11 Ways To Study SMART & Study EFFECTIVELY – Do More in HALF the Time!


What if I told you that you could do twice the
amount of studying you’re doing right now in half of the time. So instead of spending 20 hours
a week or 10 hours a week you could do it in five or ten and do
twice the amount that you’re doing and it wouldn’t be boring, it
wouldn’t be hard to get into and sometimes, let’s face it it does become boring, it
does get hard to get started it does become hard to stay on track but what if it doesn’t have to be what if I told you that it
could require less effort it could be more fun and much more exciting. In this video I’m gonna explain for you 11 ways that you can do exactly that
how you can learn to study smart and this is something that if you follow
this process, if you stick with it it’s gonna win you the respect and
admiration of everyone around you the teachers that are helping you
to get the grades that you want the students in the classroom
that you sit next to but also most of all, the person that looks
back at you in the mirror every single day. So let’s get into it the first thing that great students
do when it comes to studying smart is scheduling their study sessions,
breaking their time down a lot of us we fail to understand that. Time is actually something you can control What do I mean by this? what I mean is you
have 24 hours in a day, 86,400 seconds and the person who has planned and
prepared every single one of those to the best of their ability they’re going to get more out of their time. So the first thing you
need to sit down and do is schedule throughout the week from Monday to Friday, on Saturday and Sunday in your evenings, in your mornings
in your breaks between lessons What studying are you going to do? which topic are you going to focus on? So that when you sit down at the desk you haven’t left anything to chance but you’ve scheduled in exactly
what you’re going to do so it requires less brainpower,
precious brainpower that you need to focus on learning, to focus
on studying effectively. It’s not used up in deciding
what you’re gonna do how you’re going to do it It’s already laid out for you. I want you to imagine the life of an athlete the life of a boxer preparing
for his final fight. They don’t leave these things to chance their meals, their training regiment, the things that
they need to work on has been planned beforehand and you can use the people
around you to help you do that. The second thing that you need to focus on is what we call the Ebbinghaus Curve and basically what it means is
you forget things over time So, if you learn something today,
tomorrow you may remember 50% of it the day after you may remember 25% and within a week you might only remember 5% that’s the way that your brain works The quicker you understand this the quicker you
can factor this in to your studying regimen. So let’s take a look at this you use a technique called spaced repetition so if you study a topic on day one you want to
come back to it on day three, day five, day seven and space your repetition out, the more you
repeat things the deeper the memory becomes and that brings us to the next tip
which is depth of processing. When you take in information, if you
want to remember it more effectively a very powerful way of doing this is to
remix that, is to change that information So if you’re looking at information in a textbook think of a rhyme, think of a
pattern, maybe make a video maybe make a colored diagram, an illustration
to help you to change that information to help you remember it at a deeper level. You don’t just want to read it and
study it and then regurgitate you want to change it in some way. So the next thing is get to your spot and what I mean by this is What is the space, the place, the environment that you’re the most productive in,
that you’re the most focused in? One of the things that we
forget as human beings is that we are influenced by our environments. the kind of student that you are in your classroom is different to the kind of student
that you’re gonna be in your bed when you’re under the covers and
you’ve got your laptop on your lap you’re going to be more productive
in one area than another. So find out what that is for you and make sure
you get to that spot as quickly as possible. Most of the difficulty when it comes to
studying is not in the studying itself it’s in the activation energy required I talked about this in the previous
video that I did with this channel go ahead and go and check that one out Sometimes we focus on getting more
motivation, improving our techniques and trying to fuel our rocketship even more. For another way of making your studying
more effective is to remove the resistance to cut out the distractions like social media so don’t have your phone next to you
turn it off, put it in a different room remove any kind of distraction
and I’m talking about people. Your dog, put your dog in a different room, if
you have a pet or an animal that distracts you go somewhere where you cannot be distracted and the only single thing that you can
do is focus on the most important thing and the most important thing is studying,
revising, learning, removing those distractions so less effort and energy is
required for you to focus and you can use it on what’s important and that brings me to the next point,
you want to work at two levels! so increase your fuel and your motivation to study think about it and write it down, tell
people why you are doing this I’m doing this because I want to become a doctor an engineer, an entrepreneur,
a social activist, a campaigner. And at the same time remove the
blocks that are stopping you remove the activation energy
required for you to start studying. So before you go to bed at night have
your notebook out and ready on your desk make sure it’s free of any
clutter, even have the pen ready so the only thing you have to do
is sit down and start taking notes you don’t even have to write the title or the
date because those things are already done and what you want to realize
here is that success… Success is a setup it’s not an accident, so make it happen that way plan and set yourself up for success. Habits, let’s talk about habits because as much as you want to be motivated if you want these things to be
effortless you need to build habits. Now think about brushing
your teeth every morning when it comes to brushing your teeth
it doesn’t require motivation you don’t watch a motivational
video for you to brush your teeth or for you to go to the toilet or for you
