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The College Info Geek Podcast: Study Tips & Advice for Students

Thomas Frank and Martin Boehme

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Thomas Frank and Martin Boehme from College Info Geek dive into the strategies and tactics that the best students use to be awesome at college. Learn how to study better, hack your habits to learn more in less time and be more productive, build a per...Show More
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10 Things We Regret NOT Doing in College (Ep. 271)

1:05:50 | Jul 29th

We've talked a lot about the things we did in college, but what about the things we didn't? Here are some of the things we regret missing out on.
5 Questions: Mental Toughness, Quitting a Job, and Trying to Disconnect (Ep. 270)

49:08 | Jul 22nd

In this 5 questions episode, we talk about when to quit a job, how to develop mental resilience, how to disconnect from constant computer use, and more.
How YouTubers, Podcasters, and Online Personalities Make Money (Ep. 269)

1:19:50 | Jul 8th

Ever wondered how so many influencers these days seem to be earning a living off little more than a social media following and some content? Wonder no more.
Our Winding Career Paths (Ep. 268)

1:06:31 | Jun 24th

Careers can look like they might be a straight line from start to finish, but it's not always that simple. We talk about the experiences that led us here.
When Good Advice Goes Bad (Ep. 267)

50:13 | Jun 10th

Productivity advice is cool and all, but sometimes you can take it too far. We talk about some times when seemingly good advice has backfired.
5 Questions: Simplifying Meals, Saving Your GPA, and Embracing Silence (Ep. 266)

59:21 | Jun 3rd

In this week's 5 questions episode, we're talking about habits, cooking, coffee, grades, and the sometimes unsettling sound of silence.
Productivity Lessons from Video Game Design (Ep. 265)

59:14 | May 27th

Productivity often means needing to do something repetitive or boring. Luckily, video game designers are brilliant at making repetitive things seem fun.
Building the Perfect Day (Ep. 264)

59:22 | May 20th

It's easy to end the day feeling a bit rushed...like something wasn't quite right. But the first step to having the perfect day is to figure out what it is.
Are We the Loneliest Generation? (Ep. 263)

1:05:00 | May 13th

Technology has brought us all closer together than ever before, but something feels off. Are we lonelier than previous generations?
Easy Ways to Be Eco-Friendly (Ep. 262)

1:01:28 | May 6th

Looking to save the earth, but don't have a lot of time or money to dedicate to the cause? You're in luck! Here are some easy ways to be more eco-friendly.
5 Questions: Building Strengths, Standing Out, and Liking Reading (Ep. 261)

1:04:04 | Apr 29th

In this 5 questions episode, we talk about standing out, learning to like to read, and whether you should focus on building your strengths or weaknesses.
How to Improve Your Travel Experience (Ep. 260)

1:00:05 | Apr 22nd

Travel can break up the monotony of your routines and inspire you to see things from a different angle. Here are a few ways to make it less overwhelming.
How to Capture Inspiration When It Strikes (Ep. 259)

50:54 | Apr 15th

When inspiration strikes, everything feels possible. Unfortunately, that feeling seems to leave us as quickly as it arrives. Can we break the cycle?
The CIG Story: From Dorm Room Project to Full-Time Business (Ep. 258)

1:23:24 | Apr 8th

Gather 'round, folks, it's time for a story. Here's how College Info Geek went from a side project in college to the full-time job it is today.
5 Questions: Mornings, Quarter-Life Crises, and Dealing with Negativity (Ep. 257)

1:06:34 | Apr 1st

In this 5 questions episode, we talk about breaking good habits, dealing with negativity, surviving a quarter-life crisis, and more.
How to Learn to Play an Instrument (Ep. 256)

1:00:45 | Mar 25th

If you've ever wanted to learn to play an instrument, this might be your year. We talk about our experiences with the musical arts.
Time Is Money: The Poisonous Mindset (Ep. 255)

52:32 | Mar 18th

We all know time is money, but as the gig economy and remote work blur the lines in our schedules, we're really starting to feel it. Is that a good thing?
How to Build the Perfect Workspace (Ep. 254)

57:56 | Mar 11th

If you have to work, you'll have to do it somewhere. Why not make it somewhere good? Here's how to build a great place to get things done.
5 Questions: Instruments, Skill Overload, and Imposter Syndrome (Ep. 253)

50:34 | Mar 4th

In this 5 questions episode, we talk about starting instruments after childhood, remembering old skills, dealing with imposter syndrome at work, and more.
Thomas' Evernote Reorganization Project (Ep. 252)

45:01 | Feb 25th

After some effort spent reorganizing his digital information system, Thomas finally updates his Evernote setup to keep things manageable.
6 Powerful Quotes That Changed Our Mindsets (Ep. 251)

