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How Long Does It Take To Get Better Grades?

Loise Roebeck wants to know how long it takes to get better grades – GREAT QUESTION! Of course you know the answer, but your might not know the SOLUTION to make that happen. Today’s post is what I suggest you do once you’ve bought my e-book.

Step #1 To Get Better Grades Faster

Do ALL the exercises in the e-book TODAY/TONIGHT. The longer you wait, the longer it will take. I know this sounds self-evident, but without the exercises, you have NO STARTING POINT.

Step #2 To Get Better Grades Faster

Learn to learn faster with the BONUS Video I include for FREE with my e-book, called the Speed Learning Video Program. Watch the video and get started with as many of the suggestions as you can with the HOMEWORK you have RIGHT NOW. If you are keen, GO BACK a week and re-do your notes and revision using these strategies RIGHT NOW.

Step #3 To Get Better Grades Faster

Learn to Speed Read TODAY/TONIGHT by buying my Speed Reading Video Program so you can double or triple your reading speed THIS WEEK instead of in 2-3 weeks or months from now.

I know you might think this is a sales pitch – but c’mon we’re NOT talking about HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS.

BOTH of these programs (three in fact – the e-book, Speed Learning Video and Speed Reading Video Programs) are LESS THAN THE COST OF A TEXTBOOK.

If the cost is holding you back, I have to be blunt – YOU CAN’T AFFORD to get better grades.

Sorry, go somewhere else and try to get ‘FREE’ stuff on the Internet and come back when you can afford my products.

Does it surprise you that I just said that?

I hope it does. Y’see I work with only the most committed students because they are the ones who’ve had enough and want a better way to study.

They want the same or better results than I’ve produced for myself – which are all documented on my product pages.

But let me tell you something – even though this solution and easy-to-follow system is available to anyone who has access to the Internet – only a select FEW ever step up.

People like Loise who wants to get it done as FAST AS POSSIBLE.

So do what I suggest in my e-book and programs, but do IT NOW.

I have to tell you a story about a motivational seminar I attended with a friend about 15 years ago. At the end of the seminar, I told her that the presenter mentioned 3 books that I had not read. So I proceeded to go buy them. My friend objected adamantly declaring “You can buy them tomorrow”.

No I can’t. I have to buy them NOW so that when I get home (at 9 PM), I can start to read them.

The sense of urgency I create for myself is higher than most people => I get results faster than most people.

Loise, just DO IT TODAY!

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!

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 Deal With “Flunking” An Exam

We’ve all been through times in our lives when we’ve studied and studied for an exam and still bombed out, due to nerves, distractions or some other reason right?

Maybe you’re dreaming of becoming a respected academic, but history and human nature dictate that you will still make mistakes on your way to that dream. You need to accept that you are imperfect, and take advantage of those mistakes instead of letting them get you down.

It’s not in times of success that we cross analyse and study where we went wrong, but in our times of failure, so you could go as far as to say that, as human beings, we need some failure so we can move closer to our success.

A baby doesn’t give up on learning to walk, it tries over and over again until it succeeds no matter what it takes!

Adults however often tend to give something only a few tries before abandoning hope.

Learn from mistakes, don’t be discouraged by them; you will succeed by putting thought into your efforts, and that ability can only come with experience. So in a way, you achieve success simply by making enough mistakes.

The more time you spend berating yourself, the lower your self-esteem sinks, and the less motivated you feel to work to solve the problem; beating yourself up creates a vicious cycle that fixes nothing. The solution is to remember that you should be disappointed in yourself not for failure, but for letting failure convince you to give in.

I call this the Vortex Of Mediocrity™. Don’t let it suck you in.

It’s a force more powerful than gravity and it surrounds you ALL THE TIME.

If you adjust your mindset so that you see everything as a success, you will never be short of optimism. Even if you put all your effort into reviewing for a test and fail it , it is important to remember that regardless of your grade the exam will be a learning experience, you did your best, and as a result you will do even better next time.

IF YOU LEARN THE LESSON – the LESSON OF WHAT DIDN’T WORK THIS TIME!

This way you never fail or truly bomb, because you’re in a space that allows you to win, even if you don’t have the IMMEDIATE results you desire.

Create mental rules that ensure you always win.  These rules will then regulate your path to success in whatever you do.

The times when you come undone mentally will be when you compare yourself to others who are better than you.

I’m here to tell you that there’s always someone, smarter, faster, more admired than you, but that doesn’t mean that you’re any less of any of that. You are you and unique in this world, the only competition you need to set is for yourself.

