STUDY TIPS: 3 BEST HABITS for High School or College 🤩

STUDY TIPS: 3 BEST HABITS for High School or College 🤩


In this video, you will learn three
tricks they were proven by science that will take your learning through the roof.
In fact, I’m going to show you exactly how I use these tricks with my clients
to combat procrastination and wrestle with any focus issues. My name is Katya
Seberson the inventor of the Seberson Method the scientific way to learn
anything fast and today I will teach you the SRP method to jumpstart your
learning. We’ve got a lot to cover so let’s get started. Remember I only
included three tips. I did that not because I don’t have 55 tips or 75 tips
for you or 11 tips. I’m very aware of the human brain’s capacity, so I really want
you to take action on these three rather than just watch a video that has 11 tips
in it and be like “okay that was a great video” let me watch another one. I really
want you to take action on these three little tips, so I really want you to
remember them that’s why I created an acronym. The acronym is SRP. Some of
my clients have a hard time remembering the SRP part so they think well SPF SMP, MRI so to make sure you remember SRP I’m gonna give you a visual picture
this it’s a swan and it’s racing a penguin Swan Racing a Penguin SRP tip
number one begins with S and it’s sleep. So many people are talking about
benefits of sleep right now and my beloved Arianna Huffington is creating
this movement where people are talking about unplugging and adequate sleep and
rest and I love that but in this video, I specifically want to talk about the
benefits of sleep when it comes to learning. Literally, this is the first
thing I look at when clients come to my office and they tell me that they are
not getting the score or they’re not getting the grade or they’re not getting
certified. The first thing I look at is their sleep.
Unless they already have a calendar and that they’re tracking their sleep I use
my calendar it’s very simple and I’m happy to provide the link below for you
and then we just identify the times when they go to sleep and then when they
wake up and underneath we calculate the number of hours that they spend in bed
sleeping. Those numbers go right here. They go in the circle and if this number
ends up dipping below a particular number then we have to make a change or
an adjustment. Tor me it’s very important that my students take advantage of their
natural brain’s ability and when your brain is not getting adequate sleep it’s
being affected in two major ways when you’re not sleeping enough your brain is
not able to concentrate or focus so you’re not as available for studying
process. If you’ve ever found yourself circling around the room trying to find
something else to do other than studying, chances are you’re not sleeping enough
and chances are your brain is not rested. Your brain is wired to protect itself
and exert the minimal amount of effort. And learning, believe it or not, requires
a lot of energy and a lot of calories. If your brain is not rested, your brain is
going to offer you so many different activities like cleaning a room, getting
something to eat, taking a shower anything but studying because studying
is very difficult so painting attention for a long time becomes exceedingly
difficult when you’re not sleeping but not only that lack of sleep affects your
brain in a different way as well. Even if you used all of the willpower that you
have left, if you made yourself study, you’re not going to retain most of the
information you’ve learned! Why? Because you’re not sleeping enough. See, when
we go to sleep our brain is actually going to work during the time of sleep
during the second portion of our sleep the brain is working on consolidating
the memories. so if we’re only sleeping for half of
your normal sleep time you may wake up and you may feel ,you know, “yeah okay I feel good”. Because in the first part of your sleep,
your brain was resting your body. The brain will always prioritize for the
body because the body is necessary for survival for getting up for running away
from danger. The brain will always prioritize the
body, so after four hours of sleep you may get up and you like “okay, I can
function” but your brain hasn’t rested at all. So if you are studying for an exam, I
need you to make your sleep your priority. My clients schedule the time
when they’re going to go to sleep and they schedule the time when they’re
going to wake up, and they track their sleep time and they see tremendous
changes. So here’s what we do if we know that we only slept for five hours on a
Thursday night. That means Friday is going to contain no study. That means on
Friday we’re not going to be taking any new information. It’s kind of a day off
for the brain from information encoding. What we’re still going to do is
we’re still going to continue reviewing and reinforcing the knowledge that we
already have. So from going from sleep then we’re go to the second tip of
review. So now we’re in a second tip. The important thing to understand that your
brain is always trying to forget everything it learns. Your brain is very
protective of the space that it has and every time my clients leave my tutoring
office I always tell them well as you’re walking, actually as they close the door and they’re walking away to their taxi to their car or maybe to their subway, I
tell them “scary” that they begin the process of forgetting everything that
they’ve learned. So their job as a learner is to interrupt this process of
forgetting and we have a really clever way to interrupt this process I actually
created a separate video just on review and how to review properly
in this video I really wanted to include this and make you aware that your brain
is not supposed to take in all the information. It’s not supposed to retain.