46:37 | Feb 18th

Sometimes, you just need to hear the right words for an idea to really make sense. We talk about some of our favorite quotes and what they mean to us.
The Search for the Ultimate Note-Taking App (Ep. 250)

1:13:05 | Feb 11th

We have a conversation about note-taking apps. Which ones have we tried? What strengths do they have compared to the others? What do we need them to do?
What Quitting Video Games for a Month Did to My Brain (Ep. 249)

42:44 | Feb 4th

Lifelong gamer and Nintendo fanboy Martin started this year with the unthinkable: an entire month without video games. We talk about what he learned.
Buying vs. Renting a Home: What's the Smartest Choice? (Ep. 248)

52:14 | Jan 28th

Apparently, most of us want to live somewhere at some point. But before we can worry about moving boxes and bubble wrap, we have to decide: buy or rent?
Can We Do Anything About Burnout? (Ep. 247)

1:11:29 | Jan 21st

With so many obligations and to-do lists hanging over our heads, it's easy to fall victim to burnout. Can we escape it, or is this just how it has to be?
5 Questions: Lectures, Audiobooks, and Remembering What You Read (Ep. 246)

42:04 | Jan 14th

In this 5 questions episode, we talk about recording lectures, getting the most from audiobooks, remembering what you read, and more.
How to Turn Your New Year's Resolutions into New Year's Results (Ep. 245)

41:51 | Jan 7th

New Year's resolutions are a noble concept, but they tend to have a pretty terrible success rate. We talk about implementing and sticking to new goals.
Martin and Thomas' 2018 Year in Review (Ep. 244)

1:16:04 | Dec 31st, 2018

The new year is upon us, and before we let it this one slip through our fingertips we thought we'd give it one final look. Join us while we wrap up 2018.
How to Never Have Friends and Be Alone Forever (Ep. 243)

1:07:07 | Dec 24th, 2018

If you'd like to give up on friendship for good, this is for you. Of course, you could ignore this advice and make friends instead, but who would want that?
5 Questions: Personal Branding, Depression, and Speaking Like a Native (Ep. 242)

1:03:24 | Dec 17th, 2018

In this 5 questions episode, we're talking about budgeting without an income, maintaining a mastermind group, staying productive while depressed, and more.
Thomas' Ninja Warrior Training Routine (Ep. 241)

58:37 | Dec 10th, 2018

Push-ups aren't going to cut it here. We talk about how Thomas has been switching up his exercise routine to try out for American Ninja Warrior.
How to Be More Like Leonardo da Vinci (Ep. 240)

1:13:46 | Dec 3rd, 2018

Have you ever wanted to be good at everything? Well, you're not alone. We talk about what we can learn from archetypal renaissance man Leonardo da Vinci.
Our Favorite Life-Improving Purchases Under $50 (Ep. 239)

1:10:38 | Nov 26th, 2018

Not everything worth getting has to cost a lot. Here are some of our favorite reasonably-priced upgrades to improve your life without breaking the bank.
How to Get Out of Debt as Fast as Possible (Ep. 238)

1:23:09 | Nov 19th, 2018

Debt isn't always a bad thing, but it certainly doesn't feel good when you have too much of it. We talk about how to get out of unwanted debt faster.
5 Questions: Breakups, Skill-Building, and Sticking to Your Goals (Ep. 237)

1:01:11 | Nov 12th, 2018

In this 5 questions episode, we're talking about breakups, schedules, letters of recommendation, skill-building, and staying consistent with your goals.
The Video Game Episode (Ep. 236)

53:57 | Nov 5th, 2018

Can you be productive and still play video games? We talk about how we play games without sacrificing success, along with a few of our favorites.
How to Fix Your Spending Problem (Ep. 235)

57:34 | Oct 29th, 2018

Cash rules everything around me, so I probably shouldn't spend it all. We talk about a few ways to slow down your spending.
How to Achieve Work-Life Balance (Ep. 234)

1:10:35 | Oct 22nd, 2018

Between jobs, classes, and the quest for a fulfilling personal life, things can get overwhelming. We talk about how to find a better work-life balance.
Career Fairs and Networking Events (Ep. 233)

1:03:51 | Oct 15th, 2018

If you're looking to build a career, you'll probably need to talk to someone. Here's how to put your best foot forward at career fairs and everywhere else.
How to Get Really Good at Photography (Ep. 232)

1:45:42 | Oct 8th, 2018

If you've ever wanted to take your Instagram posts to the next level, this episode is for you. We talk about how and why to learn the art of photography.
How to Improve Your Fitness — Without Going to the Gym (Ep. 231)

