Study Less Study Smart: A 6-Minute Summary of Marty Lobdell’s Lecture – College Info Geek

If you’ve spent any time at all on YouTube
looking for study advice, then you’ve probably come across this video called Study Less,
Study Smart. This is a recorded lecture from Professor Dr. Marty Lobdell, who is a former
psychology professor at Pierce College, and wanted to give his thoughts on how to be an
effective student. The video came out when I was a sophomore in college, and I wanted
to watch it, but the problem was, it was an entire hour long. I could just never make
the time. I’ve seen a lot of students say the exact
same thing about the video, so what I want to do with this video is try to give you about
80-90% of the value packed within the lecture, in about 1/10th of the time. To do that, I
first watched the lecture myself, and took detailed notes on it. If you want those notes,
I’ve actually included them at the end of this video. But first, let’s get into the
tips. Tip number 1 is to break your studying into
chunked sessions. The reason for this is that the average student can only really pay attention
for about 25-30 minutes. This goes across the board, from lectures, to reading, to studying.
After about 25-30 minutes, your efficiency starts to really taper off, and that’s why
the advice to simply study more is not effective at all. Instead, you want to break your study
sessions into about 20-30 minute chunks, and after those are done, take 5 minute breaks
where you do something fun, or at least away from your studies.
Also, once your study sessions are done for the entire day, you want to give yourself
a real, tangible reward for doing it. As Dr. Lobdell says in the lecture, reinforcement
of positive things builds good study habits, and as an added benefit, you’re training yourself
to study. As you keep doing this, you’re going to able to study for longer and longer on
each session. Tip number 2 is to create a dedicated study
area. The reason for this is that our environment, the context that we’re in, largely determines
our behavior. Think about when you’re in class. When the professor presents a question to
the entire class, you instinctively raise your hand. But if he asks you specifically,
you’re going to give a verbal response. This is automatic. You’re conditioned to do it.
Well, your studying area is the exact same. If you do it in a place where you’re conditioned
to do other things, like sleep, or play video games, or hang out with friends, it’s going
to be really hard to get into your studying. What you want to do is find an area that is
specifically used for studying, so the context of the situation makes it easy for you to
get into your studies. Dr. Lobdell’s third tip is to study actively,
and it’s best summed up with this quote, straight from the lecture: The more active you are
in your learning, the more effective you’ll be. The best way to do this, rather than going
through rote memorization, or reading and rereading chapters from your book, is to first
ask yourself, before studying, what is it that I’m learning?
What you’re learning is going to fall into 1 of 2 categories, either facts or concepts.
A concept is something like, what does this particular bone in the human body do? You
have to understand it. A fact is just something you need to remember. What the name of this
bone is. Concepts are more important than facts, because once you learn a concept, once
you truly understand its inner workings, it’s with you forever. You’re going to remember
it. Facts, on the other hand, can sort of drift away over time, and the good thing about
that is that we have Google. We can look up facts very easily. Unfortunately, in a testing
situation in class, you have to remember both facts and concepts, and you don’t have access
to Google, usually, but still, concepts are going to be more important to learn first.
The best way to learn these concepts and to be sure you know them is to put them in your
own words. Test yourself and learn actively. There’s one thing he gives as an example,
which I think is one of the most important parts from the entire lecture, and it’s his
example about highlighting. Most students know not to highlight entire sections of the
book, because if you do that, you’re basically highlighting nothing at all. But if you highlight
really important terms, and then you go back after your first read and highlight session,
and study them, and just simply recognize the thing you highlighted before, and say,
“Oh, I know it,” then you’re getting into this dangerous territory where you don’t know
whether you’re actually recalling something, or simply recognizing it.
The human brain is very good at recognizing things. We can recognize people’s faces, even
if we haven’t seen them in a long time. But the difference between recognition and recollection
is that recognition requires an initial trigger, a cue. If you’re in a test, there is no trigger
or cue. You have to actually pull it forth from your memory. To test and make sure that
you’re actually recalling something, instead of just recognizing it, you need to quiz yourself.
You need to do active studying and active learning.
The 4th tip is to take more effective notes, and he’s really brief on this one. Basically,
he says, after class, as soon as possible, and truly as soon as possible, flesh out your
notes a bit. Add some more to them so you can actually solidify the concepts on your
mind. If you’re fuzzy on something, ask another classmate who also took good notes, or go
to office hours, or wait until the next lecture and ask the professor before he starts if
he can clarify something that you don’t really have a good grasp on.
The 5th tip is to summarize or teach what you learned. He says the best way to actually
learn something is to teach it. The reason for this is two fold. Number 1, it’s a great
form of active studying, because you’re forcing your brain to recall all the information so
you can basically summarize it for somebody. Number 2, you’re really making sure that you
fully understand the subject. If you’re explaining it to somebody who has absolutely no idea
about the the topic, and they’re coming at it from a beginner’s perspective, then you’re
really going to have an easy time of pinpointing gaps in your own understanding.
Tip number 6 is to use your textbooks correctly. In this part of the lecture, he goes over
the SQ3R method, which stand for survey, question, read, recite, and review. As I talked about
in my active reading video, I think overarching systems like this are actually kind of cumbersome
and time consuming. But I do think it’s important that you take individual portions of these
systems and see if they’re worth it for your studying methods. As an example, the survey
portion of SQ3R, surveying the chapter before you read it, and especially going to the end
and looking at the review questions and the vocabulary, can really prime your brain for
picking out the most important information when you actually do the reading.
Dr. Lobdell’s 7th and final tip is to use mnemonics when studying facts. Now, facts,
as opposed to concepts, are a lot harder to tie actual meaning to, and as a result, a
lot of students often turn to simple rote memorization to remember them, but a better
way to go about it is to use mnemonics. A mnemonic is really any system that facilitates
recall, but he goes over 3 specific types of mnemonics in the video. Those 3 are acronyms,
things like Roy G. Biv for remembering the color spectrum, coined sayings, things like,
in 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue, and the third one, which both I and Dr. Lobdell
think is the best one, image associations. Another way to think about image associations
are just interacting images, including the thing you’re trying to study, that create
a ridiculous picture or story in your head. The more emotionally evocative or weird it
is, the more easily you’re going to be able to recall that piece of information.
That is my summary of Dr. Lobdell’s lecture. If you want to see the entire hour long video,
I have it linked down in the description. Otherwise, you can get my notes and other
things in the end card. Thanks for watching this video, and I will see you in the next
one. Hey guys, thanks for sticking around to the
end of my video. If you want to get even more study tips, I made a video about advanced
study tips last week, and you can see those by clicking the thumbnail. Also, if you want
to get new study tips every single week, and ways to be an awesome college student, then
just click the big, red subscribe button, right there. As I said in this video, you
can get the detailed notes on the entire lecture by clicking the orange button to go to the
companion blog post for this video. Also, if you want to become an awesome study-er,
I wrote a hundred plus page book on how to get better grades, and you can get it for
free by clicking the picture of the book. Lastly, if you want to connect with me, or
have ideas for new videos, you can either connect with me on Twitter @Tom Frankly, or
just leave a comment on this video.


