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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 ...
 
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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 al…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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. * * * 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 every…
 
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. …
 
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, c…
 
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 Motivation What works and what doesn't when it comes to getting motivated t…
 
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…
 
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 outset What to do if someone isn’t pulling their weight How to make the right …
 
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 results No more …
 
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: “A…
 
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 …
 
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/dis…
 
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 l…
 
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 Gi…
 
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/coaching Download my free "study smarter" cheat…
 
Why it’s fine to falter and fail, and how to pick yourself up again With 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 bo…
 
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" be…
 
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.beyondequalit…
 
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 fanta…
 
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…
 
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 visual…
 
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 nee…
 
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, Epis…
 
Welcome to "Science Of Learning" season on the Exam Study Expert podcast! Over the next few weeks, we'll be maximising YOUR memory - breaking down the exact strategies you need to learn faster and remember more, with help from some of the world's leading memory psychologists. We're kicking things off with a golden extract from the archives: Dr Yana…
 
Ever felt like you're not good enough? Not worthy? Like the admissions tutors must have made a mistake? Imposter syndrome is more common than you might have thought, especially in elite schools and universities, on competitive graduate programmes, and even among professional academics. Hear a range of stories from real students and academics, and d…
 
One question I hear possibly more than any other single question is “how can I increase my motivation to study”? Today, we're cutting through the endless advice you can find on the Internet and getting right to the heart of the science of motivation Let's discover what really works and what doesn’t when it comes to finding your get up and go! I'm j…
 
Discover the secrets of how mastering your mindset can set you up for success with renowned mindset scholar, Professor Timothy D. Wilson. Why does mindset matter? How to change the stories you tell yourself, and put yourself on the path to success? How to respond to disappointment and setbacks? Professor Wilson is the author of one of my all-time f…
 
What's on your list of things you'd like to do more of (or less of) this year? It's one thing to fantasise about the things you'd like to do better, it's quite another to ACTUALLY DO THEM. Change isn't easy. But help is at hand: Learn how to become a master of your actions with 10 powerful strategies from psychology to help you overcome resistance …
 
How to change when change is hard? Discover what's holding you back from making the changes you want to make in your study routines - and in your life. In this Part 1 of a 2-part special, it's time to meet your inner caveman. Make this the year you become a master of your own actions. For more exam success tips, download the free cheat sheet at htt…
 
To kick off 2021, I am THRILLED to welcome one of the true founding fathers of the field of personal productivity: Brian Tracy. You may have heard of the "eat the frog" principle: it was made famous in a book of the same name by Brian which went on to sell 2.5 million copies in 51 languages. Brian has recently been focusing on adapting his world-fa…
 
Keeping work and life in balance, and the art of stopping, with my "four levels" of breaks. 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 …
 
We're hurtling towards the end of the year, so I've dug into the listener mailbag to answer some of YOUR frequently asked questions about how to study! 0.50: Tricks for getting "unstuck" by zooming out and zooming in 2.55: Problems sleeping 6.40: How to take better notes 9.55: The power of "pre-testing" yourself, and how to do it 12.50: What to do …
 
Join legendary chemist Dr Peter Wothers MBE to discover the magical, explosive world of chemistry! Why study chemistry Applying for chemistry at university level The gap between (high) school level science and university level How to succeed when studying chemistry * * * * * * * Special offer for Exam Study Expert podcast listeners: for expert prep…
 
So, you want to be a doctor? Dr Rohan Agarwal from uniadmissions.co.uk talks us through what it takes to land an offer to study medicine in the UK. If you're interested in applying for med school, the team at uniadmissions.co.uk have an impressive track record in supporting candidates in landing their offers - and if you mention you're an Exam Stud…
 
Mark de Rond is a Professor at the Judge Business School in Cambridge. He's perhaps best known for his unique and fascinating approach to research on teamwork and high performance, which has seen him living alongside elite rowers, walking with peace activists, and even living among trauma doctors working in a war zone (Afghanistan). He joins us tod…
 
"You weren't born to fit in: you were born to stand out". Discover how to land that coveted internship or grad programme with ace career coach, Sonal Bahl. The mistakes that will get your CV rejected (and how to avoid them) The "C.P.R." formula for interview prep A "Jedi mind trick" to play on your interviewer The thing 95% of people don’t do that …
 
What does it take to get accepted to the course of your dreams? This week, it's all about acing the interview! I'm talking mainly about applying for university and college, but the strategies also work really well in interviews for competitive schools or postgraduate programmes. I'm sharing my "Four Ps" of interview technique - of which two are pre…
 
There's growing scientific evidence that meditation, especially mindfulness training, can have a profoundly positive impact on a mind-bogglingly wide range of aspects of our performance as students. Soothing stress or anxiety. Helping you sleep. Sharpening focus and concentration. Supporting good mental and physical health. Even helping you learn f…
 
This episode is all about how to take your study hours to the MAX, while keeping enough balance in your life to avoid overwork, exhaustion and stress. For the first time, I'm sharing the EXACT study routine I used to graduate in the top 10% of my class on a competitive course at Cambridge University. As a student psychologist, I was already applyin…
 
Chris Bailey - "the most productive man you could hope to meet" according to TED - joins us today to help you get focused, get productive, and get your work DONE! Learn how to manage your time, energy and attention so that you can breeze through your study to-do list in record time, freeing up more of your time for the things you want to spend it o…
 
There's some incredible wisdom to be found on my bookshelf. Today, I pick out some of the BEST tips and tricks to be found in five of my most-loved books about studying and learning, so you can incorporate the advice into your study routine right away, all without having to do any reading! These "top five" books are shortlisted from the 21 favourit…
 
Celebrating the launch of a brand new season of weekly episodes, 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 t…
 
In the second of our two "summer specials", we're joined by Florence Bavanandan, who specialises in helping people speak confidently and clearly (even if they're not naturally confident). We talk about why speaking is so important in education - from the classroom to university / job interviews - and share some simple strategies you can use to leve…
 
With lives around the world touched by the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Exam Study Expert is taking an episode out from our normal business of helping you ace your exams to talk to scientists about exactly what's been going on, and unpack all the bits the media hasn't properly explained. Discover what exponential growth and the "R" value really mean, and…
 
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