This week’s question allowed me to delve into one of the most powerful (but least utilized) study tools an individual has access to:
I’ve been reading your old blog for a while now. A lot of the stuff you recommend just makes sense. Once I started applying it I saw an instant improvement in my grades. (I know you wrote that I should expect a dip at first but I didn’t see it.) Where did you learn this stuff?
I’d like to say that the vast majority of my recommendations originally came from well-planned scientific experimentation but that isn’t how it started. These days, that’s where most of my new advice comes from but most of my original ideas were prompted by personal experimentation.
While the experiments were not too scientific, a few years later I learned that most of my results actually matched the recent academic experimentation.
One day I was randomly listening to some documentary and suddenly a scientist started recommending a similar list of strategies to the ones I’d created using my personal experiments. Despite my experiments being one man trials, their results ended up being remarkably similar results to the mainstream science of the time. That made me realize a few important points.
I did study experiments. I used flash cards, clocks, and carefully designed experiments to try and find all this stuff out for myself. The reason most of the ideas you’ll read on this blog sound like common sense is because most of the experiments I tested were based around really simple ideas I had. Those ideas were not in the mainstream science at the time I was experimenting with them but they were, in some cases, within months of being published there.
Right when I was doing a one man experiment to prove these points, scientists were organizing trials with hundreds of students doing similar things. While the scientists had to wait months to get solid results, I typically had my results in a couple days. Sure, my experiments wouldn’t prove anything to a skeptical crowd but they gave me enough of an edge to end up slightly ahead of the mainstream.
The best way to learn how to study better is through personal experimentation. There may be better ways to get results for the average person in a controlled environment but there is no better way to get results for you personally. If you want to learn how to study better then the tips on this blog can keep you up to date with mainstream science. If you’re looking to do even better than that then personal experimentation is the best place to start.
All you need to do is use some flash cards, a clock, and a little bit of knowledge about the scientific method to design an experiment with results that are reasonably good. Reasonably good results are all you need when it comes to day to day studying. These results can give you that extra edge in strategy and confidence to create amazing results.
Most of your experiments will be duds. Learn to love those duds because those duds are ideas that you no longer have to worry about. If you’re able to find one or two good strategies for every 10 experiments you do, you should be able to see results that are well worth the time invested.
Naturally, I don’t expect many of this blogs readers to be as crazy as me about creating these experiments. For those of you just interested in keeping up, just keep following this blog and you can get all the details.
Do you want to study in less than 15 minutes a night? That’s what this blog is all about. Be sure to follow along to get all the details. Also, check out the ebooks in the sidebar to learn all the secrets.
This is an absolutely essential read for anyone on this blog.
I’m about 4 hours away from something big.
The story began a decade ago when I first started to share my study strategies with other students.
I had figured out the Holy Grail of academic optimization strategies – and every intermediate step to get to it. Using this strategy, I pulled a nearly 4.0 GPA while running a double course load in college – and once I started sharing it.
Droves of them.
And then teachers noticed.
Most of the teachers that were looking out for their student’s best interest got what I was saying and supported the cause. Others… well… not everyone has the student’s best interest at heart.
Early on (even before Smart Student Secrets,) I started writing for average students.
I knew… I was NEVER one of the “smart kids”. I was mediocre at best. And I knew, if these strategies worked for me then they could work for just about anybody. And that’s who I wanted to connect with.
But… There was a problem…
I built an audience giving these strategies away. Sure…
And I’d get messages from them. And we’d talk. And I’d hear their stories.
I’d hear from A+ students that cut their study time by 90%.
I’d hear from B students that took their grades up to A’s.
I’d hear from teachers that were sharing my strategies with their students.
I’d hear from older students how these strategies changed their life.
I love it. I love introducing these strategies that changed my life to other people.
But there was always this… but…
What about the C students?
What about the D students?
What about the students that are currently failing?
Sure… Some would reach out.. but…
They never followed through… They’d take a small step. They’d sign up. They’d learn some killer strategies. Seeing right there how powerful they were going to be…
And then… life kicks in. They lose sight of their goals.
And it’s gone.
Student’s came to this site to improve their life. They see the possibilities. But then… they move on.
In about 4 hours, I’m going to be introducing something – an email subscriber exclusive – that can help change that.
It’s going to make more Smart Students than at any other time in this site’s history.
If you’re ready to take your academic game to the next level – if you want to see it for yourself.
Write your email in the box. Check the confirmation you want emails. Confirm your email. And see for yourself.