Tag Archive for 'Best Study Skills'

Getting Better Grades Is A System

If you’ve been subscribed to my blog for a while, you’ve come to realise that my study book is a system that teaches how to think like an A student without having to spend hours and hours studying, becoming a nerd or a geek. The best way to explain what I do for students is to hear from them directly, like David Fisher below:

Hello Marc

I have been reading your study ebook and have only once listened to your speed reading video once.

The extra emails you send after I bought your study book are great as they keep me on track, otherwise I would wonder a bit.

I am working on a better format for my notes with more drawings and mindmaps as this is a better form of learning for me and audio tapes. (Now that I know
this thanks to your book!)

Exams start end of the month so the next stage is to compile my class notes into A3 mindmap layouts (any extra tips on this technique) would be good and then
the exams.

I am now in a study room not the office which had too many distractions and getting into the mind zone more quickly – it’s the little suggestions like this that make all the difference.

I don’t cold read my study guide and text anymore so I pre-read first to get a general understanding then highlight and compose the notes and now I
comprehend and remember a lot more. I can afford to do this because I can do speed reading, even though I still need to improve and increase my reading speed.

My assignment grades have increased from about 60-80% to the last one which I got 88%!!! This was my highest grade. :-)

My studies are extramural so no lecturers only Webct, study guide and textbooks.

I am practicing my speed reading and using on my first read but need to work on this more. When you speed read a page when do you highlight the text? I read the paragraph then go back and highlight?

So lots more to learn!

Thanking you very much for you help.

David Fisher

Stay tuned for the answers to David’s questions about MindMapping and highlighting while or after Speed Reading


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?

Teach your kids to study better

Today’s post is about thinking about studying a little more generously – teach someone else to get better grades. As you teach them, you’ll learn what you KNOW even more and you’ll discover what you don’t yet know when they ask you questions.

That will help you fill-in-the-blanks more quickly…

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Hi Marc,

Actually I bought this book for my kids who are aged 10 and 6. I will read
and try to teach the tips provided in the book to my children.

Thank you for giving directions. I will need some more support later on.

Regards,

Pankaj Bharambe
Sydney

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Pick ONE strategy, idea or concept to start off with and see how you go.

Onward and upward!
Dr Marc Dussault

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Of course if your new ‘students’ ask you a question you don’t have an answer to, you can always post it on the blog as a comment and I will answer it for you!

You’re not in school to learn Calculus or Chemisty

You’re in school to learn HOW to learn.

I am pretty sure it was Albert Einstein said it best when he said “Education is what you remember after you’re forgotten everything”.

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t study to get As or High Distinctions.

It just means that if you adopt a ‘bigger picture’ of why you’re there, you’ll enjoy the process a lot more, find it easier and you will achieve better grades.

I had a professor of strategy in my MBA program who, once I had been accepted into the Ph.D. Program asked me “are you enjoying the Ph.D. Program as much as your MBA?”

My automatic response (at the time) was “No”.

He said “I know why.”

Of course I pushed him for the revelation (that changed my academic career forever)…

He explained “When you did your MBA, you knew, when you started exactly when you would finish (my program was a 2-year Executive MBA with a pre-set schedule). With a Ph.D. Program, it’s an individual pursuit with a beginning, but no pre-set end. In fact most students never finish/graduate. That’s why you are not enjoying it as much as you should/could. There is no ‘timeline’ to it.”

“Wow!”

I couldn’t believe how true that was. From THAT DAY ONWARD, I cherished every single day I was a Ph.D. student, or a student of Law, or a student of company governance or student of squash.

I know that if you’re in grade school or high school this may be reaching a little beyond your current consciousness, but TRUST the process and TRUST that you need to ENJOY the journey to make it as successful as it can be for you.

Give it some thought and don’t rush to a conclusion.

Onward and upward!
Dr Marc Dussault

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I am getting quite a few e-mails from readers of my book “Get Better Grades With The Least Amount Of Effort” – please respond via comments to this blog – that way you can get backlinks to your sites, get exposure as well as help others in the process.

I am really enjoying your feedback -the breakthroughs people are having are very inspirational – I am amazed at how many foreign students are buying my book. If English is not your first language, my book’s easy to read and the strategies are simple and easy to implement.

