Good News 😄 A Study Plan that Works


If you’re not learning English as quickly as you would like to or if you feel like your Fluency is stuck at the same level then It is partly because of your study routine in this English lesson I am going to share with you how to improve your study routine to Facilitate your English learning so that you can learn English easier and much faster The best thing is that it’s actually enjoyable to have a good study routine and it’s free Creating a good study routine doesn’t cost anything So follow my advice if you’d like to improve your English speaking skills. I’m going to share my own suggestions for your English study routine I’m going to share a special formula that I’ve created for my own study routine and what a study routine should be and should not be if you’d like to learn more with me in the complete go natural English course for Fluency and confidence in English. The wait list to join is now open. You can join the waitlist at gonaturalenglish.com Pre-reg you’ll get information about the benefits of the course and a notification when registration opens now Let’s talk about your study routine. What’s really interesting is that study routines are? Really not talked about in most English classes or any kind of classes at all Yet they are so critically important to successfully learning any subject So this is a very important thing to master a study routine Means time that you set aside to study Consistently a routine means something that you do over and over so it’s not a one-and-done Activity a study routine could refer to how you study by the hour The day by the week the month the year, but hopefully you’re studying more than once a year So we’re gonna talk more about how to develop your daily study routine It’s proven to be more effective to study a little bit Every day than to cram once a week or before a big event The idea is to make your routine consistent over time so that it becomes a habit Something that is easy and automatic for you something that becomes part of your lifestyle Let’s talk about what a good study routine is and is not you might think that a study routine is painful and boring but it’s not a good study routine is actually enjoyable and easy Something that you can do consistently over time So it’s actually better to commit to less study time That would be easy for you to meet and exceed Rather than trying to commit to too much study time and set yourself up for failure So let’s set you up for success if you think that you could dedicate 30 minutes per day to studying English well Let’s start with 20 minutes a day because that’s something that I know you will be successful at and then if you exceed 20 minutes and study for 30 You’re gonna feel really good about yourself. So it’s better to start shorts or small with your study time and develop consistency so that each day builds on the last a good study routine means you’re focused on one thing only you’re not checking social media or email or Reading something while you’re listening to something else multitasking is Really bad during study time. So make sure you’re not talking to a friend on the phone or Unless they’re helping you study, but you really have to be focused on one thing and the really interesting thing Is that the more you focus the last? It takes to master that task your study sessions should be building up Towards a larger goal over time one big mistake that I’ve seen a lot of English learners make is that they just sit down at their desk during study time without any real goal and they say Okay. I’ve been sitting here for 20 minutes. That means I’ve studied for 20 minutes. Why am I not learning? Well, it’s because you don’t know where you’re going with your studies. You don’t have a goal in mind And so that’s why you’re not really learning Just having your butt in your seat at your desk is the first step, but after that We really need to have a plan I’m gonna talk more about that towards the end of this lesson and really your study routine should be enjoyable Some people think that studying has to be difficult. It has to be painful has to be a challenge Yes, it can be a challenge. But how about a good challenge? Have you ever enjoyed? Achieving something that was difficult I think actually we enjoy achieving things that are more difficult if it’s super easy Well, we still can enjoy them, but maybe not as much So anyway, you should make your study time enjoyable by having some Consistent enjoyable thing that you do while you study for example I enjoy having a cup of coffee or tea or maybe you start your study session with some music that you enjoy Preferably music that does not have lyrics in it because that can distract your mind while you’re studying so maybe some some classical music or electronic music that you enjoy a good study routine is not Actually super ambitious because this sets you up for failure Don’t write down in your calendar that you’re going to study for three hours every day when you know, that’s not realistic Make sure that your study time is super realistic and achievable For you in your present life Don’t try to do too much at once Because you might get burnt out and that is not the result that you want a good study session is not Just sitting at your desk. Remember we have to have a goal and a good study routine