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The Inforium

Thomas Frank and Martin Boehme discuss productivity, personal finance, their weird llama obsession, and other interesting things. New episodes every other week.

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From Failing Classes to Graduating with Honors (Ep. 68)

Even if you fail at first, you can turn it around. In this episode of the podcast, I talk with Clarissa Rodriguez about how she learned new study habits and organizational techniques, which helped her turn her entire college career around.Full show notesThings mentioned in this episode:Girl, Budget LifeClarissa's Cram Sheets downloadWatch Clarissa's Videos on YouTubeHow to Become a Straight-A Student by Cal NewportThe Straight-A Conspiracy by Hunter Maats and Katie O'BrienWant more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page.You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter.If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

42mins

20 Jul 2015

Rank #1

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Deliberate Practice (Ep. 9)

We talk about how the art of deliberate practice can help accelerate your skill growth.This week’s episode is sponsored by:Skillshare: With thousands of courses in a wide range of different skills, Skillshare can help you take things to the next level. You can also get started with a free trial with unlimited learning (including Thomas' new Habit-Building class!) at https://www.skillshare.com/inforium.Hover: Your personal brand is important, and it starts with your domain name. Get 10% off your first domain name purchase by going to https://www.hover.com/cig.Full show notes: https://theinforium.com/deliberate-practice/Find us elsewhere:Thomas on Twitter: https://twitter.com/tomfranklyThomas on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tomfrankly/Martin on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yomartholomew/Martin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/yomartholomewYou can get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter: http://collegeinfogeek.com/get-better-grades/See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

1hr 20mins

8 Dec 2020

Rank #2

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Deep Work: How to Focus and Resist Distractions (Ep. 100)

Episode 100! Today, I'm talking with Cal Newport once again, this time about how to build your ability to do "deep work" - work that's focused, cognitively challenging, and free of distractions.Full show notesThings mentioned in this episode:Deep WorkWhy You Should Embrace Boredom and Learn to Do Hard Things - Ransom's post on Deep WorkRandall Munroe's (xkcd author) method of avoiding internet distractionsFreedom (site and app-blocking app for Mac)SelfControl (free alternative, but doesn't block applications)FocalFilter (similar, but for Windows)Gary VaynerchukScheduleOnceCalendlyWhy "Follow Your Passion" is Bad Advice (Ep. 35)So Good They Can't Ignore YouIn Defense of Boredom - a great related article at Brain PickingsWant more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page.You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter.If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

1hr 4mins

18 Mar 2016

Rank #3

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The War of Art (Ep. 161)

In this episode, we give our thoughts on "The War of Art", by Steven Pressfield.Full show notesThings mentioned in this episode:The War of Art, by Steven PressfieldThe etymology of inspirationActually, there kind of is a song about Godzilla fighting Chuck NorrisWant more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page.You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter.If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

43mins

30 May 2017

Rank #4

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How to Be Good at Everything — The Rapid Skill Learning Process (Ep. 210)

