How to Study Effectively: 8 Advanced Tips – College Info Geek

How to Study Effectively: 8 Advanced Tips – College Info Geek


A really huge portion of the study tips you’ll
get from professors and other people who want you to be better in school and maybe that
you’ll find here on YouTube are really basic. They’ll tell you to sit in front in class,
scan your textbooks instead of reading every single chapter. Bring your cat to class to
reduce stress and so you get to meet the nice folks at animal control. These tips, while
they’re good, they’re really really useful, they are basic. Maybe you’re like me. You’re
a classical detail-driven nerd. When I play fighting games I want to learn about frame
data and every single move sets and all the match-ups instead of just playing the game
and “having fun.” So, applying to study I’m the same way and I want to find really advanced
tips, ways to hack my learning, things that usually don’t come up when you get your basic
study tips. To that end, maybe you’re like me and want to get some advanced study tips,
and I am happy to oblige. In this video, I am going to give you 8 of those Advanced Study
Tips, so let’s get started. The first tip is to use the Corson Technique
when asking professors for help. Now, Dale Corson was the eighth president of Cornell
University. Yes, the same Cornell University that spawned the famous Cornell Note-Taking
System. He was also a chemistry professor. He said that students in chemistry and other
science and math programs often have to really work to crack problems one sentence at a time
as they go through their textbooks or problem sets, but sometimes eventually you get to
a point where you just can’t crack the problem on your own and you need to ask for help.
So, you go to your professor, and what Dale Corson wants you to think about before you
actually talk to your professor is pause and ask yourself, “What is it that I don’t understand?
Truly, what is it that I don’t understand?” What he wants you to get away from is this
thing that a lot of students do is where they go to their professors and with a “general
wave of the hand,” as he says, they say, “I don’t understand what I’m looking at.” This
is just confusing to me, I don’t get it.” What he wants you to do is avoid that, rather,
pick apart the problem one sentence at a time and figure out the exact point at which you
don’t get what’s going on. Right here, I understand this, this process makes sense to me, but
here’s where I’m getting a little shaky and I just don’t get this. After that, I’m cool.
When you can pinpoint that, you’re going to impress your professor with your preparation
and the amount of effort you put into the problem, so you get some brownie points there,
but you’re also working to practice the art of recognizing confusion and following it
down to its actual source. This will help you immensely in all of your learning going
forward. Tip #2 is to learn facts quickly with a technique
called space repetition. Now, space repetition is the art of studying things at increasingly
bigger and bigger intervals of time and it’s a very efficient way to study, but it also
takes advantage of the way your brain works. Basically, space repetition is a system where
you’ll study something, and if you know that individual fact very well, you will not see
it for quite a while, but the facts that you don’t know well, you’re going to see them
more and more frequently. The way that it works on our brain level is that you are trying
to recall information. You’re forcing your brain to pull it out at the closest time possible
to when you are about to forget it, so your brain actually has to work as hard as it possibly
can to recall this information and it encodes it better, so its more efficient and you can
actually learn a lot faster. The best way to take advantage of this is
to use an SRS or space repetition software to do your studying for you instead of using
index cards or something. Now, when I was studying Japanese, and I will be doing this
again soon, I used one called WaniKani that was very, very efficient and helped me learn
hundreds of Kanji and Japanese vocab words. There is actually a free and generalized one
called Anki and you can find it on AnkiSRS.net where you can actually create your own card
sets for any type of data that you think you would want to study with SRS or you can actually
find shared card decks from people who have already made things. So, definitely check
that out. I think the preparation aspect of making your own card decks is very useful,
but simply going through and studying them using space repetition is usually going to
be more efficient than using just typical linear flashcard study methods on paper.
Tip #3. We’re getting a little more advanced here, so this one is to try out the Method
of Loci for memorization. The Method of Loci goes back to the Greek and Roman times and
it is a memorization technique that has been used by memory champs for a long time. It
essentially takes advantage of your brain’s ability to remember spatial information very
well. It’s all about visualization. The classic way to do it is to associate certain sets
of the set of data you’re trying to memorize, certain groups of that with different rooms
of a house. Let me give you an example. This is the Kanji for king in Japanese, and the
pronunciation, the way that you say king in Japanese is “Oh,” and “Oh” is really simple
pronunciation. It doesn’t really lend itself too well to mnemonics, which is a shame because
mnemonics is a great way to learn Kanji. Now, what if I want to adapt the Method of Loci
to learning this Kanji along with lots of others. What does a king sit on, a throne,
or as we could say, the toilet, and I am not averse to using 5-year-old humor here. What
do you say when you smell the toilet, “Oh.” Yeah, work with me here. Also, the Kanji for
king looks like a towel rack so I can associate king with the bathroom in a house, and if
I really want to make this study technique useful for me, I would go into the bathroom
and I would put up flashcards on the walls and then I’d walk through my house and study
this. Now, the Method of Loci is difficult to use. It’s an advanced technique and usually
you’re going to be better off with SRS or mnemonics if you have a smaller set of data,
but if you’ve got a lot of work with and nothing else has worked for you, it’s something that
you can try. Tip #4 is to hack akrasia. Akrasia is a term
that has been written about for centuries and it goes back to Plato, and it’s essentially
a lack of command over oneself. There’s another even more complex term called picoeconomics,
which talks about this hyperbolic discounting that we do. Essentially, we discount the value
of a task the more it is delayed, the more the reward is pushed off into the future,
which in short means that we tend to procrastinate and do fun things that don’t really align
with our values in the short term, and we avoid doing things that really do line up
with our values because the reward is delayed. The way you can hack akrasia or avoid becoming
a victim to it is two-fold. One, use a commitment device, bind yourself to getting your task
done on time, and the way I do this is by using an app called Beeminder, which I’ve
talked about before. I absolutely love Beeminder and I’ve been using it to ensure I publish
three things a week for quite a while now. If you look at my graph here, which I’ll throw
up, you can see that I have been actually publishing much, much, much more frequently