is Not painful. It should be something that you actually look forward to doing as I mentioned You can help train your brain to look forward to your study routine by involving a cup of coffee or tea or a song that you enjoy or Always have a special space that’s consistent for your study routine Maybe you make your desk really pretty by putting some pictures on it that you like for my own study routine I’ve created an acronym that spells used Too because I get used to my study routine and that makes it a habit. I Understand my bigger goals. I Schedule my studies for the same time each day that helps me to build a routine. I Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea. I develop my skills over time I try new materials to challenge myself and I own my Results, I understand that I’m responsible for the outcome of my study sessions that spells used to So you could use this acronym if you find it helpful for you to here’s an example of how I would suggest You set up your English study time first write down your big English goals may be something like you want to be fluent in English so that you can give a presentation at school or at work or Whatever your big goal is don’t be shy write it down to break down that goal into weekly and daily Study sessions that will help you reach that bigger goal over time. Take your time with this again It’s better to write down your study sessions moving more slowly Than to rush yourself and maybe not give yourself enough time third choose materials that can help you reach your goals Watch go natural English videos or outside of go natural English. You could find TV shows movies Podcasts songs or other media in that help you to develop your vocabulary and fluency next test your understanding How much of these materials are you really understanding 5 try your own? Examples, of course when you’re learning English You don’t only want to be able to listen and read right? You want to be able to write and speak to express yourself as well? Now this is where you need help from someone else But there’s one way that I do suggest getting feedback on your own which is to record yourself Speaking because often when you listen to yourself on playback, you can catch your own mistakes similarly with writing you can Proofread your own writing and you often will catch your own mistakes This is a great way for you to give yourself feedback even before consulting your teacher next give yourself time to reflect on your Accomplishments how far you have come in English so far how much you have learned and then decide? what you want to learn tomorrow and Finally number 8 build each day after you reflect on your progress You can decide what you want to work on more tomorrow as you build a really successful great study routine be patient with yourself and Understand that when you enjoy the journey of building your English skills, you will be more successful More easily much faster it all comes down to building a good habit and a good study routine So, I hope that this was helpful for you. Thank you so much for watching Let me know if you have any questions if you’re watching here on youtube, and you haven’t yet? Subscribed to go natural English then click on that big red subscribe button So you don’t miss another great image lesson here. Thanks so much for watching. Bye for now

Scientists Reveal New Study Tips That Actually Work


You
have a test coming up and you should be studying but you’re procrastinating, distracting
yourself by watching the Infographics Show. Luckily for you, this episode is a useful
one for your situation. If you’re struggling to figure out how to
study more effectively, we can help you out. While we’re at it, we may as well go into
depth and cover the science behind learning to better understand how to absorb information,
not just memorize. How do we learn and what are the mechanisms
of action that lead to a new level of understanding? Also, what did a bobo doll in the 1960’s
show us about human behavior? What we’re about to explain to you is powerful
information so we suggest you use it wisely and don’t abuse it! In the late 1800’s, Russian Psychologist,
Ivan Pavlov, was studying salivation in dogs in response to food when he discovered something
utterly unique for the time. He had already predicted that his dogs would
salivate in response to being given food. That was a given! But what Pavlov did not anticipate was that
his dogs would salivate just from the sound of the footsteps of someone delivering the
food. That’s when he had the idea to measure salvation
from stimuli associated with food, not just the food itself. With this, the concept of classical conditioning
was born. The ring of a bell on its own isn’t going
to make a dog’s mouth water. But what Pavlov discovered is that you can
teach a dog to react by pairing the sound of a bell with food. When associated, the dogs learned to start
salivating at the sound of a bell. This was not done consciously. Rather, it was the inner workings of the dogs’
minds that figured out that the ringing was an indication of the impending arrival of
their dinner. In this way, the dogs learned to adopt a new
behavior without realizing they were doing it. This can also be applied to humans. If you’ve ever watched the popular show,
The Office, you may remember the episode when Jim offers Dwight an Altoid every time his