Getting Better Grades Changes Lives

I wanted to share this testimonial with you. It’s why I wrote my book in the first place. If you haven’t bought it yet, you really should, if you want to improve your grades and have more fun in school or studying whatever it is you’re passionate about.

I had one person use the book to ace his scuba diving accreditation exam and another his welding apprenticeship certification test.

Go on and click on the icon of the book and start your own transformation within the next 3 minutes.

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From: Andres Acosta <XXXXXXX@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2008 11:46:30 -0600
To: “Dr Marc Dussault | Get-Better-Grades.com” <XXXXXXX@get-better-grades.com>
Subject: Re: Andres, Thanks for your purchase

Dear Dr Marc Dussault,

How are you? Your dream is very useful for me personally. My life is really starting to take off and I wanted to thank you for having a successful life and setting standards for your skills that really are helpful for anyone who is trying to be successful in whatever they like.

Andres Acosta

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Onward and upward!
Dr Marc Dussault

P.S.

If you’ve had a breakthrough of have any questions, please post a comment on this blog and I’ll respond to you as soon as I can!

Study Tips Revealed

Today’s post is a series of questions from Virginia Buratto.

You say “use coloured pens” (by the way almost everyone knows this technique) but you don’t say if one should read a text first and then highlight it or if he should highlight straight away or if it is better to read the whole book a couple of time before dividing into sections and start studying.

First, just because ‘almost everyone knows this technique’ doesn’t mean I should ignore it. In fact quite a few students either don’t know it OR don’t do it. Just look around at your classmates’ note books and you’ll see most STILL DON’T DO what works.

The question on highlighting is a GREAT ONE. I suggest you SPEED READ your material FIRST. Then and ONLY then will you know, AFTER reading it what is important and what is NOT. Then you can go back and highlight accordingly. Ideally, you do this BEFORE your class as the SECOND pass.

Because I teach SPEED READING, I suggest you learn that skill. If you haven’t yet bought my video program, it’s only $47, buy it now. It’ll pay for itself with the first hour when you at least DOUBLE your current reading speed. If you don’t SPEED READ, that’s unfortunate because it’s an easy skill to develop so I don’t really have suggestions for non-speed readers. Sorry.

Moreover you never mention any memory techniques (and that surprised me a lot). Why? Do you think they are overrated? I truly expected the book to present a system that combined speed reading for comprehension and memory techniques for remembering was able to make the difference for every student.

When I wrote this book, I wanted to keep it SIMPLE and to the point. Otherwise it ends up being a big, thick, complicated book. The strategies I teach WORK for EVERY SINGLE PERSON who applies them. I have not found the need for memory ‘systems’ and you are the first person to mention this. BUT I have to be honest – if you are NOT SPEED READING, comprehension and memory will be a problem. SPEED READING decreases the time it takes to read, but it also dramatically improves comprehension and memory WITHOUT having to learn any systems.

Before ending this letter I would like you to know that I didn’t mean to be rude or to offend you in any way. I truly admire you and look up to you for what you have been able to do in your life. I simply feel like that in this book “the meat ” isn’t there (let me point out that instead the speed reading course is very well done).

Virginia, I understand your perceptions and I know many people would like it to be ‘more complicated’, but it’s not. That is the POWER of the book’s message. Once you ‘own’ these strategies, your grades will improve and you’ll come to realise the GIFT I am giving you – Getting Better Grades With The Least Amount Of Effort is all about “The Least Amount Of Effort” bit.

This is lost on many people and I know you haven’t missed that message. You are not alone – people WANT it to be more complex and complicated, that way they won’t feel as bad about what they haven’t done all this time. Once they get over it, they realise the STRATEGIES are SIMPLE, EASY and STRAIGHT FORWARD. That is why they are so powerful and within EVERYONE’S REACH.

Complex memory techniques are not – they require training – training that can be avoided with what I teach.

In your book you say that we should model those who are better than us in a particular field by asking them questions. So if you don’t mind I would like to ask you some questions. When you where studying law what were you doing? Did you study in the morning or late night? How long was every study session? Did you find it hard to concentrate after a certain amount of time studying? Did you read the whole book a couple of times before highliting it or what? How did you remember things?