So many skills, so little time. Sure, we probably can't achieve mastery in all of them, but what if we don't care? We talk about how to learn the basics quickly enough to rekindle your dreams of becoming a renaissance man.Full show notesThis week’s episode is sponsored by:Backblaze — unlimited cloud backup for PCs and Macs. Don’t be that person who loses all their files permanently when — not if — your computer’s hard drive fails. Get started with a 15-day, full-featured trial at backblaze.com/CIG.Things mentioned in this episode:Tom’s Sunday Study Playlist on SpotifyTom’s Ultimate Study Playlist on SpotifyTom’s Ultimate Study Playlist on YouTubeTom's Work Vibes playlist on SpotifyThe Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland, by Catherynne M. ValenteThe Kingkiller Chronicle series, by Patrick RothfussOutliers, by Malcolm GladwellThe First 20 Hours, by Josh KaufmanThe 4-Hour Chef, by Tim FerrissLove-Coloured Master Spark songSynthesia (iOS | Android)Art and Fear, by David Bayles and Ted OrlandHenry Fonda on Wikipediah3h3Productions on YouTubeMomentum (iOS)Habitica (iOS | Android)Beeminder (iOS | Android)Yousician (iOS | Android)Tom's music channel on YouTubeMartin on InstagramHow to Stay Hydrated: Here's Everything You Need to KnowHow to Study Effectively with Flash CardsRype - Learn a Language in 100 DaysAndrew Huang on YouTubeAndrew Huang on SpotifySkillshare (iOS | Android)How to Learn a New Skill Quickly: A 4-Step ProcessWant more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page.You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter.Timestamps:0:10:33 - Overview of the skill learning process0:23:47 - Sponsor: Backblaze (Backing up your data)0:26:12 - Choosing and focusing on something that motivates you0:27:28 - Figuring out how good you want to be and deconstructing a skill0:33:07 - Gaining access to the necessary tools and eliminating barriers0:38:16 - Finding time to practice0:41:18 - Creating feedback loops0:44:31 - Practicing in short bursts instead of long periods of time0:47:31 - The need to practice a lot before mastering a skill0:49:20 - Additional tips to rapid skill acquisition0:52:00 - ConclusionIf you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also [leave a review!](http://collegeinfogeek.com/See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

53mins

7 May 2018

Rank #5

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The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Productivity (Ep. 59)

Want to become a more productive person? Chris Bailey has spent over two years immersed in mountains of research on habit-building, mindfulness, and other techniques for helping you do just that. He's got a pretty sweet beard too.Full show notesThings mentioned in this episode:A Life of ProductivityChris' upcoming book, The Productivity PlaybookFollow Chris on Twitter!100 Time, Energy, and Attention Hacks to Be More ProductiveThe Zeigarnik EffectWant more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page.You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter.If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

1hr 15mins

13 Apr 2015

Rank #6

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Our Habits, Routines, and Motivation Strategies (Ep. 121)

In this episode, we talk about the strategies we use to keep up with our habits, goals, and routines.Full show notesThings mentioned in this episode:Eat That Frog, by Brian TracyInside Our Productivity Systems (Ep. 120)College Packing GuideHow to Get Over the Fear of Starting CollegeHabiticaMomentumOverjustification EffectThe College Info Geek Habitica GuildThe Power of Habit, by Charles DuhiggBeeminderThe Motivation Hacker, by Nick WinterFitocracyPokémon in Spanish! (and French, German, and more)7 Minute WorkoutClear to NeutralDeep Work: How to Focus and Resist Distractions (Ep. 100)Stress Strategy: How to Use Stress to Your Advantage (Ep. 119)Avoid the Second MistakeYou Need to Do a Reset (Ep. 87)Do the thing.Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page.You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter.If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

58mins

23 Aug 2016

Rank #7

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Morning Routines (Ep. 81)

I'm with my friend Zach Sexton once again, this time to talk about morning routines. Zach goes through his with his girlfriend, while I'm a lone wolf with mine. Today we'll talk about each of our routines, sticking to them, and common pitfalls.Full show notesThings mentioned in this episode:My original article about morning routinesFollow Zach on TwitterZach's awesome article about medidationWhat I'm Struggling WithBCAA supplements - Pro opinion vs. Con opinion (I don't know much about them, but my general opinion is to cover all the crucial health bases - diet, exercise, sleep - before thinking about supplements)HeadspaceHabiticaMy Twitter-based wake-up systemMy cruiser skateboardCasey NeistatThe "What the Hell" EffectSleepyti.meRick and MortyDeath NoteStayFocusdWant more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page.You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter.If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

55mins

19 Oct 2015

Rank #8

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5 Questions: Simplifying Meals, Saving Your GPA, and Embracing Silence (Ep. 266)

