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Are you a  student looking to improve your grades?

I’m always surprised by the depths that people will go to fool themselves.

People hate to hear the truth.

They want to hear the pleasant dripping of the rain on their tin roof but they never want to step out into the rain to feel it on their face.

That’s kind of an abstract metaphor. I want to start making fun of myself now. I’m such a loser sometimes.

Here is the thing…

Teachers are usually teachers because they have positive feelings about school growing up.

For me, going into a school is kind of like stepping into a boiling cauldron and waving to the witches as they drop tongue of frog and eye of newt into the rank concoction. I can feel my skin melting off but I’m trying to be cool about the whole thing (because logically I know witches don’t exist.)

Teachers don’t have that same reaction to school. In fact, they’re willing to go back to it.

We’ve certainly had different experiences with school. It makes sense we feel a little differently about it.

The Email That Prompted This Rant

I got an email from a student that got lectured by his teacher.

The student (made the mistake) of being honest with the teacher and the teacher decided to stomp on the student’s foot to try and hobble him.

The student talked to the teacher about how he found the class easy. The student admitted to not studying for the class. The student told me he was getting A’s anyway.

These are all things that I wouldn’t recommend telling any teacher.

Like I said earlier in this article, people don’t always want to know the truth. Common politeness dictates we keep our mouths zipped tight about certain subjects.

And the teacher dropped the metaphorical gauntlet and shot out the classic, “It’s not just about the grades. It’s about what you learn.”

Sure… it’s true… but how is what you learn measured…


The teacher then went into a rant about how the student needs to work hard in his class because it’s more about working hard than scoring high. The teacher apparently included a few rude comments that I don’t plan on repeating.

I know this seems rather innocuous but it’s important.

“Working hard” isn’t measurable.

It’s a feeling.

Learning Is Not Hard Work

Learning isn’t synonymous with hard work.

You can work hard and learn absolutely nothing. You can slack off and learn a lot.

The teacher made this poisonous lecture in front of a full class of students. And it is poison.

The only place where you can argue hard work is more important than smart work is in a factory putting widgets together. We’re getting past that point in history. Soon widgets will be the domain of the robots.

If you can find a way to get the same measurable results with less work then you’re a winner.

You’re making the world a better place. You’re innovating. You’re giving birth to the future. You’re a hero in my book. That means people have more time to do more good stuff other than that.

That room of students will now have the teacher lecturing in the back of their minds when they start trying to think of a better way. And odds are, they’ll never give the better way a chance because they’re so damn tired.

I Want You To Think

I don’t want you to work hard.

I think too many people try to work hard.

Working hard is stressful. It makes you less happy. It wears you down. It tires you out. And it makes you less effective at everything you do.

What if you studied less?

Would you get worse grades?

Believe it or not, my work in studying has mostly shown the opposite (for students that already study regularly.)

When students study less, they focus harder. They care more. They learn which strategies work, and which strategies don’t.

They improve their lives with less but better work.

Why Does No One Ever Talk About Easy Work

I work a lot of hours. I spent just about 70 hours a week on professional projects. By most folks definition, I’m hard-working. I’ve regularly been called a workaholic.

The thing is… I’m not a hard worker.

All the work I do is easy to me. (Okay… most of it… I’m human and fall into the trap of “working hard” once in a while but it doesn’t help.)

I don’t force myself to do it (most of the time.) I want to do it. I enjoy producing the results. I take pleasure from the stuff to the point that I’m looking for excuses to do it. I like it.

I don’t have to work. I want to work.

This is what I want for you…

I want you to learn the pleasures of studying and learning and even taking tests. This stuff can straight-up feel good. You can like it.

Does that sound crazy?

I get it. I would have never understood this while I was younger.

Want To Know How?

Meh… It’s easier to explain how to never enjoy studying, school, or taking tests.

If you study long hours every night, you’re going to hate studying.

If you struggle with concepts for hours without taking a break, you’re going to hate learning.

If you study for tests you’re already prepared for just so you can turn a 95 into a 96 then you’re going to hate it!

Okay… maybe not everyone. Somewhere out there you’ll find an exception to those specific rules but I’m making a point.

You can’t make something miserable in every possible way and expect to enjoy yourself. You shouldn’t even expect yourself to do something miserable begrudgingly.

Just don’t do it.

I know people will lecture you about hard work. I know people will tell you that you can do better. (You can but that’s your choice. And hell, better in one way usually means worse somewhere else.)

You have an extraordinary opportunity to enjoy your life. Deal with the measurable factors in class and your life will improve dramatically.

And fortunately, it will help you ignore the immeasurable junk that will just distract you from happiness.

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You Can Get Better Grades Than Your Teachers Got

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.)

Now is the time to click on the link I’ll add below, fill in the boxes, and get your copy today if you’re interested.

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