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Being smart can make you stupid

A parent recently bought my study book for her 15 year old son. Despite his high IQ 120 (which actually could be as high as 143) he struggles with being “ADD non hyperactive”. She explains that it rears its head in the typical way, lack of focus, organisation, etc. His weakest areas are working memory, visual memory, sequencing and auditory processing. Skills like targeting sports, math and science CONCEPTS are learned easily. His superior reasoning skills are in the 95th percentile and work well for him except when the topic has many details, rules and/or he is not interested in learning them.

Because he learns concepts quickly, he is overly confident (wrongly) thinking that he has learned it all, so he takes few notes.

He also has a writing deficiency, which combined with poor working memory makes it difficult to take notes and keep up with what’s being presented. As a result, details fall to the wayside and no longer exist as something that he must know. So he is convinced that
he knows the material and does not need to study. He used to do OK in earlier grades that required less detail retention and recall,but now he is failing courses that intellectually he should have no problem with.

The question the mother asked was:

“How can he apply the 80/20 concept when he doesn’t think there is a 20 percent that he doesn’t know and thinks he has it 100 percent down?”

One word – MindMapping.

Click on the hyperlink above and have a look around at a new program that I created with Visual artist – Paul Telling.

MindMapping will help him:

  • Focus on concepts without being distracted with details.
  • Get around any writing deficiencies since the elements are all graphical.
  • Peak his interest because drawing is always a challenge – it never gets dull.
  • It’s easy to start with simple lines and arrows.
  • It’s progressive, meaning he’ll improve quickly as he masters the steps.
  • Because the information is visually stored, retention and recall should be greatly improved.
  • Since the process is FAST, that will deal with the short attention span associated with ADD.

Great Study Tips Site

Even though there are countless great sites on the Internet, often it’s hard to find them. That’s why, as an Exponential Growth Strategist, I come into contact with thousands of people every year and many of them forward interesting and useful links, sites and blogs that are valuable and worthy of bookmarking. The Khan Academy Site is one such example.

David Pitts, a participant at a recent corporate “Super Session” let me know that.

The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit organization with the mission of providing a high quality education to anyone, anywhere.

http://www.khanacademy.org/

The Khan Academy has 1000+ videos on YouTube covering everything from basic arithmetic and algebra to differential equations, physics, chemistry, biology and finance that have been recorded by Salman Khan. Read a recent San Francisco Chronicle article about Salman Khan and the Khan Academy.

Listen to a recent interview by Salman with NPR’s All Things Considered

Interested, download the Khan Academy fact sheet. You can also read more about the Khan Academy vision in this document.

The Khan Academy and Salman Khan have received a 2009 Tech Award in Education. The Tech Awards is an international awards program that honors innovators from around the world who are applying technology to benefit humanity.

Sal has just launched the alpha software version of the old web app. Try it out if you’re interested in practicing some of the concepts in the videos.. It requires a Google account (not the login from the old app). The old, slower version is still available here.

To keep abreast of new videos as they add them, subscribe to the Khan Academy channel on YouTube.

Use Colours To Improve Memory Retention, Comprehension And Understanding

When we first learn something, information is processed by the brain to form a neural trace which first enters your sensory memory and then, if you’re paying attention, enters your Short Term Memory (STM). If you keep working to process the information and adapt it correctly, it then moves to your Long Term Memory (LTM).

The information which is processed into your LTM is more or less permanent and with occasional reviewing, you will not forget it.

The trick is to adapt the information that you really need into LTM as quickly as possible.

The ability to retain needed information in working memory is important to learning and exam taking performance. Drawings help to improve memory retention, comprehension and understanding. Continue reading ‘Use Colours To Improve Memory Retention, Comprehension And Understanding’

From Doodling To MindMapping

Today’s blog post contribution is from Paul Telling, a professional artist and MindMapping expert. I asked him to share his insights and ideas about MindMapping to help you get better grades in school. This is the first in a series we’ll be publishing on this blog it’s in support of a new program we just launched called How To MindMap To Get Better Grades. You can click on the hyperlink to access the program information page.

