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Why Choose Study Swami?

Study Swami was built by a former who saw that the difference between successful and unsuccessful students had as much to do with how they approached their work as it did about how quickly they grasped ideas. The best students often weren’t the quickest students. And the worst students were often simply unorganized in their approach to their work and had no idea how to study. They would get to a test and draw a blank— a very frustrating result that they didn’t deserve. Or they would be among the students spending the most time studying but getting poor grades. Or they would get “stuck” and have no idea how to get unstuck.

These observations have been echoed by professors across the country, and indeed, around the world, both in surveys and in discussions.

Sure, there are some bad instructors out there, but let’s face it: Even good instructors can only do so much. Ultimately it’s up to the student to make what they can out of their classes.

Sign up for Study Swami and in a couple of hours you can have the tools that make your hard work pay off (as well as your tuition dollars).

#1. Learning Science

The best understanding we have today about how people learn and how they can be most efficient doing so. Not based on “super unused powers” or other such nonsense. These are the techniques that students use to learn the most, the fastest, packaged into a procedure that you can follow to be successful. Not easy, but very effective.

#2. Includes Specific Course Types

From courses where the entire point is to analyze the very text itself, such as philosophy and literature, to courses that are heavily based on “problem sets,” professional educators in each category collected the best strategies for mastering the material and the class.

#3. Learn Online — On Demand

You’ll want to go through this material more than once. It’s here for you, broken into sections so you can get what you need, fast.

“Some students attribute their academic failure to such factors as low aptitude, unavailability of resources, and bad luck. However, we can say that the most important factor playing a role in academic success is students’ little acquaintance with learning and study skills.”

Fetemeh Shahidi et.al., “A study on the quality of study skills of newly-admitted students of Fasa University of Medical Sciences “
J Adv Med Educ Prof. Vol 2 No 1 (2014).

Watch the first video in the course.

Course contents:

General Content:

  • Motivation and the attitudes important to success (and how to acquire them)
  • How to get the most out of your time in class
  • How to take notes that you will actually use and will actually save you time
  • The routine you need to develop so that you never fall behind again
  • How to handle the high-stakes exams, tests, and quizzes that you’ll find in college

Course-Specific Content:

  • Handle courses where the focus is on the analyzing the readings themselves: Literature, Poetry, and Philosophy
  • How to write essays and other expository pieces at the college level
  • How to handle classes whose focus is problem sets: Math, Mathematical sciences, and Engineering (including heuristics for solving problems in general)
  • Dealing with non-math-based science classes— crucial guidance for when science is not your major

Bonus Material:

  • Abstract concepts: What they are, how to learn them, and why they’re important
  • How to make working in groups a great experience instead of a dreadful one
  • A powerful “mind hack” to improve your concentration, quickly (it’s probably not what you think)
  • And more!

Not Covered:

  • Creative arts
  • Performing arts
  • Athletics
  • Languages

What About the Colleges’ “First Year Experience?”

Great question. The First-Year Experiences (FYEs) were started— and became a national movement— with one objective: To keep the students enrolled. Too many students were dropping out either during or just after their freshman year. This is a big problem for colleges because those empty seats count against them for funding (especially public colleges). Since about 80% of a typical college or university’s budget is for personnel, losing those seats means losing jobs. And nobody wants that.

So colleges began creating FYE groups with the mission to keep the students enrolled, and they share ideas and resources through their national resource center at the U. of South Carolina. The strategy is to take away the struggle that students have when they transition from living with and being dependent on parents to a life of independence. The programs usually aim to create a sense of community among the first-year cohort, and also include basic life-skills knowledge like how to get a bank account and keep a budget, how to use the laundry facilities, and basic workshops on time-management and study skills. Some colleges even have a summer camp of sorts (“orientation”) for entering first year students to begin to get acclimated to the idea of living independently and start to form friendships so when they get to school they aren’t lonely.

These are all great goals, and the programs can be wildly successful, increasing “retention” by substantial margins through the first year.

But then the students started dropping out their second year. So now we have “Second-Year Experience” groups forming. And even some “Third-Year Experience” groups.

It turns out, it’s a lot easier to get the students to fall in love with the community and build social bonds than it is to get them to be skilled learners. Falling in love with the community and building social bonds will get students to stick around a while. But eventually school gets hard.

Study Swami can fill in the gap for those students who lack college-level learning skills. And make no mistake: While people clearly have differences in strengths, learning is a skill that can be developed. For decades, researchers have been spending their careers figuring out how. And now Study Swami brings it to you.

Study Swami teaches students how to make the most of what they’ve got and perform to their academic potential.


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