Monthly Archive for March, 2009

Manage Your Study Workload

Are you one of those who always places more importance on recreation rather than studying? Do you tend to put your studies off until tomorrow? If you are, who could blame you, because nobody in their right mind would want to stay in studying, rather than having a fun night out on the town with their mates.

But if you learn how to study for a test, how to study for an exam or just how to study better – it can make the study experience all the more enjoyable.

As humans, we all prefer the fun things in life rather than the monotonous chores we’re always faced with. The only problem though, is that putting things off until the next day will nearly always result in MORE STRESS!

Writing down and maintaining a priority study list and working through it accordingly is a far better solution. A list not only helps to ensure you don’t forget anything, it also allows you to work through tasks in a logical order. The benefit of following this method is that for the most part, you’ll actually end up having more free time to enjoy yourself!

While many people tend to think that they should complete all the small tasks first, before tackling the big important ones, in reality it works the other way around. Providing you tackle all the worst jobs first, the small jobs will be a breeze and before you know it, you’ll have quality free time on your hands.

Likewise, if you have a specific task which you know will take longer than average, make a commitment to tackle it at a certain time and make sure you’ve set aside enough time to do it.

The benefits of making a study list and actually sticking to it are many, especially nowadays when so many people have to make time for their studies in between doing other life chores. The solution to managing your time is all about working smarter, rather than working harder.

Other study skill activities, study skill tips and study skill techniques are outlined in the Get The Best Grades with the Least Amount of Effort ebook available for order online.

Admittedly, what works for you may not work for someone else. I explain why this is and what to do about it in Chapter 5 of my ebook Get The Best Grades With the Least Amount of Effort.

The truth is though, the list method ALWAYS WORKS, providing you make any necessary adjustments in order to best meet your own requirements. With a little bit of experimenting, you’ll soon discover the formula that suits you best.

Tips like this and other study shortcuts are covered in more depth in chapter 7 of my ebook Get The Best Grades With the Least Amount of Effort.

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Bar Exam Tips

Wendell in the Philipines wants to know how he can improve his grades for the Bar Exam. Simple. BUY MY Study Book. It costs less than a textbook and is GUARANTEED to improve your grades. it’s filled with tips and techniques to get better grades ‘instantly’.

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Dr Dussault,

I’d like to ask if you could provide me tips on how to improve my study habits or shall I say to start establishing it. Im actually preparing  for the Philippine bar examinations this coming September 2009. But I really don’t know how to set a study plan for my review. I must admit that do not have a good foundation in the four year of studies in law school. Could you provide me with materials and information that could help me go through it and be able to start my study review properly.

Thanks.

Wendell

Everything you need is in my study book called Get The Best Grades With The Least Amount Of Effort. It comes with a Speed Learning Video Program as a FREE BONUS.

If you really want to get good grades for your Bar Exam, you should learn to speed read – my Speed Reading Video Program guarantees you’ll double your reading speed in less than 2 hours.

Image all the time you’ll have to review, take notes and MEMORISE for your Bar Exam if you can Speed Read!

How To Manage Projects and Study

Today’s post is from Natasha, she is struggling to complete a project and study at the same time.

First things first.

You need to buy my book Get The Best Grades With The Least Amount Of Effort to learn the strategies that will help you overcome study stress and overwhelm. Here is Natasha’s situation:

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Greetings,Thank you for you information. I am struggling here to finish an ICT project which is due on March 27th. These days I sleep at 12.00 midnight to do the project and wake up at 3.00 am to study ICT till 6.00. I continue then go to school. I have also found that my efficiency and productivity is also less at night, but I can’t help it! At least I do less than doing nothing at all!


But at school I really find it difficult to concentrate as I feel sleepy. My teacher also scolds me…but I still want to finish the project as I started it really late and others are well ahead of me. I am really worried and lost confidence. I have paid a lot of money to sit for this exam. Would you please give me some tips to finish my project as soon as possible so that I have time to study! I went through the section where you said “Important and emergency” please elaborate more on this topic as I’ve got it important and urgent as well.

Natasha, First of all, you’ve painted yourself into a corner. That is one of the things I teach students to AVOID. Once you have painted yourself into the corner, you need to get out of it as quickly as you can.

How to get out of study stress and overwhelm

  1. Pick up my study book and determine which learning style you are. Without learning this, you are wasting too many hours study ineffectively. You need to STUDY LESS and REMEMBER MORE – you can’t do that UNLESS you know YOUR learning style. My study book explains how simple and easy this is.
  2. Once you know your learning style, you will UNDERSTAND FASTER AND REMEMBER MORE. That will give you EXTRA TIME – to sleep or catch up on other stuff.
  3. You decision to SLEEP or work on other projects is a priority management issue that I explain with a simple diagram so you can start to do the right things at the right time to reduce study stress, anxiety and overwhelm.
  4. Once you’ve done that, you will know exactly how to stay out of the URGENT and IMPORTANT quadrant. If you don’t buy my book and apply the study strategies, you’re on your own. The study tips and tools in my book are EASY to LEARN and apply. The book is inexpensive compared to the cost of NOT getting any sleep and getting poor grades and getting stressed out.

