their time with ineffective methodologies.

Effective learning isn’t rocket science either….

“Francis Bacon wrote about these effective study strategies in the 1500’s – and the research is proving that we should have been listening to the preachers of this all along,” says Aaron Richardson, founder of Smart Student Secrets, a decade old, religiously followed, website dedicated to reintroducing these strategies to modern students.

“The reality is, the average university spends 4 years lecturing a student on what they could master in 6 months or less – if they used effective strategies.”

Confronting Mr. Richardson, I grilled him on the academic defenses of our country’s historic and prestigious Universities.

R: Doesn’t the work separate the wheat from the chaff? Give them work and those that best do it are better BECAUSE they worked harder to do it. The hard work itself is the target.

A: Assuming the wheat is the people that mindlessly follow directions and don’t have better things to do with their time… sure. But I’m advocating for the creative thinkers that are willing to challenge the status quo. They’re the wheat I’m giving my tools to.

R: But colleges say your strategies help you score higher on tests but not “understand” the material in a deeper way. Any response?

A: First thing, in academia, you’re judged on your ability to pass tests and answer questions – they have no other way. By their own standards, their strategies are worse.

Second, mull on any idea for a few years longer and you’ll have a deeper understanding of it. That’s the easy part. You do it every time you take a shower. The hard part is learning enough of the component parts to be able to mull it over. The sooner you do that, the sooner you can understand it deeper.

And one more thing…

I don’t really care if they criticize because the data speaks for itself. I advocate for the data their own studies are proving. They may be able to hide the truth for a while but it’s getting out and the longer they hold out, the worse it’s going to look for them – not me.

R: Mr. Richardson you have recently published a guide outlining his effective strategies in detail. It’s called, “How To Study Happier,” and has a 4 star review from students and some reviews making some pretty impressive claims. Right?

A: I’ve dedicated my life to helping students that are like the kid I used to be. And I guarantee that my book can help you get better grades – and if you’re not 100% satisfied with the changes then I’ll refund it completely. Show me one college that will do that for you!

R: So… Mr. Richardson, I’ve heard you’ve been taking some heat from academia over your claims.

A: For legal reasons, I have to keep my mouth shut on this one. All I can say is that I can’t guarantee my content will stay available much longer. Get it now or prices will be higher for legal reasons (if I can even keep the book available.)

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