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Marty Lobdell – Study Less Study Smart

If you spend hours and hours of studying, without improving your grades, or information retention, then learn how to study smart by Marty Lobdell. Lobdell taught Psychology at Pierce College in Washington State for 40 years. During Lobdell’s career, he has taught tens of thousands of students and he wants students to succeed. After watching students cram for eight hours or more for a test without any improvement, Lobdell has developed a studying technique that helps the brain retain the information that you are studying in this video “Study Less, Study Smart”


37 thoughts on “Marty Lobdell – Study Less Study Smart”

  1. Study for about half an hour. (3 PM to 9 PM)
    Take a break for about five minutes to do something fun.
    Something fun = call a friend / talk to a child, parent, or roommate, enjoy some music

    If you've studied till midnight and after the last 20-30 min of your studies, give yourself a big treat.
    Big treat in the sense you can even have a beer (only if you like beer)

    create a study area.
    use a lamp to study and label it as Study Lamp. That means you're not allowed to use the lamp for other functions such as dressing, eating, etc…
    try not to study in the bedroom if you have a separate study area.
    If you can't arrange a study room, sit next to the bed where you can't see it. If not your bed will call you to lay upon it.

    Do rote memorization. That means reading or saying something over and over again. But yet not the most effective or efficient way.
    Understanding the name of a bone is a fact. understanding what it does in the body gets into a concept. So, do both facts and concepts at the same time when studying. Don't ever forget about the concepts, because learning or memorizing only facts is useless.

    If you highlight important things on papers, books, just recognize it, then go to the next page or chapter and look up in the sky and tell yourself in your own words that what was it about in the previous chapter.

    Sleep better (8 hours)

    Try to take notes right after you learn something like after a class.

    Ask for you friends or teachers if you don't quite understand about something, and don't forget to teach someone else who doesn't understand something you already know.

    Do the SQ3R as a studing technique = Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review

    Start studying early if you have an upcoming exam, not night before the exam… You shoul dedicate your night before exam for resting.

    Sometimes a 'saying' help you remember things.

  2. I hardly studied except right before tests. Biology major. Got straight A’s. Idk what i did differently than anyone else that has to study many hours a week. I cant imagine spending more than an hour or so a week studying.

    Would commonly if i did study, squeeze in 20 minutes max, then go out and do something else fun.

    I mostly did my studying while in lecture. The first pass is the best time to learn. I took good notes and really didn’t study unless it was something i needed to go back over and review to understand a little better. Never studied in groups. Too distracting and inefficient.

  3. Once in a while, I would also toss in concentration improvement exercises. One of my favorites was to listen to a song that I knew the lyrics. With my eyes closed, I would try and imagine the words of the lyrics scrolling across a news sign as they appear in the song.

    It's much harder than it seems!!

  4. Study groups can be super powerful especially if the work load is split up and each member of the group is responsible for their part.

    For me, people who can explain complex subjects in simple terms to people who are not peers!!
    Too many people hide behind baffling with bullshit instead of dazzling with brilliance.

    Many professors incorporate a degree of gamemanship in their exams!! I remember a course where the complete solution to each homework problem would take upwards of an hour each. Exams were typically 4 of these problems with an hour to complete the exam.
    Obviously, you had to either find a way to get much faster at the solution for each problem. Turns out, the most important part of the solution was the approach…out of all of the exam questions, I never answered a single problem (fully).
    I prioritized each answer wher I set up the approach and then described (in words) how to arrive at the complete solution if I had as much time as each question required.

    Every exam is a learning experience!
    Take the test, do your best, and only worry about how you did if you couldn't understand what went wrong…learn from poor exam grades they indicate more work is needed here!!

    Priorities are very important to become more successful as a student. I knew there were things that had to take a backseat during my career as a student. My "job" was to be a student. But including treats for a job well done was also important to be included with the appropriate allocation of time.

