Episode 21: What Grades Actually Mean in College

In this episode, we’ll talk about what grades actually mean in college, how that meaning is different than high school, and how to cope when your grades are not perfect straight A’s. Join Dinur and Adam as we get into grades! Click here to download this episode’s transcript!  Show Notes PDF: What Grades Mean in […]

Episode 20: Guest Episode with Gretchen Wegner, M.Ed.

In today’s episode, Gretchen Wegner, M.Ed, the founder of the Anti-Boring Approach to Powerful Studying, is going to sit down with us to talk about the Study Cycle and the Study Senses – the study-skills models she’s developed, based on her research on how the brain learns. Join us! Click here to download this episode’s […]

Episode 19: Why We Judge Ourselves

We all judge ourselves sometimes. That’s normal. But how much of this judgment is actually helpful, and how much of it is unnecessary, or even harmful? Join Dinur and Adam for a discussion of when to know you’ve crossed that line!  Click here to download this episode’s transcript!  Show Notes Brooke Castillo’s Life Coach School […]

Episode 18: How to Get Out of a Slump

People go into slumps all the time, whether they’re students or teachers. In this episode, Dinur and Adam go over what slumps look like, how to handle them, and how to get out of them – so if you’re in a slump, join us for some help! Click here to download this episode’s transcript! Show […]

Episode 17: How to Take Effective Notes

Are your notes okay, but not great? Do you need help with how to take good notes in class? How do you even know if you have this problem? Join Adam and Dinur as we go over how to make your notes into awesome study tools! Click here to download this episode’s transcript! Show Notes […]

Episode 16: Disciplined Planning (Time Management Series #5)

Planning covers a lot of what Dinur and Adam have already talked about, but disciplined planning means sticking to those goals and following through. Join us as we talk about ways to make that happen! Click here to download this episode’s transcript!  Show Notes James Clear on Logarithmic Goals Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi – Flow Allison Green […]

Episode 15: How to Remind Yourself (Time Management Series #4)

Once you’ve put everything you need to do into your planner, you still need to take one more step: remembering to use it! Join Adam and Dinur as they talk about ways to remind yourself to do just that! Click here to download this episode’s transcript! Show Notes Oh, Don’t Forget text message reminder service […]

Episode 14: How to Prioritize (Time Management Series #3)

Time management is one of the biggest stressors that college students face. In this third episode of our Time Management series, Adam and Dinur walk you through the use of the Eisenhower Box for prioritizing your tasks! Click here to download this episode’s transcript!  Show Notes Eisenhower Box Eisenhower Box 1 Eisenhower Box 2  

Episode 13: Using a Planner and Calendar (Time Management Series #2)

Time management is one of the biggest stressors that college students face. In this second episode of our Time Management series, Adam and Dinur break down planners and wall calendars to help you get a handle on your time! Click here to download this episode’s transcript! Show Notes To-Do List 1 To-Do List 2 Backwards […]

How to Create and Use a Practice Test

As final exams approach on the calendar, many students resort to the “cram and jam” method of learning. While this is understandable, it’s also not going to help – cramming never does. In past posts on this blog, I’ve recommended self-quizzing, which is a scientifically-supported way to get better scores on exams. But I don’t […]

Episode 12: Making Time Noticeable (Time Management Series #1)

Time management is one of the biggest stressors that college students face. In this first episode of our Time Management series, Dinur and Adam go into how to make the humble to-do list one of the rockstar tools of getting your time under control! Click here to download this episode’s transcript!  Show Notes To Do […]

How to Prepare for Final Exams

When you’re staring down the barrel of finals week, you may begin to feel a little panicky. This is normal! And just like everything else, if you plan for it, it makes it less stressful. Here’s a quick checklist to follow for each of your final exams. What Will The Exam Look Like? First, find […]

Episode 11: Why Early Confusion Doesn’t Mean You’re Not Learning

Many students feel really intimidated when they don’t immediately understand what they’re learning. In this episode, Adam and Dinur go over why this confusion is completely normal, and how to handle it! Click here to download the transcript of this episode!  Show Notes The First 20 Hours by Josh Kaufman

How to Treat Studying Like a Sport

The Student-Athlete’s Dilemma Earlier this term, I had a student-athlete come to office hours. He was pretty far behind in class, and pretty discouraged. “I hate studying,” he confessed. “It just seems like a waste of time.” I’ve had many students, not just student-athletes, tell me this. Why study? they ask. They don’t see the […]

Episode 10: Interview with Dr. Stacy Smith

Today’s episode is for students who struggle with writing, and instructors who struggle with “how do I make my students understand what we need for writing?” We’re honored to have our first guest, Dr. Stacy Smith, here today to talk to us about the different issues that undergraduates face when they have to learn how […]

How to Keep Yourself on Track

How to Stick To It: If Only I Knew It! I freely admit it: Sometimes I have trouble keeping myself faithful to the goals I’ve set. I’ll write something in a planner with the best of intentions, and two weeks later, I’ll realize I never followed through. I’ll take my big project, break it down […]

Episode 9: How to Change Your Thinking

Emerson said that the greatest discovery of his generation was that by changing your attitude, or how you think, you can change your circumstances. Since attitude, or how we think, is one of the few things we can control, this makes sense – but how do you change your attitude? In this episode, we’ll talk […]

Spelling Errors, and How to Avoid Them

Many students today tend to “write like they talk.” This means that their writing may not take notice of things like spelling and sound-alike words. In a first draft, that’s understandable. Some students don’t realize that the word they wrote isn’t the word they meant to use. Others are hoping for the best, because they […]

Episode 8: Improvement, Not Perfection

A lot of students have a black-and-white view of success: you’re either an A student, which means “perfect,” or you’re a failure. So in this episode, we’re going to talk about how to shift your goals away from perfection and towards improvement. You can download the PDF of this episode’s transcript by clicking here.

How to Go Deeper Than Surface Learning

Most of the time, high-school students aren’t learning on a deep level. Their learning is usually focused around stuffing in information for tests and then spitting it back out on those tests. They know facts – but they don’t know why they are learning them. It’s just “what the school requires them to learn.” This […]