48:50 | Oct 1st, 2018

Fun fact: people were fit long before we invented bench pressing or treadmills. We talk about how to ditch the gym without giving up your health.
5 Questions: Grades, Credit Cards, and Working While Exhausted (Ep. 230)

1:09:21 | Sep 24th, 2018

In this 5 questions episode, we talk about our grades, credit cards, being present-minded, working for free, and working while exhausted.
3 Things Martin Learned Almost Dying on a Mountain Bike (Ep. 229)

57:59 | Sep 17th, 2018

Sometimes we need something unexpected to come and shake up our perspective. We talk about a few life lessons after a close call on a mountain bike.
Thomas' Top 10 Favorite Podcasts (Ep. 228)

34:57 | Sep 10th, 2018

As it turns out, we're not the only podcast out there. Here are ten of Thomas' favorites.
5 Questions: Bad at Math, Choosing Goals, and Relationship Productivity (Ep. 227)

1:10:04 | Sep 3rd, 2018

We talk about choosing which goal to work on next, building a habit when your significant other doesn't want to, dealing with math fears, and more in this five questions episode.
The Hedonic Treadmill (Ep. 226)

57:35 | Aug 27th, 2018

Have you ever noticed that as some things in life get better or worse, your overall happiness doesn't change much? Well, you're not alone. It might just be the hedonic treadmill.
How Much Owning a Home Will ACTUALLY Cost You (Ep. 225)

52:41 | Aug 20th, 2018

Buying a home is already a big enough decision. You don't want to be surprised the first time you see the bill. We talk about the real cost of owning a house.
How to Grow Your Social Media Following (Ep. 224)

1:06:52 | Aug 13th, 2018

Social media doesn't appear to be going away anytime soon. In this episode, we're talking about how to grow your following so you can make the most of it.
5 Questions: New Semester Prep, Self-Esteem, and What We're Bad At (Ep. 223)

57:51 | Aug 6th, 2018

In this five questions episode, we talk about getting ready for college, starting your own business, building your self-esteem, and more.
An Interview with YouTuber Sara Dietschy (Ep. 222)

1:10:04 | Jul 30th, 2018

Taking a bit of a break from the norm, here's part two of a conversation between Thomas and fellow YouTuber and podcaster Sara Dietschy.
10 Apps We Can't Live Without (Ep. 221)

1:10:50 | Jul 23rd, 2018

If we're going to be stuck walking around with our phones all day, we might as well put them to good use. Here are ten apps worth unlocking your screen for.
8 Ways to Improve Your Diet (Ep. 220)

1:00:58 | Jul 16th, 2018

Nutrition research can be overwhelming, but that doesn't mean you can't start eating healthier today. Here are some less confusing tips to get you started.
Why You Aren’t Successful Yet (Ep. 219)

1:07:42 | Jul 9th, 2018

It's easier than ever before to feel like a failure. Anywhere you look, you can find scores of people half your age but twice as successful. What happened?
5 Questions: Video Game Addiction, Time Blocking, and 14-Hour Work Days (Ep. 218)

1:00:42 | Jul 2nd, 2018

In this five questions episode, we talk about video game addiction, time blocking, 14-hour work days, living off campus, and finding your purpose.
How to Make Your Life Seem Longer (Ep. 217)

50:56 | Jun 25th, 2018

Time flies when you're having fun. Also when you're not. We talk about how to slow things down and fit more life into the one you have.
Our Exercise Habits and Fitness Goals (Ep. 216)

58:37 | Jun 18th, 2018

Someday we'll all have cool cyborg bodies, but until then we should probably take care of the ones we have. Here's how we've been trying to stay in shape.
How to Take Criticism (Ep. 215)

57:45 | Jun 11th, 2018

Criticism feels bad, but it's also one of the best shortcuts to improvement. Here's how to appreciate good criticism and stop taking things so personally.
How to Build Strong Habits (Ep. 214)

54:51 | Jun 4th, 2018

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

1:01:20 | May 28th, 2018

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.
How to Give a Killer Speech (Ep. 212)

1:20:27 | May 21st, 2018

Public speaking is consistently one of the top fears plaguing humanity, but that doesn't mean you can't do it. We talk a bit about our experience with giving speeches and some ways you can improve your own presentation skills.
5 Questions: Social Media, Pets, and How to Choose a Foreign Language (Ep. 211)

58:57 | May 14th, 2018

In this five questions episode, we talk about healthy social media use, balancing pets with a busy life, explaining an unimpressive resume, book formats, and how to choose a foreign language.
How to Be Good at Everything — The Rapid Skill Learning Process (Ep. 210)

