Monthly Archive for January, 2009

How To Reduce Study Stress

Today’s post is simple, but something that can IMMEDIATELY reduce your tendency to procrastinate therefore reducing the stress and pressure you feel about studying or NOT studying when you know you should be. We all procrastinate, but straight A students do it less and therefore get better grades, yes with less effort.

I explain the underlying strategies this post is based on in my book “Get The Best Grades With The Least Amount Of Effort“. If you haven’t yet purchased it, you really should. The title says it all and it’s a real bargain.

A Tip To Overcome Procrastination

Overcoming procrastination requires that you KNOW WHY you’re procrastinating. One of the top reasons is that you MAGNIFY a problem or TO DO item on your list automatically, without knowing it. You make it bigger than it actually is.

I’ll prove it to you.

  • Make a list of 10 things you need to do this/next week for school.
  • Make a SECOND list of 10 things you DID last week studying.

Compare the two lists. I guarantee you that your TO DO list for this/next week looks like MORE, HARDER, LONGER TO DO than your previous week’s list even though it is similar.

Am I right?

Just like a side rear view mirror on a car, your problems and to do list items appear bigger than they really are.

How do you get around this?

Simple.

Chunk down your to dos into EASY, DIGESTIBLE PIECES… You know the joke “How do you eat an elephant? … One bite at a time”. I explain this in more detail in my book, but for right now, make a list like the one below and see how it feels to chunk it down.

  • Study for Physics, can be broken down to
    • Rearrange my lab reports, class notes and other documents so they are all in one place
    • Read Chapters 16, 17 and 18
    • Highlight the chapters or extract the key points
    • Research last week’s lab subject to better understand it for the exam
    • Review last year’s midterm exam question on this content so I don’t pile it up before the midterm
    • Re-write my notes and or add to my MindMap
    • Keep my physical desktop clean with ONLY what I am studying
    • Remove unnecessary trinkets and paperweights on my desk
    • Straighten out my books so the bookshelf looks neat
    • Dust, clean or wash my desk/table
      • [Note: Having a clutter-free study space is VERY IMPORTANT! Plan to clean and keep it clean. Want some useful tips, go to www.HomeDeclutterAndFun.com!]

You get the picture. The thing is UNLESS you deal with this magnification problem, you’ll keep hesitating and procrastinating about things you really to study. You can’t get top grades unless you do what needs to be done. By making things look SMALLER, EASIER, QUICKER to do, you’ll get MORE done, yes, with LESS effort, but more importantly you’ll get more confidence and your stress levels will go down – WAY DOWN.

Just remember you are the one HOLDING the magnifying glass!

A lot of people are not reading

Today’s post is about a shocking statistic I just read in The Economist Magazine, that says that the proportion of 17 year-olds in the US who don’t read anything they don’t have to has DOUBLED between 1984 and 2004! It gets worse… HALF of adults admit not reading even one book, novel, short story, poem or play in the last 12 months.

That is absolutely shocking.

I can’t say this enough – go and check out my speed reading video program right now. It GUARANTEES that you will at least double your reading speed in less than 1 hour so that you can not only START reading more, but by reading MORE quickly, you’ll enjoy it MORE.

I have nothing else to say other than pick up a book and READ!

If you’re not reading as much as you know you should, get my Speed Reading Video program and give it a try for 8 weeks at my risk. That’s how convinced I am it will work for you.

I say this because I want you to have the GIFT of SPEED READING because it will change your life as you beging to explore and discover new thoughts, ideas and possibilities!

Speed Learning Video Streams From Your Computer

Today’s question of the day is from Parry Yap who asked if the BONUS you get with “Get The Best Grades With The Least Amount Of Effort” is VHS, PAL or DVD format…

It’s none of those – it’s streamed directly to your computer. No disks, no tapes required!

PLUS IT’S INCLUDED FOR FREE when you buy the book!

The Speed Learning Video covers:

The strategies you learn in this video will radically change your results at school and in any area of your life:

Spend more time doing what YOU want!
With your study out of the way, you’ll have more time to do what you want!