You need to start by buying my book, then applying the study strategies and then asking me SPECIFIC QUESTIONS about the strategies so I can help you get better grades with the least amount of effort!

It’s all about applying my 1 percent improvement doctrine!

Of course if you’re not speed reading, you are wasting HOURS AND HOURS reading slower than you should.

I have a Speed Reading Video Program that guarantees you will double your reading speed in less than 2 hours. That means you’ll have all that time to do projects or study. if you don’t learn to speed read, you are WASTING valuable time – time that you are not sleeping or doing something else.

Spellcheck your way to better grades

If you are a student studying in a foreign language, one of the best FREE tools to improve your grades is a spellchecker. Run it on everything you do – INCLUDING and ESPECIALLY e-mails so that EVERY TIME a mistake comes up, you will learn the correct spelling.

Some Spellcheckers also do grammar!

Yes, that’s right – Microsoft Word for example checks your grammar…! Check it out in the HELP MENU.

This is a ‘FREE’ Way of getting priceless feedback and one of the ways I teach people to Get The Best Grades With The Least Amount Of Effort.

I should know, I studied in the only bilingual (French and English Ph.D. Business Administration Program) where questions, answers, discussions and submissions were made in BOTH languages SIMULATENOUSLY.

Sometimes a question was asked in French and answered in English!

Pretty fun stuff if you have the linguistic skills!

Today’s study tip is about IMPROVING those linguistic skills so you get BETTER GRADES. Spelling and grammar counts toward better grades!

By the way, my study book is available as a French Study Book, and Romanian Study Book. It will soon be available in Chinese and Polish!

My Book Can Produce ‘Instant’ Results

Zina, a concerned mom asks how quickly my study tips can help her son. The quick answer is almost instantly. I would NOT recommend buying it the DAY BEFORE A FINAL EXAM and expecting a miracle, but even the day before an exam can be a great time to LEARN 3 or 4 EXAM TAKING STRATEGIES that work, well instantly DURING your next exam!

Without jumping into 3 or 4 tangential discussions, my book is DESIGNED to help students get better grades IMMEDIATELY. Within 1 hour of reading – even skimming through the book, a student will quickly realise how easy it is to put these study techniques to use RIGHT AWAY.

If you know a student who is struggling, buy my study book, and enter his/her e-mail so he/she gets it AND ALL THE BONUSES directly.

The sooner he/she gets it, the better.

To be straight to the point – the study strategies are so SIMPLE and EASY, some people ask for a refund because they just don’t understand the POWER OF SIMPLICITY. As you can read for yourself on this blog and the fact that my study book has been translated into 3 languages with 2 more coming, AND it’s been sold to students from 29 different countries — these strategies work.

Get the study book for your son ASAP and watch his transformation!

The Speed Learning Video Program which is included FREE with my study book will also help in the short term with short cuts, note taking tips and exam preparation strategies.

The Speed READING Program is also recommended, but if he’s in a panic with exams, it might be best to buy it and let him decide when he has time to practice. The sooner he starts speed reading, the sooner he will get the benefits of faster reading. The time he takes to LEARN he is still READING = there is no time lost. It’s not like he needs to do something else – he will only get faster and faster with no disadvantage beyond the 1 hour video he needs to watch.

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My son is coming home for 3 weeks (from UK Boarding School) shortly.  He is
due to sit his FINAL IB EXAMS at the beginning of May 2009.  I know he has
been working HARD but is still concerned about some aspects of his 6
subjects.  Would your “Best Grades” product be too late to be of any
practical use to him or would it be of significant help?  Also, does this
course require a lot of learning of techniques which ultimately takes time
away from valuable revision?

I would appreciate an honest reply at your earliest convenience.

Thank you

(Concerned mum) Zina Bhatia

Mature Students Going Back To School

If you’re a mature student considering or have decided to go back to school, my book Get The Best Grades With The Least Amount Of Effort is a must-have. As a mature student, you are going to find it tough going competing with people half your age! That’s not being negative, it’s a fact. Even if you’re doing an MBA or post-graduate degree, it’s going to be a struggle unless you…

Learn HOW To Study

In my book, I will show you how to get back into the swing of things almost instantly. By using YOUR LEARNING STYLE to your advantage. This will mean you will hit the ground running rather than stumble and fall in your first and most important school semester or subject.

If you don’t learn how to study properly, you’ll get VERY frustrated and will not get the best grades you can. On top of that, you’ll waste a lot of time swimming against the current and tiring yourself out.

The strategies in my study book were developed BECAUSE I went back to school in my 30′s to do my MBA and Ph.D. where I was ‘competing’ with 20 year-olds who were studying full time.

I took on a full-time course load while registered as a part-time student, completing my Ph.D coursework in LESS than 18 months while my YOUNGER classmates took 3, 4 or 5 years.

I did this WHILE I kept growing my businesses.

These study tips work – especially for mature students in their 40′s, 50′s and 60′s. You have the DISCIPLINE and WISDOM of knowing that if you learn a SYSTEM, you’ll get predictable results.

