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The color of the board is about the only thing that’s changed in the modern classroom. (Okay… and computers.) 

Boy oh boy… I’m a sucker for questions like this. It’s a rant provoker for me. Without further ado:

The study advice in this blog has kind of blown my mind. I don’t understand why no one’s ever told me this stuff. A lot of it seems kind of obvious but I’ve never had a teacher recommend it. They always give these crappy study more tips. Why do you think that is?

I think this is a question best answered with a list.

1. Teachers aren’t good students.

I’m sorry to say this but most teachers didn’t have the best grades in school.

In fact, teaching is regularly ranked as one of the easiest college majors.

That’s not to say high scoring teachers don’t exist (because they do) but most of the most skilled students went into fields other than teaching.

2. Teachers love their subject.

When a teacher says to study their subject more, they’re saying what may have worked for them.

Teachers select certain subjects to teach because they like those subjects.

Since they like those subjects, they likely can get away with studying the subject longer to learn more.

The average student doesn’t love the subject as much as the teacher.

That means forcing more study time often ends up being a counterproductive waste of time.

3. One Size Fits All

Study advice’s effectiveness depends on the student to some extent.

I’ve written books and articles on studying and school for a few years now and I still feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface in this absolutely insanely complicated subject.

No one can blame a teacher for picking a pointlessly simple one size fits all solution.

(Sarcasm alert:) Study more! It works. It may not be efficient. In fact, in the long run it can become more and more difficult and less and less effective but when that happens teachers can repeat: STUDY MORE!

4. New Data

Most aspects of public schooling have been static for the last 100+ years.

Many of the pieces of advice provided in this blog have been discovered in the last few decades.

The only major advances that have ended up in schools today are white boards (instead of black boards) and computers.

The vast majority of the system is the same as it’s always been.

The new strategies have never had a chance to get into the system.

5. Grades Versus Knowledge

Of course, some of the stuff I recommend doesn’t help a student learn better. Some of it just helps the student score higher while learning less.

Assuming the teachers real goal is educating students of specific knowledge, they shouldn’t teach you these strategies.

I teach these strategies because the system is broken.

The system can’t be fixed without people realizing that.

These strategies prepare you for life with things more important than pointless facts. They help you interact with the world around you in a more intelligent way.

Most teachers have the best of intentions. That being said, most don’t have a clue what they’re talking about when it comes to getting better grades.

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Q/A – Why Do Teachers Give Bad Study Advice?

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?

I know I did. And, believe it or not, it’s more common than you think.

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?”

It wasn’t the teacher.

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:

  • Learn more than you ever imagined
  • Improve your health, well-being, and non-academic life
  • Enjoy your time the way you want to

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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I want to help you. Put it on me to prove it. Please give me that chance.

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3 thoughts on “Q/A – Why Do Teachers Give Bad Study Advice?

  • March 12, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    Wow! This can be one particular of the most useful blogs We’ve ever arrive across on this subject. Actually Fantastic. I am also an expert in this topic so I can understand your hard work.

  • March 1, 2016 at 7:05 am

    Going off of the previous cmoemnt discussion, how do you feel about a very shy, introverted student attempting to get the same sort of information from a teacher as an open and outgoing one? I myself am not a very good speaker, and am very introverted to say the least. In fact, I have some major social phobias which have led me to skipping classes altogether for fear of being called on. For some people this makes sense if you are unprepared, but I typically am up on all my work to the best of my abilities. In response to your video, do you agree with how school systems function with normal test procedures? I find studying specifically for a test is rather self-defeating to actually learning something. If everything not on the test is thrown aside, and a person is really only studying for a good grade, then nothing is really be learned (and more importantly, retained).

  • September 16, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    You don’t give modern school technology enough credit… heck… at least they don’t use chalkboards anymore.


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