In this week's 5 questions episode, we're talking about habits, cooking, coffee, grades, and the sometimes unsettling sound of silence.Full show notesThis week’s episode is sponsored by:Brilliant: Accelerate your learning in math, science, and computer science. Start learning for free at Brilliant.org/CollegeInfoGeek — and if you’re one of the first 200 people to use this link, you’ll also get 20% off your subscription.Things mentioned in this episode:Building the Perfect Day (Ep. 264)Productivity Lessons from Video Game Design (Ep. 265)Fitocracy (iOS | Android)Habitica (iOS | Android)What I Learned From Almost Dying On The Side Of The RoadHow I Cut My Average Meal Cost to $3.57 by Meal PreppingThe Shallows, by Nicholas G. CarrWheezyWaiter's We Quit Sugar For A Month video on YouTubeEating Cheaply, Healthily, and Quickly (Ep. 103)Adam Neely on YouTubeThomas' Sunday Study playlist on SpotifyThomas' Work Vibes playlist on SpotifyThomas' Workout playlist on SpotifyWant more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page.You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter.Timestamps:0:06:41 - Committing to small habits that bring you huge rewards0:16:24 - Making cooking healthy food easier0:25:51 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills)0:27:51 - Being too dependent on white noise to focus or fall asleep0:35:08 - Extending the high energy state you get from drinking coffee0:47:21 - Raising your GPA and cultivating relationships0:53:26 - ConclusionIf you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

59mins

3 Jun 2019

Rank #9

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How to Study Math and Science Effectively (Ep. 132)

Karen Christian from O-Chem Study Group talks about how to improve your study tactics for math and science classes.Full show notesThings mentioned in this episode:O-Chem Study GroupO-Chem Study Group on YouTubeO-Chem Study Group Facebook groupBACONWant more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page.You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter.If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

41mins

7 Nov 2016

Rank #10

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How to Build Strong Habits (Ep. 214)

Since our lives are governed largely by a collection of habits, we've decided to talk about how one might form a new habit on purpose. Want to make something a part of your identity and life? Here's how to get started.Full show notesThis week’s episode is sponsored by:Audible: Get a free audiobook download and a free 30-day trial by going to audible.com/CIG or texting “CIG” to 500-500 on your phone.Brilliant: Accelerate your learning in math, science, and computer science. Start learning for free at Brilliant.org/CollegeInfoGeek — and if you use this link, you'll also get 20% off your subscription.Things mentioned in this episode:The Power of Habit, by Charles DuhiggTom's notes on the Power of HabitDerek Sivers websiteNat Eliason websiteMorning Routines (Ep. 208)The Motivation Hacker, by Nick WinterHabitica (iOS | Android)European Journal of Social Psychology's Habit Formation articleSherlock Holmes Collection, narrated by Stephen FryHow to Think Like Sherlock HolmesIf This Isn't Nice, What Is?, by Kurt Vonnegut5 Non-Obvious Things That Are Killing Your ProductivityMomentum (iOS)HabitBull (iOS | Android)Today (iOS)h3h3's Water Project videoWant more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page.You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter.Timestamps:0:03:30 - What does a habit consist of?0:08:51 - Breaking bad habits and forming good ones0:15:27 - What to do when you haven't done the habit for a while0:23:39 - Sponsor: Audible (Listening to audiobooks)0:28:03 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills)0:29:55 - Motivating yourself to do the habits0:43:01 - Habit tracker recommendations0:52:02 - Using the 20 second rule0:53:16 - ConclusionIf you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

54mins

4 Jun 2018

Rank #11

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5 Questions: Writing Fiction, Binging TV Shows, and Self-Help Books (Ep. 295)

We talk about writing for longer, binging TV shows, self-help books, our consumption-to-production ratios, and starting your career on the right foot.Full show notesThis week’s episode is sponsored by:Skillshare: With thousands of courses in a wide range of different skills, Skillshare can help you take things to the next level. You can also get started with 2 free months of unlimited learning (including Thomas' new Habit-Building class!) at Skillshare.com/geek.Brilliant: Accelerate your learning in math, science, and computer science. Start learning for free at Brilliant.org/CollegeInfoGeek — and if you’re one of the first 200 people to use this link, you’ll also get 20% off your subscription.Things mentioned in this episode:3 Ways to Trick Your Brain Into Doing Hard WorkPolyphonic's What Makes a Great Cover Song videoThomas’ Habit-Building course on SkillshareThomas’ Productivity course on SkillshareDaniel Scotts's Adobe Illustrator CC Essentials Training course on SkillshareHyperfocus, by Chris BaileyDerek SiversHow to Be More Like Leonardo da Vinci (Ep. 240)Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page.You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter.Timestamps:0:00:00 - Banter0:15:32 - Consumption-to-production ratio0:31:43 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills)0:34:26 - Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills)0:37:04 - Getting the energy to write0:48:14 - Balancing your media consumption0:53:42 - Accepting a job not related to your major1:00:07 - Opinions on self-help books1:14:51 - ConclusionIf you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

