Study LESS Study SMART – Motivational Video on How to Study EFFECTIVELY

Telling people to study more does not
necessarily help. In some cases it might actually worsen their performance. Taking
notes, so vital but most students who do it haven’t learned a very simple rule.
The first moment you get after a class ideally right after the class, you should
sit down with your notes and expand on everything you jotted down, give it depth
flesh it out, okay? If you even wait to go home and do it a couple hours later, you
will have forgotten some of your own notes. How do you know you know it? If you
can look at it, go to the next one read it and then stop and go back to the
one before, look up in the sky and in your own words say what that was about,
yeah you know it. Now a lot of students don’t realize how much we’re controlled
by environmental cues. Get a little lamp and it becomes your study lamp so if you
have to study in your bedroom, turn on the lamp and start studying. The moment
you lose your edge, fifteen, twenty, thirty minutes later
turn the lamp off, get up and leave the desk. What you’re training yourself – to
study while seated there and it becomes increasingly automatic, as did the
raising of the hand. You sit, turn the lamp on and you’re
ready to go it’s like magic. Your brain has to be focused to be really studying
not time-sharing back and forth. The more active you are in your learning, the more
effective and yet increasingly I have students who think studying is reading
it over and over and they’re gonna have some magical thing where they suddenly
understand it and remember it well. First you have to decide, what am i learning? Is
it a concept or a fact, okay? Understanding the name of a bone is a
fact, understanding what it does in the body gets into a concept, okay? So in
studying sometimes there are a lot of facts, in fact
I use Anatomy as a good example. You got to memorize bones, muscles, organs
tissues a lot of it but if you simply memorize and don’t understand the
function of it, the comprehension of the actual concepts it’s a lot of wasted
learning really, just to know a name of a bone is like yeh so what? But in most
college classes what we as professors are most concerned about is that you
grasp the concept because concepts once grasped, will stay with you a lifetime. Can
you put the concept in your own words? If you can’t, you don’t really understand it
okay, it’s not meaningful to you. To make it meaningful is a struggle. It’s
probably the biggest struggle you have as a student but it’s a struggle you
need to do or you’re wasting your study time. People are incredible at confusing
recognition with recollection. Your visual recognition threshold is so great
you could see a person once, see them years later and go ‘I know you.’ You’ve
highlighted the most important stuff, you now go back to study it and you say oh I
remember it! So do you study it? No. So what don’t you learn? The most important
part of the chapter. Most of you undo good studying by not sleeping adequately. We’re not sure exactly how but there’s
something going on and it involves the hippocampus, it involves the storage from
a transitory long-term memory to a permanent – what we call consolidation but
we’re getting increasing evidence that that consolidation process is dependent
on rapid eye movement sleep which if you’re an adult happens about every hour
and a half once you fall asleep. If you’re not getting a good night
typically around eight hours, you’re not getting enough REM. What you’ve studied
doesn’t become permanent and I can tell you there are studies that show simply
by getting better rest, some students improve markedly in their performance
because their brain now stores it a lot more efficiently. By the way if you know
anybody with sleep apnea, biggest thing they’ll tell you is I can’t remember
anything, my brain is shot. It’s like my memories gone. Yeah, it is because your
REM-ing isn’t happening, because you wake up so often and you can’t consolidate
and store permanent memories. Here’s the funny thing. There’s no money to be made
by telling people to get more sleep, so you don’t hear about it on TV. Sylvan
isn’t telling you to get better sleep because they don’t make any money. I tell
students and they go yeah that’s nice but they continue to use their time for
other things. It’s kind of interesting isn’t it? The best advice, sleep better
and most of you’ll do better. Most of you won’t even begin to take it and I know why
you’ve got so many other things to do. I’d ask you this, are they important? Is
studying and learning the most important thing you’re doing is a student If so
maybe you need to give up some of the other activities. I have students tell me
I don’t have enough time. There’s two- what- 162 hours in a week? We all have the
