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5 Questions: Lectures, Audiobooks, and Remembering What You Read (Ep. 246)

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?

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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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5 Questions: Lectures, Audiobooks, and Remembering What You Read