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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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Originally broadcast as Episode 1. You CAN Do This: Mindset For Exam Success With Lucy Ratcliffe, in March 2019..Rebroadcast July 2021 as part of our "Summer Rewind" season.* * *We're delighted to welcome Lucy Ratcliffe, mindset and performance coach to elite performers, to share her incredible wisdom with us, and show how students at school, college and university how to stay positive, believe in yourself, and conquer exam nerves and anxiety. In this episode:Finding your way in life: the confidence to just go and ask for what you wantHow to find the motivation to succeed at school and in your studiesFiguring out what drives youOvercoming self-doubt and exam anxietyDialling up positivity, and growth mindsetPerforming under pressure, dealing with exam-day nervesGoing outside your comfort zone and building competenceHead to www.idology.eu to find out more about Lucy's work.*ABOUT YOUR HOST: William Wadsworth, Founder & Learning Scientist at Exam Study Expert“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/Or read my exam technique book today at https://geni.us/exams *As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases on suggested books. You pay nothing extra. I make these recommendations based on extensive personal experience and because I think they are genuinely helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I receive.
Best of the September 2020 - June 2021 season: six of the most interesting, inspirational and downright useful moments from our guest interviews this year, to help you study smarter and ace your exams!Featuring highlights from conversations with:1. Dr Erika Patall - Study MotivationWhat works and what doesn't when it comes to getting motivated to study?Full episode: #43, https://examstudyexpert.com/erika for resources and audio2. Prof. Tim Wilson - Power of MindsetWhy does mindset matter and how can you improve yours?Full episode: #42, https://examstudyexpert.com/redirect for resources and audioOr check out Prof. Wilson's book "Redirect: Changing The Stories We Live By": https://geni.us/changeyourstory*3. Prof. James Lang - Focus & DistractionsWhy is focus hard and what can you do about it?Full episode: #58, https://examstudyexpert.com/james for resources and audioRead more with James’ book: “Distracted: Why Students Can’t Focus And What You Can Do About It”, available at https://geni.us/distractedbook*4. Brian Tracy - Time Management for StudentsHow to get things done?Full episode: #39, https://examstudyexpert.com/frog for resources and audioEat That Frog For Students (Brian Tracy with Anna Leinberger) is available at  https://geni.us/frog5. Dr Carolina Kuepper-Tetzel -Spaced LearningHow can the science of learning help you remember more and forget slower?Full episode: #47, https://examstudyexpert.com/carolina for resources and audioMentioned in my comments: for more on "memory journaling", see https://examstudyexpert.com/back-to-school-study-tips/6. Dr Veronica Yan - Interleaving For Success in Maths & MoreWhat is interleaving and why is it such a powerful way to practice problems?Full episode: #49, see https://examstudyexpert.com/veronica for resources and audio* * *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 to supercharge your exam success: https://examstudyexpert.com/workwithme/Download my free "study smarter" cheat sheet at https://examstudyexpert.com/freetipsExam Study Expert Blog: https://examstudyexpert.com/blog/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
Increase your productivity and efficiency, learn faster, and ace your exams with the help of these cunning and non-obvious tricks and shortcuts!Now, that's clever!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/examsSupercharge your learning with my free cheat sheet: https://examstudyexpert.com/freetips*As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases on suggested books.
The art of teamwork, and how to ace group assignments at school and university:How to pick the right people: do you go for the most skilled teammates or the ones you get on with best?The questions to ask yourselves to establish a high-functioning group culture from the outsetWhat to do if someone isn’t pulling their weightHow to make the right decisions as a teamHandling courageous conversations and resolving conflictWith Professor Mark de Rond, whose fascinating research has seen him study high performers in often extreme environments, as you’ll hear, from elite rowers to peace activists to trauma surgeons in a war zone. His work has been featured widely by some of the world’s most prominent media organisations including the BBC, The Economist, The Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, The Times in the UK, The Los Angeles Times, Der Spiegel and Forbes Magazine. He has a wonderful gift for teaching people to get big results for themselves in their own lives and careers, which is why he is in hot demand in running executive education for leaders at companies such as McKinsey, PWC, Rolls Royce, Shell and UNICEF.  Further reading by Mark de Rond:The Last Amateurs: a gripping window on team dynamics in elite sport (18+ due to language): https://geni.us/lastamateurs* There Is An I In Team: https://geni.us/iinteam**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 and let me help you find the shortcut to success in your exams this year: https://examstudyexpert.com/workwithme/[free] Download the Exam Success Cheat Sheet at https://examstudyexpert.com/freetips*As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchasesPodcast Edited by Benoît André.
Get the companion book to today's episode: "Outsmart Your Exams" at https://geni.us/exams!In today's episode, I'll be sharing 22 "top tips" taken from the book, including:- How to master your mindset- Keys to written answers to get top scores- How to create an exam gameplan for success- Memory recall secrets to guarantee great resultsNo more “couldn’t remember”.No more “ran out of time”.No more botched exam essays.The results envelope of your dreams could be in your hand.* * *Outsmart Your Exams is now available in paperback: https://geni.us/exams*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.As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases on suggested books.