same amount of time. Marty has no more nor less than anybody in this room. The real
question is what do I do with my hundred and sixty two hours? What I want to do is
show you graphically what I’m talking about.
Let’s say this is efficient studying and I know there are no numbers there but
higher means more efficient, lower means low or no efficiency and this axis we’re
looking at time. Here’s what happens for the average student. For her, 6 o’clock in
the evening after her supper at the residency dining hall, she plopped
herself down at her little study area and started studying but here’s what
happened. By about 6:30 she was in a major slump but what was her goal? To
study 6 hours so she continued to sit at her little desk and stare at pages until
midnight. She was at her desk 6 hours, how long did she actually study? About 20-30
minutes. Now there’s a simple concept in psychology that all of you are aware of.
Things that are reinforced, we tend to do more of, things that are punished or
ignored we tend to do less of. You know we operate by those principles to a
large degree. If you’re sitting there for six hours, are you feeling good? No. Once
you get here, you’re looking at your book going I hate geography, I hate literature
I hate psychology all the things we’re trying to get you
to fall in love with, you’re hating it and so her actual good studying was
followed by five and a half hours of pain and misery. I would bet you, I don’t
know for a fact, that as the quarter progressed she sat down and finally she was done before she even
started. She sat down and just stared at a book and she flunked every class. The
moment you start to slide, you’re shoveling against the tide. What you need
to do is what? Take a break. Here’s what’s cool about it. You can study for a half
hour, it doesn’t take a half hour break to recharge your batteries. For most
people, about five minutes and this is where you go away, do something fun for
five minutes and actually say this is my treat for having studied for 30 minutes
effectively. Go back and here’s what happens.
Your efficiency is nearly a hundred percent. Study a half hour, take a break
study a half hour, study a half hour, now had she done that over a course of six
hours she would have got about five and a half hours of serious studying and
about a half hour of total break time. SQRRR. Survey that’s the S, question that’s
the Q, then you have 3 R’s – read recite review. So how do you do the survey? These
are not novels. In a novel you wouldn’t want to read the last page, would you?
Find out who done it, it’d ruin the whole thing
but this is a textbook so what you do is you actually go through the entire
chapter, you look at pictures okay what’s this about apples
what’s this about a duckbill platypus okay and what you’re doing as you survey
you ask questions. It only takes a couple of minutes to survey a chapter in any
class. As you’re surveying you simultaneously raise questions. What
you’re doing then is causing you to be looking for answers and this is a
powerful thing. How many of you have noticed when you’re looking through a
newspaper for a piece of information, you can find it, it kind of jumps out at you
but if you’re just kind of reading it haphazardly, kind of casually, most of
what you read you don’t even remember. There’s something about it and I can’t
explain it, I can only describe it. If you intend to find something, you find it and
I’ve got a little demonstration I could have brought where I actually show a
placard with the words Boston and London printed on them and I hold it up for 20
seconds. Out of a group this size, maybe two or three of you would see Boston and
London because before I do it, I tell you to look for letters, symbols and numbers.
I create what’s called a set. You’re now expecting not to see words but letters
and even though Boston and London are printed on diagonal, most people don’t
see it. Likewise if you just kind of go through a book without asking questions
first you kind of skim over the content. You
don’t have the search mechanism going, okay? The reading, followed by the
recitation, I talked about that. Technically before a test it should be
review. It should be in the barn. Now you’re just
touching up to make sure you haven’t lost anything or confused anything but I
know how this works because we schedule tests, most students don’t start studying
until shortly before an exam and much like my friend, it puts so much time all
massed together and only study for about a half hour, pull all-nighters so they
don’t get the good rest, come in and do poorly. You’re undoing yourself. If you
start studying early and do some of the things I’ve talked about, by the time you
get to the test you’re just reviewing at that point, not
truly studying.