  1. Sayaf Abaid

    March 28, 2019 at 4:19 am

    It’s crazy that I’m trying to study (rote memorize) this video. Smh

  2. Piano Fry

    March 29, 2019 at 1:26 am

    I don't understand highlighting when I do it I can't focus on anything and it slows me down. I just think there are better ways to be an active learner

  3. Momin

    March 30, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    It's a great job, mate.

  4. Shomesa Dyer

    March 30, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    I ve been looking for 2hrs to try find a good vid

  5. Evagoras Christodoulou

    March 30, 2019 at 6:58 pm




    March 31, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    Please added Indonesian Language

  7. Aayush Tyagi

    March 31, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    Well actually that psychology study formula you mentioned is SQ4R
    But actually your videos helped me to better focus on my studies… Thnx

  8. Krishiv Agarwal

    April 2, 2019 at 2:10 am

    Basically a mind palace (for facts).

  9. Spike Chhh

    April 3, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    Who else watching this instead of studying 😂

  10. cra2y dog

    April 4, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    I like to study 16 mins and take breaks and do it till im done

  11. Hassan Fuad

    April 4, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    God bless you for doing this, I actually didn't skip the ad, This was the only way that I can thank you for this video.

  12. Chris Bradford

    April 4, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    That Mega Man poster in the back. Hail Capcom!

  13. Brendan Bierman

    April 5, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    One good reason to not focus on facts is that they don't care about your feelings.

  14. Aïna S

    April 6, 2019 at 11:06 am

    thank you so so much

  15. Matty Jackson

    April 10, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    This was FANTASTIC

  16. etebarek teklay

    April 11, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    8th grade

  17. ASMR Music

    April 13, 2019 at 7:51 am

    If you are reading this and currently studying for your exams, remember my words
    You gonna be just fine! Good luck 🤞🤞, the clever one 🎓🎓

  18. Mohammed Elmorabitti

    April 13, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    U speak too fast

  19. daniel92

    April 14, 2019 at 11:03 am

    I think I've just double fallen in love with you, for the two obvious reasons! :3
    Thank you so much 4 years later !! ^^'

  20. Reflect and Inspire

    April 15, 2019 at 4:24 am

    Thank you for sharing. I am really trying to know my skills to study. Planning to take my Masters.

