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Study Skills and Habits

Can "Rich Habits" Change Your Life?

Is your morning routine holding you back? Is your after-hours schedule the reason why you’re not wealthier or more successful? That’s the argument made by Thomas C. Corley, author of numerous lifestyle books including ...

Set texts around the world

Committed bibliophiles like a bit of variety. Even those who would consider themselves well-read love the thrill that comes from finding a new title, or, even better, a whole new author, who we adore but previously knew nothing about ...

Studying Law - What You Need to Know

So you've been addicted to Suits, Law & Order or even The Good Wife since you can remember. You can already see yourself wearing a sharp suit and striding through the marble-clad reception of some glittering tower ...

The power of no

Everybody wants to be well regarded. You want to be the person who people turn to in a professional context. You want to be someone people rely on, someone they turn to for advice ...

Is your revision strategy failing you?

I know you’re very busy at the moment but could we please distract you for just a moment? As always, we want to help. We know that many of you are preparing for ...

Students of any age need perspective

Have you started to worry about your summer exams yet? Have your teachers begun to lecture you on the importance of being promoted to the next year? Do you face similar stresses ...

Self-sabotage and social media

While it might seem as though social media usage has peaked, it is actually still growing at a phenomenal rate. Internet users have an average of 5.54 social media accounts ...

Parenting? There's an app for that

New research from the University of Oxford suggests that a parenting app featuring games to encourage child development might actually work as an affordable way of ...

Actually keeping your resolutions

The time of year between January 1st and Chinese New Year is filled with people looking to reinvent themselves. They envisage a new them with new life goals. In their mind, the transformation ...

Apps for aspiring law students

If you don’t like long hours in the library, then a law degree is probably not the right course for you. However, if you feel that you have a future in the legal profession then there are ...

A wandering mind is a healthy mind

At school, did your teacher ever scold you for staring into space? Do you find it difficult to accomplish a task because you’re too busy peering out of the window? Well an emerging body of ...

Are boys really lazy readers?

For those of you who have noticed that boys read less than girls, there may now be compelling evidence to support your observations ...

3...2...1...get to it!

I’m willing to wager that there’s a task that you need to accomplish today that you’re not all that keen on doing. It might be finishing a set of math problems, tackling an important proposal, or even just taking the dog for a walk. We all face tasks ...

Beating background stress

This time of year can be very traumatic for students, especially for those going off to university or being promoted to a higher academic year group. It’s just as bad for those of us with jobs. Many of us ...

Texting for success

Parents in Hong Kong continue to invest a phenomenal amount of emotional and financial resources in extracurricular programs for their children. While one impact of this may ...

Speed reading and its benefits?

In July 2015 six-times speed reading champion Anne Jones sat down to read Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman, the sequel of To Kill a Mockingbird, in 25 minutes, 31 seconds, an average of 3,700 words ...

Writing tips for youngsters

There are some points that we are never going to get tired of making, and one of those points is that books have an incredible transformative power. They are also your first point of call if you want your child ...

Does device use in classrooms lower test scores?

The latest research would suggest that this is the case. A new study published by MIT prohibited the use of computers within randomly selected classroom of an introductory economics ...

Are there any benefits to working in groups?

Group presentations are a vital part of our work in school and at university. The majority of job adverts list “teamwork” and “collaborative skills” prominently, but is working in a group actually helpful? Many of us ...

John Locke and how we should educate our children

The 17th Century English political philosopher John Locke is perhaps best remembered for his ideas on religious toleration and the qualities of potential rulers, but he also had some interesting and salient ideas ...

Hope and 'meta failure'

Nobody would deny that Johannes Haushofer is an accomplished man. Currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs at Princeton, he holds two PhDs (one in economics from ...

Wu wei and the art of revision

Wu wei (無爲), the art of non-doing, is a central principle of Daoism. It calls for effortless action, the ability to be at peace when performing the most complex and difficult tasks, allowing you to do so with ...

Educational Success and the art of kintsugi

This is the time of year when a lot of people out there are waiting for things. They’re waiting on exam results, UCAS forms, US college applications, postgrad programs, all kinds of things. Yet within that ...

The science behind revision: what actually works?

As students across Hong Kong continue to crack the books during the exam season we look at the science behind revision, exploring what actually has an impact on attention spans, information retention ...

Does last-minute revision work?

Last minute revision classes are an expected occurrence at this time of year. University libraries open 24 hours a day, or as close as they can manage, both in Hong Kong and overseas. Some libraries regularly follow similar ...

Sidestep that study stress

Exam stress can affect everything from your appetite to your sleep pattern. It can give you migraines, increase your heart rate, cause unexpected aches and pains, as well as prompting ...

Daily habits of organized people

All of you out there will soon be settling down to some pretty serious revision (assuming you haven't started already). While we can't make you work any harder, we can make the whole process a little easier ...

Bibliophilia simplified

Here at smart lessons, we love big books and we cannot lie. We love small books too. Actually, with a few exceptions, we love all books, and this week we’re going to tell you how to read more. There have been ...

Tolstoy on education, art and life

This week we're considering, in an understandably brief manner, the life and works of 19th-century Russian writer Leo Tolstoy in order to see what this fantastically successful and influential man can teach us about the paths we follow through education, and life in general ...

