Tech Tools For Study Habits & Organization

August 8, 2013  |  General Tips, Note-Taking, Study Skills  |  No Comments

Students are always looking for new ways to make studying just a bit easier, and just a bit more convenient. Of course, we’ve all had the experience of having to lug a massive textbook around, trying to read, memorize and absorb as much as possible before a major exam. Sometimes, this is just the way it has to happen! But these days, there are also a lot of new tools available to help students with organization and study habits. For example, here are a few ways in which apps and new technologies can help with school.

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Bad Grades? How To Improve Your Grades

June 11, 2010  |  Study Skills  |  32 Comments

O.K so your grades have been bad and you want to do something about it. First of all, let me congratulate you for reading this. The first step in improving your grades is realizing that there’s a problem and that it needs to fixed. There are number of things we can do to help boost your grades. Consider the following: Read More

How To Improve Memory

April 21, 2010  |  Study Skills  |  9 Comments

Forgetting is easy, remembering is hard. Why is this? Well, there are obviously a number of different aspects one needs to consider to be able to answer that question properly. However, there are simple tips & tools you can use like recommended memory software which can help you improve your memory right here and now.

This article covers some basic techniques to improve your memory. If you wish to learn more advanced techniques on how to improve memory. Please take a look at the Study Guide PRO by clicking here.

You are not a circus elephant

Don’t believe the myth. Believing that you have a bad memory is the first mistake. Don’t convince yourself that you’ve got a bad memory by default, no matter what people say. All you need to do is harness the memory capabilities that are already present. You see, people don’t develop a bad memory all of sudden, it usually takes time and effort to convince oneself of this. Take the circus elephant for instance.

If you’ve ever been to a circus, you’ll know that the elephants are usually tied up in chains starting from a young age. It lies in the elephants nature to want to escape and it most certainly tries in the beginning. But after a while, when it’s been chained up for a couple of years (it’s pretty horrible when you think of it), it simple gives up. If you were to remove it’s chains it would in most cases NOT try to escape. Now why is this?

Well, you see the elephant has now already convinced itself that fighting back is fruitless and thus it still believes that the chains are there. There’s a lesson to be learned here. You need to remove these invincible chains that are blocking you from remembering things before you can proceed to improve your memory.

2. Throw away the lifelines

Lifelines are the things you hold on to just in case you were to forget. For instance, if you go shopping and keep a grocery list that’s you lifeline or if someone gives you their number and you write it down that’s also a lifeline. By relying on these notes and applications you make less use of your memorization capabilities. Obviously there are times when something must be written down due to it’s importance but in most cases you can go without doing this. So the next time you’re out shopping or a friend gives you a number, don’t write it down and instead try to remember it. The more you do this, the more your brain will start to putting things into memory again.

3. Repeat it, repeat it

It’s extremely difficult to remember something when you’ve only heard it once. Why do you remember your own phone number? Is it because it’s “easier” or because you’ve said it out loud so many times it has stuck in your memory. This is exactly what we want to achieve. If you have something important to remember, always repeat it to yourself as often as possible and if you could, try to talk about it often as well. When you discuss an idea, it’s easier for your brain to remember what was being discussed than simply what you had in your head.

4. Eat well, drink well yada yada

We all know this but how easy it is to forget! Don’ eat to much nor to little or you won’t be able to remember this riddle. Moderation is the key. If you eat too much you’ll feel tired and drowsy and if you eat to little, you’ll feel hungry and fatigued. Both these things are great obstacles standing in your way towards a better memory.

5. Organize your life

Keep things organized. It doesn’t have to be ordered in the way that other people view as organized as long as it fulfills the purpose. The more organized you become, the keener you become to remembering things. That’s why I recommend you to make mental lists in your head. By organizing information you make it easier to recall in the future. Always try to keep it simple and straightforward.

6. Practice

There’s really no super simple technique to drastically improve your memory. In order to improve it you need both patience and a lot of practice. The more you practice, the better. I hope you enjoyed these tips of mine, if you want to learn some advanced memorization techniques I would deeply recommend you to take a look at the Study Guide PRO. It contains a whole section on advanced techniques on how to improve ones memory.

How To Study Effectively

November 20, 2009  |  Study Skills  |  14 Comments
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What exactly is SQRW? Well, it’s a study method where you get the best out of textbook study. It’s a 4-step strategy and each letter denotes one step so let’s go through it and see how it could make your study life a little bit easier! Read More

Goal Setting

November 20, 2009  |  Study Skills  |  6 Comments

As any good student knows, if you don’t plan for success, you are in fact planning for failure. The core of good planning lies in knowing how to stake out your goals. These goals will then function as milestones, helping you reach your destination much quicker. Read More

Speech Tips – 10 Steps On Holding Inspiring Speeches

August 15, 2009  |  Study Skills  |  2 Comments

1. Confidence

You have to have a positive sensory orientation towards your speech, learn to have confidence. Unfortunately there is no secrets to this, you have to rehearse over and over again until your confident that you can make it. Read More

How To Concentrate

August 15, 2009  |  Study Skills  |  270 Comments

Do you have have problems concentrating? Believe it or not, you are not alone! The first thing we need to do – before we can discuss how to concentrate – is to define the term “concentration”. According to Princeton University’s WordNet, concentration means: Read More