How to concentrate on your studies?I’m going to be talking to one of the world’s leading authorities on how to manage your attention, and focus on what really matters to you, Professor Stefan van der Stigchel.We’ll be walking through an entire day of concentration to show you step-by-step what you can do to help maximise your focus, including:“Attention rituals” – learning from Darwin and BeethovenHow to take effective breaksDesigning your environment for maximum concentrationIs it OK to listen to music?Stefan leads the AttentionLab at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, and is a regular face on national television and radio in the Netherlands, as well as speaking on prestigious conference stages around the world.You can find out more about Stefan’s work at his personal website: https://www.stefanvanderstigchel.nl/ For a highly practical guide to maximising concentration, I highly recommend his book “Concentration: Staying Focused in Times Of Distraction”, available at https://geni.us/concentration*“How Attention Works”, a guide to the psychology of attention, is available at https://geni.us/attention** * *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 and let me help you find the shortcut to success in your exams this year: https://examstudyexpert.com/workwithme/[free] Download the Exam Success Cheat Sheet at https://examstudyexpert.com/freetips*As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchasesPodcast Edited by Benoît André.
Boost motivation. Sharpen focus.Overcome procrastination.Could all this really be possible through the Pomodoro Technique?Join us today to go beyond the basics and discover exactly how to use this powerful technique.A guide to the Pomodoro method for advanced users!For more, see https://examstudyexpert.com/pomodoro-method/*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 and let me help you find the shortcut to success in your exams this year: https://examstudyexpert.com/workwithme/[free] Download the Exam Success Cheat Sheet at https://examstudyexpert.com/freetips
Wish you could concentrate harder or for longer?James Lang’s book Distracted took the world of education by storm: he’s here to share his top tips on overcoming distraction and maximising concentration.Read more with James’ book: “Distracted: Why Students Can’t Focus And What You Can Do About It” - get your copy from Amazon at https://geni.us/distractedbook*.Discover more at:http://jamesmlang.com/On Twitter: @LangOnCourseOn Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jimlang7/* * *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 purchasesPodcast Edited by Benoît André.
How to cope when it feels like there's just too much to get done, and too few hours in the day!This is my two-stage prescription for study overwhelm, for getting back on top of life when you can't see how you're going to fit it all in.Tune in, and take back control of your to-do list today!For personalised help getting in control of YOUR to-do list and study plans, find out how I can help you as your personal exam success coach, at https://ExamStudyExpert.com/coachingDownload my free "study smarter" cheat sheet at https://examstudyexpert.com/freetips
The chemistry of your brain is everything to how you think, learn and focus.You might have heard of some of these molecules - like adrenaline, cortisol and dopamine - but how much do you know about how they work?Find out in today’s fascinating conversation, and discover how you can harness your brain’s chemistry to help YOU study smarter!With Ginny Smith, author of Overloaded (https://geni.us/overloaded).Links are resources from today’s conversation:Read Overloaded: https://geni.us/overloadedFollow Ginny on Twitter @GinnySmithSciCheck out Ginny’s personal website at https://www.ginnysmithscience.com/Find out more about Ginny’s “Learning & Memory” stage shows at https://www.braintasticscience.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 and let me help you find the shortcut to success in your exams this year: https://examstudyexpert.com/workwithme/[free] Download the Exam Success Cheat Sheet at https://examstudyexpert.com/freetips*As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchasesPodcast Edited by Benoît André.
Struggling to get motivated?Need to overcome procrastination?Today I share my favourite tactic for finding your get-up-and go.It all starts with "why"...For personalised help with YOUR study motivation, find out how I can help you as your personal exam success coach, at https://ExamStudyExpert.com/coachingDownload my free "study smarter" cheat sheet at https://examstudyexpert.com/freetips
Why it’s fine to falter and fail, and how to pick yourself up againWith smash-hit Blank podcast host & author, Giles Paley-Phillips, who knows more than most about failing and faltering, having interviewed over 100 celebs on their experiences with “blank moments”, from Stephen Fry to Dame Kelly Holmes, Dawn French to Gary Linekar.“Blank” - the book - is available now: https://geni.us/blank*The Blank podcast: https://play.acast.com/s/theblankpodcast *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.Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/examstudyexpert ** As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchasesPodcast Edited by Benoît André.
Are you working too hard?We're all about helping you study SMARTER, and not HARDER on the Exam Study Expert podcast.But what if the key to studying SMARTER wasn't just about your study technique, but also about working LESS HARD, so you can have more energy and can study with more intensity and focus?When it comes to study hours, "more hours" beyond a certain point does not necessarily mean you achieve more.Today, I'm getting real with you about the counterintuitive reality that by easing off on an intense work schedule, you might actually be able to get MORE done.BOOK 1:1 COACHING to study smarter, not harder, and supercharge your exam success: https://examstudyexpert.com/coaching
The man and boy box: how does gender interact with education inside and outside of the classroom?It’s a man’s world… isn’t it?Masculinities expert Tim Carpentier joins me to discuss the unique challenges boys / men face inside and outside the classroom, and what we can do about them.For more, check out:Beyond Equality, https://www.beyondequality.org/Just Let Me Know (organisation whose stats Tim referenced at one point)Boys won't be boys, boys will be what we teach them to be (Ted Talk)Violence Against Women: It's a Men's Issue (Ted Talk)Lads: Toxic Masculinity virtual film festival 9-16 April*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.Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/examstudyexpert Podcast Edited by Benoît André.