computer reboots. After repeated exposure, Dwight holds his
hand out, not realizing why he suddenly expects to be given an Altoid after hearing Jim’s
computer reboot. Jim asks, “what are you doing?” and Dwight
answers, “I don’t know. My mouth tastes so bad all of a sudden.” Dwight was unknowingly conditioned to anticipate
fresh, minty breath every time he heard the familiar sound of the computer across from
him. Following Pavlov’s infamous experiment was
John Watson in the early 1900’s. In a time before ethical considerations, a
baby known as “Little Albert” was introduced to a furry, little, white rat before being
subjected to the obnoxious, distressing sound of a gong. At first, Little Albert was not afraid of
the rat. He was even initially amused by the creature. But after numerous pairings of the rat with
the gong, the baby began to cry upon seeing the animal, learning to feel afraid. This taught us a lot about how we develop
phobias to various things. Watson asserted that we are not born afraid,
but that fear is induced in us through association. For instance, you may be terrified of cockroaches
but that may only be because, when you were young, you watched your mother react by screaming
every time she saw one of those creepy crawlies. In this way, she taught you to be afraid of
them by pairing the sight of the cockroach with a fear response. But don’t be too hard on your mom for this. Odds are, it wasn’t intentional. She was just behaving naturally. And who could blame her? Anyone would do the same. Those things are gross! Unless you give it a diamond studded collar
of course. Now, let’s move on to psychologist, Albert
Bandura’s social learning theory. He believes that learning is a social process,
conducted through observation. To demonstrate this, he used a bobo doll. In 1961, the famous Bobo doll experiment was
conducted on children to measure the extent at which behavior was learned by watching
others. Some children were assigned to watch a clip
of an adult being nice to a bobo doll while others watched an adult committing violence
against it. The children were then placed in a room with
the bobo doll in order to see what they would do with it. Findings showed that the kids imitated the
behavior they’d seen prior to interacting with the doll. Some even improvised, adding their own creative
ideas along with the process. For example, a kid might have picked up a
toy gun and pretended to shoot at the doll despite only witnessing the adult punch and
kick it. This was huge in demonstrating how humans
learn to adopt observed behaviors by watching others. With this, the concept of a role model is
taken to a whole new level. Bandura explains four processes to learning. First there is attention or the degree to
which the behavior is noticed. In order to imitate a behavior, that behavior
first has to grab your attention. This is pretty straight forward. Next is retention or how well the behavior
is remembered. You may initially notice the behavior but
perhaps it doesn’t entirely sink in or register for a long period of time. If it isn’t remembered, you don’t imitate
it. Third is reproduction or your ability to perform
the behavior that the model demonstrated. Sometimes we’d like to imitate someone’s
behavior, but we are limited by our physical ability and can’t. You may see someone do a back flip and wish
you could do it, but you’re stumped. Finally, there’s motivation, our willingness
to perform the behavior. If the reward of performing the action outweigh
the cost, we are more likely to do it. For example, if you see that a guy dressing
well attracts a lot of girls to him, you may feel inclined to also start dressing better
because you’ve witnessed the reward from doing so. Okay, so now for the big question: what do
all these theories tell us about studying? What does the science behind learning teach
us with regards to how to study more effectively? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back! We rounded up some tips drawn from decade’s
worth of research. Here’s how the science says you should study
if you want to better assimilate the information and get that big, fat A+ on your next exam. First, it may surprise you to know that cramming
for a test last minute is not helpful. Trying to squeeze in a bunch of information
into a one- or two-night study session will not do you any good. The consensus states that spacing out study
sessions over time is way more effective for long-term learning. So, for instance, if you need to spend a total
of 12 hours on a subject, it’s best to spend three hours per week across the span of a
month before your test than to cram all 12 hours into one week. Now, maybe in the past, you’ve done just
fine on your tests after cramming but, odds are, you don’t remember the material as
well in the long run. Thus, if you want the cost of your college
tuition to be more worthwhile, space out your time in the library. At any rate, spending three hours at a time
hitting the books and then enjoying the rest of the night off binge watching videos on
YouTube is way more fun than a long, brutal, drawn-out 12-hour session. We should also mention that you’re more
likely to remember the first and final parts of what you study. The time spent in the middle tends to get
lost in the shuffle more easily. You can see this for yourself if you try to
