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Getting Better Grades Is About Self Mastery

Today, Nick shares with us some of his challenges that will help you to see that you’re not alone. We all do this to some extent. Self Mastery is about controlling our emotions. My study book is about relieving the pressure and stress of studying so that you don’t put yourself in a pressure cooker.

Read Nick’s e-mail below and my response that follows.

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Hey Dr. Dussault,

I understand where you’re coming from and I deeply appreciate your concern for me in reaching my full potential.

Ever since I was little, I was the reader who struggled to Excel on standardized tests and to comprehend books. I always felt like I was the slowest reader in the class, as it continues to be a great insecurity of mine.

I also tend to beat myself down when I don’t succeed at say playing sports, improving my reading and grades, etc. But when I look at myself now, I have a 4.0 GPA in high school right now and I’m also a starter on a premier soccer club. Why am I always beating myself up?

This was why I bought your speed reading videos. I was so frustrated with the reading course I was taking at home, that I wanted to try yours. However, like you said, things takes time.

Thanks
Nick

P.S. In regards to your study book, my goal is primarily to become more efficient with my studies, since I procrastinate like you cannot believe. However, I have seen only a slight improvement because I keep going back to my old ways and having trouble following through with your techniques. As you said, It’s not easy, but I am up for the challenge and will continue to strive “onward and upward”.

First of all, Nick is being VERY honest and forthcoming. That is the first thing you have to do to be a great student – well great at anything – it’s to be self-aware. Know yourself so you know what you’re trying to improve.

One of the things Nick MUST stop using is the LABEL of procrastinator. if you see, hear and feel yourself as a procrastinator, you will remain one. Instead, whenever you say that word to yourself, INSTANT correct yourself and say “No, I am an action taker who is taking control of my life and destiny.”

I know it sounds childish – just try it and trust the process.

The next suggestion I have for Nick is to stop beating himself up, but to REWARD his victories and accomplishments.

I recently won a Silver Medal at the 2009 Australian Masters Games in Squash. To celebrate, I posted it on my Personal Mastery Blog, and at a recent event I actually brought my Silver Medal to show my clients who supported me. It was fun, but it also felt good to SHARE the victory with them.

We all need to celebrate the victories.

Holding ourselves to a higher standard does NOT mean you have to beat yourself up or down. Others will do that to you.

You need to keep yourself MOTIVATED and EXCITED.

So, Stop It! <— Click here to watch a funny video.

Manage Your Study Workload

Are you one of those who always places more importance on recreation rather than studying? Do you tend to put your studies off until tomorrow? If you are, who could blame you, because nobody in their right mind would want to stay in studying, rather than having a fun night out on the town with their mates.

But if you learn how to study for a test, how to study for an exam or just how to study better – it can make the study experience all the more enjoyable.

As humans, we all prefer the fun things in life rather than the monotonous chores we’re always faced with. The only problem though, is that putting things off until the next day will nearly always result in MORE STRESS!

Writing down and maintaining a priority study list and working through it accordingly is a far better solution. A list not only helps to ensure you don’t forget anything, it also allows you to work through tasks in a logical order. The benefit of following this method is that for the most part, you’ll actually end up having more free time to enjoy yourself!

While many people tend to think that they should complete all the small tasks first, before tackling the big important ones, in reality it works the other way around. Providing you tackle all the worst jobs first, the small jobs will be a breeze and before you know it, you’ll have quality free time on your hands.

Likewise, if you have a specific task which you know will take longer than average, make a commitment to tackle it at a certain time and make sure you’ve set aside enough time to do it.

The benefits of making a study list and actually sticking to it are many, especially nowadays when so many people have to make time for their studies in between doing other life chores. The solution to managing your time is all about working smarter, rather than working harder.

Other study skill activities, study skill tips and study skill techniques are outlined in the Get The Best Grades with the Least Amount of Effort ebook available for order online.

Admittedly, what works for you may not work for someone else. I explain why this is and what to do about it in Chapter 5 of my ebook Get The Best Grades With the Least Amount of Effort.

The truth is though, the list method ALWAYS WORKS, providing you make any necessary adjustments in order to best meet your own requirements. With a little bit of experimenting, you’ll soon discover the formula that suits you best.

Tips like this and other study shortcuts are covered in more depth in chapter 7 of my ebook Get The Best Grades With the Least Amount of Effort.

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