What Makes Six Steps Different?

from page 1

  1. Most study skills books offer general advice of the “spend
    more time” or “be motivated” variety. We offer a detailed, but
    easy to follow, system that shows you each exact step of a
    complete study plan. We provide exercises to get you actively
    involved in each step along the way.

  2. Other study skills books provide little, if any, scientific background
    for the advice they offer. Our study system is grounded in an
    evidence-based approach to learning –from Ebbinghaus’s work
    on learning and memory in the 1880s through the most current
    research findings.

  3. This book is based on over three decades of experience in
    helping students succeed academically and in their careers
    and lives. In addition to the research literature, our own students
    tell us these strategies work. We have worked directly,
    in groups and one-on-one, with over 3,000 students. We use
    insights gained from working with a wide variety of students
    in this book.

  4. These strategies work equally well for online courses and for
    traditional classroom settings.

  5. The new field of Educational Neuroscience draws from the
    disciplines of education, psychology and neuroscience. We
    have been drawing from these same disciplines of study for
    over 20 years! Much of the recent research in educational
    neuroscience better explains WHY the strategies we’ve been
    teaching are so effective.

Study & Break Times

from page 28

A simple way to schedule your study periods and breaks is
with the formula below. For every 30 minutes of study, plan to
take a 5-minute break before returning to another period of
study. Many students use apps based on the Pomodoro Technique®
to help them track their study time and breaks.

When possible, plan to schedule a study period soon after
lecture while the ideas are still fresh in your mind. It will be easier
to consolidate your notes and compare information from the lecture
to the syllabus, textbook or handouts over the same topic.
That’s not always possible though, so do your best to plan a study
period within 24 hours of that day’s lecture. The longer you wait,
the more time you’ll have to spend re-learning the material.

If your lectures are in a long block, try to pre-read immediately
before the block. For example, pre-read the evening before
for a morning block, or at noon for an afternoon block. Prereading
may seem like a waste of time until you actually start doing it. Once
you are a pre-reader, you will find it saves time by making lectures
more meaningful and helping you create a better set of notes.

Conquer Procrastination

from page 42

The so-called “benefits” of procrastination involve fleeting
emotions. Achieving excellence is not part of the procrastination
pay-off. If you are a chronic postponer, you know there are other
feelings that also go along with procrastinating, such as guilt, fear,
dread, worry, anxiety and sometimes anger. Procrastination is
like gambling with time. You get an initial rush from the risk, but
the long-term effect is harmful. Odds are, sooner or later, some
unexpected event will derail you.

The good news is that behavioral experts tell us that procrastination
is just a bad habit and can be remedied like any other habit you
would like to replace. First, by becoming aware of the habit or pattern
and then, by taking the steps necessary to remedy it. Once you begin
to reap the rewards of having a steady study schedule, it is unlikely
that you will want to return to the anxiety-ridden days of