memorize a large list of numbers and then try to recall what you remember. Chances are good that the numbers you spew
out mostly come from the beginning and end of that list. Thus, a longer study session means that less
information is retained in-between starting and finishing. That means more time wasted. Next, mixing subjects is best. If you have to study for more than one class,
the science says it’s better to switch on subjects while studying rather than focus
on a single subject for a long period of time. Why is this exactly? The explanation for it is that mixing or interweaving
subjects is key in learning, forgetting and relearning, which helps cement information
in the brain for the long term. You may study the answer to a history question,
move on to something else and then you relearn the answer to that same question and think,
“oh, right! I knew that.” The more often you have to remember something,
the more important your brain considers it. Thus, it becomes better stored for easier
access and future retrieval. Mixing subjects while studying also forces
students to pay attention to similarities and differences between the things they’re
trying to learn, which gives them an improved understanding of the material. So, don’t just block your study sessions
based on the topic. Feel free to switch off back and forth between
them. The learning theories we covered also centralize
around an important theme. That is, we tend to learn and remember lessons
that are more emotionally provoking or that are significant to us in some way, shape or
form. Try to incorporate some meaning to your study
materials. Find a way to connect some aspect of what
you’re learning to something personal in your own life. This will help the information feel more real
to you and make it more memorable. Applications of theoretical material to real-life
situations and scenarios also make the content easier to understand. For instance, if you’re trying to learn
a difficult math concept, try relating it back to something in your daily life. If you’re trying to figure out a percentage
question, for example, think about when you go shopping at the mall and you have to calculate
prices in your head when something is advertised as half off or 30% off. Then relate that information back to the question
in front of you. If you’re studying vocabulary, consider
the meaning of each word and try to use it in a sentence or two that applies to a situation
that is relevant to you. Let’s say your word is “misanthrope.” You could say something like, “My neighbor
is a ‘misanthrope’ because he surrounds his yard with a barbed wire fence to keep
others away. That and he wouldn’t hand out candy during
Halloween, which I’m feeling pretty salty about.” There you have it. Now you get the idea. Teaching others is also a useful tool in cementing
the information into your long-term memory. This is because, when you have to teach a
subject, you’re forced to think in-depth about it. You have to describe it in a way that will
help the other person understand, which, in turn, strengthens your own knowledge. Also, your student may ask questions that
push the bounds of your proficiency, forcing you to think deeply about the answer, further
grounding the information into your head. The final tip on this list is to test yourself
on your knowledge. If you just engage in repeated reading, without
quizzing yourself on the chapters, you get a false sense of familiarity. You feel like you know the material. But retrieving the material is an entirely
different matter. Thus, testing yourself on your knowledge by
forcing yourself to ask and answer questions lets you know what more you still need to
cover and what you’ve already grasped. Do you find this information helpful to you? What did you find most interesting about the
theories behind learning? Let us know in the comments! Also, be sure to check out our other video
called Why Would a Scientist Inject Himself with 3.5 Million Year Old Bacteria?! Thanks for watching, and, as always, don’t
forget to like, share, and subscribe. See you next time

How to Use Office Hours | Study Tips | Corson Technique


Hello, my Socratica Friends. We’re here to help you be a GREAT student. Let’s talk about what you do when you don’t
know WHAT to do. You’re stuck. You’ve looked at your homework assignment
until your eyes are crossed, and you want to give up. Don’t give up! There’s help out there. But do you know how to use it? In a lot of our Study Tips videos, we tell
you to go to your TA or your Professor’s Office Hours. But there’s more to it than just showing up. Today, let’s talk about how to make the
most of this important resource. Teachers LOVE to see students who are working
hard. They love to help them over that last hurdle. But are you actually doing YOUR part before
you show up asking for help? How often has this happened to you: You raise
your hand in class during a test, to ask about a test question you “Just don’t get.” Your teacher comes over and reads the problem
to you. SUDDENLY you get it! It makes perfect sense now! Mmm-Hmmm. That’s a little embarrassing, right? It’s a sign that you DIDN’T do all the
work you needed to before you asked for help. There’s a method you should apply for this
very situation! It’s called the CORSON TECHNIQUE. Dale Corson was a Physics Professor at Cornell