  1. E U P H O R I C c o n c e p t s

    December 12, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    WOW! This was profound. I’m a graduate student and just 10 mins of what I just heard could have saved me ten YEARS of studying aimlessly. THANK YOU 🙏

  2. Mercy Malama

    April 4, 2019 at 8:47 pm


  3. Valerie Cadotte

    April 5, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    One of the best things I learned in college and I use it at work now, is to write all the things that your thinking about or worrying on the corner of the page and leave it there. Don't think about those things on the top of the page until your done.

  4. Someone

    April 6, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    I wake up for skl at 6: 00 then I come back at 3:35 and until i change and eat lunch its 4:00 and i will have a headache so what should i do?? If i review there will be no time for doing hw and vice versa

  5. afaf jaber

    April 6, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    Who's the speaker ?

  6. Jana Oh Kyungsoo

    April 7, 2019 at 12:19 pm


  7. Annabelle Gacha_YT

    April 7, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    Ok, so when my parents were not really that much saying study hard, I became smart and was top 4 or top 5 , in the start I was top 10 or 9. But then when i started to be top, they always say study hard and I lost my top and now i'm not even that smart. So thats why I searched how to study smart, motivational.

  8. ROckJustrocKs

    April 8, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    stop reading comments and study!!

  9. Adele

    April 9, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    If study = Asian? Then what is fun or relaxation ?

  10. Khanya Socishe

    April 10, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    This better help me😣😣!!!!

  11. tannisaifa tannisaifa

    April 11, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    I heard that 4 hours of sleep is the best.. Plz make me sure about this.

  12. tannisaifa tannisaifa

    April 11, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    I heard that 4 hours of sleep is the best.. Plz make me sure about this.

  13. ツAaron

    April 12, 2019 at 2:19 am

    Use me as the “Who else is watching this when they’re supposed to be studying?” Button.

  14. Bupe Chikumbi

    April 14, 2019 at 9:36 am

    Medschool is so bulky….but I'll defo try out again(I tried it once but couldn't habitualize it)

  15. Briton Darius

    April 15, 2019 at 2:40 am

    Thanks sir

  16. Hanna Cortez

    April 15, 2019 at 2:46 am

    Thank u thank u! Going to try these tips right now! I’ve been studying all days for two days straight

  17. Davi Mwa3

    April 15, 2019 at 2:33 pm


  18. Ellie Nikolova

    April 16, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    This man described my every day life in one video. Thank you so much for the tips. I'll try my best to get rid of my bad habits and study effectively.


    April 18, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    My mom jus beat me 😔😭😢

  20. Moradeke Adeyemi

    April 19, 2019 at 2:51 pm


  21. Farrahin

    April 20, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    It's hard when i have another class right after. I don't really study much after i come home. I suck at it. So i try to focus and gives extra attention in class so i can understand faster and wrote my own notes at that moment. So my way of studying for exam is, i scanned my notes, trying to remember what my lecturers said in class, and doing the same exercises i did in class but without look at the answer. With this way, i can score well but i can't get an A+. Just an A- or A.

  22. A B

    April 20, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    Great video!! 💪

  23. CheriiMeme

    April 22, 2019 at 2:04 am

    So, I've been studying since the 14th for a test coming up on the 23rd.
    Before I found this video, I would normally study basically all day, ask for help when I don't understand, get pissed off because of how I still cannot understand from the help, gain a massive headache, and then just be done with everything and have the thought of, "Wow. I am going to fail this and it is not even funny."

    After seeing this video, I WISH, I had this back in High School. I could have done so much better than what I did then. Thankfully, the test I have on the 23rd is just to see on what I know, depending on how much I need to focus on will be what I do need to study, and after seeing this video I now know what to do, and how to do it. And I plan on taking the steps shown to finally achieving it.

  24. brittney brandt

    April 22, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    8 hours of sleep???

  25. NPixel89

    April 24, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    This video gives me interstellar vibes

  26. ItzVerx

    April 24, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    "Study less, study smart."


