Monthly Archive for December, 2008

Easy Study Tip: Study By Objective Not Time!

When we first begin school, our parents and our teachers tell us that we should set aside a specific amount of time to study each day. Don’t make this mistake!

Many people continue to study by giving themselves an allocated time per day or per week to study a certain subject, all because they don’t know how to study any differently.

If you study with this “time” objective in mind – work will expland to fill the available time. If you give yourself two hours to read a chapter, guess what – that’s how long it will take.

If you are after results (and let’s face it we all are) change your approach to study by learning by objectives, not by setting yourself a timeframe.

This doesn’t mean that you should cut back on the amount of time you spend studying, it just means that you will be more focused on the outcome of your study rather than the time allocated to do it.

It sounds logical right? Most of my study tips are!

This study shortcut (found in Chapter 7 “Studying shortcuts guaranteed to work wonders”) and other great study tips, techniques and strategies can be found in my e-book Getter Better Grades with the Least Amount of Effort.

These will help you study more effectively and provide you with the short cuts to ensure you get better grades with the least amount of effort every time!

Onward and upward!

Dr Marc Dussault

P.S. If you have your own favourite section or chapter or if you have any questions, post it here on the blog as a comment and I’ll give you direct feedback, consider it a personal tutorial – at no cost!

Merry Christmas and An Exponential New Year

What can I say, what a year it has been… riding the wildest roller coaster we’ve ever seen!

This is a time for reflection, introspection and yes a little bit of self analysis.

I highly recommend you write it in your journal so you have your key distinctions, insights and ideas for years to come. Of course you know to be creative, outrageous and ‘colour outside the lines’!!!

Once you’ve sat on the proverbial couch and reflected on the past, it’s then time to look to the future that awaits you… 2009.

2009 is the opportunity of a lifetime with chaos reigning everywhere, creating boundless opportunities out of thin air for all of us to leverage – exponentially. In big bites or tiny morsels, depending on your appetite for growth and expansion.

2009 is YOUR year, when all the investments of the past come together, as a ‘mind meld’ that combines your learnings to give you breakthrough after breakthrough just when you need one.

2009 is THE year when you start to TAKE ACTION, in both big and small doses because you know it’s time for you to move forward and put the past behind you once and for all. NOT because you don’t like your life, but because you know you deserve more – a lot more.

2009 is the turning point you’ll remember for a lifetime, when ‘things changed’ for you. Like turning the pages of a book, you start to write the NEW CHAPTER of your NEW LIFE, as you want to live it. You know this is now possible because you know what you know and that’s enough to get started. You also know that there is stuff you don’t know you know, but since you know it, you’ll soon discover you know you know it and voila! you’ll have a breakthrough to take you to the next level of performance, awareness and maybe even ‘sense of being’.

2009 is your ultimate performance, just as though you were in a play, on stage. It’s when you become the person you’ve always known you could be. You step onto the stage on January 1st and COMMAND THE STAGE with your PRESENCE, AURA and CONFIDENCE. You transfix the audience who are your friends, family and colleagues to utter silence and amazement that you have ‘found yourself’ and are ‘being yourself’. The performance starts on January 1, 2009 and lasts a lifetime. YOUR LIFETIME.

2009 is when the calendar switches over and in an instant puts the past behind you. Once and for all, forever. Never to be lived again. A distant memory. A recollection to help guide you in the future whilst remembering only the good and priceless lessons that needed to be learnt to bring you to this point in time. The point in time that is…

2009. Step into it…

Onward and upward!
Marc

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P.S.
The postscript for today is not 2008, the year that was, but 2009, the year that will be…

Amazing
Incredible
Energizing
Exciting
Fabulous
Challenging
Great
Tumultuous
Chaotic
Effervescent
Enervating
Unbelievable
Believable
Intoxicating
Illuminating
Strengthening
Emboldening
Wonderful
Serene
Romantic
Sexy
Enthralling
Moving
Rhythmic
Acoustic
Kinesthetic
Fantastic
Excellent
Outstanding
Fantabulous
Antimimeticisomorphic
Out-of-the-ordinary
Extra-ordinary
Legendary
Profitable
Expansive
Wealthy
Rich
Cash-filled
Organic
Holistic
Pure
Serene
Sexual
Erotic
Orgasmic
Relaxing
Smooth
Turbulent
Rocky
Textured
Natural
Naked
Vulnerable
Honest
Authentic
Congruent
Whole
Peaceful
Musical
Harmonic
Orchestral
Collaborative
Family
Together
Singular
Independent
Dependent
Balanced
Inspired
Real
Healthy
Sporty
Victorious
Invincible
Gregarious
Alive
Primary
Foremost
Leader
Visionary
Motivational
Inspiring
Insightful
Raw
Unscripted
Revealing
Brave
Courageous
Confident
Entrepreneurial
Adventurous
Secure
Boundless
Limitless
Unrelenting
Enthusiastic
Enchanting
Lyrical
Poetic
Charming
Seductive
Entralling
Captivating
Entranced
Hypnotic
Calm
Oblivious
Connected
Sage
Generous
Philanthropic
Engaging
Enraptured
Silent
Awakened