  21. ashlesha paliwal

    April 15, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    could you like tutor me or something

  22. zayan ahmed

    April 18, 2019 at 4:13 am

    Image associations wont work while studying for sem exams! As you know its not easy to recollect the linking of answers to which story exactly

  23. Dylan Searcy

    April 23, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    Facts, concepts, and opinions. Got it!

  24. Ubaid Shareef

    April 25, 2019 at 7:40 am

    This is the 4th times I am watching this video. Always before end term exams.

  25. Asia Koter

    April 25, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    This is brilliant. Thank you and thank you Marty. Can't wait for my exams now. First one on Tuesday!! x

  26. Long H Chau

    April 28, 2019 at 2:09 am

    I'm gonna wait for someone to make an even more compact 1 minute brief on your six minute summary of Dr. Lobdell's 60 minute lecture

  27. Zapy

    April 29, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    According to studies its takes 15 consecutive minutes to get into the workflow, isn’t 30 minutes study session too short?

  28. Nourelhouda

    April 29, 2019 at 11:44 pm

    I love all ur vids but sometimes u talk Too Fast 😥
    And thanks for the arabic sub by the way..i usally watch'em in English but with the sub it's even better 🤗

  29. Emily Taylor

    May 2, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    Thanks so much for this!

  30. Hyunjjinis Mybaby

    May 3, 2019 at 8:52 am

    Already loved u teacher

  31. Hyumifu

    May 3, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    Do a barrel roll

  32. Antonia

    May 3, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    Gracias Senor

  33. saj Rashad

    May 7, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    I find maths a pain. Any tips please

  34. Abel Jiji Mathew

    May 8, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    watched this video got an essay question test in 2 weeks.

    NIGHT BEFORE: write the whole essay out and memorize all of it at 00:00 on the day, still manages to nearly remember it so nearly word for word,

  35. Kin Leong

    May 10, 2019 at 8:27 am

    I have an exam to sit for tomorrow & here I am looking for tips. 🙂

  36. KMV ART

    May 10, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    I'm so distracted abt his face. He's cute i like his beard. Lol

  37. Usam

    May 11, 2019 at 9:49 am

    You talk awesome but you are so speedy . Can you please have a change .

  38. Franki Kala

    May 12, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    Studying is hard if you study for 18hours

  39. Mitchell Lokey

    May 13, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    Bruh, just speed the video up.

  40. Sam Pratt

    May 15, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    Thanks this really helped

  41. Leilani

    May 16, 2019 at 4:28 am

    When you’re a psychology major 😂

  42. Ahmed albaqsami

    May 18, 2019 at 11:13 am

    He should talk slower

  43. who are you ?

    May 20, 2019 at 7:33 am

    When you took 1 milion?

  44. ma - scalia

    May 20, 2019 at 11:49 am

    I don't study…why am I watching this?

  45. Evan Alexander

    May 20, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    i prob be the only one who noticed this but he kept eye contact w that camera for hella long

  46. Quincy Pete

    May 22, 2019 at 3:47 am

    You good👍🏽


    May 23, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Me gusta que habla muy rápido así puedo practicar la concentración al escucharte

  48. Mai Long

    May 24, 2019 at 1:49 am

    If you think work smart is good enough, then you will be eaten alive by people who work hard + work smart

  49. peace and love

    May 24, 2019 at 4:45 am

    When you made faster you made it more complicated !!

  50. Czarina Lopez

    May 24, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    Watching this after studying because I now have time for leisure. YAY thanks a lot for your vids!

  51. sandy huynh

    May 25, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    2019 anyone? 🤣
    your summary was extremely helpful btw !

  52. PrincessPumpernickel

    May 26, 2019 at 12:41 am

    Thanks for the great videos Thomas.

  53. MyTEEsharp1

    May 26, 2019 at 4:45 pm


  54. /Lamborghinigames

    May 26, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    Me is watching cod

    YoUTUbE: let’s put this 4 year old video in his recommended

  55. Kiwi Kiwi

    May 27, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    Nah g I’m just gonna sweat

  56. GHOOSTube

    May 29, 2019 at 6:28 am

    Also, it would be nice if teachers give a 5 minutes break each 30 minutes on 1-2 hour lectures… you kind of lost the interest after that half hour.

  57. Terracraft

    May 30, 2019 at 8:42 am

    Useful video

  58. Stacey Joseph

    May 30, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    I do this without realizing the theory that you have described. Its good to know that I have the best study and learning habits. Thanks for sharing.

  59. D'lish Donut

    June 2, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    Columbus = Hitler

  60. eggs

    June 3, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    Studying for an exam:
    Actual studying – 10%
    Watching youtube vids on how to study – 90%

  61. Oh yeah

    June 4, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    He's a cutie and a nerdie

  62. Some One

    June 4, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    How to emotionally connect to maths?

  63. Tank The Pitbull

    June 5, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    The 80/20 rule is very powerful, use it to your advantage !