It’s not a hard drive. Many YouTube videos will tell you that your brain is
just like a hard drive. It is not a hard drive. Your brain changes in response to
accepting new information, so today you’re going to learn the SRP method to
supercharge your memory, and in response to that knowledge your brain will change
chemically and then the way you like to explain it is I like to give a visual to
my clients, and then tell them that well.. You will grow a pimple for every piece
of new knowledge that you create. And like all pimples do, they go away. My
clients ask me: Katya, how soon will the pimple go away and as most
pimple let’s do the more you mess with it the longer it stays. And then we want
to mess with the pimple enough so it becomes a permanent fixture on your
brain. So when you learn the SRP method, your brain will create a pimple. Then,
that pimple will get smaller by about 70% in about 9 hours so if you’re
learning this video at 11 a.m. on a Monday by next morning you will probably
lose 70% of this knowledge. And there’s nothing to be sad about it’s just normal
it means that you’re human. Unless you do one simple trick you interrupt the
process of forgetting. Before falling asleep tonight, if you try to think mmm SRP
“sleep review plan” okay alright I remember what this woman was talking
about you’ve review this and then you review
it again on the fourth day. Here’s the thing when you go to sleep remember we
just talked about sleep when you go to sleep your brain is doing
consolidating. What your brain does is just literally looking at the pimples and
looks at how many times have you accessed this pimple in the last five days. Five
days is this number that scientists have figured out according to the forgetting
curve. On the fifth day, your brain will go through all of the pimples that were
created five days ago and establish which ones need to stay and which ones need to
unfortunately go. Most of the pimples will go unless you have accessed this
pimple several times in the last five days. So here’s the trick; here’s what we
do: we review the information on the same day right before falling asleep. Right before falling asleep is kind of priming your
brain for remembering this information it’s much harder than to review it
during the day or right after the session
giving yourself just a little bit of space – spaced repetition – and reviewing it
before falling asleep is helping you remember it but then do it again on the
fourth day. We have a whole system set up again I made a special video just on
review and I’m going to link it below and it will also make it a video that
will be suggested for you if you watch this video until the end. I just made a
special video on review where we use different tools to remind yourself to
review the same information because well how are you going to keep track what you
learned on Monday what you learned on Tuesday when is the fourth day coming.
There is a way to do it with calendar reminders. There’s a way to do it with
your Gmail. What I myself and some of my clients do the most successful ones
before falling asleep they take their phone out and they type in everything
they’ve learned from memory and then they email it to not to me they email it
to themselves so when they wake up in the morning the next day this email is
within their inbox and they look over it again they kind of refresh the memory
they review it and then they use this app I don’t know it’s probably free
still it’s called boomerang so they boomerang it back to their own inbox in
four days. So this email with all of this
new rules or new laws and new information appears in their inbox four
days afterwards, so they know they have to review this information on that day.
And this is how these kind of supercharge their memory and I I like to
call it or outsmarting your own brain. You basically fool your brain into
thinking that this information is just as important as your name or your
address so your brain will put this little pimple right here which there’s
an unlimited space here so that this information is available to you later
but for a review one of the main takeaways if this sounds crazy I know
this works for me maybe it doesn’t work for you guys but personally I really
really like this system but if this sounds like too much what I want you to
understand from review as many of you have heard this phrase “as soon as the
person is born you slowly start dying” some people die faster some people die
slower some people take a really long time but you slowly start dying I want
you to think the same way about learning as soon as you’re done learning you
slowly begin forgetting and as a good learner your job is to interrupt that
process of forgetting by doing frequent review. So now let’s go to the third part
of our SRP method : sleep, review, P stands for plan. Let’s go talk about planning . So
in an SRP method there is a P letter that stands for planning. Planning is a
big deal when it comes to preparing for a standardized test or exam or
certification. Why is that??? My most successful clients are really good
friends with their calendar. Not only do they plan they’re going to sleep time in
their wakeup time so they’re keeping track of their sleep but they’re also
really keeping track of their assignments. Let me use an example: this
is a to-do list from one of my clients this is an actual to-do list I was
writing this as he logged into his school portal.
and he just outlined everything that he needed to do for this weekend: complete 12 math problems; read and annotate 37 pages from this book; finish an essay on the
poem; redo a chemistry lab; memorize 15 vocabulary words; outline the essay and
research Taoism principles. 7 assignments. The first thing you want to do is you want
to put everything in one place. The second thing you want to do is you want
to make a conscious decision how long each assignment will take. This is a big
shift. There’s a big difference between waiting to see how long an assignment
will take you. I don’t know how long it will take me to prepare for this exam.
Make a conscious decision! How long will it take you will it take you 4 hours
will it take you 30 minutes will it take you 16 hours. Instead of waiting to see,
you decide. At first, some of my clients are a little bit uncomfortable with it
but then maybe they fall in love with it so here’s what you do after you put all
of your tasks in one place then you put a number in a circle next to that so
let’s say complete 12 math problems will take you 25 minutes. The reason I say 25
minutes it’s my favorite timer – Pomodoro timer – by the way made a totally special
video for you on timers and Pomodoro’s I’ve obviously linked this below but I
also will make this a suggestive video as well so we have two suggested videos
one on review and one on Pomodoro’s. So make sure you watch those those are
fantastic and Pomodoro is something that some of my clients really fall in love
it and they start to estimate their time in Pomodoro’s some people prefer regular
hours be my guest but making that decision is really key
so you put all of this and roughly if you add up all of this time it will take
you seven hours to complete all of your homework. Okay, great.