  27. Tammy Thum

    April 27, 2019 at 5:13 am

    Lol I always come back to this video whenever I'm stuck and almost made me cry every time :")

  28. Hashim Hawaldar

    April 27, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    I wished I would have watched this video months before…

  29. sadhunama

    April 28, 2019 at 11:29 am

    11:26 Nepal

  30. Vinayak Ramlogan

    April 30, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    WHEN the hell do you expect us to get time to sleep?

  31. Cambridge Home School

    May 1, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    Study smart


    May 2, 2019 at 12:49 am

    This saves me 💖 Thanks a lot


    May 4, 2019 at 3:13 am

    Everybody tell us to study hard but no one tell us how? Thanks to the producer of this channel.

  34. Emily V.

    May 4, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    This was so necessary! I've been studying all wrong for a long time now.

  35. Mr Nyirezy

    May 7, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    Great,that's great.

  36. SebbeF

    May 11, 2019 at 11:37 am

    Take a break as soon as it gets boring, do something fun to remind you of having fun, return to the project with a playful mind and it will be affected of fun, repeat as you eventually go low again 🙂
    Only the feeling that you are allowed to have fun if you want to actually helps rather than not, freedom is key.
    The times it doesn't help are when you are feeling forced to not allow fun.

  37. Sanjina Afrin

    May 11, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Too late now I got only 2 days till my exams. 😔😔

  38. Farha Mansha

    May 12, 2019 at 10:10 am

    Why why I came across it after my fsc,I needed this kinda thing badly when I was striving days and night and still not getting enough.

  39. senyan chen

    May 16, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    taking an enzyme kinetic equation where Vo=Vmax[S]/(Km+[S]). Given there are so much experiments are done with enzymes and proteins that are relative to human, and then, take a naive leap of faith, from elementary computer science, [x] is an equivalent class of an modulo p, and <[x]>^(p-1)=e=identity, which is used for energy expressed in waveform and frequency, and then related to computational messages could be send over world-wild; psychological experiments and theories already explained so much about how fixated a pattern human can inevitably inherited; with given two conditions previously, to break a pattern, is easy, also, to make up a pattern, is hard.
    Just wondering, is a hard study pattern still able to maintain easily when there is so much dark-sides of humanity where still finding so much excuses to persist?

  40. Agustin Gracia Colón

    May 19, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    🙏 A real PROFESSOR. I love it!

  41. AllLove LeadsToHelp

    May 22, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    Thank you sir for sharing xxx

  42. Lee Mosithe

    May 23, 2019 at 5:11 am

    Just saw this before an important exam an A+ is surely guaranteed

  43. B.S joseph

    May 30, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    Loved when he started talking about time.

  44. Happy Dragneel

    May 31, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    What the hell I been doing the last 10 years? Thanks to this vid, I am ready to go

  45. sana hyder

    June 4, 2019 at 9:37 am

    Described in best way…worth TO watch this video💕

  46. Wlodixpro

    June 5, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    I have my finals in 3 weeks, Will be trying to survive, wish me luck
    ! 😀

  47. Paul Productions

    June 6, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    This should be in schools everywhere. Don't take notes without knowing how to do it well.
    EDIT: actually if you don't know how, just write.

  48. ヨルハ部隊隊长

    June 7, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    research Minorities resarch SMART? da helll is wrong with translations

  49. kaysha sims

    June 8, 2019 at 8:55 am

    Check this out guys this really helped me out

  50. Brennan Gonzales

    June 10, 2019 at 10:32 pm


  51. Hussain A

    June 12, 2019 at 6:08 am

    I never heard better advice in my whole 30 years of life.. wish I heard this when I was in medschool

  52. Aspect

    June 12, 2019 at 9:43 am

    This Might actually help me beacuse i tried learning in chemistry with this type of method and i actually learned alot so thanks


    June 14, 2019 at 10:27 am

    Hmmm I make 30 minute study and a 2 hour break, how the hell do I get perfect scores.

