How to Study Long and Hard and Still Fail Miserably

[dropcap style=”1″]T[/dropcap]hrowing darts at a tiny bulls-eye from about 30 feet across the room with a sprained wrist is how I would describe my past exam preparation and exam taking experiences.  Who knows what to do? Just give it your hardest shot. Hit or miss at least you gave it your best, right?

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Wrong. If you genuinely care about learning, about your development and about your future then you, like me, must come to a point where you crave insight into how you can do better at school. Same goes for work by the way – understanding those new models to improve your output.

If you think about it – you already suffer so much preparing for exams (especially in law school), why not at least try to ensure that your preparation will lead to great results?

My New Approach, Based on Science

This exam season I am taking the advice of Professor Stephen Chew, a professor at Samford University in Birmingham Alabama. Chew, a cognitive psychologist, is an expert in how human beings learn and think.  Makes sense to check him out.

With the help of his series of brief videos – I have redesigned my own study plan. The videos are short, insightful and research based (not just a random talking head).

Check them out:

How to Get the Most Out of Studying: Part 1 of 5, “Beliefs That Make You Fail… Or Succeed”

 

 

How to Get the Most Out of Studying: Part 2 of 5, “What Students Should Know About How People Learn”

 

 

How to Get the Most Out of Studying: Part 3 of 5, “Cognitive Principles for Optimizing Learning”

 

 

How to Get the Most Out of Studying: Part 4 of 5, “Putting Principles for Learning into Practice”

 

 

How to Get the Most Out of Studying: Part 5 of 5, “I Blew the Exam, Now What?”

 

 

Have these videos helped you to get a better understanding of how to approach your exam preparations?

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