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This Technique Can Help You Focus Like an Elite Athlete – The “AMRAP” Mentality

Tucked within the training programs of many athletic disciplines is a particularly challenging type of workout called the AMRAP workout.

Standing for “as many reps as possible”, AMRAP workouts challenge athletes to try to perform a movement – such as pull-ups or push-ups – as many times as they can within a set amount of time.

These types of workouts are intense, and they can be a great way to track the progress of your fitness over time. In fact, the climbing gym I go to actually uses the AMRAP format to test our fitness in their general exercise classes.

But, aside from its benefits in the gym, the idea behind the AMRAP workout can actually help you become more productive as well. Read More…

Watch and Learn: The Top 75 Educational YouTube Channels in 2018

If you’re like a lot of people, you probably use YouTube for listening to music, watching videos of cute animals, or just for procrastinating on homework.

While it is a platform for all of those things, there’s a whole other side to YouTube you may have never considered. YouTube has hundreds of channels that can teach you any subject you could ever think of (as well as dozens you didn’t even know existed).

With hundreds of hours of video uploaded every minute, however, it can be difficult to sort out the helpful, quality channels from the useless ones. That’s why we’ve created this guide, which covers the 75 best educational YouTube channels currently in existence. You’ll find videos on everything from music theory to weird geography facts to how to succeed in business (the hard, effective way). Read More…

11 Key Lessons from Books You’ll Never Be Assigned to Read

In college, I was notorious for reading everything except the books we were assigned to read. My classmates would notice me reading in the library and ask for a synopsis of whatever chapter we were being quizzed on, to which I’d reply, “I’m not sure. But this book about Stoic philosophy is awesome.”

Generally speaking, the world doesn’t care that you go to college. What matters is what you do while you’re there and what you have to show for it. And if making the most of your four years means forfeiting a couple reading assignments to expose yourself to a whole new world of ideas, so be it.

That being said, here are 11 lessons that are sure to inspire you to read beyond what’s on the syllabus this year. Read More…

Silver-Medal Mentors: Mastering the Art of 21st-Century Apprenticeships

What do Benjamin Franklin, Michelle Obama, Charles Darwin, and Sheryl Sandberg have in common? It’s something critical to the formula for success, but it’s also something that each and every person has the opportunity to obtain: a mentor.

I’m nowhere near qualified to be a mentor to anybody in my own right. However, I owe credit to my mentors (they know who they are) for teaching me almost everything there is to know about life and work. That’s why I felt obliged to share some insights about the process that helped me align myself with the right people at the right time.

In this post, I’ll address why you need a mentor, how to choose the ideal mentor, how to approach him or her, and how to make the most of an opportunity to learn from somebody a lot smarter than you. Read More…

How to Deal with Essay Questions on Exams

If you’re a normal person and not a weirdo like me, then you probably hate essay questions on exams.

I mean, exams are already a huge source of anxiety….but essays, too? This means that you actually have to think; you can’t just circle “B” for each answer and hope for the best.

The thing is, although you may have to sound a little bit more formal for school, writing an essay for an exam is the same as writing for any other reason:

  1. You want to persuade your readers of your ideas clearly and simply
  2. You want every sentence to make your reader want to read the next one.

This means that although it’s not as hard as we make out it to be, clear and concise writing is still hard in practice.

This post is all about how to make essay questions more bearable — and how to get a good grade for an essay answer.

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Listen and Learn: The 42 Best Educational Podcasts in 2018

I daresay, my good fellow – you look like you’ve got quite the conundrum on your hands if I do say so myself!

You see, you’re sitting at your computer, reading this blog post and trying to learn something. And of course, that’s all well and good.

But there’s something nagging at the back of your mind, now isn’t there? Some small voice telling you:

“I really should go hit the gym.”

And so you should – but I’ll agree that it’s quite unfortunate you can’t continue reading and learning while you do so.

…or can you?

Alright, you can stop imagining this post being voiced by an elderly British gentleman. If you’re looking for a way to make all that gym time productive for your mind as well as your body, then podcasts are your answer.

In fact, any time you’re doing something less than mentally stimulating – driving, walking to class, doing your laundry – you can probably pop in your headphones and listen to a podcast at the same time.

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How to Write a Thank You Note for Any Occasion (With 3 Examples You Can Use)

From an early age, my mom instilled in me the importance of writing thank you notes. I can’t remember the exactly how old I was when I wrote my first one, but I imagine it was as soon as I was able to write. After every birthday party, Christmas, or any other occasion where someone had given me a gift, my mom wouldn’t let me rest until I’d written a thank you note to every last person.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve continued to write thank you notes for all sorts of reasons. I’ve written them to high school teachers who wrote me letters of recommendation, to friends who let me stay with them during my travels, and to the many mentors I’ve had during my journey as a freelancer.

I’ve also had the pleasure of receiving a few thank you notes over the years, so I know just how warm and appreciated they can make you feel. At the same time, I’ve used thank you notes as part of my professional life, both out of courtesy and the desire to follow up with potential clients. They can be powerful tools, yet so few people take the time to write them. Read More…

How to Succeed as a Commuter Student: 18 Proven Tips

Throughout university, commuting has been both a productive and frustrating experience for me.

I studied in downtown Toronto while living with my parents in the suburbs about 15-20 miles away. Because of this, I commuted about 3 hours a day for 5 years, and I did it with every form of transportation you can imagine: car, train, bus, subway, hands and knees (okay, that last one might be an exaggeration).

My worst commute horror story happened on the day of my last exam of university, of all times:

  • The subway line lost power because of a notorious Toronto snowstorm
  • I had to run go back to my car (which I had already paid the $6 parking for) and drive 1.5 hours to get to school
  • I could only take slow, inside roads and not the highway because of the rush hour standstill
  • A huge block of snow fell on my windshield as I was driving and bent my wiper out (so I had to get out in the middle of the road at a stoplight to fix it)
  • I had to pay another $25 to park in downtown Toronto where my school was
  • I was 1 hour late to a 2-hour exam that I absolutely had to pass to graduate

You’ll have to read till the end to know the ending of this story, but if this makes commuting sound like a nightmare, let me set the record straight: it usually isn’t.
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