  54. FitFoxxyMama

    June 15, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    I'm preparing for a promotional exam in 8 weeks…. this helps a lot. I notice I do better on days I exercise too

  55. Bahago VEVO

    June 18, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    You Guys should pray for me I’m having exams
    Anatomy and

  56. Hi !

    June 21, 2019 at 5:42 am

    Can my teachers go back to school again? They give me a study guide for school and it has nothing to do with the test.

  57. sima jaff

    June 21, 2019 at 5:43 am

    WOW….that really helped me so much ,thank u so much 😍🥰❤️

  58. mc n

    June 22, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    It happened to me last year i didn’t sleep and when i woke up my brain deleted all of my last day work and 14 hours straight studying and memorizing

  59. 김윤

    June 26, 2019 at 1:45 am

    I am gonna give it a try, too.

  60. Nihat Dönməzov

    July 2, 2019 at 5:23 am

    It was really good in order students to study well without wasting their time❤

  61. Chester Carbungco

    July 2, 2019 at 6:51 am

    Marty Lobdell 👍👍👍

  62. Zahidullah Aslamy

    July 5, 2019 at 7:27 am

    In this video you mentioned that sleep when your tired but on another one you have told that don't sleep till you're done!

  63. Ranya Chkon

    July 9, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    Thanks for sharing ❤❤

  64. Game4zer

    July 15, 2019 at 8:52 am

    I actually want to thank you soooo much for actually teaching me something instead of all those high subscriber channels which teach u close to nothing or maybe even the wrong concepts. I have learnt sooo much from this video than I probably would ever will for 20 videos combined. Thank you. I'll try to put this in my revision

  65. Nitish Kumar

    July 17, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    Do smart work not hard work!!

  66. Sukin Silva

    July 20, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    Thank you so much! For clearly teaching the concept of studying, its really helpful.

  67. Ohemaa Miimi

    July 21, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    I'm watching this and tears actually start flowing from my eyes. I've been struggling with school for more than 10 years now (I'm 24 in september) and I have a lot of exams in August and I didn't know what to do different to succeed, cause I have been trying and failling and this is my hardest semester ever. And I feel like my future really depends on this one. I have been stressed and depressed since June, since I got my results. It is so bad no one thinks I'll succeed and I can't blame them because I don't believe in myself either. But I know this advice here is the best I ever got and I will apply it as of today. I might still not pass my year given I only have a few weeks left but I am hopeful now and I know I'll do way better than if I hadn't gotten this advice.
    Thank you so much !! I'll rewatch this video to make sure it sticks. Thank you !
    Goodluck to anyone struggling in school, you are not dumb, you just wasn't taught the right methods. Apply every good advice you can find and I trust you will succeed. Let's do this ❤️🔥

  68. BrittLink OfHyrule

    July 22, 2019 at 4:40 am

    Thank you so much! This helped me and motivated me to try and be more efficient. 😭🙏❤

  69. t_ n_rasberry

    July 22, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    This video is so good. I shared it with 3 other people. Thanks.

  70. christina le

    July 25, 2019 at 5:04 am

    I never thought of doing these things like taking breaks and … sleeping sorry forgive me

  71. Cristiano Ronaldo7

    July 25, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    I hope my dad see this….

  72. YS Siu

    July 26, 2019 at 9:50 am

    You are legend, thank you for the videos

  73. p ine

    July 27, 2019 at 6:42 am

    This video is really really helpful for me !!!
    As i'm learning English student in korea
    I'm goona write my impression after watching this video.
    Because to check with my apprehension for this video,
    and improve my language skills

    Professor tells,
    Studying something means not knowing something
    So you have to check and test your apprehensions, and reviewing the things and Studying efficiently.
    spend Soooo many many time to study is not efficiency so do rest from time to time in studying then, it will makes you keep going on.

