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Don’t work harder, work smarter: how to study effectively and get the grades of your dreams with winning review strategies, killer memory techniques and exam preparation tips you won’t hear anywhere else. Join Cambridge educated psychologist, study techniques researcher, coach and tutor William Wadsworth as we dive into the secrets of academic success.Looking for the grades of your dreams? Want to know the real secrets to preparing for and taking exams? Through a powerful combination of rich personal experience and the very latest learning and memory science, William and his expert guests are here to help. Here's to results day smiles!

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Today, we're diving into the surprisingly powerful choice of where to study - a decision that can boost your motivation, focus, productivity and maybe even your memory recall!Where do YOU do your best work?Mentioned today:Episode 87: Five Fun Memory Effects & How They Can Help Your StudyingEpisode 140: Gifted & Neurodivergent Scholars Unleashed - Dr Matthew Zakreski *Hosted by William Wadsworth, memory psychologist, independent researcher and study skills coach. I help ambitious students to study smarter, not harder, so they can ace their exams with less work and less stress.BOOK 1:1 COACHING to supercharge your exam success: https://examstudyexpert.com/coachingGet a copy of Outsmart Your Exams, my award-winning exam technique book, at https://geni.us/exams*As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases on suggested books.
Unlock the potential of your unique brain with Dr. Matthew Zakreski, a clinical psychologist specializing in neurodiversity and mental health. In this episode, we delve into the fascinating world of neurodivergent brains, exploring conditions like ADHD, autism, OCD, dyslexia, and giftedness. Dr. Matt's insights illuminate the strengths and challenges associated with each, empowering you to embrace your individuality and thrive academically and beyond.Whether you're neurodivergent, suspect you might be, or simply want to understand and support those who are, this episode is a treasure trove of practical advice and brain science. Learn how to advocate for yourself or your child, discover accommodations that can transform your learning experience, and join the conversation that's reshaping our approach to education and personal development.Tune in and start your journey toward a deeper understanding of neurodiversity and its profound impact on our lives.Neurodiversity Collective: https://www.theneurodiversitycollective.com/Dr. Matt's personal website: https://www.drmattzakreski.com/If you enjoyed this episode, you may also like- 113. Dyslexia Study Tips - with Jenn Clark & Dr Gavin Reid- 114. Rewiring ADHD For Students - with Eric Tivers- 115. Autism and Studying - with Brian Irvine*Hosted by William Wadsworth, memory psychologist, independent researcher and study skills coach. I help ambitious students to study smarter, not harder, so they can ace their exams with less work and less stress.BOOK 1:1 COACHING to supercharge your exam success: https://examstudyexpert.com/workwithme/Get a copy of Outsmart Your Exams, my award-winning exam technique book, at https://geni.us/exams*As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases on suggested books.
This 5-minute daily planning / journalling habit has had a big impact on what I've achieved in the past few weeks - I think it could help you too!Focus on what mattersGet motivated to make rapid progressApproach the day with a clearer, calmer mindHabits to nurture a positive mindsetTune it to today's bitesize episode to find out how.*Hosted by William Wadsworth, memory psychologist, independent researcher and study skills coach. I help ambitious students to study smarter, not harder, so they can ace their exams with less work and less stress.BOOK 1:1 COACHING to supercharge your exam success: https://examstudyexpert.com/workwithme/Get a copy of Outsmart Your Exams, my award-winning exam technique book, at https://geni.us/exams*As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases on suggested books.
Strap in for a transformative journey with Derek Johnson, US Army veteran and personal development maestro.In this episode, Derek unveils his secrets to building resilience, overcoming adversity, and the art of turning life's tests into a triumphant comeback story. For more on Derek's life-changing philosophies and to witness real transformation stories, visit his website at:http://fitwithderick.com/ For a dose of daily motivation, follow him on social media @fitwithderick* * *Hosted by William Wadsworth, memory psychologist, independent researcher, and study skills coach.Interested in personal coaching to amplify your study success? Find out more at: https://examstudyexpert.com/coachingSchools looking to boost student performance can book a workshop at: https://examstudyexpert.com/workshops
In my contribution to the Motivation Series here on the Exam Study Expert podcast, I'm sharing the top 7 reasons you want to get started with your exam prep (or project work) sooner.So many put off starting till later than we intend, and find themselves at best stressed, at worst, underperforming.Let's not let that happen to you :-)Fuel your get up and get to get going sooner with this pep talk and powerful set of reasons, and reap the many rewards that come from an early start to your studying.Let's go!*Hosted by William Wadsworth, memory psychologist, independent researcher and study skills coach. I help ambitious students to study smarter, not harder, so they can ace their exams with less work and less stress.1:1 COACHING for students, scholars and professionals with exams to prepare for: https://examstudyexpert.com/coachingSCHOOL REVISION WORKSHOPS to help your students study smarter and achieve their potential: https://examstudyexpert.com/workshops