You have let go of your ego a long time ago and accept that if I’ve been there, done that, I can teach you something. You know that with a money-back guarantee, you have NOTHING TO LOSE, NO RISK.

So go ahead, buy my study book right now and see what happens – YOU WILL GET RESULTS WITHIN 1 WEEK.

GUARANTEED!

How Do You Study a Subject You Hate?

Today’s ‘question of the day’ comes from Joy in the U.K. Actually, it’s two questions.

Many Thanks Dr Marc,
This seems like a positive start for me, but I’ve got an important question.

I am currently in my penultimate year in the university, studying in the UK. I was just wondering if these study skills to get better grades are skills for only students in The USA or also relates to the students everywhere else.

Study Tips For Better Grades

My strategies have been used by thousands of students to improve their grades in 29 different countries and the book has been translated into 3 languages. Students from grade school, middle school, high school, college, university and post-graduate programs have used the study tips and techniques successfully.

My study tips and tools work for science subjects, social science courses, engineering, law as well as medicine.

Also I’ve got another problem which I find difficult to solve is the interest to study, I think I have the interest as I promise myself to study everyday but as soon as I pick up my books to study I lose interest immediately again it takes me so much time to understand a few lines of words while studying and I can hardly remember them too which is to say I think they do not register. It has been a great concern to me and I have been too shy to speak to anybody. I know and have this confidence in me that makes me think I am intelligent and can make it but as soon as I encounter a difficult task I become weak and just give up. I am afraid I will fail and have to repeat a class if I don’t find a solution quick.

I need your help please and hope to hear from you soon.

Regards
Joy

How To Study Subjects You Don’t Like

There are two issues at play here – the first is you THINK you are interested in the subject matter, but the reality is you’re not. If you were, you’d have NO TROUBLE STARTING. I’ll prove it to you.

If you are a stamp collector and you start to read about the new issue of the new Olympic Stamps for the London Games – you have NO PROBLEM with focus, attention or retention do you?

That’s because you’re INTERESTED.

The challenge we all have as students is that EVERY ACADEMIC PROGRAM has courses we don’t like. I remember hating Thermodynamics in Engineering School, Chemistry in College and Multi-Variate Statistics in Business School (Ph.D.).

But y’know what?

YOU DON’T HAVE A CHOICE. It’s part of the curriculum and you have to pass the course to get the diploma and the degree.

I suggest you do THAT homework FIRST – get it out of the way – DON’T DO WHAT YOU LIKE FIRST. That is a recipe for disastrous grades – it will increase your chance of failure BECAUSE you’ll spend MORE time on what you like and not enough time on what you don’t like…

Don’t do it.

Of course that’s easier said than done. BUT if you start studying  what you don’t like, you’ll feel RELIEF and a LOT LESS STRESS. We all have to study stuff we don’t like – we NEED TO. We need to be aware of things because that’s what education is all about. There is NOTHING you can do about it -EXCEPT to get it out of the way FIRST and QUICKLY.

If you want to get through the boring subjects quickly, get your hands on my Speed Reading Video Program so that you spend LESS time on the subjects you hate. Speed Reading will FORCE you to focus and concentrate and get it out of the way in a fraction of the time. Imagine spend HALF the time on chemistry, physics or geography… How cool would that be?!?

Student Self Confidence and Self Esteem

That being said, the SECOND issue you have is with confidence and self-esteem. That is a lot harder to deal with. If you are keen to deal with this, I have a colleague who can help you get a breakthrough. Her name is Yvonne Mcintosh and she has ‘breakthrough sessions‘ for $97 that she can do over the phone. She’s based in Australia, but you can definitely do it through Skype for FREE or via a long distance calling card. Click on the hyperlink if you want to overcome this self-esteem issue quickly.

If you don’t choose to have the breakthrough session, all you need to do is top putting pressure on yourself and focus on the fact that whenever you LEARN something NEW, it’s by definition something YOU DON’T KNOW.

It takes time and effort to learn something NEW.

One of the strategies I teach is to start at the beginning – for example for Statistics, I bought the Cartoon Guide To Statistics to get the basics in a FUN WAY. I bought this as a Graduate School Student to help me with my MBA and Ph.D. courses.

I’m serious. I did the same for other subjects as well.

The “For Dummies” series of books is a GREAT PLACE TO START whenever you’re intimidated with a subject.

Fundamentally – we all put ourselves under pressure – when you put the study tips, techniques and strategies in my book, Get The Best Grades With The Least Amount Of Effort in practice, you’ll gain self-assurance and confidence within 2-3 weeks.

This will be especially true if you learn to speed read!

Good luck!

Get Better Grades – Foreign Editions

Just in case you missed the recent update of my ebook “Get The Best Grades With The Least Amount Of Effort” product page, my ebook has been translated into French and Romanian and soon in Chinese and Polish… This excerpt proves these study tips and strategies are working for thousands of students from 29 countries!

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Get Better Grades in English, French, Romanian and soon Chinese and Polish!

Get Better Grades in English, French, Romanian and soon Chinese and Polish!