But you have all Saturday and all Sunday well if you really look closely at your
calendar you don’t really have the whole Saturday old Sunday because well on
Saturday you’re going to practice and then you’re going to this group thing
that you need to attend and then your friend is coming over she’s coming over
but not only that she’s actually staying over for a sleepover so it’s very
unlikely that you’re going to do any homework on Saturday totally fine you
don’t have to be doing homework every day you can skip Saturday but what about
Sunday should you be careful about scheduling Sunday not really you have
all Sunday you can just do it all on Sunday you only have seven hours of
homework think about it can you do seven hours of focused work
in a row I didn’t think so because when we estimate those hours those are hours
of focused precise work single tasking so if your friend is sleeping over and
you wake up early in the morning not early in the morning if you go to sleep
late then that means you’re probably going to wake up somewhere around 10 or
11 you wake up you take a shower she takes a shower then you will have a
brilliant idea let’s go out for brunch and then you girls get together and you
go out for brunch and then by the time your friend leaves and you come back
home it’s already 3:30. It still feels like it’s early and still feels like of
plenty of time. In fact, you don’t. If you’re not careful about planning your
time, you are going to now spend the rest of Sunday trying to scrambling for work
and then you’re probably going to go past your sleep time which is going to
dip into your Monday’s sleep time which is going to compromise your ability to
focus and learn new information on Monday which means you’re not going
you’re probably going to want to take a nap when you come home after school on
the Monday which will shorten the amount of time you can do homework on the
Monday which means you will go to sleep later and it is a snowball effect that
will just destroy your ability to focus and study and be on top of things. Here’s
what I recommend instead when you plan your
actually so much more in control. A lot of people, especially my students, they
love spontaneity but my opinion spontaneity is really overrated. You can
plan on some chunks of time that are unstructured, but planning gives you so
much freedom. Let me show you what I mean by that. Let’s say you have the same
amount of tasks but you’re planning your time let’s say you know that you cannot
really work very focused for more than two hours in a row. If you work in a very
focused way for two hours then you need to break. And you see that you have some
responsibilities there is this practice that you need to go to and then there’s
a group study and there’s your friend who’s coming over that’s awesome what
you’re going to do before you go to practice you’re going to take two hours
and complete two assignments off of your list on a Saturday morning and then
before falling asleep on a Saturday you’re going to review some of that
information so that you don’t forget it and you’re also have this honest
conversation with your friend you tell her or him that you need to start doing
your homework at 10:30 am you know what that means this honest and advanced
conversation means that you guys are going to plan your going to bed time
not at 2:00 a.m. and not at 2:30 and kind of leave it at well we’ll see when
we will go to bed you will actually be much more cognizant okay if she wants to
start homework at 10:30 a.m. that means we need to go to bed around 11:00 p.m. so
that we can wake up around 7:00 so we can have my eight hours of sleep so it
can wake up I can have shower maybe we can have breakfast together and then I
will ask my dad to pick me up at 10:00 am so my friend can start her homework at
10:30 am. All of this requires planning! When your
friend leaves you actually do start your homework at 10:30 am. Maybe from 10:30 to 12:00 you work on one thing and maybe you pick up another thing like your math
problems. Then, you have your break maybe you walk around maybe you change your
state you do something else and then little by little you complete your
assignments you don’t feel pressured and then by 7:00 p.m. you are done. If
you’re done by 7:00 p.m. , then you can watch a movie you can read a book you
can you can do whatever you want you can spend time on snapchat. You deserve
that and then you go to bed at the time when you planned let’s say you wanted to
go to bed around 10:00 p.m. and wake up at 6:00 am on the next day that makes that
makes you feel very refreshed and then you’re ready to tackle the week you’re
ready to take in new information you’re ready to take on the world and take that
exam and get that grade. So becoming really good friends with your calendar
is indisputably a phenomenal factor in my clients’
success. So if you want more information about timers and Pomodoros, watch this
other video. But before we end, let me give you a little quiz. So today we’ve
talked about three tips three techniques SRP do you still remember what SRP
stands for? Can you just say it out loud? I also
mentioned when I talked about the first tip I talked about how it is important
to not make your sleep time dip below a particular number. Do you remember how
much how many hours what that was? If you said 6:00 great job. If your sleep
time dips below six hours which is fine. life happens, I understand. What is it
that I recommend that you don’t do on the following day? Let’s say from Friday
night to Saturday night you only slept for five and a half hours.
What would I recommend you not do on a Saturday? I would recommend that you not
take in any of your new information. But what do I recommend that you do instead?
I recommend that you review everything that you already know so if you just
take these three tips close to heart and apply them to your learning I
guarantee you you will see dramatic changes in about a week. Let me know how you’re doing. Let me know what SRP stands for in the comments below and don’t
forget every month we will be picking one person
who’s commenting to get on a private session with me. If you don’t live in New
York City we can get on the private session on zoom but if you do live in
New York City or tri-state area I’m happy to have you at my office and I’m
happy to help you with any of your exam issues. Let me know what exam you’re
preparing for if any of my tips have helped you. Thank you and I will see you
in the next video.

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