Insightful Educational Videos and Tips

These short videos will give you some extra hints and tips to help you study smarter, not harder.

Look out for a new topic each week.

How to Do Better By Doing Less

Often when we think about improving, we focus on the things we need to add into our already busy lives. This leads to us feeling overwhelmed and giving up – often before we start. But what if we turn this around and think about the things we can take out of our schedules to help free up time and enable us to concentrate on achieving our true goals.

Key points:

0:00 The problem with adding to your routine

1:01 Conflicting goals

1:28 Why removing tasks is better than adding them

2:23 Doing more by doing less

5:19 What can you stop?

6:03 How to apply the theory

How to Boost Your Motivation

Even the most conscientious of us can lose motivation at times. Fortunately there are some simple tricks we can use to help kick start our energy levels again.

Key points:

0:00 What causes low motivation?

0:58 Lack of direction

2:41 Identity

4:09 Circumstances

5:04 Tips to boost motivation: Start anywhere

5:56 Prepare for future unmotivated days

6:33 Use rewards

7:53 Don’t wait until you feel like studying

The Benefits of Stress

While we often complain about feeling stressed, it is actually beneficial in keeping us motived, healthy, and performing at peak cognitive function. The trick is to learn to manage your stress and use it to your advantage.

Key points:

0:37 the role of eustress

1:05 How stress builds resilience

1: 55 The impact on self-confidence

2:47 Social bonding in response to stress

3:33 How stress boosts your cognitive function

4:32 How stress affects your immunity

5:29 Re-evaluating after stress

6:22 Positive Psychology

7:17 How to manage stress

How Sleep Can Help You Study

A good night’s sleep not only helps us feel better, but is a vital part of the study process.

As we sleep, our brains sort and consolidate new information, connecting it to prior knowledge and storing it in a way that can be easily accessed.

Without sleep, no amount of study will improve your results, as your brain simply won’t be able to cope with the learning.

Key points:

0:21 Why is sleep important?

1:59 What part does sleep play in the study process?

2:38 The phases of sleep

5:01 The benefits of napping

6:13 How do you get enough sleep?

7:23 Why you shouldn’t study on your bed.

3 Scientifically Proven Study Methods

There are many different techniques that people use to help them study, but some are more successful than others.

Here are 3 that have been proven to make a difference in people’s ability to study effectively and efficiently.

Key Points:

0:17 Spaced Revision

3:07 The Forgetting Curve

4:48 The Leitner Method

7:45 The Pomodoro Technique

8:45 Three extra rules

5 Habits to Stop Today

Many of us have developed some bad habits that we need to overcome before we can replace them with good ones.

Identifying these bad habits and consciously trying to correct or eliminate them is a great way to start improving your study routine.

See how many of these bad habits you are currently guilty of…

Key Points:

0:18 Procrastinating

1:58 Cramming

3:28 Forgetting

4:51 Being a People Pleaser

7:49 Negative Self Talk

7 Ways To Make Your Mornings More Productive

Some people manage to do an entire day’s work before many of us are even out of bed!

Here are some tips to get your mornings off to a more productive start – even if you’re seriously not a morning person.

See how much more you can accomplish in your day when you get off to a better start…

0:21 Set an alarm

1:45 Avoid distractions

2:51 Follow your list

4:46 Block your time

6:19 Set some goals

7:23 Set your flow

8:05 Get moving

The Fight or Flight Response

In order to protect us, our sympathetic nervous system is equipped with a fight, flight or flee response to help us deal with dangerous situations.

While this may be good when we are faced with physical dangers, when we are feeling under pressure in an exam situation, the effects on our bodies are far from helpful.

Learning to view situations as less of a threat will help us control our physical response, and keep a clear head.

Key Points:

0:40 What is the Fight or flight response?

3:33 How to control the fight or flight response

4:14 Watch Your Words

5:18 Take Control

The Benefits of Metacognition

Quite simply, metacognition is the process of thinking about your thinking.

Knowing how we think and identifying our favoured learning techniques is important if we want to improve our performance. Challenging ourselves to do things differently will create more neural pathways and actually allow us to access more areas of our brain, allowing us to create deeper, long term memories.

Key Points:

0:30 What is Metacognition?

2:55 Know Your Learning Style

4:02 Identify Your Strengths and Weaknesses

7:26 Mix It Up

How Do We Remember?

Remembering stuff seems to be something that we all do naturally and instinctively.

But why is it that we can remember some things and not others?

Understanding how memory works and what you need to do in order to help your brain embed, store and retrieve information is an important part of improving your ability to study effectively.

Key Points:

0:12 Why do we remember some things and not others?

0:34 Attention and Sensory Memory

1:29 Working Memory

1:54 Encoding

2:41 Retrieval

3:38 The Coathanger Theory

5:00 Self Testing

Why Learn Study Skills?

While most of us have the best of intentions when it comes to study, many of us don’t actually really know how to do it – let alone improve our methods.

Studying doesn’t come naturally to all of us, and without consciously learning good study skills, we will spend a lot of time achieving very little.

In this video you will learn some quick tips to help you study more effectively and efficiently.

Key Points:

1:41 Doesn’t everyone know how to study?

2:25 Everyone learns differently

2:55 Everyone learns at a different pace

5:11 The benefit of good study skills

7:09 Some good study skills