University. He became the Dean of its College of Engineering,
and eventually Cornell University’s 8th President! He was also the co-discoverer of the element
astatine. Smart guy. He knew a LOT about what it took to be a successful
student. Dale Corson’s advice was directed primarily
towards math & science students, but really it applies to any complex subject. Basically, work through the material carefully,
sentence by sentence or equation by equation, in order to PINPOINT where your understanding
breaks down. When you do your work, don’t expect that
you will be able to march straight through every question. There will be places where you get confused. Stop and do a little self-diagnosis. Is there a keyword or vocabulary term you
can look up in the glossary? Write that definition out. Is there a similar problem you worked in your
class notes? Make a note of that. Reread your notes, and see if that allows
you to understand where you got lost. But let’s say you’re still confused. Here’s how to tell if you’re just rushing
through some detail, and that’s why you’re stuck. Set a short timer. Let’s say 10 minutes, no more. SLOWLY reread the sentences in your textbook
leading up to your stuck point. SLOWLY rework similar problems. SLOWLY reread that part of your class notes. If you still haven’t unraveled the problem
yet, take a break. You should be taking breaks anyway, if you’re
using the Pomodoro Technique, which we strongly recommend! Go outside and get some fresh air. Drink some water. Do some stretches. When you come back, you might see the problem
with fresh eyes! Ahh, what a relief. Now it makes sense. But wait, you say. I still really, really don’t get it. Okay. That happens sometimes. That’s when you turn to your friends. Do you have a study group? A classmate you like to bounce ideas off of? That should be your next step. They might have a different perspective. By the way, if you need help studying,you
should check out our other study tips videos. We’ve collected all our best study tips on our
STUDY TIPS WEBSITE! We wanted to make a site where you could
find all our best study tips, all together in one place. We built this site with Wix. It was easy! We started with one of their templates
and then we personalized it with our own colour scheme, dragging and dropping our artwork and videos. Follow the links in the description below. Now, back to the issue at hand! And what if your study friends are just as
clueless as you are? Okay. NOW we’re in “Ask the Professor” territory. If you’re really lucky, you might have regularly
scheduled Office Hours with your TA or Professor for just these kinds of problems. This is free expert tutoring! Please take advantage of this resource. Not only will it save you hours of anguish
and needlessly low grades, attending Office Hours is also a great way to connect personally
with your instructors. Remember, at some point you will need letters
of recommendation, or an introduction for a job. Showing up to Office Hours and letting your
instructor see how serious you are about your education is a great way to make the right
kind of impression. Now you’re at Office Hours. What do you do there? Here’s what NOT to do:
DON’T just sit there and say nothing, while other students bring up interesting questions. You’ll look like a big mooch, taking advantage
of everyone else’s hard work. You should bring at least one serious question
with you to every Office Hours. DON’T plunk your book down in front of your
instructor and say “I just don’t get it.” They’ll say – “what is giving you trouble,”
and you say “Everything.” You’re acting like they have time to RE-TEACH
the ENTIRE course to you. This is so lazy. Don’t bother showing up to Office Hours
if you’re just going to be lazy. DON’T say “What EXACTLY is this problem
asking?” Interpreting the question is YOUR job. Again, you’re expecting your instructor
to do the work for you. I know, I know, there are no stupid questions. Except for this one. The truth is, you don’t really have a question yet. You haven’t done your work to understand
the problem in the first place. So here’s what you’re GOING to do. You’re going to show up to Office Hours
prepared. You’re going to use the Corson Technique,
and bring the questions you’ve collected with you. Documentation is an important part of the
Corson technique. Write down what you tried, and exactly where
you got stuck. Now, your instructor has something to work
with. You’ve shown that you’ve done your part. If your professor doesn’t offer regular
Office Hours, you may still be able to make an appointment to ask for help. If that’s the case, it’s EVEN MORE important
that you come prepared. Try to collect all your questions together
before you make the appointment, so you can both make the most of this time. Remember – be polite. Professors are incredibly busy. But they do want to see you succeed. Make sure you are a good partner in the process! That’s the deal, my Socratica Friends. Work very hard first. THEN ask for help. Make Dale Corson proud. Do this, and you’re well on your way to
being a GREAT STUDENT. We hope you find this series helpful. If you would like to see us make these videos
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Does being taller mean you earn more at work? Watch 6 Minute English