than I was before, and it’s largely because I use a commitment device to buy myself to
do this. Now, another way that you can hack akrasia,
the second part of the fold, is to add a shorter term reward to completing a task. The classic
way, you’ve probably seen this image before, is to put gummy bears on your textbook, and
as you read paragraphs you allow yourself to eat them, but you can do all sorts of other
things. Let yourself watch an episode of Game of Thrones once you finish an assignment or
maybe use a tool like HabitRPG and give yourself some experience and goals when you finish
the study, problem set or something. Just find a way to make sure that the only reward
isn’t that far-off delayed one that causes akrasia.
All right. Tip #5 is to improve the Pomodoro Technique. You may have heard of the Pomodoro
Technique,. Everyone talks about it, but in case you haven’t, it’s simply a technique
where you set a timer for about 25 minutes classically, and then you work only on one
task during that 25-minute session. I think a lot of people do this and it’s very useful,
but there are some areas for improvement that I don’t a lot of people take advantage of.
So, let me just rapid fire give them to you. Number one, and I’ve talked about how much
I’m a fan of the Beeminder app, and the Beeminder blog is also a good resource for productivity
techniques and experiments. One of things that they talk about is this thing they do
called Tocks. A Tock is essentially a Pomodoro session except
they use about 45 minutes and then take 15-minute breaks instead of the classic 25-minute, 5-minute
break structure. The tip here is to experiment with the time intervals. Don’t just set yourself
to 25 minutes and assume that’s the only potential interval that you could study at. Find what
works for you. The other one is to put a piece of paper next
to you during your Pomodoro session, and whenever anything that comes up that distracts you,
maybe a phone call or the urge to check Facebook or something, write it down. This lets you
do two things. One, you can remember what the distraction was and if it happened to
be something urgent you can take care of it during your break time, but two, as you continue
to lots of Pomodoro sessions over months and months, you start to see what are the common
problem points. What comes up a lot that distracts you, and then you can take steps to prevent
these things. Maybe it’s your phone, you forget to put in do not disturb mode; well, you can
do that now. If its a certain website that you really want to visit because it’s just
so distracting and draws you in, then you can use an extension like Stay Focused on
Chrome to block it during your study session. Very useful stuff.
Tip #6 is when learning new concepts, use both focused and diffused thinking. This is
a concept that I learned about in a book called, Thinking in Numbers. Look at this guy, Magnus
Carlsen. He is currently the #1 chess player in the world, but back in 2004 when he was
just 13 years old, he played Garry Kasparov, who was considered the best chess player in
the world a couple of decades ago and who was often considered to be the best chess
player of all time. He played Garry to a draw, and look at what he does from these screen
shots here. During the match he actually gets up and walks around, looks at other tables,
and what he’s doing, what the author of this book has pointed out, is he’s using diffused
thinking. So focused thinking really takes advantage of your prefrontal cortex to focus
on one specific set of data, one specific problem, and it really concentrates on one
that thing, but it doesn’t let the rest of your brain become activated. A lot of ideas
come from different nodes of your brain connecting different completely unrelated ideas in new
different ways, and that’s the diffused mode of thinking. When you’re leaning something
new, you want to use diffused thinking, so you can grock it, you can tie it to other
nodes in your brain and understand it. If you only try to focus on the problem and do
nothing else, you’re going to have a lot harder time solving the problem. Now, focused thinking
is very, very good for problems you already understand, for processes that you’ve gone
through before, and that’s why you want to use these two modes of thinking in combination.
Now, tip #7 and I’ve talked about this before in terms of textbooks is to gauge your classes,
and the specific area I want you to think about here is gauge the speed at which your
professor moves and at which you’re able to understand. If your professor tends to go
too fast and you can’t really understand everything he’s presenting. Maybe he writes too fast
and you can take notes fast enough or he just moves through the material too fast for you
to really understand it and give time to process in your brain. Then, you want to take some
steps to mitigate that problem. One thing you could do is to read through the chapter
before a lecture. Maybe if you have some material that outlines what’s going to be in the lecture,
you can use that to look at the most relevant parts of the textbook and prime your brain
for the lecture. One other thing you can do if the class pace is just too fast, and I
can’t really emphasize this enough is to simply ask your professor for help or ask questions
in the middle of class. Professors are there to help you and you should take advantage
of that. My 8th and final tip is to start your problem
sets alone. When I was a sophomore I had a statistics class, and I actually had a partner
and she would come over to my dorm basically every time we had a homework assignment to
do and we would do it together. Now, I realize that this isn’t really the best strategy.
Now, I got a pretty good grade in the class anyway, but going forward, I wouldn’t do this
again. Here’s the reason why. When you do a problem set with a partner, you’re robbing
yourself the opportunity to really pinpoint gaps in your understanding because two people
going at the same problem at the same time, if one person is able to do the entire thing
and the other person can kind of get where the first person’s coming from. So, if you
don’t really understand a problem or maybe there’s one tiny little section that you wouldn’t
have gotten, but your partner does, you’re going to latch onto their answer. You’re going
to say, “Yeah, I sort of get that,” and you’re going to move on, but if you do it alone,
then you’re going to be able to pinpoint those areas of confusion and shore them up before
you get into a group and finish the assignment, so start them alone.
Those are my 8 Advanced Study Tips. I know this video is a bit longer than normal, but
if you’ve got any questions about these and want to learn more about any specific ones,
then be sure to leave a comment below and let me know. Otherwise, I will see you in
the next video. Hey guys, thanks so much for watching my video
on Advanced Study Tips. Now, if you want to get more study tips every single week and
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in the video you can click the orange button right there to find that. If you missed the
last video, there’s a clip of it playing right there, and also if you want to get better
grades, I wrote a hundred plus page book called, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades while Studying
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100 thoughts on “How to Study Effectively: 8 Advanced Tips – College Info Geek