I always study at night. You need to determine what works best for you. I prefer to study for several hours at a time and get into the ‘groove’ of my thoughts. I will read whenever and wherever I have the opportunity. On a plane, waiting for a plane, for an appointment, etc. I carry my reading material with me EVERYWHERE I GO. That is the KEY to optimal time management. I only SPEED READ the material ONCE. I then highlight it AFTER I have read it. Memory is not a problem when you SPEED READ and use the strategies in my book. No one who has applied the strategies has ever asked for memory or comprehension ‘assistance’.

Thank you so much. English isn’t my first language that’s the reason why my English isn’t always correct and easy to understand.

Thanks again
Virginia Buratto

Virginia, thank you for taking the time to respond. I know you will be successful and please add comments to the blog at your leisure.

Onward and upward!

Dr Marc Dussault

Australia’s #1 Exponential Growth Strategist

P.S.

I will answer anyone’s question that posts it as a comment on the blog. As you can tell, speed reading is a must-learn skill for any serious student…

Buy my money-back guaranteed program and DOUBLE your reading speed within one hour.

8 Minutes to Study Success

Listen to what Evy Arnette Kornes has to say…

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Hi and thank you !
I did what you told me to, and I did NOT stop after 8 minutes…..
Thank you for this reminder. :-)

Kind regards,
Evy Anette Korsnes

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What the heck is she talking about?

It’s called the 8-minute rule and it’s one of the many BONUSES I include when you buy my book.

Go on, you know you want to know how 8 minutes can possibly be so powerful that someone actually e-mails me to tell me they did it!

Onward and upward!
Dr Marc Dussault

Australia’s #1 Exponential Growth Strategist

P.S.

Yes I know, this stuff is too simple. So simple in fact a fifth grader could do it.

So what are you waiting for?

Join Evy and thousands of others who are Getting The Best Grades With The Least Amount Of Effort because they know things like the 8-minute rule…

When You Get Better Grades, Life Changes…

Today’s post is a testimonial from a recent buyer of my book.

“This course has literally changed the chemistry of my body.  I am in such a state now…. My focus is is like a laser beam because I know what I want my outcome to be, and because I now know how to get there.  I no longer feel stressed out.  I just feel like I am “ready to go!”  I really feel like I know this is enhancing my true ability and I look forward to purchasing more of your products in the future.  Thank you so much for your course!!!”

Life Changing…for the better
Sparkle Chavis

If you’re looking for the next step on yoru transformation, you need to get your hands on my speed reading course that is GUARANTEED to double your reading speed within 1 hour of practice. Imagine that – DOUBLE YOUR READING SPEED IN ONE HOUR. At an introductory price of $47, it’s an absolute steal.

Consider this BEFORE you buy it…

When I was studying for my Ph.D., on a Friday night, I read for 3 hours and then watched a movie. My reading speed at the time was 1,800 words per minute which is 6 times faster than my classmates.

That means it took them 18 hours to read what I read on Friday night – that is ALL DAY SATURDAY and ALL DAY SUNDAY, 9 hours/day.

Now that’s contrast for you.

This speed reading program has worked each and every time someone WANTS TO LEARN TO SPEED READ.

If you want to be a speed reader today, just click on the hyperlink and DO IT NOW.

You have no time to waste!

Onward and upward!
Dr Marc Dussault

Australia’s #1 Exponential Growth Strategist

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If you think you don’t retain as much by speed reading, you’ve got it all wrong. I’ll prove it to you.

Think of one of your MOST BORING TEACHERS…

I bet you he/she spoke VERY, VERY SLOWLY.

The reason I know that is because the slower you read, the less you focus and the less you remember.

The FASTER you read, the more you understand AND remember.

Amazing isn’t it?

Yeah, I know – you want to speed read RIGHT NOW — Click here and buy it now!

How To Write Down And Remember Everything Your Teacher Says

Are you tired of constantly taking notes and still not remembering everything your teacher says?

If so, you’ll be happy to know I’ve put together some informative techniques for you.  Once you start using these methods, remembering will become much easier for those difficult tests ahead.