Neil: Hello and welcome to 6 Minute English. I’m Neil. Catherine: And I’m Catherine. Neil: Catherine, are you tall enough? Catherine: Tall enough for what? Neil: Tall enough to be happy with your height. Catherine: Er, well, yes, I’m alright with my height, I can’t do a thing about it anyway so, how about you? Neil: Well, the same, really. I wouldn’t mind being slightly taller, I suppose, which is appropriate as today’s topic is about heightism. Catherine: Heightism. Now, you may not have heard of heightism before, but it’s like other ‘isms’ – like racism, sexism, ageism and other ‘isms’ that highlight a particular kind of discrimination or unequal treatment that people experience. Neil: But before we find out more about this topic, our quiz question for today. The tallest person ever proven to live was Robert Wadlow from the USA. How tall was he? Was he: a) 2.71m; b) 2.72m or c) 2.73m? What do you think, Catherine? Catherine: Wow, that’s really, really tall! I’m going to guess 2.71m. Neil: Well, listen out for the answer at the end of the programme. Tanya S Osensky is an attorney and author of the book ‘Shortchanged’ about her own experiences of heightism. Catherine: Clever title. To short-change someone is to not give them what they are entitled to, what they deserve. And originally this phrase comes from paying for something and not getting the right money back. So if I buy something for £6 and I pay with a £10 note and the shopkeeper only gives me £3 back, I’ve been short-changed – it means I’ve been cheated. And in the context of facing discrimination because you’re not tall, ‘Shortchanged’ is a really good pun. Neil: Tanya spoke about her book on the BBC radio programme Thinking Allowed. She talks first about our general feelings about height. What does she say people never wish for? Tanya S Osensky: Everybody that I’ve spoken to who is tall relishes their height. I have not met anybody who said they would wish they were shorter and people generally tend to even embellish what their height is when you ask them what it is. Neil: So what is it she says no one wishes for? Catherine: Well, she says no one wishes they were shorter! Neil: And that’s right. She said that tall people relish their height. This means they enjoy being tall, they get great satisfaction from it. Catherine: And another point she makes is that many people embellish their height, if asked. This means they say they are taller than they actually are. Now, to embellish a fact means to exaggerate it to make it seem bigger, faster, better and so on. Neil: Here’s Tanya S Osensky again. Tanya S Osensky: Everybody that I’ve spoken to who is tall relishes their height. I have not met anybody who said they would wish they were shorter and people generally tend to even embellish what their height is when you ask them what it is. Neil: She goes on to explain how some research has shown that shorter people are less likely to get jobs, less likely to get promoted and less likely to earn as much as taller people. What is the financial difference she mentions? She talks about the premium per inch. An inch is about 2.5cm and the premium is a word which means the extra benefit, the extra advantage. Here’s Tanya S Osensky again. Tanya S Osensky: One set of data showed that the premium for height is over $2000 per inch for men and $1000 per inch for women and over time that disparity grows significantly so it ends up being a huge chunk of someone’s paycheck over their career. Catherine: She says that taller men earn $2000 an inch. Neil: For women it’s a bit less, but still significant at $1000 an inch. Catherine: And this disparity – or difference – between the salaries of taller and shorter people, is an example of heightism. Shorter people, she says, are getting fewer jobs and fewer benefits because they are short. Neil: Well, one person who certainly wasn’t short was the subject of today’s quiz question. The tallest person who has lived, Robert Wadlow. We asked how tall he was, was it: a) 2.71m; b) 2.72m or c) 2.73m? What did you say, Catherine? Catherine: I said 2.71m. Neil: Well, you were almost there. The correct answer was b) 2.72m. Congratulations if you got that right. Now Catherine, much as I relish being in the studio with you, we must wrap up the programme now with a review of today’s vocabulary. Catherine: Well, relish was one of those words. If you relish something you really enjoy it – so thanks you for that, Neil. Neil: You’re welcome! This programme was about a kind of discrimination. This means the unfair or unequal treatment of people because of, for example, their race, religion, colour, age or indeed height. Catherine: And discrimination because of someone’s height is called heightism. Neil: Something which many of us do is embellish our height – we say we are taller than we actually are. Catherine: A premium is an extra benefit or advantage that can be gained, in this case, by being taller. And finally we had disparity, another word for difference. There is a disparity between salaries of tall people and their shorter colleagues. Neil: And that is 6 Minute English for today. Do join us again and until then we look forward to seeing you in all the usual places: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube as well as our website, bbclearningenglish.com. Goodbye. Catherine: Bye!

