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How I Cut My Study Time From Days To Hours And Got Better Grades In The Process

Sep 10, 2008
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 situation, as just explained, is something with which I can easily identify. I've tried a variety of approaches to improving my grades. I've run the gamut: late-night cramming, varying my study hours, varying the length of time I study... but to no avail at all!

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."

Being perpetually curious, I started to look into just how my classmates were getting such astonishingly high grades when they seemed to spend all their time goofing off rather than studying. Since some of my friends were among them, I asked about it outright, and this is what they said:

1. We want to be out playing and having fun hanging out, not studying our lives away. This has two sides to it, it allows us to relax and that relaxation converts into an open mind, susceptible to learning and retaining information.

2. We have developed lazy ways as there is more to life than simply studying. While we spend shorter bursts of study time, we then take what we learn into our fun time, and link the two together, this way we associate what we learn to an experience of happiness.

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 listening to some of the comments, I thought to myself, 'hey, I would love to be that lazy too!' I recall studying for tests through entire weekends which, now, would take me only a fraction of time as it did back then, and with better grades too. And I don't mean by going back in time and using my present knowledge and experience.

We are either driven by the avoidance of pain or by the desire to experience pleasure.

These didn't start out as serious ideas; they were just a bunch of little ways my childhood friends and I had found to make studying easier and more fun. As I grew up, however, I started to think more seriously about putting those ideas into wider practice.

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.

Over time I discovered tricks and tips that could be helpful to fellow students and friends, but due to my lack of credibility, they resisted. At that point, I hadn't been given the chance to prove myself. For that reason, I was denied the chance to help many desperate people. But everything has changed now.

I have accomplished things that are "public" or within people's view and I now have credibility ? I am living proof that these strategies work.

I also have countless examples of students around the world who have used these strategies successfully ? and their numbers are growing by the day. I hope you'll be one of those success stories that I enjoy talking about in my live seminars and writing about in my books.

I honestly believe that these very basic techniques can be learned and used by anyone to significantly improve their situation ? even if that just means getting away from C's and D's and getting B's and the occasional A. For many that would be a dream come true.

I myself am evidence that this can work, and it can work for you too.
About the Author
About the author: Dr Marc R. Dussault can show you how to easily get better grades using simple, effective speed learning techniques that anyone can learn. Visit his website for more great tips on speed learning.
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