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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

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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

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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

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How to Use the Feynman Technique to Learn Faster (With Examples)

There’s a quote that’s often attributed to Albert Einstein which goes:

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”

Whether or not Einstein himself actually said this (it’s never been properly sourced, so it’s likely he didn’t), it’s still an insightful observation. It’s also one that yields a pretty powerful study tip when reversed:

If you want to understand something well, try to explain it simply.

By attempting to explain a concept in simple terms, you’ll quickly see where you have a good understanding of that concept. You’ll also be able to instantly pinpoint your problem areas, because they’ll be the areas where you either get stuck or where you end up resorting to using complex language and terminology.

This is the idea behind the Feynman Technique. Read More…

How to Choose Where to Live After College (Ep. 145)

Getting a job is already daunting enough, but should you let the job search decide where you move after college or the other way around?

In this episode, we’ll be talking a bit about which variables to look at when deciding where to go after graduation, along with these fine questions:

  • Should I take five classes in a day?
  • How can I build on a shallow resume if I have little to no experience?

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How to Learn Any Skill in Under 20 Hours

I’ll never forget the first time I tried to teach myself a new skill.

I was in 7th grade, and after spending a lot of time fooling around with the free 3D graphics program Blender, I decided I should probably learn how to draw. That was the advice most 3D animators and artists gave, at least.

And so, without much of a plan in mind, I picked up a few books and drawing and started going through their exercises.

How did it turn out? Well, I certainly learned a lot about drawing. I even got to the point where I could do something more than stick figures, but the results of my quest were ultimately…meh. Read More…

5 Questions on Starting Your Own Business (Ep. 144)

“I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man.” These wise words, uttered by the great Shawn Carter, are something all entrepreneurs can aspire to. But how does one actually go about becoming a business, man?

In this episode, we’re going to be answering these questions to find out:

  • How can I prepare for starting my own business over the next few years?
  • What advice would you give your 19-year-old self about college and careers?
  • What do you believe is the key to a successful business plan and a happy life?
  • How can I learn business if I’m not taking a degree in it?
  • What is your secret to learning computer programming languages?

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