  74. Masochistic Vinyl

    July 30, 2019 at 2:27 am

    I wounder if this method works for animating gonna try it and i'll get back to you all

  75. Rimels Muca

    August 3, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    Thanks a lot

  76. marcela

    August 3, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    Some of this videos say ¨go to sleep late and wake up early¨ and now this one says that if we don´t sleep around 8 hours we won´t be able to study properly… I´m confused

  77. Amm Seven

    August 6, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    aaaaa, no subtitle … iam visual learner

  78. Ishan Malith Gunawardane

    August 7, 2019 at 6:46 am

    wow this is the best study motivation in my whole life…

  79. William Liedner

    August 8, 2019 at 1:42 am

    Marty Lobdell is a very impressive man – I've learned a lot from him. But specifically, when it comes to learning. And because of that I recently put together a guide to get everything about efficient learning into one place, is there anyone who'd like to read it (15p) and perhaps share your ideas?

  80. Ibrahim Hossain

    August 9, 2019 at 8:55 am

    I need to show this to my parents and the education board of MY COUNTRY IS SHIT.

  81. Random Chanel 13

    August 11, 2019 at 5:11 am

    This is good advice

  82. hernan nuñez

    August 12, 2019 at 1:58 am

    link caido… Oops, the page you were looking for isn't here.

  83. Adhi Kutz

    August 12, 2019 at 2:57 am

    This actually helped me found out the reason why i failed for an exam which I worked really hard for. Sleeping at midnight and waking up early in the morning, forcing myself to study a subject which I hate the most, and moreover Studing hard but not smart was the biggest flaw I made. Thank u so much for helping me figure out all these and so, now i won't make that mistake again!.

  84. Liliana Carrella

    August 22, 2019 at 2:47 am

    why is adam levine in this video 4:48

  85. Nilanjan Dutta

    August 23, 2019 at 6:48 am

    Thanks for the sweet…… lecture

  86. Maximec j

    August 29, 2019 at 11:12 am

    12 minutes worth Gold

  87. charmaine burn

    September 3, 2019 at 10:50 am

    Has anyone tried Rotogenflux Methods? (google it) I've noticed numerous awesome things about this intelligence boost program.

  88. TBW

    September 8, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    I need to watch more of vidos like this one its actually relaxing not boring tnx soo much!

  89. I love Yanjun

    September 13, 2019 at 9:43 am

    why did i not see this earlier

  90. 陈可苗

    September 22, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    I hate Chinese Style learning.Most of the time teachers are killing students creativity.They just want you to learn something that can obtain by spend 1 minute on Google and graduate from a top University.

  91. Joana Laguna

    September 22, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    thank you so much i am try your techniques i ask professors and no one can answer my questions about studying

  92. Agabus Cooke

    September 23, 2019 at 5:27 am

    My problem is remembering and Testing. I'm so bad at testing. Even if I can explain the subject I may still fail the test. I get nervous, and I get anxious when I see my classmates leave early.. and I can't remember anything. Always had Testing anxiety…. terrible.

  93. Enter Toby

    September 23, 2019 at 5:56 am

    Thank you for making this video!

  94. Aydi

    October 2, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    Thank you so much <3

  95. Max Luxton

    October 7, 2019 at 3:23 am

    I thought I recognized that library… Its Griffith Uni!!

  96. TheLestad88

    October 7, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    The mind doesn't work by memorizing things or taking things passively .the mind works by thinking , stay focused and use it actively

  97. Futon Gacha

    October 9, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    How THE fuck do you know i have a lamp

  98. Batchu obed Emmanuel

    October 10, 2019 at 6:23 am

    Education is the effective step for each and every student to get successful in their life

  99. Batchu obed Emmanuel

    October 10, 2019 at 6:30 am

    How to spent more time for studies?

  100. Leul Wosen

    October 11, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    Komodoro method solves this entire problem.

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