Fundamental Changes To How You Study

April 22, 2008 – 7:58 am

Hi everyone… here’s the first video in the series I’m putting together on how to make fundamental changes to the way you study.

Make sure you leave me a comment or a question, and some feedback. I want these videos to make a big difference to how you study and consequently… your exam results.




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  1. 25 Responses to “Fundamental Changes To How You Study”

  2. Alas! Definition of Insanity – repeatedly doing the same things over and over and expecting a different result. What do you do when you are trapped in the system? Like now – can’t access the videos!

    By cathar on Apr 22, 2008

  3. Hi Cathar… maybe try clicking the Google button in the bottom right corner of the video. Rob

    By rob on Apr 22, 2008

  4. Rob,

    I liked the first video and how you related it to sports. I think everyone can relate to sports in some way. Your ideas are very easy and clear to understand and they make sense. I do wish the video screen was bigger to see as you are talking. This was a little hard to see and be able to look at the information.
    I am a 5th grade teacher who focuses on study skills with my students but I have never had a systematic way to show how study skills really works. Have you ever thought of offering people a chance to teach this info to people in a seminar or tutoring situation. Allowing people to work for you but doing all the teaching for you. I would be interested in talking with you about seeing if I can bring your program and Ideas to the United States (Chicago, IL is where I live) My emial is Let me know your thoughts on my question?


    By Mike Best on Apr 22, 2008

  5. Hi Mike…

    Thanks for the positive feedback. Really appreciate it. I think using sports as an example allows students to understand learning in familiar terms. It worked for me big time and it frustrates me to see students studying in a way that doesn’t help them at all in exams and with learning in general.

    I also love to break things down into their simplest components because we seem to live in a world where everything is unnecessarily complicated.

    I used to give seminars on my system but since discovering the internet I try to get the message across on a larger scale. More good videos to come. Will try to get a larger, clearer format uploaded and will send you more info via your email.

    Thanks again for your comments.

    By rob on Apr 22, 2008

  6. Hi rob, thanks a lot the video, it is refreshing to see a study guide that is actually relevant and useful. As Mike has mentioned, the way you illustrate your points with sport examples makes it easier to visualize and more memorable.I’m also impressed with the way you present your slides, the transition effect and the mindmap add a professional edge to your presentation.

    As a college student, the biggest problems I’m constantly facing is the lack of time and motivation. As you would have known, it is hard to juggle sudy with various other activies that may be considered equally important such as part time jobs, hobbies and spending quality time with family. I would appreciate it if you could provide some tips in future videos on how to plan a studying timetable, especially for the period before exams, and more importantly how to stick to the plan.Also, what could we do the week/night before/during the exam that could enhance our performance?

    Thanks again for your great videos, will be looking forward to your new ones.

    By tabris on Apr 22, 2008

  7. Hi Tabris…

    Thanks for your comments. Great to get this sort of feedback in the early stages of putting these videos together. Based on your comments you should get a lot more out of future videos I have in mind.

    Regarding your questions which are mainly about time management, I do go into more detail about this in my complete study system as it’s almost an inevitable by-product of being organized and having a system which you can repeat over and over again. As you would probably know, most students don’t really have a plan, just a collection of ideas and study tips all thrown together with a little hope that it’ll all work out in the end.

    Having a plan and being organized allows you to manage your time more effectively by default so the strategies I’ll be talking about in these videos should allow you to come up with a realistic timetable once you put them into practice. Will go into more detail in future videos.

    Thanks again for you comments Tabris.


    By rob on Apr 22, 2008

  8. Dear Rob,

    it was like reading and listening out loud my mistakes.I’m attending 2 colleges and working full time beside that and I feel deep down that my studies are taking too much energy from me and giving no results.What I get is negative feedback when the only information given is that “If someone is incompetent and not born for things that overchallenge his IQ ,one should not force it further”.I feel my special skills.I know I have them,but yet fail to show them,exept in special situations.If you could show me the way out of this jungle of “good study advices” to help reach my goal I would be very grateful.

    Thank you.


    By Teddy on Apr 22, 2008

  9. Hi Guys…

    Just changed the videos to a different host with a larger format. Hope they’re a little clearer. I can host them on a paid site I have and they’ll be crystal clear but will take a lot longer to play so this current host is probably the best compromise.


    By rob on Apr 23, 2008

  10. Hi Rob,

    Thanks for the video you put together.
    I had two concers/questions though.
    1). I am unable to download Step 2 The Method MP3 from the audio webpage for the book.

