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How To Study For Exams

Today’s post is a funny diagram that begs the question “How should you study for exams?” In my study book, I explain this in Chapter 8 How to determine what will be on your next exam and Chapter 9 How to ace exams each and every time. Click on the hyperlinks to get your copy of my study book now, otherwise this chart will unfortunately continue to represent the stress of taking exams.

How Not To Study For Exams

How Not To Study For Exams

This was sent to me by Andrew Powell in Montreal, Canada. If you come across diagrams, charts or illustrations like these – please send them to me and I’ll make sure everyone knows you sent it to me. Don’t forget that my study book has been sold to thousands of students from all over the world representing 29 different countries!

Ace your next exam by solving it in advance!

I am including another testimonial from Andrés who lives in beautiful Costa Rica because I think he adds a very personal perspective to the process of Getting Better Grades With The Least Amount Of Effort that will inspire and motivate you.

My grades have gone up and are still going up with very little extra effort. The thing is that I caught it right on the edge and believed I was doing the right thing from the beginning. I have no doubt that doing what I did at the very end of the semester could help me if I apply it at the beginning of the semester. It’s exactly what you say in your book just that you have to practice like you had the test that same week.. for a couple of weeks and don’t stress by trying to do it all at once.

Once you have a system you can use it in the exam and since you have practiced many times  you can check with your teacher to remove any mistakes before the exam. That’s where I lost  points in my exam, that I could have prevented.

From extremely low marks on my university test grades I have gotten back on track with some incredible success. Why is it that once you actually think that you are doing something productive and it is extremely beneficial it ends up being not so great after all?

It’s hard to get out of old habits and I will still be giving it all my effort. This has been a life-changing experience that takes me to a new breath of life above my own frustration. There are unlimited possibilities but limited time to find them. I believe it is not until you’re put to test that a door opens for you. The answer is that you live within your world of thoughts and experiences. Nobody perceives it like you do or thinks what you think.

Sincerely,
Andrés Acosta Egea
Costa Rica

Onward and upward!
Dr Marc Dussault

P.S.

If you have your own testimonial or QUESTIONS you would like to ask me, please post it as a comment to this blog and I’ll get to it as soon as I can.

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.

Reduce Exam Stress and Anxiety NOW

All too often in life, it seems that the times in which we felt most productive were times when we actually had the least amount of time to spend.

What do I mean?

Think about that looming deadline set by your boss or that all-too-rapidly approaching final exam.

Do you find yourself not doing the work you’re supposed to do, when you have plenty of time to complete it yet when you’re giving yourself a time table and short sharp bursts of urgent timelines you excel above and beyond what you ever expected?

In simple terms, when you HAVE TO DO SOMETHING, YOU DO IT, when it’s not a must, you let it slide…

Are some examples of prioritizing:

Not important and not urgent. At the end of the semester you need to hand in a book report. It will probably take at least 10 to 20 hours to read the whole book (unless you speed read), and at least 4 or 5 hours to write the whole report. You have been given 3 months to complete it and it is worth at least 10% of your final grade.

You need to begin with it at the earliest momeny in order to avoid it becoming urgent.

You really want to avoid letting an important task become an “urgent and important” task. You can easily avoid this type of situation by psychologically giving yourself one-fourth of the time to complete the task, which will result in a faster completion time. Therefore, allowing extra time so that you can review and “polish” the final product into something truly amazing.

Not important but urgent. A quiz is scheduled for tomorrow, but you haven’t been to able to review anything. Although it’s only 5% of your total grade, you want to get the maximum mark you can.

You know perfectly well you could have done this sooner, and more easily, in between other tasks. Now, however, you need to worry about it unnecessarily.

Stop it!

Important but not urgent. You have a project that is worth 35% of your final mark.  It’s due in a month and you estimate it will take you 20-25 hours to complete.

On top of chunking it down into bite-size chunks you also need to give each bite-size chunk a deadline and timeline, so that you have a realistic expectation and understanding of your workload. This will take the pressure off you, so you can relax when you set time to relax and be very focused in the times you allot for each chunk to be done.

Important and urgent. Your final exam is in 2 days time and 70% of your final grade depends on it. You have not done enough till now. The amount of new material to be covered is so great that you are not sure where to begin. You start panicking.

This is not where you want to be spending your time.  You want to spend as much time as possible on important but not urgent issues.  Of course, this takes planning and preparation But you will find times when you need to manage important and urgent situations in your education, life and work.

The ideal coping method is to take a more objective look at the issue, and take the time to think it over calmly. There is no situation that can be best dealt with in haste; every difficulty needs some thought put into it, and every difficulty can be better overcome if you plan a little before diving into the situation.

Once you’ve worked out how to keep this balance, and how to take advantage of deadlines on the really urgent assignments, you’ll have developed a system that will help you successfully complete any task you’re assigned at school or work.

I cover these in much more detail with more detailed examples in my book. Get it now and reduce your exam stress today/tonight.

Onward and upward!
Dr Marc Dussault

P.S.

Successful students are NOT smarter than their classmates – they just DO things differently. Prioritization simply means putting in the SAME or LESS effort at a different point in time. Most students CRAM for exams with a LOT OF STRESS when in fact they could have done much better by studying the night before the night before the exam without duress.

That’s what I did when I was in the MBA program. I forced myself to study the night BEFORE the night BEFORE class on PURPOSE. So that I had the NIGHT BEFORE to review anything ‘else’ that I might have forgotten or had trouble with.

