The time has come for another 5 Questions episode.
For those of you new to the format, every once in a while we take questions from email, The College Info Geek Community on Reddit, our Instagram (Thomas | Martin) or Twitter (Thomas | Martin) accounts, or anywhere else we can think of.
We then take these questions and answer them one right after the other, allowing us to answer questions that we either don’t think need a full episode on their own or that we simply aren’t ready to give a full episode to quite yet.
Here are the questions we’ll be answering this week:
- Is it unhealthy to view all social obligations as unproductive?
- How can I remember everything I read?
- Should I record lectures so I can listen to them again later?
- How can I use audiobooks effectively?
- How should I fill the extra space in my last year of college if I’ve already met most of my requirements?
Things mentioned in this episode:
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Other things we mentioned in this episode:
- Thomas’ Productivity course on Skillshare
- How to Never Have Friends and Be Alone Forever (Ep. 243)
- How to Learn Faster with the Feynman Technique
- The Laws of Human Nature, by Robert Greene
- Deep Work, by Cal Newport
- Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, by Robert Cialdini
- Children of Time, by Adrian Tchaikovsky
- Kitchen Confidential, by Anthony Bourdain
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- 0:01:56 – Not letting your work take away your social life
- 0:09:32 – Improving the way you remember the things you read
- 0:16:02 – Paying more attention in class instead of recording lectures
- 0:22:12 – Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills)
- 0:24:05 – Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning new problem-solving skills)
- 0:26:01 – Using audiobooks effectively
- 0:34:22 – Should you do a minor or spend the time on something else
- 0:40:24 – Conclusion
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