Monthly Archive for February, 2011

2 Test Taking Tips

Today’s Post is from D.R. DeSilva. He wants a few clarifications on test taking tips.

Dear Sir,
I read the Get the best grades with the least amount of effort book and it was really cool.

So first up I Have Two questions to ask;

  1. When you are studying, you mentioned taking notes for every chapter. Therefore is it wise to create short notes when studying & if it’s so can you tell me what is the correct way of doing it or is there an alternative way of doing it?
  2. In terms of anchors, is it correct if I can use a neck chain while I am studying & as well as for my exams? So is that way of creating an anchor which is correct for an individual?

So Marc, if you mind me calling by your first name, if you don’t mind, I would appreciate if you can answer my following questions ASAP & I find you as a cool guy in particular.

Thanking You !
Yours Sincerely,

D.R Desilva.

First of all, these are great questions. So here are equally great answers!


Taking notes is covered in my study book, but one of the strategies I have expanded on is MindMapping. Mind Mapping is not only a quick and easy note taking method, but because of the VISUAL aspect, it’s a MUCH better way of taking notes than just summarising facts and figures in list form. I created an entire program with a MindMapping artist, Paul Telling, to teach you How To MindMap To Get Better Grades.


Anchors come in all shapes and sizes – you can use anything that helps you remember more when it counts – during exams and tests. Using a neck chain is a great idea EXCEPT that it’s not something that is ACTIVATED when you study if you have it on all the time. You would need to wear it ONLY when studying and when you write exams and tests to be an anchor.

An anchor MUST be ASSOCIATED visually, physically, auditorially, olfactorially (smell) or gustatorially (taste) for it to work. What I am NOT suggesting is that you become superstitious – that’s when it gets out of hand. You just want to TEST what anchors work and don’t work for you. You don’t want to create a psychological crutch that without it you’re ‘lost’.

There is a balance between using anchors and creating superstitions.

So there you have it, two great Test Taking Tips!

Why business people are buying my student study book

If you’re a high school or college student who hasn’t yet bought my bestselling study book, you’ll be interested to know that business entrepreneurs and executives are buying it to enhance and accelerate their careers. The study habits, tips and skills I teach are universal and make a difference regardless where you are in the academic system or in your career. We are all life-long learners and those who learn faster, get ahead and stay ahead. It’s survival of the swiftest – the fastest learners!

Australian Student Resource: StudyFinder

This blog is all about helping you get better grades with the least amount of effort. One of our sponsors is I thought I would introduce you to them, just in case you’d like to access up-to-date information for Australian students, in one convenient location.

What is Studyfinder?

Some of the biggest key issues facing our community and institutes are concerning skills gaps, dropout rates, employment opportunities and even affordability of going to school and studying. For example:

  • Why are there large gaps between employment and education?
  • Why are our dropout rates at Institutes across the country so high?
  • Are our students getting the right education?
  • Are students given the right information to choose the right course, program or career?

With a national focus on closing the gap on education and skills, we want to be the web-based ‘[portal’ that revolutionises the education debate so we don’t forget the basics and continue to help students to pick the right course, program or career?

StudyFinder wants to answer basic questions such as:

  • Is it all too hard?
  • Where do I begin?
  • Where can I find more information?

It is quite hard to get started if you don’t know where to begin. The pressure about exams and looking for better grades prove to be too much for some. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Education has evolved and moved into ‘the NOW’.

Courses out there are not all text based, classroom environments, some and in fact most courses are now developing practical skills with little written activity involved. The focus to have “real world” teachers and experience with strong links to industry is becoming the trend.

Today, you can start your quest and get employed by only doing a short course or a certificate rather than having to complete a full-length degree. That means you can start to work, earn money and keep studying as you work. wants to help you by providing you proper guidance with a new Australian website designed to remove the frustration and time wasted searching through multiple websites to get to the information you need as a student. It helps students of all levels to search, compare and find study options across a number of areas of study all across Australia.

The tools are available online at the best thing is… it’s FREE to use when you register.

How To Study For Your SAT, LSAT or GMAT

If you are studying for your SAT, LSAT or GMAT, here is the best advice I can give you.

Step #1: Buy all the preparation material from the original standardized testing service / organisation. They want you to succeed and are going to be straight with you. Read it all and FOLLOW the recommendations. They created and administer the test. They don’t have any tricks up their sleeves. They have to follow strict protocols and procedures.

Step #2: Only buy a prep program that you know from someone who has used it successfully. Too many of these companies prey on your lack of confidence and exploit you accordingly. First with a pre-set programs and THEN individual tutoring often at exorbitant cost. Let’s face it – if you need tutoring for the test, you have bigger problems…

Step #3: This is the important one. SIMULATE the test as often as time permits. All of these tests have TIME RESTRICTIONS and the key to succeeding is going through it over and over and over again, so that by the time you write the test that counts, you’ve got the PROCESS down pat. I did this to rank in the top percentiles of the GMAT and LSAT tests with LESS stress and better results than my classmates. Success is all about preparation and practice. As a minimum, you want to simulate the test 3 times.

Ideally, you go to the exam room (or one like it) to really put you in the mood. Yes, as you would expect, that’s what I did. I did it in the evening when the classrooms were available, uninterrupted. I think I simulated the tests 4 or 5 times (at 3 hours/test, that’s a BIG commitment, but keep reading why the payoff might be BIGGER than you thought!)

When I suggest simulation, I mean doing it LIKE THE REAL THING. Start and stop ON TIME. Grade yourself and gauge where you lost time and what you can improve. You know from my study book how to do this… This is just a SPECIFIC TASK that you want to PERFECT.

The reason is that standardized testing is important – it can mean the difference between getting in to the school you want or not. (When I placed in the top percentiles, I received invitations from top schools to apply… Imagine that – having THEM chase you! If you didn’t know, the top schools get access to the top students and try to woo them…

That’s why this is so important!