Our "Motivation To Study" series continues this week with an inspiring, fascinating and highly practical conversation with Peps McCrea, who has synthesised the motivation research into 5 drivers.Where does motivation come from?And crucially, what can we do to build and nurture it?Tune in to fine out!Discover Peps' work via:- Peps' website: https://pepsmccrea.com/- "Evidence Snacks" email at: https://snacks.pepsmccrea.com/- Motivated Teaching [book] at: https://geni.us/motivated-teaching*Highlights from today's episode:1. Secure Success- Why good study strategy boosts motivation- The "break it down" trick- Understanding what success even IS (e.g. sometimes, mistakes, or being stuck are all just part of the process!)2. Run Routines- Have a good routine (esp tied to an initial cue)- Leave your stuff out the night before3. Nudge Norms- Surrounding yourself with others who are studying, so you are "nudged" to study too in order to fit in, whether that is through physical location (library, study centre, etc)...- ... or through virtual options, "Study With Me"s on YouTube, or a support / accountability group on WhatsApp4. Build Belonging- Find people you can identify with / similar ideals: maybe look for community and role models outside your real-life circle if necessary5. Boost Buy-In- The importance of WHY we're choosing to do it- Intention setting: what will you do, how, when- The public calendar chain strategy*Hosted by William Wadsworth, memory psychologist, independent researcher and study skills coach / trainer. I help ambitious students to study smarter, not harder, so they can ace their exams with less work and less stress.WANT ME TO SPEAK AT YOUR SCHOOL? Learn more at: https://examstudyexpert.com/revision-workshopsGet a copy of my ultra-concise "6 Pillars Of Exam Success" Cheat Sheet at https://examstudyexpert.com/pillars/** As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases on suggested books.
To kick off a mini-series on motivation on the Exam Study Expert podcast, we're revisiting a gem from the archives, in this conversation with leading motivation scholar Dr Erika Patall.Today, we're cutting through the endless advice you can find on the Internet and getting right to the heart of the science of motivationLet's discover what really works and what doesn’t when it comes to finding your get up and go!I'm joined by Dr Erika Patall, one of the most prolific and respected stars of modern research into motivation in education, whose work you can find at https://motivationlab.wordpress.com/*Hosted by William Wadsworth, memory psychologist, independent researcher and study skills coach. I help ambitious students to study smarter, not harder, so they can ace their exams with less work and less stress.BOOK 1:1 COACHING to supercharge your exam success: https://examstudyexpert.com/workwithme/Get a copy of Outsmart Your Exams, my award-winning exam technique book, at https://geni.us/exams*As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases
Make your phone work for you with these super-quick steps you can do right now!- REJOICE as you decrease those pesky phone-based distractions- RELISH a lasting little boost to your daily productivity- FEEL GOOD as you nurture positive life habits- REVATALISE your device function, as you free up storage and decrease battery drain- And generally get a whole fresher, lighter and cleaner feel towards the device you look at dozens (if not hundreds!) of times a day.Prefer a video version of this training, with screen walkthroughs? It's on the Exam Study Expert YouTube channel, at:>> https://youtu.be/tRAofodn1rY?si=pQPmeVC2jsFV-Vxt*Hosted by William Wadsworth, memory psychologist, independent researcher and study skills coach. I help ambitious students to study smarter, not harder, so they can ace their exams with less work and less stress.BOOK 1:1 COACHING to supercharge your exam success: https://examstudyexpert.com/workwithme/Get a copy of Outsmart Your Exams, my award-winning exam technique book, at https://geni.us/exams*As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases on suggested books.Podcast Edited by Benoît André.
Today, we're looking back on the year we've all had, taking a moment to celebrate the progress we've made, and what we've achieved, as well as looking forward to next year.What's your "word of the year"? A powerful concept to guide and shape your intentions over the year to come, and help you have the year you'd like.*Hosted by William Wadsworth, memory psychologist, independent researcher and study skills coach. I help ambitious students to study smarter, not harder, so they can ace their exams with less work and less stress.BOOK 1:1 COACHING to supercharge your exam success: https://examstudyexpert.com/workwithme/Get a copy of Outsmart Your Exams, my award-winning exam technique book, at https://geni.us/exams*As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases on suggested books.
