How to Study Smart Not Hard [Infographic] 85

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This is a guest post by Aris Grigoriou – a Student Recruitment Manager for Study Medicine Europe, a medical student recruitment business that secures placement for prospective students of medicine and veterinary studies from all over the world into affordable universities in Europe.

Studying is a necessary evil when you are in college and school. It can be tedious and at times quite tiring but focused and efficient study will help you achieve your goals.

Being organized in terms of your study will also help to reduce your stress levels when it comes to exams, because you will be calmed by the fact that you have covered all the topics that you need to.

Being a student is a wonderful time whether you are in high school or third level college education. It’s a time where you meet lots of new people; you make lots of new friends; you get to learn lots of new information and broaden your horizons on the world and also gain some independence. But also it can be a source of stress for many in terms of study and revising.

That’s because most people don’t know how to study smart instead of hard.

Exams and assignments are inevitable for students but it still doesn’t mean that everyone enjoys the process. Some people are very focused on their studies and find it natural to be able to keep on top of things. These people usually display good organizational skills and understand that their study is required in order to achieve their long-term goals.

Other students struggle to get into a routine and as a result once exam time comes around, they feel immense pressure in order to get on top of things. College courses can be overwhelming especially for new students who are also trying to adapt to possibly living away from home, so it’s a lot to take in at once.

Some students study smart and best alone while others study best in groups. It’s possible many will like an amalgamation of both methods. Some topics might be best worked with over a group discussion or sometimes it can help to work in a group especially if there’s a topic you are struggling with as others in the group might be able to bring you on.

Whatever method of study works for you, it’s important that you don’t put huge amounts of pressure on yourself. Getting good grades will – of course – help you in the course of your career path, but putting huge pressure on yourself to succeed will only serve to cause you to possibly underperform at exam time as the pressure gets the better of you.

You don’t need to study that hard. What you need is to find a way to hack study productivity and do it the smart way.

By taking a regimented and planned approach to your study plans and to your assignments, you are likely going to feel more calm and satisfied because you are learning on a regular basis.

Keeping on top of your study as you go through the different semesters will keep you in tune with what areas you struggle with and allow you to get more help on those.

Don’t be afraid to approach your teachers and tutors for help if you feel a certain subject or module causes problems. Your teachers and tutors will help you and they will appreciate that you are a conscientious student by the fact you approached them in the first place.

This infographic from Study Medicine Europe aims to assist students to study smart, more effectively and give them some tips on how to achieve that. It explains the science behind studying which throws up an interesting formula for your study methods; it gives suggestions on how to get the most from study sessions and it breaks down various timelines that you may find you have in order to get your revision targets covered.

How do you deal with study productivity? What do you do to study smart rather than hard?

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10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning 15

10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning

Who doesn’t want to be successful? Whatever our purpose in life may be, we want to achieve success with it. Although success is usually perceived as career growth, it also encompasses personal growth. These two things go together.

So what can we do to reach the personal and professional growth of uber successful people? Maybe we can imitate some of their habits. Their morning rituals, in particular, set the pace of the day.

Did you know that the way you start your mornings affects your entire day?

You probably felt that, but guess what: science proves it as a fact, too.

In a study called “Waking up on the wrong side of the bed: start-of-workday mood, work events, employee affect, and performance,” researchers found that whatever the mood of workers was during the morning, they preserved it throughout the entire day.

So if you start off in a good mood, you have greater chances of having a great day. That’s why morning routines are so important.

Let’s learn from the ultra successful people, shall we? How do they start their mornings?

What The Most Successful Do in The Morning

1. Spend Time with the Partner.


As we said, success is not only about professional achievements. It also means having the right person by your side.

Take Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan as an example. They are both crazy successful, and they are definitely happy to have each other.

Waking up next to the person you love makes every morning special. Appreciate that moment. Have a coffee together. Talk. Be glad you’re there for each other.

2. Mindfulness.

Yes; mindfulness is a habit.

Successful people are always busy. Can you imagine a hectic morning with dozens of urgent email messages, business partners calling, and the kids yelling? And they are still in their pajamas! That’s why they practice mindfulness.

Researchers from The University of Sydney found that mindfulness reduces work-related stress and improves the mood at work. That’s why successful people always seem ready to deal with any situation.

So how do you practice mindfulness in the morning?

Just wake up. Take few deep breaths. Be aware of the present moment. Be aware of the responsibilities the day ahead will bring. Relax, and tell yourself that you’re ready.

3. Plan the Day.

A good plan will set you on the right track.

Plan your tasks for the day in the morning. When you have such an outline, it will be easier to handle all responsibilities. You’ll know you’ll have time for all tasks.

If you realize there’s not enough time, you should plan how to outsource. If, for example, you cannot complete a business report, you can hire assignment masters to write or edit it for you.

4. Exercise.

I know; it’s a cliché. However, it’s also an activity that works.

Physical exercise makes you fitter, but it also makes you happierWhen you’re done with your morning exercise ritual, you feel at ease, and things start to clear up.

Most successful people exercise. Hillary Clinton does yoga. Obama works out for 45 minutes six days per week. Mark Cuban does cardio fitness. Follow their example!

5. Practice Patience.

Too many things ahead? If your schedule is busy, you’ll be eager to get things done ASAP. The morning is the period of the day when you should practice patience. Relax.

You already made a plan. There’s time for everything. You’ll get through the day. For now, cherish this precious moment of morning relaxation.

6. Juice Up.

How to Win The 9-to-5 Battle by Staying Healthy at Work

It’s no wonder why so many celebrities are into the latest juice detox trend. Healthy juices give you valuable nutrients and make you feel more energized.

Have a different juice every single morning. Sure, the juicer will take some cleaning after, but the juice will certainly give you enough energy for that.

7. Eat Breakfast.

You saw this coming, didn’t you?

Uber successful people know that the breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s even better when it’s healthy.

Yes; the juice can be your breakfast, but it won’t make you feel full for long. If you don’t intend to have a standard breakfast, pack some fruit for work. A banana and an apple are mandatory!

8. Hydrate.

Have a glass of water as soon as you wake up. Hydration is essential for the way your entire system functions.

9. Be With the Right People.

In Tools of Titans, author Timothy Ferriss refers to a so-called “five chimps theory” in zoology. According to that theory, you can predict the behavior of any chimp if you analyze the five chimps they usually hang out with.

There’s a lot of wisdom in that theory. When you surround with nervous people, you’re nervous, too. When you surround yourself with positive characters, you reflect good vibes, too.

The first people you contact in the morning will set the mood for your day. Choose them carefully.

10. Celebrate Achievements.

When you wake up with a positive mindset, you’ll boost your chances of spending a good day.

Instead of thinking about all obstacles ahead, you should take time to think about all achievements you’ve made towards your current goals. This appreciation will convince you that you’re on the right track.

When we sum things up, all these morning habits of the ultra successful people seem pretty simple, don’t they?

However, it takes tons of persistence and commitment to stay true to them. Start by making small steps. Pick few of these activities and repeat them every day, until they turn into habits.   

Cathy Baylis is a personal growth expert who writes insightful articles that motivate and challenge others. She has worked as a writer for a little over a decade now, and owns several blogs that she updates on her free time.