I was much less stressed than my classmates, slept better and YES got better grades. More importantly I enjoyed the process. Many of my classmates did not have fun learning – they were stressed, anxious, nervous and not much fun to be around. That was the case for the academic colleagues as well as family.

In some cases, it was almost the trigger to a divorce. In several, it meant they were not patient with their kids which is a terrible thing to see – WHEN IT’S TOTALLY PREVENTABLE…

Study SMARTER and LESS rather than HARDER to get the BEST GRADES

Today’s post is courtesy of Jennifer F. who asked the following two questions via e-mail.

How long does the system take to complete? Can I share it to other computers in my home once I get it?
Thank you. Jennifer F.

Question #1: How long does the system take to complete?

Get the BEST GRADES With The LEAST Amount Of EFFORT” is a SYSTEM that starts with an e-book that takes most people less than 1 hour to read. The tips, techniques and tools revealed are so easy to implement that a fifth grader could put them into practice IMMEDIATELY.

The SYSTEM is structured for each person to OPTIMISE their own study patterns which means every person will find his/her own solutions EFFORTLESSLY, and each one will be DIFFERENT. What Jennifer does to increase her grades will NOT work for Janet or Jack.

That is the beauty of the SYSTEM – you will find what works BEST FOR YOU, even as quickly as while you read the book.

But to answer Jennifer’s excellent question – the SYSTEM takes only minutes of attention to PLAN, TRACK and MONITOR what you’re currently doing. Within the first week of using just a handful of the strategies, you’ll start to see IMMEDIATE results.

Many people get results BEFORE they even finish reading the book BECAUSE they do the exercises.

In fact, when you buy the book, you’ll have access to BONUS materials and techniques for SPEED LEARNING and SPEED READING that will further enhance your results.

If you have a test or exam coming up and you apply just 2 or 3 strategies in the book, you’ll see INSTANT results on that exam. You’ll be able to REMEMBER more and UNDERSTAND more than you did before you started the SYSTEM.

That being said, this is a SYSTEM that you can fine tune over and over again. Most people want to get BETTER grades and are willing to spend MORE TIME to get them, and THEN start to reduce their time spent studying. That totally makes sense to me – GET THE RESULTS NOW and then reduce the cost/investment to get the SAME and better rewards AFTER you’ve figured out what works and what doesn’t.

So the answer to Jennifer’s first question is that it takes about an hour to read the e-book and then only minutes to apply the strategies SYSTEMATICALLY one at a time – as your courses and semester develops.

If you are a good note taker, you might want to focus on EXAMS, QUIZZES and TESTS.

If you you’re good at EXAMS, you might want to REDUCE the time it takes to MEMORISE and LEARN stuff the first time…

Whatever it is that you need to focus on, it takes MINUTES for you to implement the strategies and they will start to save you time within the first week – GUARANTEED.

Jennifer’s second question is also very good—

Question #2: Can I share it to other computers in my home once I get it?

The “Get the BEST GRADES With The LEAST Amount Of EFFORT” System STARTS with an e-book that is a PDF file that is sent to you IMMEDIATELY when you place your order and you can open and read on any computer and share with family members. Because this is my intellectual property, it’s not to be given to others freely. That is stealing and when you do that, the Universe has a way of punishing that kind of behaviour… I talk about harnessing the unlimited power of the universe in the book and in subsequent elements of the SYSTEM.

The SYSTEM is comprised of BONUSES and additional components that you will receive access to automatically.

Each one is designed to ensure that you KEEP improving your grades. Some are focused on SPEED LEARNING while others on SPEED READING.

These are all delivered electronically and can be accessed on any computer regardless if you’re at home, school or work.

There you go, two GREAT QUESTIONS.

Onward and upward!
Marc

P.S.
Get the BEST GRADES With The LEAST Amount Of EFFORT” starts with buying the e-Book. NOTHING will change unless you take action.

This SYSTEM is GUARANTEED to work – No one who has read the book and applied the strategies has failed – NO ONE.

All you need to do is trust the process, invest this small amount and see what happens. I personally GUARANTEE you can BET BETTER GRADES plus I know you can do it with less effort.

Without diverting into a speed reading discussion, imagine if you could read 2 or 3 times faster – which I teach in one of the SYSTEM COMPONENTS…

I am sure you’d agree it’s LESS effort to read 3 hours of material in 1 hour…

I can teach you to do that, but won’t unless you buy the first component of my SYSTEM – “Get the BEST GRADES With The LEAST Amount Of EFFORT” It’s about the price of a Music CD with a FULL MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE.

If it’s not worth it to you to get better grades THIS SEMESTER, then don’t worry about it. Keep doing what you’re doing and don’t worry about the fact that you could go to bed earlier, be less stressed and get better looking dates as your grades improve AND you have more time to socialise, have fun and party WITHOUT compromising your grades.

Have a problem studying, taking exams or writing term papers?

Post a comment and I’ll make some suggestions…

Consider it a ‘private tutoring lesson’…

A lesson that everyone gets to learn from.

Try to be as specific as you can – saying that you have trouble taking exams is not specific, saying that you’re not good at essay exams is better, saying that you run out of time writing essay exams is even better.

Go on, give me a challenge…

I’m here to help you get better grades with the least amount of effort!

Marc