How to Study Smarter, Faster and More Efficiently

Study Smarter and Faster
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Here’s an undeniable truth that you rarely hear.

Hard work isn’t always the answer.

To be successful, you need to work hard. That’s a prerequisite, but working hard without working smart is like digging a hole until your hands bleed because you never knew about a shovel.

The purpose of this post is to guide you through exactly how you can build your own shovel. We won’t be able to go in super depth, but it should act as a guideline for any student at any level.

But first, we need to be clear about something.

How long do you think it will take for you to study better?

If you’ve never thought about this much and you’re beginning the journey of becoming a more efficient student for the first time, how long will it take for you to get good?

If you answered a few weeks, then you’re probably underestimating it.

We work with students of all levels between the ages of 15 to 25 and measure an extensive set of metrics which give us detailed analytics on their studying ability. The graph below is a summary of these results across 10 of our recent students.

Studying efficiency vs time graph

This shows that the improvement (even with coaching) was reasonably insignificant for the first two months in most cases. Unfortunately it’s not possible to compare this to what the improvement would have been without any coaching, but given that those baseline scores have remained stable for years prior, it’s safe to say that it would have stayed at roughly the same level.

So what’s my point?

My point is that improving your studying is a meaningful and extremely rewarding journey. It will pay you back in folds.

However, it isn’t easy and it isn’t quick. If you want to study like the top 1%, you need to not approach this like the remaining 99%.

Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.

Abigail Adams

If you’re ready, let’s begin.

About the author
Justin Sung
Justin Sung
Justin is a medical doctor, University of Auckland graduate, published research author, certified teacher, and founder of JTT. He has assisted thousands of students into healthcare careers since 2011, making him New Zealand's individually most experienced medical entry expert. He regularly works with schools and organisations to help students and professionals learn more effectively.

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