Mastering Notes, Textbooks, and Exams.

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“Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.”
—Peter Drucker

Many students manage their time to perfection but then study in ways that don’t get them good results. Their study methods aren’t effective.

Our goal is to make sure that you study in ways that get you the best results for every minute of time you put in. If you do things right the first time, it will increase your retention and dramatically reduce the time you’ll need to review it all later.

What Are Good Study Methods?

When it comes to study methods,  there are a lot of them. There are hundreds of books, websites, and YouTube videos covering all kinds of different study techniques for different types of classes. We can’t possibly cover all of them here.

Our goal is to stick to the Pareto Principle, more commonly known as the 80/20 Rule. The principle states that 20% of the input is responsible for 80% of the results obtained.

This is the 80/20 rule for college. That is, there are a certain small number of study habits and methods that are going to give you the most benefit in the least amount of time. Sure, it depends on the class, the types of assignments, the materials, and the person doing them. But overall, these approaches can help you study much more effectively.

Let’s start with the three main areas of college that almost every student has to deal with:

The classroom. You’re going to spend a lot of time in class, and it’s important that you do things in a way that eliminates distractions so you can take the best notes possible.

Your readings. Usually that means a textbook, but it will also include PDFs or other outside readings. We’ll make sure you only have to read it once and that you prepare it for easy review.

Your exams. That’s where it all comes together. If you’ve been doing everything else right along the way, exams will take care of themselves. Instead of being the most stressful part of your academic life, they’ll quickly become the least stressful.

Yes, you also have papers, lab reports, projects, and all kinds of other requirements depending on the classes you’re taking—but for now, we’ll start with these major categories.

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