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“Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.” Sun Tzu.
Awesome exam prep (especially if you’re cramming) starts with a strategic plan, not study skills.
This video explains the 6 steps for strategic exam preparation so you know where to focus your time and effort.
Whether you're cramming for an exam tomorrow or you're super organized and you're preparing three months in advance, you'll follow the same steps.
That's the sign of a solid strategy.
Once you have the strategy in place, then it's time for tactics. That's when you should use the top 6 study skills recommended by academic research.
For more details about preparing for different types of exam questions, grab this free download.
Happiness is something we talk about all the time, but how often do we pursue it with intention and purpose?
Even if you are actively trying to be happy, are you doing it the right way? Do you have the knowledge and skills to achieve happiness?
It sounds strange to think of happiness as a skill, but research shows it can be broken down into steps you can learn and control.
We're often focused on accumulating more material belongings to make us happy - money, house, car and the latest technology and toys...
...but our circumstances only account for about 10% for our happiness.
So what should you be focused on?
The team at Happify are psychologists, researchers and experts in the science of happiness, so it made sense to collaborate with them on a video about being happy.
I hope you find it valuable :)
U.N. World Happiness Report 2016
Gruber, J., Kogan, A. et al. (2013) Happiness is...
Who hasn't experienced that feeling of life being out of control?
It's stressful and takes your focus away from the important things you should be doing and achieving.
The solution is to get organized.
Simple to say, not always a cakewalk to make happen.
I'm a big believer in modelling successful people and aiming for best-practice in everything I do. So I asked Nicole Anzia from NeatNik for her advice.
Nicole is a professional organizer (who knew that was even a thing?) and columinst for The Washington Post. If you're looking for an expert on organizing, she's your go-to-guru.
Simplifying information into a concise framework is a perfect example of being organized - and that's what Nicole gave me.
The video above will step you through the 6 habits of highly organized people.
What's so great about getting your #*@% together?
You'll be more focused on what you want to...
Learning styles are a complete myth.
It’s true, but I’ll get to that in a moment.
First of all, what are learning styles?
Unless you’ve slept through every single class you’ve ever attended, you’ll know it’s the idea that everyone has a preferred way to take in information. If you’re taught or you study using your preferred style, you’ll learn more effectively.
This idea’s been around since the 1970’s and it’s been continued on by well-meaning teachers and diligent students aiming for effective learning. We all want to learn faster and more effectively, that’s no surprise.
Unfortunately, there is no credible evidence that learning styles exist.
In fact, the best evidence indicates the opposite.
Every student will have different levels of ability, interest and background knowledge, but not learning styles.
Research shows that...
As comedian Jerry Seinfeld says, the fear of public speaking is more common than the fear of death.
So when you go to a funeral, most people would prefer to be in the casket up the front than sitting in the congregation.
Imagine if the thought of giving a speech gave you a feeling of excitement rather than anxiety. That would be a dream come true for many people, but is it possible?
One way to boost your confidence for public speaking is to learn better public speaking skills. This is called the Competence/Confidence Loop and it's something you can apply to any area of your life.
You can hack almost any skill by breaking into this loop.
Not very competent at ice skating? Have the confidence to get out there and give it a try. Fall down, get back up again and have the confidence to try again and again.
Not very confident at public speaking? Improve your competence. Like anything,...
If you took a survey of typical students, I bet the most popular study techniques would include:
There's only one problem with that list...
... none of them are highly effective.
So I asked The Learning Scientists some simple questions:
What does academic research recommend you should do? What are the most effective ways to study?
They gave me their top six tactics, just like that.
Now I'm a simple guy, and some of the words they used were too complicated for me.
So I've changed them up a bit and put them into an acronym that's easy to recall ... because you know I'm all about remembering things ;)
Here are the top six, evidence-based study tactics you should make sure you use:
Ask, Explain & Connect (or Elaboration in academic speak)
No Cramming (Spaced Practice)
In 2013, I published a book on Amazon explaining how to memorize the periodic table.
It wasn’t so much a ‘how to...’ book as a cool brain hack. When you read the book it creates memories in your head – memories of the names of all the chemical elements.
Yes, I know it sounds far-fetched, but let’s just say it taps into how your brain naturally works and leverages a bit of neuroscience geekiness. It really works.
The book became a best-seller, but I still wanted to sell more copies. So what’d I do?
One of my early promotional ideas was to create a whiteboard animation video on YouTube, encouraging people to go and purchase a copy of my literary masterpiece.
The video flopped … kind of.
Nobody went and bought the book, but a LOT of people were watching the promo video.
Pretty soon it was the #1 video on YouTube and Google* when you searched ‘how to memorize...
"I know your name but I don't recognize your face", said nobody ... ever.
Why is that? Why are we usually much better at faces than names?
Two of the ways your memory is tested on a daily basis is by challenging it to recognize something or to recall something.
When we recognize an image, smell, sound, taste or feeling it's because we've experienced it before. It doesn't require much effort - our mind does it automatically without us even trying.
That's why we're much better at people's faces than their names.
Remembering a face is all about recognition, but remembering a name requires us to recall it from our memory.
The first video above demonstrates the amazing ability of our mind to recognize images, even when we've only seen them briefly.
Over 80% of people recognize 29 or 30 of the images, and 100% recognize 25 or more. Wow!
So how can you get better at recalling names? It's all...
If you’d like to remember and recall all the British monarchs, this video will make you do exactly that in only a few minutes.
Human memory is predominantly visual, and you can take advantage of that by visualizing what you need to remember and connecting it to something you already know. And that’s what I’ll do in this video. Picture each image in your head, and I’ll connect them for you using a crazy story.
When you want to recall the names of all the British monarchs, here’s what to visualize.
Picture the royal throne where the monarch sits. You know it’s the throne of the British monarch because the British flag – the Union Jack – is on the wall behind it.
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