Got a bit of time off school / university / work for the holiday season?Might be a great chance to catch up (/ get ahead..!) on your studies.But it's not always easy to balance rest time, family time, productive time, or to manage expectations around the holiday season (your own expectations, and those of anyone you live with).In this episode, we break down some top tips for navigating the holiday season, and emerge feeling rested AND productive!*Hosted by William Wadsworth, memory psychologist, independent researcher and study skills coach. I help ambitious students to study smarter, not harder, so they can ace their exams with less work and less stress.BOOK 1:1 COACHING to supercharge your exam success: https://examstudyexpert.com/workwithme/Get a copy of Outsmart Your Exams, my award-winning exam technique book, at https://geni.us/exams*As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases on suggested books.
Today we're looking at how students can use generative AI tools like ChatGPT and Google's Bard to support their learning and revision.From speeding through your note-making to innovative ways to recruit an AI tool as a free interactive tutor or quizzing partner, there are a wealth of ways students today can put the latest tech to work for them to help them study smarter, not harder.Enjoy!*Hosted by William Wadsworth, memory psychologist, independent researcher and study skills coach. I help ambitious students to study smarter, not harder, so they can ace their exams with less work and less stress.BOOK 1:1 COACHING to supercharge your exam success: https://examstudyexpert.com/workwithme/Get a copy of Outsmart Your Exams, my award-winning exam technique book, at https://geni.us/exams*As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases on suggested books.
I asked the Exam Study Expert community what their favourite productivity tips were, either their best overall tip, or one that's a little bit "weird" or unusual / original, perhaps that they came up with for themselves.Thank you to everyone who submitted tips - some really nice ideas, and I hope you enjoy the resulting episode!
Today, I want to talk you through 6 list types you might consider using to help you stay organised, calm and in control.Some will be familiar to you - though perhaps with a fresh spin you'd not considered before - others will likely be entirely new!The To Do List - and the 3-part system I'm favouring currentlyThe Browser Tab "To-Do" List HackThe Stop List - to help with overwhelmThe Checklist - de-risk the big momentsThe Red & Green List - for when times are toughThe Mental Resistance ListJoin the Exam Study Expert mailing list and get my favourite study strategy tips direct to your inbox, at https://examstudyexpert.com/join*Hosted by William Wadsworth, memory psychologist, independent researcher and study skills coach. I help ambitious students to study smarter, not harder, so they can ace their exams with less work and less stress.BOOK 1:1 COACHING to supercharge your exam success: https://examstudyexpert.com/workwithme/Get a copy of Outsmart Your Exams, my award-winning exam technique book, at https://geni.us/exams*As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases on suggested books.
Unleash the power of real clarity on what matters (and what doesn't), and what you need to do to get you closer to your destination in your studies, with your version of the powerful "boat go faster" question.Plus, finding flow state more often, for enhanced productivity, creativity, and above all, enjoyment of your studies!Join The Scholar's Way and find peace, purpose and flow in your studies today, at:>> https://examstudyexpert.com/TSW*Hosted by William Wadsworth, memory psychologist, independent researcher and study skills coach. I help ambitious students to study smarter, not harder, so they can ace their exams with less work and less stress.BOOK 1:1 COACHING to supercharge your exam success: https://examstudyexpert.com/workwithme/Get a copy of Outsmart Your Exams, my award-winning exam technique book, at https://geni.us/exams*As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases on suggested books.
How to organise your time and stay productive - even when you're balancing a full time job and full time degree!In this instalment of the ever-popular student stories series, we also touch on:The importance of keeping an open mindLevelling up by learning how to learnThe power of helping others and knowing when to ask for helpSpecific learning tips for quantitative / numerical / problem-based subjects*Hosted by William Wadsworth, memory psychologist, independent researcher and study skills coach. I help ambitious students to study smarter, not harder, so they can ace their exams with less work and less stress.BOOK 1:1 COACHING to supercharge your exam success: https://examstudyexpert.com/workwithme/Get a copy of Outsmart Your Exams, my award-winning exam technique book, at https://geni.us/exams*As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases on suggested books.
It all starts with your mindset: that's the foundation on which it all rests.And I mean both your final result, and your enjoyment (or otherwise) of the path to success.Today, I'm looking back on my own mindset journey as a scholar, and breaking down the top lessons learned from 3 separate challenges I faced at 3 separate times along my journey as a scholar through my time and school and university.If you're inspired today to level up your own mindset toolbox:Visit https://examstudyexpert.com/Coaching to schedule a consultation for 1-on-1 support with meOr check out https://examstudyexpert.com/TSW for The Scholar's Way, my signature self-study student mindset programmeOutsmart Your Exams, my award-winning exam technique book, is available at https://geni.us/exams*** As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases on suggested books.