  1. Has this dude ever heard of Quizlet? Lol. It's literally that website but more. It uses the spaced repetition method with its study tools, and more people use it, which means you'll have a far better chance of finding a study set that someone has already made.

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  3. Focusing on your known problems and wondering about the problems that are new. Now that was a pretty helpful advice.

  4. Hi Thomas, thank you very much for this video and for all the work you do!!! I really appreciate all your efforts in helping us to study better!!!! I would like to ask for your help, if I may, with further study techniques, I am an online college student, 50% of the content I have to learn by myself and the other 50% I learn in a regular class, I attend classes one a month. My main problem is that I am used to this frontal class method and I am quite efficient in taking notes etc, but I am having difficulties in learning the whole content of a subject on my own.It basically works like this, I log into the university's online platform and I download the books, tasks and pdfs of a certain subject and I have to learn it all by myself. The classes I attend are for different subjects, there are no classes for the online subjects. I am a bit lost because I am used to someone talking and explaining and me taking notes.The bottom line is I don't know how to teach myself the whole content of a subject, I don't know how to approach it and work my way through all the content efficiently. I have just downloaded your book (thanks a bunch for that) and I would be so very much thankful if you could please help me out! Thanks for your time and I wish you all the very best!!!!! Ollie

  5. Pomodoro technique helped me by being an annoyance. I sometimes get engrossed reading my physic textbook(I like Physic and I know how to make jokes about the physical world) but whenever the timer runs out it started to feel like a punishment due to human limitation. I must stop and rest cuz I won't be able to fathom the rest without rest. But I usually just ignore it haha. My advice would be to make it entertaining. Learning is not studying. You learn more when you apply your knowledge earnestly and/or enjoy them. Plus, if you could make jokes about physical phenomenon you could make anyone laugh. A skill that is very much welcomed

  6. Yep, I used diffused thinking when trying to understand physics. Its actually what many people think of as "common sense". In reality its just the subconscious mind calculating and telling the conscious mind what to do. It works best if you relax and let your hind brain absorb whats in front of you.