Hi, Paul Telling here – I thought I would share with you my story of how I caught onto MindMapping along my educational journey.

I have always been interested in school and learning. Although at school it can be hard when you think you have all the answers and the teachers are slowing you down. Or the reverse might be true – you struggle to learn as you just don’t get what the teacher’s on about.

Well I had both happen during my high school years. I was interested in art, computing studies and maths while I struggled in English and physics. I managed to get into university doing a degree in Industrial Design.

Studying at university was where I learned to doodle in my sketchbook – all day long. Of course during design classes but also in classes that I was meant to be taking notes. If I found the lectures boring, I would draw a caricature of the lecturer and this got a lot of laughs from my classmates.

Some of my classmates just thought I was weird because I tended to spend more time drawing things than taking linear notes verbatim. My pages of notes were eighty percent pictures and less than twenty percent text.

Little did I know that this was MindMapping!

We all have a tendency to doodle while on the phone, during lectures especially in maths or science class! Doodling is the sub conscious working in its own visual language to learn the content you’re grappling with to help you remember stuff more easily. Doodles are visual elements trying to get linked up in your brain.

The amazing thins is that I can still remember many of ,my lecture notes from when I was a design student. I can still picture most of them in my mind’s eye even though that was more than 6 years ago.

Back then I didn’t know what I was doing. Over time, I have learned the different skills required to MindMap more effectively. I value this skill as something that helps me learn quickly the first time, every time.

Luckily, I now have the chance to teach you this wonderful skill of MindMapping through the video course I created with Dr Marc Dussault.

When you take the How To MindMap To Get Better Grades Video Program, you will turn, in two hours, learn to turn your doodles into cool, colourful MindMaps that will help you remember and recall more than ever before. Your classmates will think you’re a genius.

I hope you get your hands on the course sooner rather than later so you can start to improve your grades as of the very next test, quiz or exam that’s coming up.

I look forward to sharing more insights with you in future blog posts.

Visually yours,

Paul Telling

How Observant Are You?

To get better grades in school, you need to be observant which means your power of focus and attention to detail need to be fined tuned. I came across these photos on the Internet and thought it a great way for you to test how many differences you can spot between the two photos. Leave me a comment with the total number you’ve found and we’ll see who is the most observant of all!

How Many Differences Can You Spot?

Struggling With Your English Course?

Chances are if you’re in high school, struggling with your English courses – it’s at least partially because you’re TEXTING and TWEETING too much. A recent study reported that British teens were using approximate 800 words a day, significantly less than the 40,000 words a typical 16-year-old should have at his or her command.

Here’s an exponential tip for you – try to learn ONE NEW WORD EVERY DAY… That will help replace the one you’re FORGETTING every day!

A great site you can bookmark is Visual Thesaurus. It’s also a great resource when you’re writing term papers and need to find just the right word!

MindMapping To Get Better Grades

David Fisher, bought my study book and is applying the study tips to get better grades. One of the questions he had was about MindMapping to take better notes. A friend of mine is a gifted artist who created a 2 minute 44 second long YouTube video that begins the explanation about MindMapping which you can view below.

How To Get Better Grades By MindMapping

MindMapping is one of the key speed learning skills I teach my business and professional clients who pay me tens of thousands of dollars per year to improve their results. If you want to access one of the most powerful skills – you can get my Exponential MasterMind Program by clicking on the hyperlink.

But I have to warn you – it’s potent and powerful. If you want to get the best grades possible without becoming a nerd or a geek, this is the fastest and easiest way to do it.

Get Better Grades Testimonial

You might have taken a look at my study book and considered buying it. If you haven’t bought it yet, listen to David’s experience and ask yourself – if it works for him, why wouldn’t it work for you?