to put your shoes on in the morning. The only thing you do is you do the habit and so by building habits you make it easier and easier for you to
execute the thing that you need to do. habits don’t require motivation So how do you build the habit
of studying effectively? you start small you start with a small habit and you
progressively make it harder and harder. So you might start off at the beginning
with doing 10 minutes in the morning and then your goal is simply
to be consistent for two weeks just studying 10 minutes every
morning, very focused, very effective and then you make it 15 minutes, 2 weeks
again, very focused, very effective and then you move to 20 minutes and the next thing you know you’re
doing two hours every single morning before you even get to
school, college or university and you graduate your
habits gradually over time. The problem that a lot of us have is
we try and do too many things at once focus on one thing and that
brings me to my next point. Know what it is that you’re looking for, when it
comes to revision, when it comes to studying So be smart about it, you don’t
have to learn everything. The examiner, the teacher in the classroom
know what it is that they are looking for play the game because this studying game that
you’re in right now, this period of your life Some of the things that you’re
learning are functional and some of the things that you’re
learning are lifelong practical things. So know the difference, if there is something
that you need the examiner to see If there is a way that you
need to present your essays if there’s a way that you need
to present the information give it to them that way. Hard work is going to beat talent
when talent doesn’t work hard which brings me to my next point. It’s not just about good genetics it’s not just about what you’re capable of you might be the smartest
student in that classroom Just like I was but if you don’t work Just as hard as
the 20, 30 other people in that room they’re gonna beat you,
they’re gonna destroy you and when it comes to that day at the exam they put in more hours than you,
they studied better than you they looked at past papers, they spoke to
other students about what they needed to do and they were just sharper when it came to that
moment like a samurai who keeps his sword sharp when the moment came to
strike they didn’t hesitate they only needed one opportunity and I want
you to be as sharp as you possibly can So focus on putting in the hours. So we got two more points left and these are probably the most important I need you to really hear me now when you study, I don’t want
you to study like a student I don’t want you to study
like anyone in your classroom I want you to study like a lecturer. Now imagine the way that your teacher or
your lecturer studies for the classroom if they were sitting that exam, if they
were sitting down for that study session what are the things that they would do differently? what are the books that they would read differently? what kind of research would they do? and really get yourself into
their shoes, into their mindset because that’s what’s going to take you 10x forward It’s gonna take you ten steps
further than you are at the moment. If you think like a beginner, you’re
gonna prepare like a beginner but if you learn to think like a master like the lecturer, like the person
who’s teaching everybody else what level of preparation would that require? And then act in accordance with that. And the final most powerful practical
technique when it comes to studying smart is what’s known as the Loci
method or the Loci method and to keep it simple it means this if you’re trying to learn a new language,
let’s say you’re learning Spanish Use your room, use your house that you live in
to hold different memories in different places. So I used to use this when
I was studying for French. I’d keep all of the things
related to sports in one room I’d keep all the things related to
common conversations in my kitchen and I would put labels on things,
the spoon in my kitchen drawer I knew exactly if I was looking for that
information it’s my spoon in the drawer and if I look at the label in my mind I
can see the word associated with it. So use this, so when you’re
walking around your house your house has now become a study session
and you’re walking inside that matrix you’ve hacked the system So even when you’re sitting
down to have dinner and you look up you can see the revision notes
for that module that you found difficult and every single day you’re coming back to what
I talked about at the beginning of this video that spaced repetition, you’re repeating
what you need to remember again and again you’ve got that depth of processing. The reason this is powerful is because you’ve
created an immersive studying experience and that’s what the greats do. There is no line between studying and
not studying, there is no off switch there’s just different levels of immersion. So imagine if you were living in your textbook and you made your physical environment a representation of all the
things that you need to learn you’re walking around in this palace of information. And I want to leave you with the most powerful
quote of all when it comes to education. There is no end to education, there
is no end to the things you learn it’s not that you read a book, you pass
the exam, and that’s it you’re finished the whole of your life from the moment you’re born
to the moment that you die is a process of learning So if you can apply the things here you’ve scheduled your learning, you
schedule what you’re going to learn when You space your repetition out, you
remix things so you can remember you get to the spot, you cut out the
distractions, you increase your motivation and you remove the blocks you start with small habits and progressively
make them harder and harder and harder You know what it is that the person
you’re studying for is looking for so you learn those things, you’re practical about it you know that hard work beats
talent when talent doesn’t work you study like you’re a lecturer and not student and you use that Loci method to
turn the environment that you’re in into a wealthy Palace of Education. There is no reason why you
can’t achieve more, do more and like I said at the beginning of the
video, you make your studying more effective so you could do twice as much in half the time and now it’s become effortless, exciting and fun. and those are the 11 ways that we do it accept only the best and nothing less I’ll see you in the comments below and make sure you check out my other
video on Motivation2Study. Peace.

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