Archive for September, 2010

What Should you do the Night before an Exam?

What Should you do the Night before an Exam?

Your exams begin in two days.

So, what should you be doing the night before the exam?

The answer of this question largely depends on your level of preparation, but I will nevertheless attempt to lay down some basic principles to guide you.

Focus on Deliberate Practice

Focus on Deliberate Practice

Studies have shown that the difference between talented individuals and everyone else is NOT intelligence. It is not hard work either. The key difference between talented individuals and everyone else is the type of work they undertake – which has since been coined ‘deliberate practice’. A couple of years ago (well in 2007 specifically), as [...]

A Blue Print to Academic Success – How to Ace Your Year 12

A Blue Print to Academic Success – How to Ace Your Year 12

Recently, I have had a number of students email me with the following question: Is it too late to start preparing for Year 12? If I start working now, will I be able to do well at the end of the year? It just so happens that recently, I was reading a book titled, Developing [...]

When Should You Do Your Homework?

When Should You Do Your Homework?

Recently, I have been covering the idea that the difference between talented individuals and everyone is not intelligence, but the way they practice. This has been coined ‘deliberate practice’ and in my last article I noted that to excel academically, this involves minimizing study time and ramping up memory retention. Beyond increasing efficiency, what does [...]

How to Study For Exams

How to Study For Exams

Over the last couple of weeks I have been writing about this idea of ‘deliberate practice’ – that top student’s essentially prepare and study differently, and this is essentially the key to academic success. Today, I want to continue on this theme – and in doing so answer a question which was emailed to me [...]

Evaluate Your Exam Preparation and Technique

Evaluate Your Exam Preparation and Technique

Just a short post this week. Things have been a little crazy at my end (which has also resulted in a slight slow-down in the rate of my posts!) Many Year 11 and Year 12 students have been getting their results back from assessments and half-yearlies exams recently. As a result, I have had a [...]

Should You Study in a Library?

Should You Study in a Library?

With TV, internet, and a fully stocked fridge at home, studying can be difficult. As a result, studying in libaries during high school tends to be a popular alternative. But is going to the library an effective way of increasing concentration and focus? There are some positives and negatives of studying in a library. Positives [...]

Which Uni Should You Go To?

Which Uni Should You Go To?

University is a big decision. At anywhere from $20,000 -$100,000 University is the 3rd largest purchase we make in our life. It influences the future direction of our life. Our occupation, happiness, health and wealth. Currently, the only way for anyone to make such a big decision is to rely on sales pitches at university [...]