Ready?

Successful Study Skill #1: Use Coloured Pens and Pencils

Take out some of your notes right now.  What is the same throughout all of them?

I bet it’s he pen or pencil colour.  When something is one dimensional like this on an entire page, it’s hard to remove segments from each page.  Instead, try using coloured pens and pencils to take your notes.

Remember, make this a routine and positive results will soon follow. How soon?

Within HOURS. You’ll start to KNOW and FEEL like you can remember more, but NOTHING happens unless you give it a go.

The more visual cues you can create, the easier it will be to recall information later.  The use of colours is the simplest way to improve memory recall.  As you begin experimenting with different colours, you may notice that some colours work better than others.  You may even prefer to use some colours for specific uses.

I like to write the body of my text in a colour other than blue, usually black, with non-black highlights.  I always correct it in red if necessary.  This is due to the extreme contrast that black and red represent to one another.  You’ll end up being able to find it much easier on your pages cluttered with notes.

Sometimes, when I am studying something I find boring, I will write the notes in purple or green so it stands out in my mind – when I am trying to recall THAT topic, I can think in purple or green instead of trying to ‘find it’ amongst the blue and black.

Successful Study Skill #2: Underline and Accentuate Important Items

This is very important when taking notes.  Be creative and explore different variations.  Multi-stroke, underlining, boxes, circles, and shadows are effective in drawing attention to increasingly important items or definitions.  Just be sure not to overdue it or this technique will become ineffective.

You’ll know when you get to the right proportion of highlighting.

You’ll also know if it’s better for you to capture the notes FIRST and then come back to HIGHLIGHT later. I find it helps to do it LATER if I have trouble remembering something. If I can easily remember, I won’t highlight it. This is especially the case the NIGHT BEFORE THE EXAM. That REALLY helps if the highlights weren’t there previously.

Successful Study Skill #3: Draw Figures, Charts, and Graphs

Sometimes things just can’t be communicated clearly only using words.  Relationships, timelines, causality and exchanges are difficult to explain in writing.  However, they are easy to illustrate even for the artistically challenged like me!

These diagrams should include colours and other graphical representations such as bullets, arrows, shading and text of different colours. Doodles work just as well – the KEY is to jog your MEMORY – not win a drawing contest.

Don’t forget that NO ONE ever sees your notes, only you do!

Successful Study Skill #4: Use Large Paper

I use large paper that is a little smaller than A3 or 11″x17″.  Ideally buy old-fashioned printer in continuous forms that are sold in boxes of 5,000 sheets that cost around $25-$30.  It’s a great investment considering it’ll last you several years!

I like the continuous nature of computer paper because I can “open it up” and get big diagrams on one sheet that can be easily folded and reviewed at the last minute, just before an exam.

There are one or two different things I do with these large sheets.  Either I get all the main points of a course on one sheet or I section each page into a subject, topic or idea.  It really just depends on the course that I am taking.

Regardless, they are both great ways to CAPTURE the proper information you need in a VISUAL FORMAT that is easier to REMEMBER.

For instance, I recently took a course where each lecture was reduced to one entire page.  It consolidated 17 textbook chapters and 30 academic articles.  The point is, it’s a lot easier to review 15 pages as opposed to over 500 in a textbook.  What would normally take several hours of searching is now formatted for easy access within minutes.

Seriously though, creating these pages is “fun” for me.  I know that when I am doing an exercise, it is all being stored in my memory banks.

When you try it you’ll feel your level of confidence build so that you’ll have a greater sense of control.  In the end it’s important to see the “big picture” as a visual cue.  In my book, “Get The Best Grades With The Least Amount Of Effort“,I explain how you can make this process even more powerful using your auditory and kinesthetic senses for ABSOLUTE RECALL!

Onward and upward!
Dr Marc Dussault

P.S.

Please post a comment and I will respond to you to make sure you are developing study skills by revealing tips on how to study that will help you learn how to study for exams and tests so can possess better study skills and how to study smarter.

If you want the best study skills, you just need to post a comment and I will address YOUR particular issue to make sure You Get The Best Grades With The Least Amount Of Effort!

Consider it a PERSONAL 1:1 CONSULTATION!