1hr 18mins

18 May 2020

Rank #12

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How to Stand Out from the Competition (Ep. 279)

In the internet age, we're competing against more and more people for the opportunities we want most. Standing out is both difficult and essential.Full show notesThis week’s episode is sponsored by:Skillshare: with over 27,000 courses in a wide range of different skills, Skillshare can help you take things to the next level. Get started with 2 free months of unlimited learning (including Thomas' Productivity Masterclass!) at Skillshare.com/geek.Brilliant: Accelerate your learning in math, science, and computer science. Start learning for free at Brilliant.org/CollegeInfoGeek — and if you’re one of the first 200 people to use this link, you’ll also get 20% off your subscription.Things mentioned in this episode:The AIDA ModelThomas’ Productivity course on SkillshareProcreate (iOS)Jarom Vogel's Digital Illustration: Learn to Use Procreate course on SkillshareJason Allen's Music Theory Comprehensive: Part 1 course on SkillshareYoung Guru's Learn How to Mix Music course on SkillshareA Book ApartFlorian is all inThe Game, by Neil StraussExploding the Phone, by Phil LapsleyImposter Syndrome (Ep. 278)How to Write a Cover LetterResume Tips From a Hiring Director Who Read 10,000 Resumes (Ep. 40)How to Make Great ThingsHow Much Water Should You REALLY Be Drinking?CrashCourse on YouTubeWant more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page.You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter.Timestamps:0:08:56 - The AIDA Framework0:22:23 - Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills)0:25:15 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills)0:27:13 - Getting the right kind of attention0:39:00 - Things you shouldn't do to get attention0:44:51 - Going to networking events0:49:53 - Writing a cover letter1:00:52 - Making a good first impression1:11:33 - ConclusionIf you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

1hr 16mins

28 Oct 2019

Rank #13

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How to Plan Out Your Year (Ep. 200)

It's almost March now, so quite a few New Year's resolutions have probably fallen through already. But that doesn't mean it's too late to do something worth being proud of. We talk about how to really plan out your year.Full show notesThings mentioned in this episode:Weapons of Influence #6: Scarcity (Ep. 199)BearmaggedonAxe CopDuolingo (iOS | Android)Tom's Reading ChallengeGood Calories, Bad Calories, by Gary TaubesGary TaubesThe Cuckoo's Egg, by Clifford StollClifford StollDavid MitchellTextFuguMomentum (iOS)HabitBull (iOS | Android)Habitica (iOS | Android)How to Make a Final Exam Study ScheduleTodoist (iOS | Android)Tom's Impossible ListA Crash Course on How to Start Investing (Even If You’re in Debt) (Ep. 168)Gary Vaynerchuk's websiteTom's Spotify PlaylistTom's YouTube PlaylistBrilliantWant more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page.You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter.Timestamps:0:05:07 - Making time for things you want to do0:18:16 - How to plan out your year in segments0:24:19 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills)0:26:18 - Tom's three-month reading challenge0:29:51 - How to track the progress on your goals0:36:55 - Planning for the future0:41:16 - Dealing with setbacks0:47:15 - ConclusionIf you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

49mins

26 Feb 2018

Rank #14

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A 12-Step Exam Prep Checklist (Ep. 204)