Here is the Wordle of the list…

Easy Study Tip #1 – Read BEFORE You Go To Class

Whether you are thinking about saving your grades or you just feel as though you need a bit of a boost as the semester wears on, you will find that one of the simplest things you can do to get your grades up and to keep them up is to read your materials before you go to class.

It seems simple, but the truth is that reading this information beforehand can give you an impressive edge when it comes to understanding the course material and to helping it sink in.

Doing your reading will go a long way towards facilitating a better understanding of the lecture materials.  The truth of it is, that the lecture and the text are meant to be complementary, not repetitions of each other. Reading ahead will help you fill in the blanks during the lecture.

With so many of us in competitive class environments, you will find that reading ahead can give you a head start on a number of things. If there is something that is puzzling you in the text, you will discover that you can ask questions when they are relevant and fresh in your teacher’s mind.

This will get you a better response than if you are going to be reading the material late and then getting to it weeks after it was discussed. Reading ahead can also help you understand the concepts more thoroughly.

You will find that as you read, you will start to get a grasp on what is happening with the information, and then what your teacher says in class later on will further emphasize it. Think about how much more effective a student you will be if you simply read ahead before going to class!

There are plenty of great and easy study tips like this one in Get Better Grades with the Least Amount of Effort, the most comprehensive e-book on the market for this subject!

Onward and upward!

Dr Marc Dussault

P.S. Yes I know, these study tips are simple – this is just one of many that can improve your grades with the least amount of effort! So what are you waiting for?

Mature Students Going Back To School

Today’s post is from Marian, a mature student going back to you to reinvigorate her career…

I went back to school as a mature student TWICE – the first time to complete my MBA and Ph.D., then +/- 10 years later for my Law Degree. Going BACK to school has its challenges – competing with younger students is one of them!

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Hi Dr. Marc,
You are very Welcome!


I’m not a young person or middle age, in fact I’m a senior citizen returning
to college to begin a new career. My reason for taking this course is that
I’m not savvy with the different learning techniques of today and I really
need help studying. It’s a real challenge for me beginning a new career, and
learning computer technology. I am going to review your book and hopefully
retain what I read.

Thank you.

Marian

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Some of the suggestions I can make to ease the transition is to:

Ace your next exam by solving it in advance!

I am including another testimonial from Andrés who lives in beautiful Costa Rica because I think he adds a very personal perspective to the process of Getting Better Grades With The Least Amount Of Effort that will inspire and motivate you.

My grades have gone up and are still going up with very little extra effort. The thing is that I caught it right on the edge and believed I was doing the right thing from the beginning. I have no doubt that doing what I did at the very end of the semester could help me if I apply it at the beginning of the semester. It’s exactly what you say in your book just that you have to practice like you had the test that same week.. for a couple of weeks and don’t stress by trying to do it all at once.

Once you have a system you can use it in the exam and since you have practiced many times  you can check with your teacher to remove any mistakes before the exam. That’s where I lost  points in my exam, that I could have prevented.

From extremely low marks on my university test grades I have gotten back on track with some incredible success. Why is it that once you actually think that you are doing something productive and it is extremely beneficial it ends up being not so great after all?

It’s hard to get out of old habits and I will still be giving it all my effort. This has been a life-changing experience that takes me to a new breath of life above my own frustration. There are unlimited possibilities but limited time to find them. I believe it is not until you’re put to test that a door opens for you. The answer is that you live within your world of thoughts and experiences. Nobody perceives it like you do or thinks what you think.

Sincerely,
Andrés Acosta Egea
Costa Rica

Onward and upward!
Dr Marc Dussault

P.S.

If you have your own testimonial or QUESTIONS you would like to ask me, please post it as a comment to this blog and I’ll get to it as soon as I can.