The daily habits of great minds

Today we’re looking at the daily routines of some of history’s most innovative people and recognising which characteristics might be helpful for your own schedule. It’s true, not all creative people ...

What Rene Descartes can teach us about higher education

Rene Descartes was a 17th century French philosopher, mathematician and scientists. He was famous for brilliant maxims (perhaps his best known is “I think, therefore, I am”) and for doing slightly ...

Total recall?

In solidarity with the thousands of you out there currently battling their way through their mock exams (and are perhaps already starting to worry as the real thing approaches in the ...

Why mock exams really work

January can be a bit of a drag for many students. This is because lots of teachers favour it as a time to conduct mock exams. It might not be fun, but this week we consider some of the science behind ...


Training the unquiet mind

CAN YOU REALLY learn while you sleep? It's a seductive idea and one that has the potential to be incredibly popular in such hectic environments as Hong Kong, but are such claims ...


What does it take to work in banking?

What does it take to get a job at Goldman Sachs - or any other large investment bank come to that? Every year, Goldman Sachs receives around 43,000 job applications for just 2,000 analyst posts in the China region. ...


The big interview: finance

Do you dream of one day being a financial analyst or working in a similar role? This week we'll be looking at some of the questions posed at interviews by some of the world's biggest banks ...


Myth of work-life balance

Ah, summer! Time to pack the kids off to educative camps around the world, lay on extra tutoring or get a head start on next year's university syllabus. All fine, we want our kids to do well, after all ...


Exam survival guide

Students, what are you doing reading this? Get back to your desk! You should be revising, right?
For the next couple of months students from primary school to graduate school will be glued to their books in a panic, hoping for the best ...


A major in mankind

Recently we have received several inquiries from loyal readers, both parents and students, who would like to know a little more about specific courses of study ...


Some gentle assistance with procrastination

Although we usually specialize in education, today we'll be looking at a thought process that might help us all - not just the anxious students among our readership ...


Less homework, more family time and bookshops

Kips Bay, a public elementary school in New York City, has abolished traditional homework in the form of math worksheets and essays, and are instead telling their students to use their time for play. Students are also encouraged to read ...


The sanctity of space

This week’s column is a response to the very positive reaction we had to our arguments surrounding the importance of boredom for young people a few weeks ago and it is not a reference ...


Battle of the big screen

All parents know that children need a balance between study, play and exercise, and that it would also be a good idea to limit the amount of television a child watches each day. In 2001, the American Academy of Paediatrics released guidelines ...


The Gruffalo's trip to HK

In January, beloved author Julia Donaldson made a return visit to Hong Kong. Donaldson, who has received a MBE and was the UK Children’s Laureate between 2011 and 2013, is perhaps best loved for The Gruffalo ...


I'm bored!

What parent out there has not heard such a complaint from their child at one point or another? Yet allowing your children to be bored from time to time might not be such a bad thing. In a recent interview ...


Exam room cool

For many students the last two weeks of December and the first two weeks of January are marked by mock exams, and then it’s just four short months until ...


Help with getting motivated

It's the time in the academic year when, now that the summer and Christmas holidays seem equally far away, it can be difficult to motivate yourself. Such feelings are even more prevalent in the second term when the long summer vacation is only ...


Increase your productivity

It's not only working adults who have to worry about productivity. Students are now so busy that getting the most out of the day is essential. This week we look at tips which can help anyone become more productive ...


Top tips for stressful courses

No subject is easy to study at tertiary level but there are certain university courses that strike fear into the hearts of even the bravest and smartest undergraduates. So you’ve been ...


Get Reading

It's January, time for making new starts and planning resolutions. This year, instead of worrying about your weight or your career, why not think about your mind instead?
Why not try to develop a regular reading habit? Studies have ...


How early is too early?

A recent report by education experts in the UK suggests that children should not start school until the age of six or seven closer to that of their South Korean counterparts rather than at the age of four or five, as they do in Hong Kong the UK, the United States and many other countries ...


Why read?

In a world full of smartphones, computer games, academic pressure and social media, many parents will acknowledge that it's difficult to get children to pick up a book ...


Amazing anti-agitation advice

Given that students in Hong Kong spend much of their lives in an almost constant state of worry, this week we thought we'd include 10 top tips to beat stress and help students of all ages live a happier life ...


Smart use for the smartphone

Do you spend far too much time every day on your phone?
If you fancy doing something more useful than checking Facebook or messing about on WhatsApp, then consider using your commute and your smartphone to improve your mind ...


Seven smart savers

Very few students will escape without the hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt that overseas study requires. Even if your parents are helping to pay for your education, there is plenty you can do to assist. With many preparing to leave for ...


What I talk about when I talk about writing

Universities like to ask students to write 'whatever they feel is appropriate for their application', so students often ask me what they should write. To begin I get them to simply write their mind and see what will come of it ...


The importance of being earnest

When writing personal statements for university applications, it is often tempting to try something that is beyond your scope because it seems necessary to produce something ground-breaking ...


Essays shouldn't bleed you dry

“I bleed white and gold,” they write.
“White and gold” can easily be replaced by Cambridge blue and Dartmouth green or any school-specific colors. Many university applicants have borrowed this idiom to get accepted ...

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