How to Study Smart Not Hard [Infographic]

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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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How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money

How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money - Interview with R.J. Weiss from

This is an interview-style post with R.J. Weiss from The Ways to Wealth.

Hey R.J. What’s your background and what do you do?

I blog about all things personal finance at The Ways to Wealth.

Before I went full-time into blogging, I spent ten years in the financial services industry. Specifically, helping families buy the right type of life insurance.

During my time with a full-time job, I’ve always had different side hustles going on. From freelance writing, Amazon FBA, conversion rate optimization, to website design — there were many projects I pursued outside of work.

How did you start your career in finance?

I got started in finance straight out of college working for my the family insurance business. As I love the financial planning side of things, I choose to specialize in life insurance planning. This led me down the path to obtaining the CFP® Certification.

What made you start blogging?

The Ways to Wealth, which I started in 2016, has been my 5th blog.

The others mostly fizzled out most due to a lack of interest. But, in 2009 I started a personal finance blog called (no longer around) that had some success.

The idea was to write about what I was learning about studying to take the CFP®. The blog was, by all means, a success. I was able to gain valuable knowledge, pass the CFP® exam, earn some extra money and build up a good community.

I then took this knowledge and started a business blog, which allowed the insurance agency I was working for to generate leads.

I started The Ways to Wealth because my passion is personal finance–from investing to travel hacking, I love the challenge of optimizing my finances.

How was The Ways to Wealth born?

I didn’t have much of a plan for starting The Ways to Wealth when I purchased the domain name.

I was actually thinking it would be a niche site, which was inspired by Pat Flynn’s niche site duel. Then, I came across the income reports of Michelle Schroeder-Gardner and wisely changed direction to a more traditional blog.

This change came about 6-months after starting to blog.  I did a timeline of the site in one of my income reports.

What worked best when trying to grow the site?

I had a decent knowledge of SEO. So at first, I started growing the site with email outreach. One of the first posts I had about best investing books of all time, had about 15 links to it.

This was nice to start with but was quite slow to build up, as it can take a while to earn Google’s trust.

The big turning point came when I started to understand Pinterest. I spent a few frustrating weeks on the platform, then it finally started paying dividends.

I went from about 100 sessions a day to 1,000, which was huge for me at the time.

How did you get to 3 million monthly viewers on Pinterest?

the ways to wealth pinterest 3 million monthly views

I lay out my Pinterest strategy here. But at the core the idea is to:

1) Write high-quality content that Pinners want to click through, read, and share.

2) Pin to my own and high-quality group boards, with a keyword-rich description.

3) Continue to Pin my best pins across my own boards/group boards, ruthlessly eliminating Pins that don’t perform well.

One thing to keep in mind is impressions don’t mean much on Pinterest. What counts are clicks to your website. So, you want to design not for impressions but clicks.

What aspects of the online business are you outsourcing or automating and how?

The first thing I outsourced was Pinterest design. I’ll design about 30-40 pins a month, so this was big time saver for me.

Of course, it took some work to get going. At first, I hired 5 or so people on Fiverr. I found one decent designer but the work quality deteriorated over time.

I then went to Upwork and posted a job for a  graphic designer. I found a great team down in Argentina, who I’m very happy with.

I’m currently experimenting with working with a ghostwriter. A few of my latest posts have been transcribed from my recording, with the ghostwriter making sense of it all.

I can compile about 3 posts in 90 minutes, then take another 90 or so minutes to prepare them. Saving me around 3-4 hours per post this way.

What’s your main income stream and why do you think it works for you?

My main source of income for the blog is affiliate revenue. It works because the partners I do have are high-quality businesses, who deliver value and solve real problems. This makes it easy to naturally link to such a partner.

When did you start making more than $10K/month and what was the turning point?

My first month over $10K was in January of 2018. In December of 2017, income was around $3,000 and in July of 2017 around $500. So, it was definitely a jump.

What happened then in January?

First, personal finance is at its peak interest in January.

Second, I had multiple Pins go viral.

Third, in November I started driving traffic via Facebook to the site. So, in January I could take campaigns I’d been fine-tuning for a few weeks and scale them.

How do you balance work and family life?

I have a routine I stick to Monday through Friday.

When inside of my designated working hours, I work. When outside of these hours, I’m not.

This is a lot easier said than done. But the thing important for me is not to take work everywhere I go. This means I don’t have any apps on my phone that are work-related (email, analytics, etc..)

What are you 3 best finance tips for newbies?

  • Focus on your savings rate. How much you save is the most important decision you’ll make.
  • Small incremental improvements add up over time. My favorite example is increasing your savings rate 1% every quarter, means you’ll be saving 20% of your income in just 5 years.
  • Study happiness. Become a student on how to increase your level of happiness. The natural result is you’ll want less overtime, making the game of personal finance a lot easier to win.

What books, blogs or podcasts help you stay motivated along the way of growing an online business?

I read a fair amount to keep fresh ideas in my head.

My favorite podcast is The Tim Ferriss Show.

Two blogs I enjoy reading are:

Farnam Street
Barking up the Wrong Tree

And as far as books. I try to read one a week. A few books I would recommend to online entrepreneurs would be:

Deep Work by Cal Newport
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

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Check out my interview with R.J. from TheWaystoWealth to see how he entered the finance niche, started making money blogging, began bringing traffic from Pinterest and monetizing it with affiliate marketing, and is now making $10,000/month from his online business. #blogger #interview #blogtraffic #incomeideas #income