11 Ways To Study SMART & Study EFFECTIVELY – Do More in HALF the Time!


What if I told you that you could do twice the
amount of studying you’re doing right now in half of the time. So instead of spending 20 hours
a week or 10 hours a week you could do it in five or ten and do
twice the amount that you’re doing and it wouldn’t be boring, it
wouldn’t be hard to get into and sometimes, let’s face it it does become boring, it
does get hard to get started it does become hard to stay on track but what if it doesn’t have to be what if I told you that it
could require less effort it could be more fun and much more exciting. In this video I’m gonna explain for you 11 ways that you can do exactly that
how you can learn to study smart and this is something that if you follow
this process, if you stick with it it’s gonna win you the respect and
admiration of everyone around you the teachers that are helping you
to get the grades that you want the students in the classroom
that you sit next to but also most of all, the person that looks
back at you in the mirror every single day. So let’s get into it the first thing that great students
do when it comes to studying smart is scheduling their study sessions,
breaking their time down a lot of us we fail to understand that. Time is actually something you can control What do I mean by this? what I mean is you
have 24 hours in a day, 86,400 seconds and the person who has planned and
prepared every single one of those to the best of their ability they’re going to get more out of their time. So the first thing you
need to sit down and do is schedule throughout the week from Monday to Friday, on Saturday and Sunday in your evenings, in your mornings
in your breaks between lessons What studying are you going to do? which topic are you going to focus on? So that when you sit down at the desk you haven’t left anything to chance but you’ve scheduled in exactly
what you’re going to do so it requires less brainpower,
precious brainpower that you need to focus on learning, to focus
on studying effectively. It’s not used up in deciding
what you’re gonna do how you’re going to do it It’s already laid out for you. I want you to imagine the life of an athlete the life of a boxer preparing
for his final fight. They don’t leave these things to chance their meals, their training regiment, the things that
they need to work on has been planned beforehand and you can use the people
around you to help you do that. The second thing that you need to focus on is what we call the Ebbinghaus Curve and basically what it means is
you forget things over time So, if you learn something today,
tomorrow you may remember 50% of it the day after you may remember 25% and within a week you might only remember 5% that’s the way that your brain works The quicker you understand this the quicker you
can factor this in to your studying regimen. So let’s take a look at this you use a technique called spaced repetition so if you study a topic on day one you want to
come back to it on day three, day five, day seven and space your repetition out, the more you
repeat things the deeper the memory becomes and that brings us to the next tip
which is depth of processing. When you take in information, if you
want to remember it more effectively a very powerful way of doing this is to
remix that, is to change that information So if you’re looking at information in a textbook think of a rhyme, think of a
pattern, maybe make a video maybe make a colored diagram, an illustration
to help you to change that information to help you remember it at a deeper level. You don’t just want to read it and
study it and then regurgitate you want to change it in some way. So the next thing is get to your spot and what I mean by this is What is the space, the place, the environment that you’re the most productive in,
that you’re the most focused in? One of the things that we
forget as human beings is that we are influenced by our environments. the kind of student that you are in your classroom is different to the kind of student
that you’re gonna be in your bed when you’re under the covers and
you’ve got your laptop on your lap you’re going to be more productive
in one area than another. So find out what that is for you and make sure
you get to that spot as quickly as possible. Most of the difficulty when it comes to
studying is not in the studying itself it’s in the activation energy required I talked about this in the previous
video that I did with this channel go ahead and go and check that one out Sometimes we focus on getting more
motivation, improving our techniques and trying to fuel our rocketship even more. For another way of making your studying
more effective is to remove the resistance to cut out the distractions like social media so don’t have your phone next to you
turn it off, put it in a different room remove any kind of distraction
and I’m talking about people. Your dog, put your dog in a different room, if
you have a pet or an animal that distracts you go somewhere where you cannot be distracted and the only single thing that you can
do is focus on the most important thing and the most important thing is studying,
revising, learning, removing those distractions so less effort and energy is
required for you to focus and you can use it on what’s important and that brings me to the next point,
you want to work at two levels! so increase your fuel and your motivation to study think about it and write it down, tell
people why you are doing this I’m doing this because I want to become a doctor an engineer, an entrepreneur,
a social activist, a campaigner. And at the same time remove the
blocks that are stopping you remove the activation energy
required for you to start studying. So before you go to bed at night have
your notebook out and ready on your desk make sure it’s free of any
clutter, even have the pen ready so the only thing you have to do
is sit down and start taking notes you don’t even have to write the title or the
date because those things are already done and what you want to realize
here is that success… Success is a setup it’s not an accident, so make it happen that way plan and set yourself up for success. Habits, let’s talk about habits because as much as you want to be motivated if you want these things to be
effortless you need to build habits. Now think about brushing
your teeth every morning when it comes to brushing your teeth
it doesn’t require motivation you don’t watch a motivational
video for you to brush your teeth or for you to go to the toilet or for you
