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Staying Productive When You’re Sick (Ep. 141)

When it feels like your face is melting, it can be pretty hard to concentrate on anything — not to mention if you have anything more than a simple cold or sinus infection ailing you. Unfortunately, assignments and exams aren’t always so forgiving.

So today, we’ll be talking a bit about what to do when you’re sick but still feel the need to be productive.

We’ll also be talking about:

  • Actually sticking to your schedule
  • Remembering things from previous lessons and classes

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What We Learned from Reading “Deep Work” (Ep. 140)

Listeners! Today we’ll be mixing up the recent Q & A format to bring you a conversation about what we learned from reading Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, by Cal Newport.

This serves as a more personal sequel to episode 100 of the podcast, where I got the chance to interview Cal Newport himself about the concept of deep work and why it’s so important in the internet age.

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How to Introduce Yourself Without Sounding Boring (Ep. 139)

Alright, it’s time for class introductions. Give us your name, your major, and one interesting thing about you. “Hello, I’m John Smith, I’m majoring in Accounting, and I … like to watch Netflix?”

Yeah, you and everyone else, buddy.

First impressions are important, so naturally the need to make a good impression on the 100+ students and teachers you’ll be meeting this semester can be a little stressful. So, in the spirit of the upcoming new semester, one of the questions we’ll be answering today involves the art of the introduction — not just in classrooms, but out in the real world as well (where people are more likely to be paying attention anyway).

In addition to that, we’ll be answering these fine questions:

  • How do you handle your productivity systems when traveling?
  • How important is reading to your self-development and the development of humanity as a whole?

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How to Improve Your Grades on Multiple Choice Tests

When it comes to multiple choice tests, there’s this common piece of advice that always gets thrown around: When in doubt, always pick C.

At least, that’s the letter I was told–maybe you heard it was B. Whatever the letter, this advice pops up everywhere.

Some of you heard it from your parents, some of you read it on the internet, and I’m pretty sure I heard about it from this kid named Jimmy in my 8th-grade history class. But, as Abraham Lincoln once didn’t say,

“Always independently verify advice given to you by 8th graders named Jimmy.”

Truer words have never not been said.

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How to Make Time for Creativity (Ep. 138)

If you’ve been pulling Spanish vocabulary and quantum mechanics out of your head all day, it can be hard to imagine there’s anything left. But what about that screenplay you’ve been working on?

With the hectic strain of a packed college schedule, can you still find the time or the energy for creative pursuits?

That’s one of the questions we’re mulling over in this week’s episode of the podcast. We’ll also be asking ourselves:

  • Should I make a personal website if I’m still in high school?
  • Should I drop out of college to test my entrepreneurial mettle?

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Thinking Quickly Under Pressure (Ep. 137)

An old story goes: At the start of Julius Caesar’s campaign in Africa, he tripped while stepping off of the boat and fell flat on his face in the sand.

Ever the showman, he immediately threw out his arms, embraced the sand, and exclaimed,

“Africa, I have tight hold of you!”

In doing this, Caesar was able to turn what would have been a morale-crushing bad omen into a confident gesture that heralded victories to come.

This ability to think quickly in tough situations was one of Caesar’s great talents, and he used it many, many times. But it is something only the Caesars of the world can do? Or can quick thinking under pressure be learned? Read More…

The Secret To Being an Articulate Speaker

When I was a senior in high school, my final college decision came down to two schools: the University of Southern California (USC) and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Neither was my “dream school” (I never had one), but I was pretty certain that I would end up going to UCLA.

Honestly, I applied to USC sort of on a whim and I never thought I would end up going there. Mainly because I knew it was such an expensive school (it’s one of the most expensive universities in the nation) and I knew my parents wouldn’t be able to afford it.

Well, that was before I ended up getting a half-tuition scholarship from USC and no scholarship from UCLA…

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How to Build Your Vocabulary (Ep. 136)

The College Info Geek PodcastOn this week’s episode, some ancient philosophers have apparently discovered the secrets of time travel.

Being wise philosophers from several different historical epochs, they realized that the best possible thing to do with time travel powers would be to send questions to two random podcasters from Iowa. Those questions include:

  • What kind of useful, specific skills can I build to help myself be more flexible in the job market if I can’t get quite the job I want or the job market takes a turn for the worse?
  • What’s the best way to expand my vocabulary? I feel I’m a good writer but I can’t write without a thesaurus next to me.
  • How do you deal with a frustrating homework problem that you just can’t solve?

Honestly, I’m not sure that the likes of Confucius and Friedrich Nietzsche need advice on building a better vocabulary; however, even if our answers disappoint them, you might find them helpful. Enjoy! Read More…

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