Feeling ready for finals? We talk through the 12-step exam preparation checklist found in Barbara Oakley's "A Mind for Numbers."Full show notesThings mentioned in this episode:A Mind of Numbers, by Barbara OakleyRichard FelderLearning How to Learn on CourseraGhostwritten, by David MitchellCloud Atlas, by David MitchellThe Science Behind Reading SpeedDo Speed Reading Apps & Techniques Really Work?5 Ways to Read Faster That ACTUALLY WorkReading Faster: The Science Behind What Works… and What Doesn’t (Ep. 93)Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson12 Rules for Life, by Jordan PetersonMeditations, by Marcus AureliusDebt: The First 5,000 Years, by David GraeberSoonish, by Zach Weinersmith and Kelly WeinersmithHow to Find a Mentor (Ep. 203)Dale R. Corson“How Long Should it Take to Get Good at My Job?” (Ep. 86)Learned Helplessness (Ep. 99)How to Memorize Any Number EASILY with the Major SystemThe Dip: How to Know When to Quit (Ep. 202)Deep Work: How to Focus and Resist Distractions (Ep. 100)KoofersBackblazeWant more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page.You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter.Timestamps:0:03:03 - Checklist overview and interleaving your studies0:09:51 - Tackling reading assignments0:17:05 - Working on problems with classmates0:24:56 - Participating in group discussions0:29:05 - Sponsor: Backblaze0:32:26 - Asking teachers for help0:36:30 - Making sure you understand the problem solutions0:45:05 - Asking for clarification when you're confused0:50:19 - Going through a study guide0:53:27 - Not spending enough time on the actual math0:54:38 - Quizzing classmates about the study guide0:56:26 - Going to review sessions0:57:31 - Getting enough sleep before a test1:03:33 - Additional suggestions1:05:48 - ConclusionIf you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

1hr 7mins

26 Mar 2018

Rank #15

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5 Questions: New Semester Prep, Self-Esteem, and What We're Bad At (Ep. 223)

In this five questions episode, we talk about getting ready for college, starting your own business, building your self-esteem, and more.Full show notesThis week’s episode is sponsored by:Audible: Get a free audiobook download and a free 30-day trial by going to audible.com/CIG or texting “CIG” to 500-500 on your phone.Brilliant: Accelerate your learning in math, science, and computer science. Start learning for free at Brilliant.org/CollegeInfoGeek — and if you're one of the first 83 people to use this link, you'll also get 20% off your subscription.Things mentioned in this episode:Thomas on InstagramThomas on TwitterMartin on InstagramMartin on TwitterThomas on Wisecrack’s THE SQUANCH: A Rick & Morty PodcastThomas' budget modelerWhy You Aren't Successful Yet (Ep. 219)How to Set Goals You'll ACTUALLY Stick ToDelivering Happiness, by Tony HsiehZapposPrinciples: Life and Work, by Ray DalioPowlyglotAudio Technica AT2035 MicrophoneComplexlyScarlett 18i8 Audio InterfaceListen Money MattersShure SM7B MicrophoneSAARA on YouTubeAudio Technica ATR2100 MicrophoneCharisma on Command's Chris Hemsworth videoWant more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page.You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter.Timestamps:0:04:22 - Going to college in the United States0:13:10 - Growing a business from scratch0:25:30 - Building up your self-esteem0:29:48 - Sponsor: Audible (Listening to audiobooks)0:32:20 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills)0:34:14 - The value of helping people in person rather than remotely0:39:01 - Recommendations for audio recording gear0:48:21 - What Thomas and Martin aren't that good at0:56:04 - ConclusionIf you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

57mins

6 Aug 2018

Rank #16

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5 Questions: Mornings, Quarter-Life Crises, and Dealing with Negativity (Ep. 257)