Girls / women face unique challenges in school / college… many of which aren’t often acknowledged or talked about.So today…… we’re going to acknowledge and talk about them.You’ll leave with a better understanding of the issues and challenges, as well as some practical strategies to help resolve them.I’m joined for this conversation by two fantastic experts and advocates - Charly Young from The Girls’ Network:Website: https://www.thegirlsnetwork.org.uk/Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheGirlsNetInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/thegirlsnetwork/  And Tanya Meessman from Raising Girl Shaped Flames:Website: https://girlshapedflames.com/Instagram (for students): https://www.instagram.com/girlshapedflames/Facebook (for parents / educators): https://www.facebook.com/girlshapedflames/Podcast: https://girlshapedflames.com/podcast/ *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.Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/examstudyexpert Podcast Edited by Benoît André.
To celebrate the 50th episode, here are 50 of my all-time FAVOURITE study tips!It's a whistlestop tour... hold on tight!Been enjoying the first 50 episodes?Support the show at: https://www.patreon.com/examstudyexpert 
What is interleaving?Why is it so powerful for helping you learn faster and remember more?How can you use it?Listen in today, and all will be revealed with the help of Dr Veronica Yan.Veronica will also be talking us through her insights on barriers to actually adopting effective learning strategies, including interleaving, but also many of the other strategies we’ve covered in recent weeks as part of Learning Science season on the podcast. Find Dr Veronica Yan online at:Twitter: @EdScientistsWebsite: https://sites.edb.utexas.edu/slam/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/SCHOOLS / UNIVERSITIES discover staff CPD / keynote talks and student revision and study skills workshops at: https://examstudyexpert.com/workwithme/revision-workshops/ 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 purchasesPodcast Edited by Benoît André.
There’s no such thing as a “visual learner”.The idea that some of us are “visual learners” and learn best through imagery is a myth, and has been widely debunked by psychologists. (See https://examstudyexpert.com/brain-science-quiz/ for this and more myths about learning and the brain!).But in many ways, we are ALL visual learners.Because visuals, when used properly, can have a big benefit for our learning, not least through the powerful “dual coding” effect.Highly respected teaching and learning expert Oliver Caviglioli joins me to explain all, and break down exactly how YOU can take advantage of the power of visuals in your own studies.Part of Learning Science Season here on the Exam Study Expert Podcast.Find Oliver online:On Twitter: @OliCavPersonal website: https://www.olicav.com/ Dual Coding book: https://geni.us/dualcoding Teaching Walkthroughs: https://www.walkthrus.co.uk/ *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/SCHOOLS / UNIVERSITIES discover staff CPD / keynote talks and student revision and study skills workshops at: https://examstudyexpert.com/workwithme/revision-workshops/ 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 purchasesPodcast Edited by Benoît André.
Can you remember what you learned last week?How about last month?Spaced learning is an INCREDIBLY powerful strategy for getting knowledge into memory - and making it stick there.Renowned Dr Carolina Kuepper-Tetzel of the Learning Scientists project and Teaching Innovation & Learning Enhancement network joins us to break down exactly what you need to know to get up and running with spaced learning.Your grades will never be the same again...!Twitter: @PimpMyMemoryLearning Scientists: https://www.learningscientists.org/TILE: https://tile.psy.gla.ac.uk/Carolina’s personal website: http://www.carolinakuepper-tetzel.com/Free resources on learning techniques and time management: https://sway.office.com/q4I9voV3Uox8AG4s?ref=Link and https://sway.office.com/mrGQlkjWqJGq0FSS?ref=Link*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/SCHOOLS / UNIVERSITIES discover staff CPD / keynote talks and student revision and study skills workshops at: https://examstudyexpert.com/workwithme/revision-workshops/ 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 purchasesPodcast Edited by Benoît André.
The most important thing I can teach you is to use retrieval practice a lot and to use it well.So that's what I'm doing today: sit back, we're going deeper than ever before into this critically important learning strategy.With thanks to cameo appearances from Dr Yana Weinstein Jones (Episodes 45 and 7), Dr Caroline Kuepper-Tetzel (next week, Episode 47), Dr Adam Putnam (Episode 11) and Michael from my upcoming "student stories" series.Download Exam Study Expert’s guide to using learning science to learn faster and remember more than ever before, at https://examstudyexpert.com/freetipsPodcast Edited by Benoît André.
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Nadine Spöhr

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

Jan 31st
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Niti Singh

Very effective

Apr 30th
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