to put your shoes on in the morning. The only thing you do is you do the habit and so by building habits you make it easier and easier for you to
execute the thing that you need to do. habits don’t require motivation So how do you build the habit
of studying effectively? you start small you start with a small habit and you
progressively make it harder and harder. So you might start off at the beginning
with doing 10 minutes in the morning and then your goal is simply
to be consistent for two weeks just studying 10 minutes every
morning, very focused, very effective and then you make it 15 minutes, 2 weeks
again, very focused, very effective and then you move to 20 minutes and the next thing you know you’re
doing two hours every single morning before you even get to
school, college or university and you graduate your
habits gradually over time. The problem that a lot of us have is
we try and do too many things at once focus on one thing and that
brings me to my next point. Know what it is that you’re looking for, when it
comes to revision, when it comes to studying So be smart about it, you don’t
have to learn everything. The examiner, the teacher in the classroom
know what it is that they are looking for play the game because this studying game that
you’re in right now, this period of your life Some of the things that you’re
learning are functional and some of the things that you’re
learning are lifelong practical things. So know the difference, if there is something
that you need the examiner to see If there is a way that you
need to present your essays if there’s a way that you need
to present the information give it to them that way. Hard work is going to beat talent
when talent doesn’t work hard which brings me to my next point. It’s not just about good genetics it’s not just about what you’re capable of you might be the smartest
student in that classroom Just like I was but if you don’t work Just as hard as
the 20, 30 other people in that room they’re gonna beat you,
they’re gonna destroy you and when it comes to that day at the exam they put in more hours than you,
they studied better than you they looked at past papers, they spoke to
other students about what they needed to do and they were just sharper when it came to that
moment like a samurai who keeps his sword sharp when the moment came to
strike they didn’t hesitate they only needed one opportunity and I want
you to be as sharp as you possibly can So focus on putting in the hours. So we got two more points left and these are probably the most important I need you to really hear me now when you study, I don’t want
you to study like a student I don’t want you to study
like anyone in your classroom I want you to study like a lecturer. Now imagine the way that your teacher or
your lecturer studies for the classroom if they were sitting that exam, if they
were sitting down for that study session what are the things that they would do differently? what are the books that they would read differently? what kind of research would they do? and really get yourself into
their shoes, into their mindset because that’s what’s going to take you 10x forward It’s gonna take you ten steps
further than you are at the moment. If you think like a beginner, you’re
gonna prepare like a beginner but if you learn to think like a master like the lecturer, like the person
who’s teaching everybody else what level of preparation would that require? And then act in accordance with that. And the final most powerful practical
technique when it comes to studying smart is what’s known as the Loci
method or the Loci method and to keep it simple it means this if you’re trying to learn a new language,
let’s say you’re learning Spanish Use your room, use your house that you live in
to hold different memories in different places. So I used to use this when
I was studying for French. I’d keep all of the things
related to sports in one room I’d keep all the things related to
common conversations in my kitchen and I would put labels on things,
the spoon in my kitchen drawer I knew exactly if I was looking for that
information it’s my spoon in the drawer and if I look at the label in my mind I
can see the word associated with it. So use this, so when you’re
walking around your house your house has now become a study session
and you’re walking inside that matrix you’ve hacked the system So even when you’re sitting
down to have dinner and you look up you can see the revision notes
for that module that you found difficult and every single day you’re coming back to what
I talked about at the beginning of this video that spaced repetition, you’re repeating
what you need to remember again and again you’ve got that depth of processing. The reason this is powerful is because you’ve
created an immersive studying experience and that’s what the greats do. There is no line between studying and
not studying, there is no off switch there’s just different levels of immersion. So imagine if you were living in your textbook and you made your physical environment a representation of all the
things that you need to learn you’re walking around in this palace of information. And I want to leave you with the most powerful
quote of all when it comes to education. There is no end to education, there
is no end to the things you learn it’s not that you read a book, you pass
the exam, and that’s it you’re finished the whole of your life from the moment you’re born
to the moment that you die is a process of learning So if you can apply the things here you’ve scheduled your learning, you
schedule what you’re going to learn when You space your repetition out, you
remix things so you can remember you get to the spot, you cut out the
distractions, you increase your motivation and you remove the blocks you start with small habits and progressively
make them harder and harder and harder You know what it is that the person
you’re studying for is looking for so you learn those things, you’re practical about it you know that hard work beats
talent when talent doesn’t work you study like you’re a lecturer and not student and you use that Loci method to
turn the environment that you’re in into a wealthy Palace of Education. There is no reason why you
can’t achieve more, do more and like I said at the beginning of the
video, you make your studying more effective so you could do twice as much in half the time and now it’s become effortless, exciting and fun. and those are the 11 ways that we do it accept only the best and nothing less I’ll see you in the comments below and make sure you check out my other
video on Motivation2Study. Peace.