In this 5 questions episode, we talk about breaking good habits, dealing with negativity, surviving a quarter-life crisis, and more.Full show notesThis week’s episode is sponsored by:Audible: Get a free audiobook download and a free 30-day trial by going to Audible.com/CIG or texting “CIG” to 500-500 on your phone.FreshBooks: Accounting and invoicing software that automates your tasks and lets you get back to doing your real work. Get your first 30 days free by going to FreshBooks.com/CIG and entering College Info Geek in the "How did you hear about us?" section.Things mentioned in this episode:We're Hiring - Animator/Motion Graphics Artist/IllustratorMartin's piano post on InstagramHow to Learn to Play an Instrument (Ep. 256)CrashCourse on YouTubeKurzgesagt on YouTubeHabitica (iOS | Android)Beeminder (iOS | Android)Strava (iOS | Android)The Buried Giant, by Kazuo IshiguroThe Power of Habit, by Charles DuhiggThe Martian, by Andy WeirArtemis, by Andy WeirFluent in 3 MonthsListen Money MattersWisecrack on YouTubeGame Grumps on YouTubeWant more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page.You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter.Timestamps:0:02:57 - How to be more consistent with your productive days0:14:25 - Breaking habits and changing your routine0:22:55 - Sponsor: Audible (Listening to audiobooks)0:25:59 - Sponsor: FreshBooks (Managing your invoices)0:28:11 - Handling negative criticism0:40:35 - Dealing with a quarter-life crisis0:55:22 - Separating your work from your personal brand1:04:25 - ConclusionIf you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

1hr 6mins

1 Apr 2019

Rank #17

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10 Things We'd Tell Our 18-Year-Old Selves (Ep. 213)

Another year older, another year wiser. In this week's episode, we're reflecting on a few lessons it would have been nice to learn earlier, and we're passing the savings onto you.Full show notesThings mentioned in this episode:How to Give a Killer Speech (Ep. 212)The Power of Habit, by Charles DuhiggStarting StrengthEssentialism: How to Do More by Doing Less (Ep. 171)Cooked documentaryThe Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, by Catherynne M. ValenteWant more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page.You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter.Timestamps:0:06:27 - Be less cynical and more open with your feelings0:13:31 - Be more empathetic when someone is hurt0:19:16 - Don't neglect your posture and overall health0:29:24 - Don’t do something just so you can put it in your resume0:31:55 - Don't keep trying to date a friend and learn how to lose0:38:18 - Eat a healthier diet0:46:35 - Don’t over-systemize your life0:48:56 - More free time doesn’t equal more productivity0:52:48 - Get out of your comfort zone0:54:27 - Don’t ask for help until you work on the problem for a while0:59:40 - ConclusionIf you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

1hr 1min

28 May 2018

Rank #18

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Should You Work with Your Friends? (Ep. 281)

Business and friends don't mix. At least, that's the common wisdom, and for good reason. Still, we've made it work for years. Should you take the risk?Full show notesThis week’s episode is sponsored by:Audible: Get a free audiobook download, 2 free Audible originals, and a free 30-day trial by going to Audible.com/CIG or texting “CIG” to 500-500 on your phone.Skillshare: With thousands of courses in a wide range of different skills, Skillshare can help you take things to the next level. Get started with 2 free months of unlimited learning (including Thomas' Productivity Masterclass!) at Skillshare.com/geek.Things mentioned in this episode:Turtles All the Way Down, by John GreenRationality: From AI to Zombies, by Eliezer YudkowskyLessWrongAli Abdaal on YouTubeAli Abdaal's Final Cut Pro course on SkillshareBenjamin Heath's Portrait Photography course on SkillshareCharityWatchWant more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page.You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter.Timestamps:0:02:30 - Occasions where working with friends didn't go so well0:19:18 - How we've managed to work together0:29:03 - Sponsor: Audible (Listening to audiobooks)0:33:42 - Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills)0:35:54 - Splitting benefits fairly0:52:08 - Working with a significant other1:08:41 - ConclusionIf you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

1hr 10mins

11 Nov 2019

Rank #19

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5 Questions: Making Studying Fun, Unlearning Bad Habits, & Honors Programs (Ep. 98)

On this 5 questions episode, we go over how to make study fun (including some detail on "interest links"), unlearning bad techniques and habits, the value of honors programs, break/rest structures, and more.Full show notesThings mentioned in this episode:Why I killed my standing desk9 life-changing booksThat fan-fiction articleThe Last Ring-BearerTemporal motivation theorySubjunctiveThe DiscoverersSuperstar effectBJ Fogg's Tiny HabitsYoga with TimWant more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page.You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter.If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

1hr 9mins

29 Feb 2016

Rank #20