If you are dedicated to achieving a certain goal, you will find the way to attain it. Think back to an accomplishment that you recently strived for and had great success.

Did you doubt that you would succeed?

Isn’t it true, be honest, that in the past when you seem to have failed, it’s mostly because you didn’t really give it your all?

You have to understand that successes are only reflective of the amount of time and energy that you spend to achieve them. If you’re looking for someone to help you, but you lack the drive to help yourself, then you can expect that no successes will ever come your way.

Sometimes, even the most hard working people in the world can’t catch a break, but for them, that’s when persistence and determination come in. That is what defines real success. Like diamonds which have been formed from highly condensed carbon, true character and desired results come only from the way in which we strive to succeed under pressure.

Of course if you haven’t already done so, you could buy my study book and take the ‘easier way’ to “Get Better Grades With The Least Amount Of Effort“. Someone’s done all the hard yards for you.

Onward and upward!
Dr Marc Dussault

P.S.

My book comes with a money-back guarantee – re-direct your perseverance and hard work in a direction that produces IMMEDIATE results for you. There is no sense in taking the long hard road when the path of least resistance has been paved for you…

Your grades are worth a lot more than the cost of the book…

Believe it can help and it will.

Believe it can’t help and it won’t because you won’t have bought it and learnt the strategies for success.

How Your Friends Get Better Exam Scores Than You In Less Time

I bet you’ve just read the title of this article and are thinking that “it’s not possible to get better exam scores in less time!” After all you’ve always struggled, you’ve always been the one who’s had to study so hard just to make “average” grades, right?

However just me pointing out to you that it is possible has peaked your interest yes?

Then stay with me, because I’m going to reveal some very powerful secrets on how you can solve the mystery of how to study smart, with less effort and be more effective.

Others have been through what you are going through.  They have developed techniques that work.  They also know what doesn’t work.  By tapping into these resources you will save yourself a lot of time, effort and possible pain.

The key to success for you is to uncover the success study blueprint that others are successfully using, right now as you read this. Let me give you an example, you wouldn’t ask a computer programmer how to manufacture steel, any more than you’d ask a tennis coach to teach you snooker.

The trick is to understand those who are studying SUCCESSFULLY RIGHT NOW.

How that can be done?

Great question!

You can start by observing your classmates.  Find out who is the best student in each of your classes.  Ask them what they do to achieve those grades.  Chances are they’ll say something vague like “I study hard”.  But you need to go deeper, you need to go several layers below the surface of what “I study hard” means, here’s an example of a dialogue with a student to EXTRACT the DISTINCTIONS OF SUCCESS:

You: George, how do you get such good grades even in your weakest subjects?

George: I’m not sure. I just work hard and really put myself into it.

You: Just what does it mean to really put a lot of work into studying?

George: Well ya know I spend a lot of time studying.  Don’t you?

You: Yeah I do, but I’m not getting the results I’d like to get.  How many hours do you study in a typical week? You seem to study nowhere near as much as I do.

George: Probably around four hours a week. One hour a day on three days between Monday and Friday, and sometimes another hour on the weekend.

You: At what time do you do your homework?

George: I study as soon as I get home.  I can’t concentrate after dinner because I get too sleepy.  If I have an after-school activity, then I study about an hour after dinner.  I go and do a social activity with mates for an hour or so, this relaxes me and helps me to focus more.

You: If you don’t mind, can I ask where you study?

George: Your question is rather coincidental. In the past, I studied in my room because my parents were watching TV and I found it too difficult to concentrate. Now, I just go downstairs to the nice, quiet basement instead.

At this point, you must make sure you’re not “grilling” George.  Ask if he minds answering these questions.  You should tell him how much you appreciate this information, so he can value his contribution to you.

Don’t assume he knows this.

You: Once you’re sitting at your desk, then what do you do?

George: Before actually doing any work, I decide just what I want to get done. Then I work through all the problems. If the assignment was only even-numbered exercises, I’ll try the odd-numbered ones if I have extra time, and stop once I’m absolutely confident with that form of problem. On average I can get that confident after solving three problems or so. All the work I do is written in ink, so when I’m studying later on I can see my mistakes and the corrections I’ve made.

You: I really appreciate it, George. I think I’ll try some of that stuff tonight. I also wanted to let you know that using pens of different colors seems to help me visualize and recall the notes I take. You should consider trying that. I’ll be in touch with any other suggestions.

It’s important to let other people know you’re genuinely grateful when they’ve given you their time.

