Has there ever been a time in your life back in school days, where you were amazed at just “how smart” some of the kids were, how did the so called natural “brains” of the class retain so much information and pass their exams with such resounding grades, while seemingly doing any work? The thing is, while this worked for them, it may not have worked for you right?
The example above is very similar to the difficulties I found myself in. I tried all kinds of tricks to improve my grades– studying at different times of day, in different places, by different schedules. None of it seemed to make a difference.
For example “I wasted countless hours doing things that didn’t work. My frustration and anger at not being taught how to study drove me to systematizing the process so that success was repeatable and, more importantly, efficient. Even though I love reading and learning, I hate to waste time ? especially if I know I can read and learn more quickly.”
Now I am a very inquisitive person and I was rather curious to uncover the reasons these people never seemed to study, but just goofed-off instead. So, since I was friends with many of these so-called ‘very intelligent’ kids, one day I began asking them. Here’s what they said:
1. We make time to have fun in our lives, while we’re having fun our brains seem to open up and absorb what we learn.
2. We’ve learnt to be “Lazy” because there’s more to life than just study, study, study, so you have to learn to bullet point the main things and associate those points to something funny or that stands out when you learn it, that way you anchor yourself to that learning experience.
3. Plan to split up the lessons into small pointed ones so that you could enjoy during this break, what this accomplishes is to improve our focus without things becoming boring.
After I heard some of these comments, I thought, hey I wanna be lazy too, heck I can remember spending entire weekends (10-15 hours) studying for quizzes and exams that would, today, only take me 2-3 hours? to get even better grades! And I’m not talking about going “back in time” with today’s experience.
We are motivated by the knowledge that pain can be avoided or by the irresistible desire to experience pleasure.
I put some of these techniques or rather back then, they were just a way of life or a “scheme” we’d devised as kids to make study less intense, more fun and most definitely more effective for us. But as I got older, I continued to wonder how on earth I could make these childhood study schemes more efficient as we grew into adolescence and adulthood.
Because even though at school, our little system worked quite well, when we finally got to university the increased stress and intensity of study, once again put me through massive pain, frustration and wasted time and effort, which caused me to continue developing my enhanced and somewhat more sophisticated (yet no less effective) study methods, which eventually drove me to develop the techniques in this book by myself and for myself.
I thought up a system and tried to share my advice with my classmates, but often they didn’t want to listen. After all, there was no reason to believe me when there was no proof, and many students who could have used my advice were beyond help. Now, however, I have a proven record.
I have gotten things done for everyone to see, so now people believe me when I say that my own experience proves these methods really work.
The number of students from around the globe who are employing these strategies with great success is growing every day. I look forward to including your success story in my upcoming books and live seminars.
I genuinely think that just about anyone can learn these fundamental principles and use them to improve their grades immensely– possibly from Ds all the way up to Bs and sometimes As– something many people only dream of.
I myself am evidence that this can work, and it can work for you too.
Author: Dr Marc R. DussaultThis author has published 4 articles so far.