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Social Skills: How to Be Confident in Social Situations (Ep. 181)

Few skills have as much of an effect on your happiness as social skills. So naturally, they’re a little more difficult than they seem.

If you related all too well as soon as you read the word ‘difficult,’ don’t feel too bad — I’m a blatant introvert, and I was never much of a natural at this stuff either. I’m still not, really, but someone keeps forgetting and letting me say things on camera.

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Use the Dreyfus Model to Learn New Skills

If you read College Info Geek, I assume that you’re not interested in remaining static. You want to progress and improve yourself. Self-improvement can take a lot of forms, including getting up earlier and beating procrastination. But one of the most powerful forms of self-improvement, in my experience, is learning new skills.

Unfortunately, the process of learning new skills isn’t always clear. It’s easy to Google “learn yoga” or “learn to play the guitar”, but this sort of content can only take you so far. What you need is, and what I’d been searching for a long time, is an approach to keep you going once you get past the early stages of learning. I’m excited to report that I recently found such an approach, and I’m going to share it with you in today’s article. Read More…

What’s In My Backpack: My 2017 Gear and EDC

A couple of years ago I did one of those What’s In My Backpack videos that all the kids seem to be doing these days.

And despite the fact that my backpack didn’t contain anything truly exciting, like a gateway to a pocket dimension filled with talking hot dogs, or disco ball gloves, people seemed to enjoy it anyway.

Given the response that article received, I figured it was high time to take a renewed look at the gear I’m carrying on a daily basis. Read More…

What Are the Alternatives to College? (Ep. 180)

You may have noticed already, but it turns out we talk quite a bit about college on this podcast. It’s the first word in our name, after all.

We’ve broadened our horizons a bit since the beginning, though, so not all of you are in college or even planning on going. And that’s okay, because today we’re talking about a few other paths to success that big university doesn’t want you to know. Or something like that.

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How to Stop Being Tired All the Time

Let’s be real here.

You and I both know that the one singular difference between you and people like J.K. Rowling and Elon Musk isn’t your smarts, isn’t your motivation, and isn’t even your work ethic.

The only difference between you and them is that you’re constantly tired, right? If not for that one teensy little difference, you’d easily be able to crank out a couple chapters of the next great american novel each morning before heading out to fight crime. And lesser tasks – like studying for exams and not subsisting entirely off of Totino’s pizza rolls – would be trivially easy.

But, as it stands, you can’t do those things because you are basically a zombie. Well, maybe not a literal zombie, like in that one episode of Space Dandy – but the similarities are mounting. You feel sluggish, you’ve got bags forming under your eyes, and then there is that inexplicable craving for raw meat…

But, more importantly, you just don’t have the energy to do the things you want to do. So today I want to explore some methods for breaking that cycle of constant tiredness. Read More…

A Beginner’s Guide to Library Research

Picture this: It’s 2 am, and you’re on your fifth cup of coffee (or was it the sixth?). You’re crouched at a table in some dark corner of the library surrounded by fifteen open books. Equally as many tabs are open on your laptop, and the clock seems to tick in time with the blinking cursor in the document of your barely begun 10-page paper that’s due in seven hours.

Sound familiar? I know I’ve been there. I hope you haven’t, but I bet you’ve at least been in a similar situation. There are a lot of things that can explain how you got to this point, including procrastination, poor organization, and a messy schedule.

But I think, very often, the problem is also a lack of research skills. I know that my formal training in the actual mechanics of library research was limited to a couple 1-hour sessions my freshman year. Beyond that, I just had to figure most of it out through trial and error. Read More…

How to Stop Falling Behind on Your Homework

When I was in the 6th grade, back when the Sony PSP was still the bomb, my mom promised me that she would buy me one if I made the honour roll for my grade.

This meant that I had to have a 95% overall average in all my classes for an entire school year.

Well, I worked hard enough and was on track… Until I hit the mid-term mark.

By this time, I was tired of studying all the time and not having enough time to play… And that Sony PSP seemed like a distant prize.

So I started spending less time studying, and more time on things that mattered more at the moment – like playing Digimon World 2 on my Playstation One.

Needless to say, I never got that Sony PSP.

You’ve probably experienced something similar.

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