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2 Minute Exam Success Technique

Today’s blog post is a TED TALK that can help you study better and reduce your exam anxiety in less than 2 minutes… Check it out!

How To Manage Projects and Study

Today’s post is from Natasha, she is struggling to complete a project and study at the same time.

First things first.

You need to buy my book Get The Best Grades With The Least Amount Of Effort to learn the strategies that will help you overcome study stress and overwhelm. Here is Natasha’s situation:

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Greetings,Thank you for you information. I am struggling here to finish an ICT project which is due on March 27th. These days I sleep at 12.00 midnight to do the project and wake up at 3.00 am to study ICT till 6.00. I continue then go to school. I have also found that my efficiency and productivity is also less at night, but I can’t help it! At least I do less than doing nothing at all!


But at school I really find it difficult to concentrate as I feel sleepy. My teacher also scolds me…but I still want to finish the project as I started it really late and others are well ahead of me. I am really worried and lost confidence. I have paid a lot of money to sit for this exam. Would you please give me some tips to finish my project as soon as possible so that I have time to study! I went through the section where you said “Important and emergency” please elaborate more on this topic as I’ve got it important and urgent as well.

Natasha, First of all, you’ve painted yourself into a corner. That is one of the things I teach students to AVOID. Once you have painted yourself into the corner, you need to get out of it as quickly as you can.

How to get out of study stress and overwhelm

  1. Pick up my study book and determine which learning style you are. Without learning this, you are wasting too many hours study ineffectively. You need to STUDY LESS and REMEMBER MORE – you can’t do that UNLESS you know YOUR learning style. My study book explains how simple and easy this is.
  2. Once you know your learning style, you will UNDERSTAND FASTER AND REMEMBER MORE. That will give you EXTRA TIME – to sleep or catch up on other stuff.
  3. You decision to SLEEP or work on other projects is a priority management issue that I explain with a simple diagram so you can start to do the right things at the right time to reduce study stress, anxiety and overwhelm.
  4. Once you’ve done that, you will know exactly how to stay out of the URGENT and IMPORTANT quadrant. If you don’t buy my book and apply the study strategies, you’re on your own. The study tips and tools in my book are EASY to LEARN and apply. The book is inexpensive compared to the cost of NOT getting any sleep and getting poor grades and getting stressed out.

You need to start by buying my book, then applying the study strategies and then asking me SPECIFIC QUESTIONS about the strategies so I can help you get better grades with the least amount of effort!

It’s all about applying my 1 percent improvement doctrine!

Of course if you’re not speed reading, you are wasting HOURS AND HOURS reading slower than you should.

I have a Speed Reading Video Program that guarantees you will double your reading speed in less than 2 hours. That means you’ll have all that time to do projects or study. if you don’t learn to speed read, you are WASTING valuable time – time that you are not sleeping or doing something else.

How To Reduce Study Stress

Today’s post is simple, but something that can IMMEDIATELY reduce your tendency to procrastinate therefore reducing the stress and pressure you feel about studying or NOT studying when you know you should be. We all procrastinate, but straight A students do it less and therefore get better grades, yes with less effort.

I explain the underlying strategies this post is based on in my book “Get The Best Grades With The Least Amount Of Effort“. If you haven’t yet purchased it, you really should. The title says it all and it’s a real bargain.

A Tip To Overcome Procrastination

Overcoming procrastination requires that you KNOW WHY you’re procrastinating. One of the top reasons is that you MAGNIFY a problem or TO DO item on your list automatically, without knowing it. You make it bigger than it actually is.

I’ll prove it to you.

  • Make a list of 10 things you need to do this/next week for school.
  • Make a SECOND list of 10 things you DID last week studying.

Compare the two lists. I guarantee you that your TO DO list for this/next week looks like MORE, HARDER, LONGER TO DO than your previous week’s list even though it is similar.

Am I right?

Just like a side rear view mirror on a car, your problems and to do list items appear bigger than they really are.

How do you get around this?

Simple.

Chunk down your to dos into EASY, DIGESTIBLE PIECES… You know the joke “How do you eat an elephant? … One bite at a time”. I explain this in more detail in my book, but for right now, make a list like the one below and see how it feels to chunk it down.

  • Study for Physics, can be broken down to
    • Rearrange my lab reports, class notes and other documents so they are all in one place
    • Read Chapters 16, 17 and 18
    • Highlight the chapters or extract the key points
    • Research last week’s lab subject to better understand it for the exam
    • Review last year’s midterm exam question on this content so I don’t pile it up before the midterm
    • Re-write my notes and or add to my MindMap
    • Keep my physical desktop clean with ONLY what I am studying
    • Remove unnecessary trinkets and paperweights on my desk
    • Straighten out my books so the bookshelf looks neat
    • Dust, clean or wash my desk/table
      • [Note: Having a clutter-free study space is VERY IMPORTANT! Plan to clean and keep it clean. Want some useful tips, go to www.HomeDeclutterAndFun.com!]

You get the picture. The thing is UNLESS you deal with this magnification problem, you’ll keep hesitating and procrastinating about things you really to study. You can’t get top grades unless you do what needs to be done. By making things look SMALLER, EASIER, QUICKER to do, you’ll get MORE done, yes, with LESS effort, but more importantly you’ll get more confidence and your stress levels will go down – WAY DOWN.

Just remember you are the one HOLDING the magnifying glass!