ALL THE POSTS!All Study Faster & Work BetterStudying Get an Awesome JobJobs Make Money & Kill DebtMoney Live a Better LifeLife

Mixing Paper and Digital Note-Taking Systems (Ep. 151)

Sometimes it can feel like we wished for technology on a monkey’s paw.

We have untold connectivity and conveniences, but we’ve traded a lot of focus and connection to the present. The simple pleasures and feedbacks of writing on paper, for example, are lost if you want the benefits of near-unlimited storage and searchability. Or are they?

In this episode, we’ll talk about our attempts at harnessing the benefits of both the paper and digital worlds, along with:

  • The importance of grades vs. extracurriculars
  • How to choose a career

Also, having just hit 151 episodes, I’d like to take a moment here to thank that monkey’s paw and its technology for the first generation of Pokémon. Everyone go play Sun and Moon.

Enjoy! Read More…

What to Do If You’re Always Tired (Ep. 150)

You know what they say: grades, social life, sleep. Pick 2. Unfortunately, picking the first two and neglecting that last part can leave you feeling so tired you can’t effectively do the first two anyway. So what can you do if you can’t stop yawning?

We’re talking a bit about how to feel more awake in this episode, along with:

  • How to apply the Feynman technique
  • How much buffer time to schedule between tasks

Enjoy! Read More…

Optimize Your Sleep: 5 Tips for Falling Asleep Faster and Sleeping Better

Do you remember the last time you had a really good night’s sleep?

If you’re in college, it may have been awhile. College students aren’t exactly known for their amazing sleep habits. People brag about caffeine-fueled all-nighters and only needing two hours of sleep a night.

But despite what you might like to think, there’s no substitute for good quality sleep. Sleep is like an oil change for your body. Just as fresh oil keeps your car’s engine running cleanly and smoothly, so does a good night’s sleep keep your body in top running condition.

Sleep rebuilds muscle, regulates your metabolism, and helps you stay focused. Also, it’s an integral part of the learning process. Since learning is basically your full-time job as a college student, getting excellent sleep is a must.

Most of us kind of suck at sleeping, despite it being something we’ve done every night for our entire lives. Even if we get the recommended 7-8 hours per night, many of us find ourselves waking up groggy and anything but well-rested. Luckily, this is a problem you can fix with a few simple changes. In today’s post, we’ll break down five essential tips for falling asleep faster and sleeping better. Read More…

Do You Have to Be an Expert to Start a Blog? (Ep. 149)

In the internet age, we have unprecedented power to share our knowledge and thoughts with the world through blogs, podcasts, videos, or a mass of robotic carrier pigeons. But what if you don’t feel like you’re qualified to share anything?

In this episode, we’ll talk a bit about how much you should know before starting a blog, along with:

  • How to keep up with people as an introvert
  • What music to study to

Enjoy! Read More…

How to Stop Procrastinating and Focus: A Guide to the Pomodoro Technique

As someone who has to create videos, podcasts, and other articles on a weekly schedule, procrastination is my number one enemy.

You would think that after years of working on this site I would have gotten over this problem, but it still rears its ugly head every week.

Procrastination is a familiar foe to every student as well. Whether it’s that 10-page research paper that you wait to write until 12 hours (or 4…or 1) before it’s due or that exam you meant to start studying for a week ago, we’ve all had that moment when procrastination made our lives really unpleasant.

There are lots of ways to combat procrastination: planning ahead, starting work long before it’s due, or even taking on fewer commitments are all options you should consider. The most effective technique for me, however, has been the Pomodoro Technique. Read More…

How to Promote Yourself Without Bragging (Ep. 148)

Promoting yourself involves walking a very fine line. Go too far to one side, and no-one will ever know what you care about, what you’re good at, or what you’ve accomplished. Go too far to the other, and you’re a terrible braggart who will soon understand why people say it’s lonely at the top.

How do you strike such a delicate balance between the two?

In this episode, we’ll be talking about the art of tastefully promoting yourself, along with:

  • How to handle feeling competitive with or shunned by friends when trying to better yourself
  • How to become a better speaker

Enjoy! Read More…

Should You Take an Unpaid Internship? (Ep. 147)

The unpaid internship: the universe’s method of mocking those who have finally been offered a summer job. An unpaid position can have unexpected benefits down the road, but it can also be a huge waste of time. If you have to consider taking an internship pro bono, how can you tell the difference?

In this episode, we talk about:

  • When to consider an unpaid internship, if at all
  • What to do if you can’t afford to take an unpaid internship
  • How, when, and why to send a thank you letter

Enjoy! Read More…

The Art of the Phone Interview (Ep. 146)

Let’s be honest: many of us can’t even order a pizza over the phone without risking a panic attack. But if that’s the case, whatever shall we do when we’re trying to order a job opportunity instead of a pizza with grapes?

In this episode, we talk a bit about how to prepare for a phone interview, along with:

  • When to start thinking about jobs
  • How to know if you’ve been productive enough

Enjoy! Read More…

Want more? Join over 100,000 students and grab my free book on earning better grades  →