    2). You’ve talked about repeating stuff in terms of practicing for exams. I am learning organic chemistry right and there are millions of reactions, I’ve made index cards and stuff and I learn a part and then write all my reactions down and then when I go to the next part, I write all the reactions from the start so that I’ve all have them in my head. I am wondering though if I’d be able to recall all of them on the day of the exam. I am really scared about not being able to recall them when I need ’em the most!! What do you think on that?

    By Aakanksha on Apr 23, 2008

  11. hey rob

    thanks for the invitation. i hope these techniques would help me. how ever i have a few questions for you. In the fall semester, i have registered for four classes, anthropology, biology, psychology and computer science. i would like to know if its best doing these classes at the same time. i’ve heard taking a lot of scientific classes are really stressful. can you advise me on this?

    thanks for your help

    By shabeera on Apr 23, 2008

  12. Hi Teddy…

    I hope some of the things I explain to you in these videos will help you “out of the jungle”.

    Firstly… it sounds like you’re really stretched for time which I know most students are and as I was when I was at university. No wonder you have no energy! Sometimes though, we have to face the fact that there’s only so much you can do in a given time. You have 2 options… spread a year of your studies over 2 years… or better time management. I hope to throw some light on the second option in these videos.

    Secondly… whether we like it or not, our knowledge is tested primarily in exams. Some students just don’t handle exams well. You probably have the talents as you say but they’re not showing up in the exams. This is exactly the point of these videos… you’re not training yourself to be good at exams. You’re only training yourself to learn and remember tons of information. If you’re good at the second but not the first… you’re still screwed!

    Watch the rest of the videos as I make them and you’ll get the “Ahaaa” moment I mentioned in the intro video.

    Hang in there Teddy… Rob

    By rob on Apr 23, 2008

  13. Hi Aakanksha…

    Thanks for your comments. Recalling information is one of the biggest concerns of most students. How do I know? I currently have a survey running and one of the questions was what the biggest problem was with studying.

    Since you’ve purchased my study system you’ll know that I’ve addressed this problem by structuring a system of studying that generates large amounts of feedback and a lot of that feedback is to provide yourself with proof that you are able to recall everything you’ve learned in the exam situation.

    Since you now have this proof, you should go into the exams feeling much more confident about being able to recall everything and not be scared.


    By rob on Apr 23, 2008

  14. Hi Shabeera…

    Thanks for your comments. Not sure I agree that taking a lot of scientific classes would be stressful. It may be stressful but for different reasons such as not having a proven, effective study system which you can use to process all that information, and perhaps poor time management.

    It’s all about processing large amounts of information in an efficient and effective way. Imagine a large company like Ford trying to build thousands of cars if they didn’t have a system such as an assembly line. It would be total chaos.

    The same goes for studying for exams. You must have a plan and a system in place. Even better if it’s a proven system and you know it works. Most students have none of the above and end up anxious and stressed.

    I’m hoping these videos I’m creating will help point you in the right direction.


    By rob on Apr 23, 2008

  15. Hi rob,

    Liking the videos so far and hope that you will go into more depth in later videos. The problem i have with exams is that i know all the stuff i just panic in an exam and forget it all. Any tips would be very appreaciated.
    Keep up the good work!


    By Shaun on Apr 23, 2008

  16. Hi Shaun…

    Thanks. Still have a whole bunch of videos in mind and I’ll get them out to you over the next few weeks. I’m making them as I have the time.

    Know the feeling about panicking in the exam and I still have nightmares about being in an exam and not having done any study for it. I’ll be making a video about how to prevent or minimize panic and anxiety so stay tuned.


    By rob on Apr 24, 2008

  17. Hi Rob,

    How do download the video?

    How do you get all this staff that we study for stuck in our head?

    By FRANCIS LUSESE on Apr 24, 2008

  18. Hi Francis…

    I’ll be leaving the videos on my blog so you can watch them here any time you want to. If you want to send them to a friend there is an email button in the bottom right hand corner of the video.

    How to get “all this stuff stuck in your head”… ain’t that the million dollar question!

    The only answer I can give you at the moment is to watch these videos (more to come) and I’ll show you what I did to get it all into my head, make it stay there, and most importantly… get it to come out in the exam in a format that made the examiner want to give me an ‘A’.