  • 4 keys to help you accomplish any goal faster (a new twist that will make this automatic for you)
  • How to meet deadlines with ease and without driving yourself crazy!
  • How to get into the peak performance ‘zone’ on command, that makes you feel unstoppable.
  • What an Olympian can teach you about how to tap into your own unique brain “programming” to MAXIMISE your grades or any performance in life.
  • Should you cram at the last minute or study one week in advance? – this will blow you away!
  • What to do if you’re a PROCRASTINATOR and how to use it to your advantage.
  • How to absorb and remember even banal and boring information that can be critical to achieving top grades.
  • 2 little-known questions you must ask yourself to help you read faster and with better comprehension.
  • Should you use a highlighter when reading? – most people do this wrong!
  • The #1 reason why many students fail and what you must know to master any subject or any skill faster than most people!
  • The Rubik’s cube strategy to solve complex problems quickly and without effort.
  • How to immediately tell information that’s true from information that’s inaccurate so you can make the right decisions at school and in life.
  • How to speed-read ON SCREEN 200% faster than even quick readers and master the skill in 60 seconds or less!
  • Why people stop half way and don’t finish what they start and what to do so that it doesn’t happen to you.
  • How can the clothes you wear wreck or improve your grades – something your Maths teacher never told you!
  • The reason why you keep forgetting important things when under pressure and how to recall important details when you need them most.
  • Amazing!The #1 study technique to instantly improve your grades using only a pen and paper
  • One 9-letter word to turbo-charge your memory and help you remember things like calculus, physics, maths, geography or history without breaking a sweat!
  • Should you study early or late at night?
  • Should you do the easiest or the hardest exam questions first?
  • How to do multiple exams one after the other and get top grades without freaking out.
  • A system to help you remember and recall quickly tons of information on demand.
  • The Case Method used by Harvard Business School and how it can help you to develop analytical skills, sound judgment, and leadership potential.

Thanks Parry for that GREAT QUESTION!

Stop Subvocalising To Speed Read

If you aren’t reading more than 400 to 500 words per minute, I’ll tell you why…

First, you need to purchase my Speed Reading Video Program, because what I’m about to say isn’t going to make much sense unless you know the technique of SPEED READING…

Once you have purchased it, you’ll understand that the #1 reason you haven’t doubled or tripled your reading speed is because you are still sub-vocalising.

Continue reading ‘Stop Subvocalising To Speed Read’

What’s included in the eBook?

Today’s post is from Max Namgung who asked an excellent question – What’s included in the Get The Best Grades With The Least Amount Of Effort e-book?…

You get all of the following:

  • The powerful, grade-changing eBook electronically delivered to your inbox
  • Access to this blog so you can ask ANY QUESTION you have that I will personally answer, like your private tutor.
  • The Speed Learning Videos, which are valued at $47 – see the site that sells them – but YOU GET THEM FOR FREE with the e-book!

The Speed Learning Video Includes:

  • 4 keys to help you accomplish any goal faster (a new twist that will make this automatic for you)
  • How to meet deadlines with ease and without driving yourself crazy!
  • How to get into the peak performance ‘zone’ on command, that makes you feel unstoppable.
  • What an Olympian can teach you about how to tap into your own unique brain “programming” to MAXIMISE your grades or any performance in life.
  • Should you cram at the last minute or study one week in advance? – this will blow you away!
  • What to do if you’re a PROCRASTINATOR and how to use it to your advantage.
  • How to absorb and remember even banal and boring information that can be critical to achieving top grades.
  • 2 little-known questions you must ask yourself to help you read faster and with better comprehension.
  • Should you use a highlighter when reading? – most people do this wrong!
  • The #1 reason why many students fail and what you must know to master any subject or any skill faster than most people!
  • The Rubik’s cube strategy to solve complex problems quickly and without effort.
  • How to immediately tell information that’s true from information that’s inaccurate so you can make the right decisions at school and in life.
  • How to speed-read ON SCREEN 200% faster than even quick readers and master the skill in 60 seconds or less!
  • Why people stop half way and don’t finish what they start and what to do so that it doesn’t happen to you.
  • How can the clothes you wear wreck or improve your grades – something your Maths teacher never told you!
  • The reason why you keep forgetting important things when under pressure and how to recall important details when you need them most.
  • The #1 study technique to instantly improve your grades using only a pen and paper
  • One 9-letter word to turbo-charge your memory and help you remember things like calculus, physics, maths, geography or history without breaking a sweat!
  • Should you study early or late at night?
  • Should you do the easiest or the hardest exam questions first?
  • How to do multiple exams one after the other and get top grades without freaking out.
  • A system to help you remember and recall quickly tons of information on demand.
  • The Case Method used by Harvard Business School and how it can help you to develop analytical skills, sound judgment, and leadership potential.
  • In this 61-minute recording, I reveal my personal strategies to help you get the best grades with the least amount of effort. These are strategies that are difficult to explain on paper but are an absolute MUST to help you unleash your full potential.

    You’ll learn how to tailor the techniques contained in Get the Best Grades With the Least Amount Of Effort to your own unique style and personality.

    The strategies you learn in this video will radically change your results at school and in any area of your life:

    Because I KNOW this video has the potential to supercharge your results and grades the moment you watch it, I’m including it with How To Get The Best Grades With The Least Amount Of Effort.

    Get your copy of the book now, BEFORE this $47 bonus video is taken away

Does Cramming Work?

Cramming – Don’t Do It!

Time can really get to you when you are trying to study. Many people wait until the last minute and they end up trying to cram all the information in within a few hours.

So, this brings up an important issue – DOES CRAMMING ACTUALLY WORK?

When people are preparing for a test or exam, often cramming will turn into a habit that is overused. Many students resort to cramming for a variety of reasons self-justifying our behaviour with the lie that we have busy schedule… Am I right?