    The difference between an ok solution and a solution with distinction is often the addition of "over and above work" to the ok solution. Incorporating additional work can impress an instructor!
    When writing an essay, the inclusion of a supportive point, properly acknowledged from outside the scope of work as assigned. Citing something outside of the assigned reading shows genuine interest in the subject matter at hand.

    Explore how you function best and incorporate good sleep hygiene.
    Personally, I work better at night in peace and quiet. I functioned mor effectively when my roommates were sleeping. I would work later in the evening, sleep from early morning to noon, eat lunch, and attend classes in the afternoon.
    My specific needs were met and hours of my high efficiency learning were maximized!!

    I started to do imitations of some of my professors. What I found was the routine my professors were trying to convey as how to solve problems. Write out what you know, what you don't know, draw pictures to assist in understanding what is being asked for! Always keep tract and include units of measure such that the solution is in the appropriate units. Before you pick up the calculator, take a guess at the answer…if your solution is vastly different from your guess, either there is something very wrong with your calculation or, there is a silly mistake somewhere.

  5. I used to be like that lady in the beginning of the story. I think I was actually worst than the woman in the story because I barely knew how to read. I was in speical education for 10 years. I double down and studied 12 hours a day. I refused to stay dumb my whole life. I went extremely slowly through the material and relearn the basics over and over again. This actually worked and now graduated from college with a BA and a math degree. I have a good job. I'm studying engineering now. Learning for me grew exponentially. I kept improving and things which seems impossible like science. I was able to learn. I think without my struggles, I will never developed great discipline and able to going through very uncomfortable stuff.

  6. TBH I know that this is odd, but this would NEVER work for me. Trust me I tried. I have such little self discipline that if I take a break to "treat" myself it would be so hard to finding the motivation to go study. "5 minutes more" would be repeated 100x.
    During my undergrad I graduated magna cum laude in my dept but it was truly sad what the pedagogy derived from university curriculum had become. I didn't "study" at all. I would take the notes, and before the exam I would pull an all nighter and memorize and cram everything. And after the exam. all that "knowledge" was literally thrown out…physically and mentally. It was ridiculous and stupid. Rote memorization (which he talks about here) is exactly what I used. I am Asian-American but never went to Asian until my professional years. I was shocked how this is exactly how everything (EVERYTHING) was taught. I promise you, that this is NOT learning. Regurgitating things without knowing WHY and HOW is a fragile layer of competence that is IMMEDIATELY shattered the moment something unexpected comes up; the very essence of life. It leads to an extreme lack of creativity, out of box thinking, and the ability to quickly adapt and be resilient to change. It took graduate school and a Ph.D. to realize…and then real life to wake up. Its the consequence of our education system being evaluated by tests and our intelligence being rated by a numeric value. Throughout the rest of the semester I NEVER "studied". I didnt learn anything at all. But I took recordings and copious notes. Not to learn, but to memorize all for a grade. The moment GPAs and exams become replace with And that persons friend in the example…all I can say to her is that there was more to it then lack of know-how,

  7. I am starting a dopamine Detox and after watching a video about it this came into my recommended auto play. I was unsure as my retention as a viewer was not interested in this video as I was looking into dopamine and the effects of it. After watching one or two minutes I was griped into this lecture and wish my teachers had this ability, I feel much more interested and happy now I know these techniques and tips about studying less and study smart. Before watching this video I would either revise for 30+ Minutes and waste time or not revise at all as I would loose focus due to wanting to watch YouTube or check social media. Glad I watched this video in full due to me soon having my GCSE Exams.

  8. Sir, you're wrong about fat and calories: fat is satiating and isn't fattening — carbs aren't satiating and are fattening — proteins are not fattening but satiating — proteins and fats are essential, carbs are not — carbs (sepcl. sugars) and rare in nature (no bees arounf escimos) but abandon and cheap in us stores that's why obesity is an pandemic already and killing people and only making doctors and processed food industries very rich – think of sugar coke and advertisement it's the other way round they made you believe fats are fattening, pls ask your grandma; she knew that carbs and sugars are fattening and fat and protein is healthy and satiating))

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