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A good percentage of the readers of this blog are what I might call, “well trained” students. No, that’s not that they’re good students. No, it’s also not that they’re well educated. They certainly don’t feel comfortable with the strategies taught on this blog.This week’s question can help me clarify what I mean:

I’ve read the advice on your blog. I want to try to the 15 Minute Study Strategy but I can never get myself to stop studying at only 15 minutes a night. I always feel super guilty if I stop studying too early. I’m afraid I’ll have to watch my grades get worse before they get better and that keeps me from following through with the strategy. Do you have anything for getting out of the traditional routine and into yours without going nuts with guilt?
-Erin

I know that guilt you’re suffering through. I remember going through those feelings myself. Those feelings of guilt can keep you from ever getting well adapted to a shorter study session strategy. It’s an emotional block that, even if you are able to ignore once or twice, will constantly kick back and hinder your adaptation to the new strategy.

The guilt is fundamentally irrational though. If you accept that you can achieve equal or better grades investing less time into studying then it’s irrational to feel guilty about studying less. No… I’m not saying you’re crazy. I went through that adaptation phase myself. (Mine was long and drawn out because I was devising most of  this from scratch and a few obscure studies.) This guilt usually is not really about you anyway.

Why do dolphins jump through hoops? Dolphins certainly don’t have any biological need to jump out of pools and through hoops to impress adoring crowds. They do it because they have been trained to do it. The trainers gave the dolphins food whenever they went through the hoop. Then, the trainers slowly moved the hoop higher and higher. Young people are regularly “trained” through similar methods.

Parents and teachers have wanted you to get good grades for years. Many parents and teachers reward students that invest a large amount of time into studying. (At a young age, the large time investment study strategies are often the most effective.)

When a student fails to study, there is virtually always a teacher or parent willing to scold the student. This is a form of training. While this way of describing it makes it sound negative, this training is the majority of the way people learn how the world works. The fundamental problem with this strategy is that it’s often inexact.

If you study for hours and hours before a test and your parents and/or teachers know how much you studied. There is virtually no person that would scold you for failing after trying so hard. They will tell you, “you tried really hard,” and “you’ll do better next time.” If you spent very little time studying and fail then you’ll get guilt trips from virtually everyone. No one will ask if you were experimenting with some new study strategy. Notice that imbalance.

Many students (unintentionally) are trained that study time is more important than results. As long as they waste hours a night, they will get the approval from those around them. The final scores hardly even matter. If you don’t invest that same time (success or failure) you will feel that guilt.

I’m telling you this, not because it helps in some awesomely unusual way. It’s just something that can help you to be aware of your own emotional blocks. There are no quick tricks to solve the problem you’re having. All the solutions ultimately come down to you learning a better way and realizing, intellectually and instinctually, that time invested is not synonymous with approval achieved.

The most powerful tool you have is awareness.

Pull it off like a bandage for one month. Convince yourself to follow through for that single month. After that single month, the results will speak for themselves. If you stick it out and follow the rules then you’ll never have that feeling of guilt again. You’ll be too busy enjoying your new short study session.

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 to learn more. If you’re looking for a crash course, be sure to check out the ebooks in the sidebar.

Q/A – How To Stop Studying So Much (Without Going Crazy)

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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