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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!

Exam Study Expert: ace your exams with the science of learning William Wadsworth

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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!

    67. Giving Up; Growing; Graduating: Katie's Student Story

    67. Giving Up; Growing; Graduating: Katie's Student Story

    Today, we meet maths graduate Katie, who tells her student story. Discover how a high-flying high-schooler found success at University, after initially pulling out of her course.

    Today's lessons include:
    Not being too competitive (see also Episode 43 with Dr Erika Patall on study motivation)How to persevere and "trust the process" in maths (see also Episode 4 with Joachim Cassel)The power of good study strategies combined with the right mindset (see also episode 42 with Prof. Tim Wilson on the stories we tell ourselves)Resources mentioned today:
    The (free!) finance courses Katie runs with her husband Alan: https://www.alandonegan.com/rebelfinanceRebel Entrepreneur Podcast with Katie's husband Alan (as mentioned in today's show): https://www.alandonegan.com/podcast [a personal favourite!]*

    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

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    As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases on suggested books.

    Podcast Edited by Benoît André.

    • 36 min
    66. How To Study Effectively: 6 Pillars of Student Success

    66. How To Study Effectively: 6 Pillars of Student Success

    New to the podcast? Start here! An overview of all the most important things I'd want you to know about studying effectively for exams:
    Prioritisation: "Know Where You’re Going"Mindset: "Know You Can Get There"Routine / Time Management: "Make Time For The Journey"Focus / Concentration: "Eyes On The Road When Driving"Learn Faster: With The Power Of Retrieval PracticeRemember For Longer: With Spaced Learning (Reptition)This episode is the first part in a very special 8-part audio course on "How To Study Effectively" (look out for the "H2SE" abbreviation in show titles for the rest of the series). 

    It will be being broadcast every 2 weeks right here on the Exam Study Expert podcast.

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    Hosted by William Wadsworth, memory psychologist, independent researcher and study skills coach. https://examstudyexpert.com

    • 1 hr
    65. 4 Regrets / 4 Wins: What I Got Right & Wrong At Cambridge

    65. 4 Regrets / 4 Wins: What I Got Right & Wrong At Cambridge

    In this episode, I share lessons from the 8 biggest "turning point" moments from my time as a student at Cambridge:
    The 4 things I got RIGHT in my student days (either through good planning - or good luck!) - the factors that contributed most strongly to graduating with a top degree (First Class Hons) from a notoriously tough course.The 4 things I wish I'd done differently! Knowing what I know now as a psychologist and study coach, these are the things I wish I'd done better, which could have meant a MUCH easier, less stressful and happier ride!Lessons for YOU throughout, so you don't make the same mistakes as me ;-)

    Enjoy!

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    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

    • 32 min
    REWIND: Kendra Adachi on “Lazy Genius”-ing Student Life

    REWIND: Kendra Adachi on “Lazy Genius”-ing Student Life

    Originally broadcast as Episode 27. A "Lazy Genius" Guide To Student Life with Kendra Adachi in September 2020.

    Rebroadcast August 2021 as part of our "Summer Rewind" season.

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    NY Times bestseller Kendra Adachi is here to talk us through how we can be a "lazy geniuses" about student life: being "genius" about what matters and "lazy" about everything else.

    We talk about the secrets to great foundations for life as a student, covering everything from cooking to making friends, organising your schedule, and even how to get your laundry done in record time!

    Kendra's bestselling book The Lazy Genius Way is available from all good book retailers worldwide - click here to get your copy on Amazon: https://geni.us/lazygenius*

    Hear more from Kendra on the Lazy Genius Way podcast 
    The Lazy Genius Cleaning Routine https://www.thelazygeniuscollective.com/lazy/cleanroutineThe Lazy Genius Makes Soup https://www.thelazygeniuscollective.com/lazy/soupThe Lazy Genius Does Laundry https://www.thelazygeniuscollective.com/lazy/laundryThe Lazy Genius Puts Stuff On The Wall https://www.thelazygeniuscollective.com/lazy/wall*

    Hosted by 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 get a copy of my exam technique book today at https://geni.us/exams *
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    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.

    • 36 min
    REWIND: Dr Adam Putnam on Mnemonics & Getting Things Done

    REWIND: Dr Adam Putnam on Mnemonics & Getting Things Done

    In this episode, we’re delighted to welcome Dr Adam Putnam, who is an assistant professor at Furman University, to share his fascinating insights about:

    - Mnemonic techniques: widely misunderstood but can be powerful tools
    - Retrieval practice, and how to implement it effectively
    - A psychologist’s perspective on the art of focus and productivity.

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    Links and resources mentioned in this episode include:

    (These show notes also available at: https://examstudyexpert.com/adam)
    Adam recommended a couple of great books in this episode if you're interested in the art of working more productively, or learning more about mnemonic techniques:
    “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity” by David Allen (available from Amazon https://geni.us/davidallen)“Your Memory: How it Works and How To Improve It” by Kenneth Higbee (available from Amazon https://geni.us/yourmemory) You can find Adam online at www.adamlputnam.com
    For more information about first-letter mnemonics (acronyms): https://examstudyexpert.com/chunking-and-memory/#acronyms
    For a quick guide to the pegword method: https://examstudyexpert.com/pegword-method/

    For the committed mnemonicist (yes, I'm pretty sure I made that word up) wanting to learn the major system, Wikipedia has a pretty decent overview to get you started. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mnemonic_major_system

    Download Exam Study Expert’s guide to using learning science to learn faster and remember more than ever before, at  https://examstudyexpert.com/freetips

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    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 
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    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.

    • 44 min
    REWIND: Lucy Ratcliffe on Success Mindset

    REWIND: Lucy Ratcliffe on Success Mindset

    Originally broadcast as Episode 1. You CAN Do This: Mindset For Exam Success With Lucy Ratcliffe, in March 2019.
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    Rebroadcast July 2021 as part of our "Summer Rewind" season.

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    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.

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    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 
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    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.

    • 37 min

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33 Ratings

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So helpful

I started listening to these podcasts and they have helped me so much to understand the best ways to learn smarter and not harder! I used to slave for 5-6 hours a day and not get a lot done but now i get more done in 3 hours and feel more motivated to study !!

Charlie Boy 02 ,

An awesome go-to source of ideas for students, tutors and teachers

Every episode has useful and useable takeaways to help improve either your own, or your student's studies. Often covering meta issues over and above 'just' studying, this guy clearly knows his stuff and is very good at identifying great guests who also add massive value to the podcast.

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Very interesting

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