    Stay with me awhile Francis…


    By rob on Apr 24, 2008

  19. Hi everyone!

    I just finished watching the video and boy am I impressed! And I really appreciate the fact that the author had asked to comment and become involved in the community he has. He seems like a good mentor.

    What I want to find out is that if these study skills are applicable to engineering exams and math exams and chemistry stuff. Or are these study skills more aimed towards subjects like History and Psychology and stuff.

    Thanks for the emails, invitation and videos.

    I think this is an answer to my prayers – I am really excited about the writing bonus.


    By Samuel on Apr 27, 2008

  20. Hi Sam…

    Great to read your positive comments. What I’m hoping to get across to students in these videos is that you need to make fundamental changes to how you study if you’re not getting the exam results you want. These changes will apply to any subject that is assessed with exams.

    Will try not to disappoint you Sam. All I’m doing here is telling students about the changes I made to how I studied in order to go from failing exams, to getting the amazing results I talk about in the videos.

    The things I talk about should come across as simple and logical but sometimes we tend to miss those things and go for the complicated way that doesn’t always make sense when you really think about it.

    More to come soon.


    By rob on Apr 27, 2008

  21. Simplicity is always beautiful.

    By Samuel on Apr 27, 2008

  22. Hi Rob.

    Your system is amazing. I never thought that it could be so simple. I am going to try this. I’ve tried everything else.

    I have been in University for a while now. During my first degree I spent almost all of my time in the library and I only managed to just pass. As a result the professional course I wanted was out of my reach. I did a masters degree so that I could be eligible for the course, but I had to practically live in the library to pass reasonably well. I am now doing the first part of the professional course and I am struggling. At this point I’m ready give up because it just seems too hard. This is my last shot at attaining my dream. So here I am. Does doing exam questions over and over really work? And if so how exactly are you meant to do them. Do you choose the questions(exam topics) you’re hoping to do in the exam then answer them using your textbook?
    Please break it down for me because I am tired of working so hard in the library and feeling like a dunce when other students seem to wiz through the material and get As.

    By Sian on May 7, 2008

  23. Hi Sian…

    Wow… I’m amazed at the reaction my little study system is getting so far. Hope I can meet all your expectations.

    I really want to answer your questions in detail Sian but I’m releasing my strategy one video at a time and I don’t want to jump ahead at this stage. There’s 2 parts to my study system… the first is the strategy which I’m releasing in these videos. The second part is my actual tactics which are all detailed in “Studying For Exams Made Simple”.

    It does sound to me from your comments that you’re doing exactly what I did in my first degree when I was failing subjects… you’re “practicing tennis to be good at basketball” which you’ll understand if you watched Video #1.

    Sitting in the library probably just makes you feel like you’re studying when you’re not really doing anything that contributes to learning. The more hours you spend in the library… the harder you feel you’re working. And then only managing to pass.

    This is all part of the “highlighting and underlining everything and rewriting text books” study system that most students have. It’s like chopping down a tree with a blunt axe… you feel like you’re working really hard and getting nowhere when all you have to do is stop and sharpen the axe.

    Yes Sian… what I’m revealing to you really is simple. Which is why most students don’t see it. I didn’t either until I stopped to “sharpen my axe!”.

    Keep watching the videos I’m making (another one in a few days when I get some time) and I’m sure you’ll discover where I’m coming from. I feel your pain Sian and I really want to help you but please be patient.


    By rob on May 8, 2008

  24. In exams I actually tried a couple of times studying all day. but this rival who is a slacker didnt and guess what she/he got a higher score?

    I practiced this reflex unknowingly..hehehe I know you probably think this guy is a geek… anyway I got high grades but I’m thinking tomyself how the heck is my studying for nearly an entire day not good enough..??

    Just asking for an advice

    By Paolo on May 22, 2008

  25. Hi Paolo…

    Yeah… aren’t those geeks a pain! It’s us against them!

    What you have to keep in mind about studying is that it’s not how long you study that’s important. What’s more important is how you study. Lots of students say they spend hours in the library and still get poor grades but most of that time they’re not doing anything relevant such as practicing their Q&A Reflexes.

    They think reading (while they’re probably half asleep), taking notes word for word out of a book, or underlining everything… is going to cut it. Forget it! Might take hours but it doesn’t mean they learn anything relevant for getting good grades.

    Meanwhile… the geek drops in for a couple of hours, does some active learning, based on what I’m talking about in these videos, and he’s outta there.


    By Rob on May 23, 2008

  26. Many thanks for this!

    By boot camp on Oct 13, 2012

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