Hello Marc

I have been reading your e book and have only once listened to your speed reading video. The extra emails are great as it keeps me on track otherwise I could wander a bit and lose focus on what I should be doing rather than just go through the motions.

I am working on a better format for my class notes with more drawings/mind maps as this is a better form of learning for me and audio recordings. (Now that I know this from your book that explained how to determine my own learning style).

Exams start end of the month so the next stage is to compile the notes into A3 mind maps layouts.

I am now in a study room not the office which had too many distractions that prevented me from getting into the right mind ‘zone’.

I don’t cold read my study guide and text any more so I pre-read first to get a general understanding then highlight and compose the notes and now I comprehend more. (I can’t believe the difference this makes!)

My assignment grades have increased from about 60-80% to the last one 88% and this was the highest grade. :-)

My studies are extramural so no lecturers only Webct and study guide/text books.

I am practicing your speed reading techniques and using it the first time I read something but need to work on this more.

Thanking you very much for you help.

David Fisher

Get Better Grades And Make $82,000 More

The Economist Magazine recently reported that a male university graduate will make $82,000 more in his working lifetime than his non-university graduate peer. This includes the cost of tuition, lost wages while studying as well as extra taxes paid. What this simply means is that it pays to get better grades.

But getting better grades is not just about winging it – you need to be systematic and discipline about it. My study book and this blog are great way to learn to get better grades with less effort. My study book comes with many bonus materials that will help you – go to the product page now and check it out.

How To Study Less

Today’s post is from Rodney Alexander, an undergraduate accounting student who has a 4.0 GPA which is OUTSTANDING and want to know how my e-book “Get The Best Grades With The Least Amount Of Effort” can help him have a life beyond the endless hours of study… Here are my suggestions:

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Hello Dr. Dussault,

I am a junior in the undergraduate accounting program at my university.  I am planning to attend the graduate program to earn my MSA when I finish undergraduate next year.  I currently have a 4.0 GPA but spend a lot of my time studying and have trouble squeezing  social life, girlfriend, and work into my schedule.  In what ways will your product add value to my academic and social life?

Thank you,
Rodney Alexander

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Study Tip #1: Learn To Speed Read

I chose the title of my book specifically to address this issue – it’s not about getting the best grades, it’s all about doing it WITH LESS EFFORT.

The first tip is to learn to Speed Read. If you can read 2, 3 or 4 times faster than you do now, you are going to gain FREE TIME to go out and have fun with your girlfriend or boyfriend. When I was studying for my Ph.D. – and this is all on my product information page…

I was speed reading 6 times FASTER than my colleagues, that meant that if I read for 3 hours on Friday night, my colleagues were spending 18 hours – that’s all day Saturday and all day Sunday reading the SAME MATERIAL.

Rodney, if you are NOT speed reading, you need to get my e-book PLUS get my Speed Reading Video Program.

Study Tip #2: Learn To Speed Learn

In my book I explain this and then supplement it with the FREE BONUS Speed Learning Video that is INCLUDED with my e-book. If you are getting As or High Distinctions, you know how to learn, you just need to do it FASTER.

Some people need to learn HOW TO LEARN, but if you’re getting TOP grades now, you just need BE QUICKER, more efficient.

In my e-book I explain how you currently do this and how you can SYSTEMISE what you do step-by-step to do it better and FASTER. Within 2-3 weeks, you will be able to get the SAME RESULT with a 5 to 10 hour reduction in TIME SPENT if you are an undergraduate student in Accounting.

Study Tip #3: Learn How YOU Learn

Rodney, I don’t know what your learning style is, but whatever it is – there are 3 or 4 things you MUST do to improve HOW you study to get better results FASTER. In my e-book, I show YOU how to find out WHICH STYLE YOU have and what to do to get better results, faster.

It’s NOT ‘one size fits all’ solution.

Every single person has their own style and patterns that THEY need to get the BEST RESULTS. The trick is to find YOUR SECRET COMBINATION so you can unlock the genius that’s within you.