  64. Souvik Biswas

    June 8, 2019 at 7:59 am

    Bombarded with all these speeches 😥

  65. Caroline L

    June 8, 2019 at 9:41 am

    1. 25-30 intervals, go somewhere where you need to specifically study
    2. concepts>facts (concepts are how something works) (facts are less detailed)
    3. Test yourself, learn actively. (Highlight important terms- Recall vs Recognition, so actually quiz yourself)
    4. Effective notes. After class, Flesh out your notes to solidify concepts.
    5. Teach what you learn.
    6. Use textbooks (Survey (survey before reading) Question Read Recife and Review)
    7. Pneumonics when studying facts
    a) acronyms
    b) poetic sayings
    c) image associations. ridiculous picture, emotionally provocative

  66. Srishti Thakur

    June 11, 2019 at 10:14 am

    Too intense to watch between study sessions..
    However, very good overall!
    Thank you 🙂

  67. Malia M

    June 11, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Bless your soul for making this video.

  68. Lily Zhou

    June 15, 2019 at 2:40 am

    How do I concentrate on studying? I get too distracted, only at like 10pm I feel lile studying and then I realize I have to sleep

  69. consciousness147

    June 21, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    Concept don't stay forever…>.<

  70. consciousness147

    June 21, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    Could you make more videos for people who hardly have any facts to remember pls 🐒 I love your videos but only a few of your Tipps applie to what I need to learn (maths, physics)

  71. Natasha Nyemesha

    June 23, 2019 at 11:43 am

    I really agree with this points cause it's true

  72. Anjali Singh

    June 24, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    Its nice but already known methods. Can anyone suggest a totally new one? Apart from these. I hv tried them all and results are nil.

  73. Abdur Raafay

    June 25, 2019 at 12:40 am


  74. Aytaç Yıldız

    June 25, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    thanks bearded justin bieber…

  75. Felonee Webster

    June 26, 2019 at 8:52 am

    I'd also like to add a suggestion to do your homework AS SOON AS POSSIBLE once you're fresh out of class, especially for math homework. Grab a snack/drink, bathroom break, and settle somewhere to do the homework. Even if that means breaking down the steps it requires to do the homework. Track your study habits, see how much you actually do in an amount of time. Meditate. And it's important to set boundaries to study in private. Or reach out to a study buddy.

  76. nur hidayah

    June 28, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    my last paper is 7 July, i think never to late for this right? Thank you so much 😊

  77. Rhea Galsim

    July 1, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Distracted by the megaman poster 😁

  78. 終極神卡

    July 3, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    I’m so tired I thought you were thanos

  79. ParaXposeR

    July 25, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    I have never seen a Video with 90K Likes having only 600 Dislikes !


    July 25, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    Waoooo…. This is so helpful, thank you

  81. Hazel Nutt

    July 27, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    Thank youuuu

  82. Hazel Nutt

    July 27, 2019 at 2:55 pm


  83. Parepailin Siriwohan

    August 2, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Thank you so much! Have been looking for a new method to try for a while

  84. jake and rose

    August 4, 2019 at 9:06 am

    Brilliant as always

  85. Karaoke ??

    August 10, 2019 at 11:35 am

    2019 anyone?

  86. first name last name

    August 10, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    Waching having exam

  87. Eric Fajeta

    August 17, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    this video is gold

  88. dharani soundarapandian

    August 21, 2019 at 6:13 am

    All these wonderful tips means nothing unless you REALLY WANT to study lol

  89. Hallucinations

    August 23, 2019 at 12:39 am

    Hey can any1 explain me point six ?
    Didnt rly understand what he means and what to do 😥

  90. Saeed ibrahim

    August 23, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    Thanks for your tips

  91. Lanceu Narajaeu

    August 27, 2019 at 5:47 am

    Looking for the comments to know what he said faster.

    Study Less, Study Smart.

  92. Onepiece barca

    August 27, 2019 at 10:11 am

    it's crazy how almost all of this does not apply on any sort of engineering

  93. Rabia Rahim

    August 27, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    Wow this video really helped!

  94. Shattered Molecule

    August 30, 2019 at 4:53 am

    I usually study for about 1hr 30 then rest for 25 then start again. After 4 sessions it gets tiring..

  95. Harsh Stuff

    August 30, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    How to convert the 50pages chapter like my p block of 12th in 5 pages

  96. Sohail Ahmed

    August 31, 2019 at 12:39 am

    I love your fast pace. It saves so much time and no need to change the video speed.

  97. Omar Moataz

    August 31, 2019 at 9:49 am

    SQarghhhh method

  98. Sanskriti Bista

    August 31, 2019 at 10:48 am

    Thank you 🙏

  99. kelp noodles

    August 31, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    Go study

  100. Vishal Deka

    August 31, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    Okay I didn't read the full title of the video

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