How to Keep Track of What You Study (Ep. 142)

We talk a lot about productivity systems, but they aren’t always as simple as they should be — should you be strict and results-focused, or flexible enough to follow inspiration?

If you decide the latter is the best answer for you, you may eventually find yourself neglecting a few of your more un-inspirational subjects.

Today, we’ll be talking about a few ways to meet this challenge, and:

  • How to email your professors
  • How to ask for a letter of recommendation


And, as always, you can get your own questions answered on the show by asking them in the College Info Geek Community, or by tweeting me.

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  2. Will you consider doing a Youtube video on what high school students can do to prepare for college? I really like this blog and plan on sharing it with my daughter who will be a freshman in high school in the fall. I have your book and will share that too. After reading the course selection guide for my daughter’s first year, I don’t think it’s too early to start thinking about what she wants to do in college. In fact, she told me that most of her friends (and these are 7th and 8th graders) already know which college they plan on attending (ie. Harvard, UPenn, etc.) Okay, so some of her friends are overachievers. She tells me she doesn’t know where she wants to go, let alone what she wants to do. I tell her it’s okay because it’s an opportunity for her to explore what she wants and to love what she does. She loves to draw and is into Manga but she is also in honors English. I, on the other hand, would like to see her grow more into loving STEM as I do but that’s another story. (I was so excited to see the courses she’ll be taking in high school that I put her course selection for all four years into a spreadsheet for her to review and tweek as she sees fit.) Anyway, back to the subject at hand and that is, what can she do in high school to help her be more prepared in college, eg. taking the SATs, AP classes, extracurricular activities like playing instruments (she plays flute, guitar) or joining clubs, scholarship opportunities, etc.?! Thanks!

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