Study Tip #4: How To Understand And Remember More

Most students waste 25 to as much as 50% of their study time memorising stuff for exams. That is ludicrous! In my e-book I teach you the SYSTEM to make sure you are never caught cramming at the last minute trying to learn and remember stuff.

This works in ALL SUBJECTS AT ALL LEVELS. I should know – I have degrees in Pure and Applied Science, Engineering, Business, Psychology, Law, Corporate Governance and Taxation.

The strategies are simple and easy – but they need practice.

Rodney, with a 4.0 GPA, you don’t need better grades, you need to STOP WASTING TIME and get the SAME GRADES with a lot less effort!

My e-book and video programs GUARANTEE you’ll be able to spend more time with your girlfriend and your firends within 8 weeks – or ClickBank will refund you 100%.

But honestly Rodney – think about it this way – you’re getting straight As. I have products that GUARANTEE RESULTS – why not give it a try?

Hundreds of students with WORSE GRADES than you are now getting the SAME GRADES as yours with less effort… Why not join them today/tonight?

I would love to hear you become one of my success stories – I can almost read it now…

“Dear Dr. Dussault,

I wrote to you 6 months ago. Struggling to reduce my study time. I was apprehensive, but decided with your blog post response it was worth a shot. WOW! What a difference your book and videos made! I can now read 3 times faster than I used to, I’ve retained my 4.0 GPA and study about 10 hours less a week – going out with my girlfriend every weekend (Psst! she is also using your strategies and went from a 3.2 to 3.8 GPA!) I, no make that WE, can’t thank you enough.

I wish I had learned these strategies at the BEGINNING of my Accounting degree! Now that I have this skill – I might decide to do a double-major for my Master’s Degree – I’ll keep you posted!

Sincerely Yours,

Rodney.”

Stop Subvocalising To Speed Read

If you aren’t reading more than 400 to 500 words per minute, I’ll tell you why…

First, you need to purchase my Speed Reading Video Program, because what I’m about to say isn’t going to make much sense unless you know the technique of SPEED READING…

Once you have purchased it, you’ll understand that the #1 reason you haven’t doubled or tripled your reading speed is because you are still sub-vocalising.

Continue reading ‘Stop Subvocalising To Speed Read’

What’s included in the eBook?

Today’s post is from Max Namgung who asked an excellent question – What’s included in the Get The Best Grades With The Least Amount Of Effort e-book?…

You get all of the following:

  • The powerful, grade-changing eBook electronically delivered to your inbox
  • Access to this blog so you can ask ANY QUESTION you have that I will personally answer, like your private tutor.
  • The Speed Learning Videos, which are valued at $47 – see the site that sells them – but YOU GET THEM FOR FREE with the e-book!

The Speed Learning Video Includes:

  • 4 keys to help you accomplish any goal faster (a new twist that will make this automatic for you)
  • How to meet deadlines with ease and without driving yourself crazy!
  • How to get into the peak performance ‘zone’ on command, that makes you feel unstoppable.
  • What an Olympian can teach you about how to tap into your own unique brain “programming” to MAXIMISE your grades or any performance in life.
  • Should you cram at the last minute or study one week in advance? – this will blow you away!
  • What to do if you’re a PROCRASTINATOR and how to use it to your advantage.
  • How to absorb and remember even banal and boring information that can be critical to achieving top grades.
  • 2 little-known questions you must ask yourself to help you read faster and with better comprehension.
  • Should you use a highlighter when reading? – most people do this wrong!
  • The #1 reason why many students fail and what you must know to master any subject or any skill faster than most people!
  • The Rubik’s cube strategy to solve complex problems quickly and without effort.
  • How to immediately tell information that’s true from information that’s inaccurate so you can make the right decisions at school and in life.
  • How to speed-read ON SCREEN 200% faster than even quick readers and master the skill in 60 seconds or less!
  • Why people stop half way and don’t finish what they start and what to do so that it doesn’t happen to you.
  • How can the clothes you wear wreck or improve your grades – something your Maths teacher never told you!
  • The reason why you keep forgetting important things when under pressure and how to recall important details when you need them most.
  • The #1 study technique to instantly improve your grades using only a pen and paper
  • One 9-letter word to turbo-charge your memory and help you remember things like calculus, physics, maths, geography or history without breaking a sweat!
  • Should you study early or late at night?
  • Should you do the easiest or the hardest exam questions first?
  • How to do multiple exams one after the other and get top grades without freaking out.
  • A system to help you remember and recall quickly tons of information on demand.
  • The Case Method used by Harvard Business School and how it can help you to develop analytical skills, sound judgment, and leadership potential.
  • In this 61-minute recording, I reveal my personal strategies to help you get the best grades with the least amount of effort. These are strategies that are difficult to explain on paper but are an absolute MUST to help you unleash your full potential.