The best way to show gratitude, however, will differ from person to person. No matter how, though, you should let them know how much you appreciate them and make sure your gratitude is genuine, or else they may feel taken advantage of.

Your professors and teachers, parents, older siblings, or even your local librarians could serve as excellent resources as well. To find the best match, try to find a mentor that has already accomplished the same goals you’ve set for yourself.

Onward and upward!

Dr Marc Dussault

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Of course the BEST person to ask questions like this is… YOU!

Ask yourself these questions and watch what happens to your results as you start to do ONLY what works for YOU… Enjoy getting better grades with less effort!

How I Cut My Study Time From Days To Hours And Got Better Grades In The Process

Sometimes it seems like some people are just naturally smart. It seems like they get good grades while they are playing more than actually studying.

You probably think that their good grades come easily without studying or without any hard work involved, right?

I tried all kinds of tricks to improve my grades– studying at different times of the day, in different places, by different schedules. Each one made a difference.

I wasted countless hours doing things that didn’t work.  My frustration and anger at not being taught how to study drove me to systematizing the process so that success was repeatable and, more importantly, efficient.  Even though I love reading and learning, I hate to waste time – especially if I know I can read and learn more quickly.

Being perpetually curious, I started to look into just how my classmates were getting such astonishingly high grades when they seemed to spend all their time goofing off rather than studying.

Since some of my friends were among these straight A students, I asked them outright, and this is some of what they said:

  1. “We need to create adequate space in our lives for leisure and enjoyment. The human mind truly expands when engaged in an enjoyable experience, and understand what we study.”
  2. “Since life is more than constant studying, we’ve begun to tend towards laziness instead, so you have to figure out how to note the most important points and develop a way to remember them by association with something that you really relate to during the learning process, this will have what you learn “stick” in your mind, along with the pleasant and relaxing experience you have at that time.”
  3. “Split up the lessons into small focused ones so that you chunk stuff down. What this accomplishes is an improvement of your focus while increasing your memory recall.”

Anthony Robbins calls it “Mirroring the Masters”.

That’s what I started to do.

One step at a time, I created a SYSTEM that was repeatable – it became my book with the name that says it all – Get The Best Grades With The Least Amount Of Effort.

I decided that I wanted to get that kind of free time as well. I had been wasting whole weekends reviewing for exams, when with what I ultimately learned I would have been able to do better with only two or three hours of study!

Yeah I know it sounds too good to be true – but y’know what? I got to the point where I was fed up with non-stop pressure and hour after hour of sitting at my desk trying to learn everything JUST TO GET BY.

I had enough and decided to see if this ‘stuff really did work’.

Y’know what?!?!

It did and it does – but only for those who learn the techniques, tools and strategies.

I eventually developed tips and tricks to help my friends and classmates ( the first draft of my book) and believe it or not, I was met with resistance. I hadn’t “proven” myself and because of that, I didn’t have the credibility. It was often too late for me to help those who needed it the most.

That has changed now. BUT it’s too late for my classmates of 20+ years ago…

I have accomplished things that are “public” or within people’s view and I now have credibility.

I am living proof that these strategies work.

I  also have an amazing number of success stories from students all over the globe who have put my advice to good use, and more of them are doing so every day. I’d love to count you among the successes I’ve chronicled in seminars and books!

Let me know by posting a comment on this blog!

I genuinely think that just about anyone can learn these fundamental principles and use them to improve their grades immensely– possibly from Ds all the way up to Bs and sometimes As– something many people only dream of.

But nothing happens unless you change something.

Make the decision now to stop wasting time studying and start to get better grades THIS SEMESTER.

Onward and upward!
Dr Marc Dussault

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When you flunk your next exam, test or quiz, come back to this blog and read the posts – there is enough content here to prevent that from happening again. My book has much more content than this blog and it’s the best investment you could make – it’s a fraction of the cost of an academic textbook, the price of a double music CD… Think about that for a second.

If you didn’t flunk, but you got stressed out of your mind – consider the option that you could get the SAME GRADES OR BETTER without the stress. Why put yourself through that?

For me, the STRESS and ANXIETY was the key driver to learning these strategies – I always get ‘pumped up’ for exams and quizzes, but more than that is no fun – I want the calm sense of confidence that I KNOW I can ACE an EXAM.

That total feeling of serenity is priceless ESPECIALLY when everyone else is fidgeting, twitching and sometimes getting sick in the bathroom before a final. That’s just not for me.

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

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