This is the first post on the new blog. I don’t plan on making a big deal out of it but I figured I’d get the regular readers of the older blog up to speed with the new site. I figured it could also be helpful to give new readers a quick primer on what this site is all about.
The vast majority of study advice given to students is downright awful. There is a constant blare of people recommending “study more,” “work harder,” and all kinds of other silly advice that usually just leads to worse results because it kills motivation. Millions of students are bombarded with this terrible advice, often because the people recommending it never learned anything better for themselves.
Studying is a skill that can be developed. This blog is dedicated to helping students develop that skill. In the last few decades there have been countless studies on how to develop this skill more powerfully but those recent advances have yet to be included in the traditional advice. The studies only go so far though. It doesn’t matter how well something works in the lab. It also needs to work in the daily lives of students. These are the skills that I’ve been dedicating myself to discovering for almost a decade of my life now.
Too many students get trapped in cycles of banging their heads against the wall to try to learn pointless facts that have absolutely no impact on their lives. All that wasted time is time that could have been spent learning things that are truly important to life. There is a better way.
It’s possible to study in less than 15 minutes a night while scoring in the top of your class.
It’s possible to have more free time than you know what to do with while acing your tests.
It’s possible to enjoy a good portion of the studying that you do.
This is all possible for even the most lazy of students.
The fact that this section sounds like a ridiculous sales pitch is just proof of the problem. The established ideas are mind-blowingly wrong. Odds are, you’ve probably met students that have learned this for themselves. Sometimes they get great grades while hardly putting in an ounce of effort. Sometimes they’re called gifted students because of how easily they can score high. Traditional advice often dismisses these students as flukes but they’re the ones that tend to know what they’re doing.
The current plan for this blog is to produce 2 main articles every week. (After a short burst of a number of extra articles.) The first article each week is going to be the traditional article that’s been published on the old blog. The second article is to answer a question from a reader (and hopefully help people with similar questions.)
One of the biggest changes to expect on this new blog is the work of additional writers. Currently you can expect the writing of at least one new author. I discovered her work on another site and was floored to read someone that wasn’t preaching the same of study schtick. She’s also going to be taking up a good portion of the management roles on the site. Hopefully in time this site can grow to encompass even more authors.
So… to end without much of a bang:
Thanks for reading the old blog. And thanks for reading this one.
Leave Procrastination In The Dust! Never EVER let it stop you again.
Doing stuff is easy – sometimes, right?
You only procrastinate the stuff that sucks. You don’t say, “Ahhh… I’ll read that text from my crush later.” Nope. Now… Any pause is intentional and coordinated to respond better.
Here is the problem with academics:
You probably think most academic stuff sucks – at least a little. (Especially compared to other things you could be doing.)
And the thing is:
FORCING YOURSELF TO STUDY JUST MAKES IT WORSE!
You’re slowly hardening your association of school and being miserable.
You need to create positive associations with academics. You want your brain to be getting hyped up and positive when you’re thinking about studying and giving into this internal oligarchical instinct to force yourself to studying – ain’t helpin’.
Chill the internal dictator for a moment…
A big secret: You need to STOP forcing yourself to study so much.
But, if you’re not forcing yourself then how are you going to see those killer straight-a’s that you’re always pining over?
It’s not difficult but it can sound weird to unfamiliar eyes.
Get your copy of my book about How To Get Happier Straight A’s.
It only costs $4.99 (and if these strategies don’t work like magic like it has for thousands of other students then you can get a full refund.)