    You’ll learn how to tailor the techniques contained in Get the Best Grades With the Least Amount Of Effort to your own unique style and personality.

    The strategies you learn in this video will radically change your results at school and in any area of your life:

    Because I KNOW this video has the potential to supercharge your results and grades the moment you watch it, I’m including it with How To Get The Best Grades With The Least Amount Of Effort.

    Get your copy of the book now, BEFORE this $47 bonus video is taken away

Does Cramming Work?

Cramming – Don’t Do It!

Time can really get to you when you are trying to study. Many people wait until the last minute and they end up trying to cram all the information in within a few hours.

So, this brings up an important issue – DOES CRAMMING ACTUALLY WORK?

When people are preparing for a test or exam, often cramming will turn into a habit that is overused. Many students resort to cramming for a variety of reasons self-justifying our behaviour with the lie that we have busy schedule… Am I right?

In many cases, cramming can be RISKY, since it ends up CAUSING STRESS FOR NO GOOD REASON!

As such, you end up making your brain work even harder in a shorter period of time, than it would if you were doing routine study. If you cram on a frequent and regular basis, it can actually become a HEALTH RISK.

One of my engineering school classmates had to drop out because of study-related, stress-induced health problems thinking he could take some time off and come back – that didn’t happen. Once out of school, he ended up ‘taking it easy’ with a less ambitious crowd and well, the rest is history. Not only did he not get back to Engineering, he never stepped back into a university classroom.

When possible, you should definitely use other methods of studying – other than cramming.

Not sure where to find great ideas? Consider reading my revolutionary learning e-book “Get Better Grades with the Least Amount of Effort.” It offers a lot of helpful knowledge, proven study tips, techniques and strategies that can help you study more effectively and get better grades.

SO DOES CRAMMING EVER WORK?

When you are healthy, well rested and don’t have a lot of “other stresses” in your life, the brain may deal quite well with a bit of cramming that occurs in the last minutes or hours of study before an important exam or quiz.

However, in most cases, if it works at all, you usually only end up with GRADES THAT ARE AVERAGE, instead of the BEST GRADES you could achieve if you studied more effectively.

One of the main problems with cramming is that you never get a great grasp of all the information and the relationship groups of information may have with each other – those inter-relationships are usually what teachers put in the exam!

Cramming can also lead to CONFUSION. Sometimes it can make information you already know even more confusing. You’ll also find that it’s hard to put the facts in your long-term memory as you are probably dealing with FATIGUE and FRUSTRATION as well.

If you don’t want to put your mind through all this, then make sure you avoid cramming for your exams and is you DO cram, you use my strategies to make the best of it!

It doesn’t matter whether you are studying in high school, college or business. If you are looking for ways to study more effectively it’s well worth checking out my ebook “Get Better Grades with the Least Amount of Effort.”

Onward and upward!
Marc

P.S. If you have any personal experiences or feedback on cramming, post it here on the blog as a comment!

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.

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.

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