Earlier this year, Ruth Poundwhite (Ep. 97) talked about the "discomfort in resting" that so many high-achievers share.I had a number of messages saying this really struck a chord, I want to pick up on that thread today, with help of special guest Camilla Walker.We'll be exploring why getting real rest can be so challenging, why it's so necessary, and introducing you to a practice that's specially designed to help, called "deep rest".Links and resources from this episode:>> To experience a mini deep rest "taster" session, visit: https://examstudyexpert.com/rest>> Come as my guest to a full-length private deep rest session, especially for scholars, an exclusive bonus for students of The Scholars Way. Enrol now at: https://examstudyexpert.com/scholars-way/Find Camilla Walker online at https://www.deeplybeing.com/, and @CamillaWalker_being*Hosted by William Wadsworth, memory psychologist, independent researcher and study skills coach. I help ambitious students to study smarter, not harder, so they can ace their exams with less work and less stress.BOOK 1:1 COACHING to supercharge your exam success: https://examstudyexpert.com/workwithme/Get a copy of Outsmart Your Exams, my award-winning exam technique book, at https://geni.us/exams*As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases on suggested books.
Join Exam Study Expert's very own Drs Alix Hibble and Kerri Edinburgh for a candid look at the ups and downs of the PhD experience.You'll learn top tips with the benefit of hindsight on mindset, time management, goal-setting and more.Plus, why research is awesome!As mentioned in this episode:The Scholar's Way: our signature mindset programme for students and scholars of all kinds: https://examstudyexpert.com/tswKerri's article on imposter syndrome: https://examstudyexpert.com/imposter-syndrome/* * *Hosted by William Wadsworth, memory psychologist, independent researcher and study skills coach. I help ambitious students to study smarter, not harder, so they can ace their exams with less work and less stress.Want to talk to us about getting our coaching support in the run-up to YOUR exams?  We're here to help! Find out more at:>> https://examstudyexpert.com/coachingOr to explore our full range of self-study programmes, resources, books, and speaking / workshop services for schools, check out our full catalogue at:>> https://examstudyexpert.com/everything
Today, we're diving into our "most often asked questions" list, and tackling the perennial question of how many hours should you be studying for each day.The answer is "it depends" (oh, come on, you knew I'd say that!), but in this episode, I don't duck the question, join me as I break down:The 5 key things that it depends ON, so you can make the right call in your circumstancesThe main guiding principle for deciding a sensible study-hours goalAnd my perspective on different specific hours targets, and the circumstances under which I'd consider each a sensible target (yes, there are some actual specific NUMBERS here!)References:- Nonis & Hudson, 2006- Krohn & O'Connor, 2010- Revision Census https://examstudyexpert.com/Student-Revision-Data/*Hosted by William Wadsworth, memory psychologist, independent researcher and study skills coach. I help ambitious students to study smarter, not harder, so they can ace their exams with less work and less stress.Want to talk to us about getting our coaching support in the run-up to YOUR exams?  We're here to help! Find out more at:>> https://examstudyexpert.com/coachingOr to explore our full range of self-study programmes, resources, books, and speaking / workshop services for schools, check out our full catalogue at:>> https://examstudyexpert.com/everything
Today, I'm diving into four tricks your mind might play on you which cause you to lose time or feel frustrated in your studies, and what you can do about them.There's some of my favourite psychology in here, classic judgement & decision making theory as applied to the world of studying and scholarship - let's dive in!Featured today: The Scholars Way, our new signature 3-day mindset course for students and scholars. Learn more and get access at:>> https://examstudyexpert.com/TSW* * * *Hosted by William Wadsworth, memory psychologist, independent researcher and study skills coach. I help ambitious students to study smarter, not harder, so they can ace their exams with less work and less stress. Want to talk to us about getting our coaching support in the run-up to YOUR exams?  We're here to help! Find out more at:>> https://examstudyexpert.com/coachingOr to explore our full range of self-study programmes, resources, books, and speaking / workshop services for schools, check out our full catalogue at:>> https://examstudyexpert.com/everything
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Alex Husi

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Shome Bhatt

There are no links.

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Negar

it is my favorite channel of podcast 👍🏻👍🏻 unfortunately I think they stop producing more episodes.

Aug 19th
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Negar

it was great, I learned a lot of things!

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Nadine Spöhr

My favorite podcast!! But please, less carreer/subject specific eps... Had to skip them all

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Niti Singh

Very effective

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