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Top 10 Best Study Skills

Whether you are a student struggling to learn or a teacher trying to help prepare your students, knowing HOW to develop good study skills by using the right study skills material will help you achieve your targets with outstanding outcomes. The following top 10 best study skills are hyperlinked to valuable resources that will help you get better grades faster.

  1. Having the best study skills improves memory habits making it easier to get the most out of your studying efforts by remembering important information.
  2. Students who know how to study efficiently will manage their time better using less energy and more brain power resulting in academic success!
  3. Finding an effective study skill that works for you will develop the correct way to absorb information and is a great skill to maintain for making life choices.
  4. Studying is tedious and sometimes overwhelming. Using a study skills guide shows useful tricks such as helpful ways to research, how to prepare for a test and writing tips so that you can stay organized and focused.
  5. Instead of getting frustrated and spending countless hours making mistakes and then correcting them, use one of the many study skills resources available to know the tricks of the trade and get better results.
  6. Studying, like any other task in life, requires a few key elements to make the information retainable. Learn how to study better so that you get the results you want.
  7. Studying itself can be a daunting task, leaving no time for you to strategize your life as a student. Learning different methods by implementing proper study skills and strategies can go a long way in helping students to make order from the chaos!
  8. Knowing how to study smarter and not harder lets students learn more effectively with healthier regimens and higher achievements.
  9. Online study skills can be a student’s best friend with limitless amounts of information. Be sure to always use legitimate sources and don’t forget to reference those sites!
  10. Whether you are a student struggling to learn or a teacher trying to help prepare your students, knowing HOW to develop good study skills by using the right study skills material will help you achieve your targets with outstanding outcomes.

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…


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.


Pankaj Bharambe


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

Onward and upward!
Dr Marc Dussault

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!

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


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…


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


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


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


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.


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


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 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.


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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