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The Instant Series presents Instant Study Skills: How to Study Instantly!
It's late at night. You're staring at the vast amount of texts that you're trying to wrap your head around. There are 10 different chapters you have to get though for two of your exams, and you have to write a term paper on top of that.
The clock is ticking. With less than eight hours left to study things you should have started weeks prior - eight hours that should be used for sleeping - you're now burning the midnight oil. As you take another sip of coffee, you feel the pressure and stress of the monstrous workload. Being tired, overwhelmed, and with time scarce...you feel like throwing in the towel.
Should you? Of course not! If you give up now...what does that say about how your life will go when the going gets tough? That's certainly not how you want to live life.
What should you do? How about changing how you study? Start studying smarter, not harder, and especially not longer.
It doesn't matter if it's for school, for work, or for other reasons...we all need to study to get by. The sad part is that most people are doing it ineffectively, taking up more time than necessary. That's why they get behind or overwhelmed.
That's where effective study skills come in. Within Instant Study Skills you will learn:
How to study using micromental repetitions and how to use interlinking techniques to make the material manageable and memorable.
How to speed run through your studies when you're crutched for time, so you take in only the necessary, crucial stuff.
How to associate images with information. When you can't recall what you've studied, trigger your memory with images to get over the information gap.
How to involve your physical self in your studying. Use full-body studying to fully engage and study longer.
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Excellent Book for Students
Useful, and Surprisingly Fun!
I read another one of the books in this series (Instant Focus), and liked it enough to get this one, too, and I would definitely say it was worth it.
The tone was kinder than I had expected after reading Instant Focus, and it used a common enough language and plenty of examples. The author understood the struggle of meeting deadlines and the guilt that comes with procrastination, and that made the overall read a lot more digestible.
The book was packed with a lot of tips, such as visualization, rote studying, interlinking, using diagrams, etc. I especially liked the rote studying method (the sample passage included was interesting but way too difficult for me to memorize, but when the book sliced the passage up, it got a lot simpler). The note-taking part of the book (Section 5, I believe) also was a nice change; I've always founds note-taking to be the most dreaded part of studying, so I like how this book encouraged freedom with your notes (it even encouraged you to include your personal opinions) and not follow one standard format, so that as long as it's fluid and brief, etc.
The book often compares studying to dancing or singing, which made it kind of fun. (I especially liked the example in the imaging technique in Section 10) It also doesn't treat you like an idiot, which is a problem I've had before.
Each Section ends with an exercise, which helps you understand how to use the techniques for your own studies. The exercises were also pretty cool, as the passages and material had a tendency to be either relevant to studying or had an interesting topic (for example: Rock n' Roll Culture vs. Modern Superficial Era).
Section 9 was interesting, as it was like one big pop quiz, but it wasn't hard or anything. The exercise that followed was also interesting (I got the audio book version, so when the narrator recited the song lyrics, it sounded kind of funny. I know that's not exactly relevant to most of you ebook readers, but it deserved mentioning anyway.
My favorite thing about the book was that it gave me lots of techniques to try, but also acknowledged that not all practices will work with everyone. I got the impression that the author wants you to give the tips a try and see what works for you, and maybe modify it to suit your needs. The tips were also pretty flexible.
Like the other book I read from them, the book was packed with tips but gave you the opportunity to pick and choose what words for you since everyone's different. Overall, I'm definitely keeping this one, and I look forward to exploring the other books in this series.