Heading off to college is kind of like leveling up in a video game. In high school, the tests and courses were smaller bosses that you could take down with low-level equipment. Now that you’re in college, you’re going to need to upgrade some of those items you’re taking with you if you want to succeed. This is a whole new adventure, my dude.
One of the tools you have at your disposal is your notes. Maybe in high school you were pretty good at taking notes, and now you just need to upgrade them a little bit. Maybe you’re feeling like I did in college, and you’ve realized you’ve never properly learned how to take notes.
Never fear! Your guide to taking awesome, effective notes is finally here. Your days of looking back at what you scribbled down in class and trying to decipher useful information from them before a test are over.
In this guide, we’ll talk about how to prepare yourself to take good notes in class, introduce some popular techniques for taking notes, and cover the best ways to get the most out of your notes after class. Read More…
Get your wings ready. It’s time to leave the nest.
Well, maybe you’ve already left the nest, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t several more chances for a new living situation to completely throw off your groove.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
For me, five years ago I would have very passionately told you about how I never wanted a house. I wanted to travel the globe as an internet nomad, armed with nothing but my MacBook Air and a love for languages.
But now, I want a house — probably back in my home state of Iowa. Sorry, stubborn and adventurous younger me.
In The War of Art, Stephen Pressfield introduces a concept he calls Resistance:
“Resistance cannot be seen, touched, heard, or smelled. But it can be felt. We experience it as an energy field radiating from a work-in-potential. It’s a repelling force. It’s negative. Its is to shove us away, distract us, prevent us from doing our work.”
Basically, Resistance is that evil thing that makes us procrastinate and stops us from doing our work. It’s not tangible. We can’t shake it off or fight it physically. And we sure as heck can’t ever be complacent and think we’ve beaten it for good.
In fact, if you don’t read any further than this paragraph, I want you to take away one concept: Have a singular focus.
Research shows that our brains are wired to work on tasks serially, and not in parallel. This means that our brains suck at multitasking…but that we are good at focusing on one thing at a time.
Feeling ready for finals?
If not, you’re not alone. But there’s something you can do about it.
Ready for the next level, but not sure how to get there? Maybe you need to find yourself a mentor.
Winners never quit, right?
Well, no. It’s a bit more complicated than that, at least according to Seth Godin.
If you’ve seen Thomas’ recent video on multitasking, you may be wondering: if I can’t do focus on two things at once, what about music? Does listening to music count as multitasking? Is the study playlist an ironically unproductive trap?
Well, no, it’s not. But there’s more to it than that.