  7. What helped me the best for studying was having a cup of hot tea and work with a computer, i used to work with pen and paper but nowadays its possible to do that with a computer even though you remember better if you write with pen, its better if working with a computer gives you more motivation, this is not really important but if you type with a mechanical keyboard its way more fun because it feels nice to press (i use razer greens)

  8. If you know someone who has a learning disability, its really hard with trying to focus and understand content from an instructor. But, my question is what would you recommend for studying tips?

  9. I found recording lectures during class helpful, so I can listen to them on my own just in case there was something I missed.

  10. Guys, Ive just started studying Japanese and Medieval English Studies last semester, and my first exams are coming up soon. Im very afraid of said exams, and my main point of anxiety is that I could forget grammar and other stuff during them due to being nervous. Do any of you have any tips to stay relaxed while taking them?

  11. Thank you so much for this Video Its really helped My son and I. We've both been very distracted in studying especially these past couple weeks, I lost My other Son So Its been very difficult. My youngest son and I made a choice to study together instead and keep ourselves focused and busy. It's been challenging but after watching your Video I really appreciate your study tips. Thank You๐Ÿ™

  12. Iโ€™m actually so grateful for all of your videos. Iโ€™m a university student with adhd and iโ€™m really struggling with focussing. Your tips have helped me a long way but still having a hard time motivating myself to study. Does anyone have tips for me to get my motivation straight. I smoke weed regularly after studying, does that affect my studying also?

  13. So helpful! Iโ€™m done with my masters degree, but Iโ€™m taking a Personal Training exam soon so I needed to brush up on exam tips ๐Ÿ˜Š subscribed!

  14. Where else can I see your content if not on youtube? I'm trying to get rid if youtube but don't want to leave certain creators as I enjoy their content.

  15. Those are very good tips, thank you! And your eyes are beautiful, just wanted to say that :)))))))))))

  16. I was doubtful about listening to classical music, but honestly I found that it quells my frustration whilst studying.

  17. Hey Thomas I have a problem. I want to learn the 74 phonogram and 32 spelling rule and I donโ€™t know how to remember them in a deeper way? Do you know what techniques I should use

  18. I actually found recoding lectures to be really helpful to fill in any gaps in the notes that you may have missed, especially if the professor talks really fast.

  19. I came here because I got 2 points over 10 in our quiz it's my first time to got that score and I'm depress now ๐Ÿ˜‚ I got embarassed because of my score , they got 10 while me 2 , because words are rumbling in my brain ๐Ÿ˜‚

  20. Lol. Realizing Iโ€™ve been trying some of these and still getting no where. I think I am clinically dumb.

  21. Nice video with very useful tips but i didn't get the "diffuse thinking " part , how can i use it on my studying ?

  22. I can't study because Thomas Frank is too distracting to look at. He's causing me to have impure thoughts and makes me wish he'd make a video with his shirt off. Phew, it's hot in here…

  23. Bucc/o is the medical terminology for cheek… bucc cheek… butt cheek… ๐Ÿ˜‚ I should be sleeping instead of watching this but I can't stop lol

  24. i just record the lectures then transcribe it then bang is in my head then vocalise them in my mini studio then emp3 them into my iphone with my ear buds on repeat .i know it sounds like a long process as english aint my first language so i had to through this process for it to stick. lol

  25. working alone really helped me during my biostatistics class building up confidence: we used a program on the computer and it really helped me to unterstand everything better, because i was the one who had to go through everything and physically click through the computerprogram by myself, most of the class worked in pairs…we were also allowed to do the homework in groups, but i did it on my own and i was really proud of myself that i managed to understand the problems on my own…in the end i got the highest mark in our final test….first i was really scared and intimidated because i had to do it all on my own (because it was kind of maths and i normally hate working with computers), but then i realized that i'm capable of doing it and actually everyone in the room felt intimidated, when i looked around most of the pairs and groups even met before class, so that they don't have to go in the classroom alone

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