In many cases, cramming can be RISKY, since it ends up CAUSING STRESS FOR NO GOOD REASON!

As such, you end up making your brain work even harder in a shorter period of time, than it would if you were doing routine study. If you cram on a frequent and regular basis, it can actually become a HEALTH RISK.

One of my engineering school classmates had to drop out because of study-related, stress-induced health problems thinking he could take some time off and come back – that didn’t happen. Once out of school, he ended up ‘taking it easy’ with a less ambitious crowd and well, the rest is history. Not only did he not get back to Engineering, he never stepped back into a university classroom.

When possible, you should definitely use other methods of studying – other than cramming.

Not sure where to find great ideas? Consider reading my revolutionary learning e-book “Get Better Grades with the Least Amount of Effort.” It offers a lot of helpful knowledge, proven study tips, techniques and strategies that can help you study more effectively and get better grades.

SO DOES CRAMMING EVER WORK?

When you are healthy, well rested and don’t have a lot of “other stresses” in your life, the brain may deal quite well with a bit of cramming that occurs in the last minutes or hours of study before an important exam or quiz.

However, in most cases, if it works at all, you usually only end up with GRADES THAT ARE AVERAGE, instead of the BEST GRADES you could achieve if you studied more effectively.

One of the main problems with cramming is that you never get a great grasp of all the information and the relationship groups of information may have with each other – those inter-relationships are usually what teachers put in the exam!

Cramming can also lead to CONFUSION. Sometimes it can make information you already know even more confusing. You’ll also find that it’s hard to put the facts in your long-term memory as you are probably dealing with FATIGUE and FRUSTRATION as well.

If you don’t want to put your mind through all this, then make sure you avoid cramming for your exams and is you DO cram, you use my strategies to make the best of it!

It doesn’t matter whether you are studying in high school, college or business. If you are looking for ways to study more effectively it’s well worth checking out my ebook “Get Better Grades with the Least Amount of Effort.”

Onward and upward!
Marc

P.S. If you have any personal experiences or feedback on cramming, post it here on the blog as a comment!

ATTENTION: Parents looking to buy a study book for their kids

My results and those of my ‘students’ speak for themselves. The stuff I write about in my study book works – if your kids are using them all, then they should be getting TOP GRADES already and don’t need a book on how to get the best grades with the least amount of effort.

If they are NOT getting top grades, well they are either not that bright or not leveraging the strategies properly.

I trust it’s not leveraging the strategies.

90% of students are smart enough, but just don’t have good study strategies.

In fact the BEST results are from students who are not that bright BUT are open-minded to try anything to get better results. Their desperation opens their minds to the possibilities whereas the brighter ones just think they know it all.

I don’t know your kids, but I have a suggestion – First, buy the book. It comes with an 8-week 100% Money-Back Guarantee from ClickBank so there is NO RISK.

Then give the book to all of your kids WITH YOUR ENDORSEMENT AND POSITIVE ENCOURAGEMENT. Have them come back with their feedback ONCE THEY’VE TRIED A FEW OF THE STRATEGIES…

Let that be the test – the ultimate test. Without YOUR BIAS.

Your screening and interpretation of the content isn’t relevant – YOU HAVE A LOT MORE KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTAND THAN THEY DO. What you think they need is not what they need. They are the only ones who can judge whether or not this can and does help them.

I have taught these strategies to HUNDREDS of students and I can say without any doubt that the PARENTS of those kids would have probably thought the same thing you’re thinking this is straight forward stuff – but it was about the KIDS’ perceptions, needs and results – NOT the parent’s interpretation.

If you play a sport at a competitive level, something as mundane as ‘watch or keep your eye on the ball’ seems simplistic. In squash for example, if I see that you are NOT watching the ball, there is no chance of you winning a point against me. I will exploit it EFFORTLESSLY. It is a KEY skill that every beginner needs to learn. The sooner, the better. But for an experienced player, it’s a ‘given’…

That being said, I published my eBook to get these strategies to as many students as possible – I believe in higher education and I also believe that too many people make it too hard for the average student to get better grades… These strategies work – if and only if the STUDENT has an open mind and believes they work and that he/she can make them work.

If you think they work, they work, If you don’t think they work, they don’t.

Either way, you’re right.

Go on and give them the gift of better grades right now – there is NO RISK and only upside – their grades will only improve and they will spend LESS TIME studying, worrying and getting stressed about exams.

Onward and upward!
Marc

P.S.

If you’re wondering if this book is applicable to younger kids – the answer is simple. If they can read, they can understand these strategies. In fact the younger students are MORE open to this mindset than the older kids. The older they get, the more entrenched in their beliefs they become.

Which is why MOST high school and Univeristy students don’t learn how to study properly because they THINK they know how and never research it. That’s why when you do use these strategies, you’ll get better grades than your classmates!