53:11 | May 7th, 2018

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.
How to Write a Great Resume and Cover Letter (Ep. 209)

55:07 | Apr 30th, 2018

As the school year comes to a close, job season is upon us. We talk about ways to make sure your resume and cover letter are up to par before taking the plunge.
Morning Routines (Ep. 208)

54:15 | Apr 23rd, 2018

What did you do this morning? In the productivity world, this question sounds a lot more compelling than usual due to the allure of the morning routine — the perfect formula to start a successful day. We talk about our routines and how to build your ...Show More
How to Get Into Tea (Ep. 207)

55:59 | Apr 16th, 2018

Are you a tea drinker? If not, maybe it's time to give the second most popular drink on Earth after water a chance. We talk a bit about tea and how we got into it.
Moving Out of Your Mom's Basement: How to Live Independently (Ep. 206)

1:06:10 | Apr 9th, 2018

Get your wings ready, because it's time to leave the nest. But what exactly does it take to strike out on your own? We talk about the day-to-day challenges of living independently.
How to Buy Your First House, Pt. 1: The Research Process (Ep. 205)

1:25:10 | Apr 2nd, 2018

We've decided we want houses, and it turns out we're not alone. But with buying a house being such a huge undertaking, where do we start? We talk about what we've been thinking about so far in our quest to leave the apartment life behind.
A 12-Step Exam Prep Checklist (Ep. 204)

1:07:19 | Mar 26th, 2018

Feeling ready for finals? We talk through the 12-step exam preparation checklist found in Barbara Oakley's "A Mind for Numbers."
How to Find a Mentor (Ep. 203)

47:35 | Mar 19th, 2018

Ready for the next level, but not sure how to get there? Maybe you need to find yourself a mentor. We talk about what it means to be a mentor and how to find one.
The Dip: How to Know When to Quit (Ep. 202)

58:29 | Mar 12th, 2018

Winners never quit, right? Well, no. According to Seth Godin's 'The Dip,' winners quit plenty of things. They just know which things to quit, leaving them to focus their energies on better things. So, which things should you quit? Let's find out.
5 Questions: Study Music, New Connections, and Winter Productivity (Ep. 201)

51:05 | Mar 5th, 2018

In this 5 questions episode, we talk about studying with music, making new connections, estimating how long a task will take, staying productive in winter, and what to do when you're overwhelmed.
How to Plan Out Your Year (Ep. 200)

49:10 | Feb 26th, 2018

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.
Weapons of Influence #6: Scarcity (Ep. 199)

55:59 | Feb 19th, 2018

We look one final time at Robert Cialdini's "Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion" to talk about why you really don't know what you have until it's gone.
14 Ways to Spend Your Time in College (Ep. 198)

1:07:32 | Feb 12th, 2018

Classes may seem like they take forever, but four years really isn't that long in the grand scheme of things. We talk about fourteen of the nearly limitless options for spending your time in school, so you can make the most of your college experience...Show More
Weapons of Influence #5: Authority (Ep. 197)

53:44 | Feb 5th, 2018

We dive back into Robert Cialdini's "Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion," to talk a bit about why it's so easy to follow the leader, even when you know you shouldn't.
5 Questions: Audio vs. Paper Books, iPad Pro for Students, and Motivation Tactics (Ep. 196)

56:59 | Jan 29th, 2018

In this 5 questions episode, we talk about the iPad Pro, Pomodoro breaks, filming, motivation, and whether audio books are as effective as traditional reading.
Weapons of Influence #4: Liking (Ep. 195)

1:04:30 | Jan 22nd, 2018

In part four of our series on Robert Cialdini's "Influence," we talk about the link between persuasion and being likable.
How to Automate Your Life (Ep. 194)

1:06:08 | Jan 15th, 2018

When it comes to removing regular tasks from your life, you have four choices: Do, Delegate, Delete, or Automate. We talk a bit about that last one, including things we've automated in our own lives and how to find automation candidates in yours.
Weapons of Influence #3: Social Proof (Ep. 193)

1:06:56 | Jan 8th, 2018

In part three of our series on Robert Cialdini's "Influence," we talk about why you shouldn't always follow the wisdom of the crowd.
How to Get Better at Cooking (Ep. 192)

1:20:39 | Jan 1st, 2018

We ring in the new year with a conversation about how to get into the world of cooking, just in time to fuel all of your health-related resolutions.
Martin and Thomas' 2017 Year in Review (Ep. 191)

1:15:46 | Dec 25th, 2017

Happy New Year, almost! We break from our normal list of topics to talk about what we've been up to in 2017 and how this year has helped us grow.
The Nuts and Bolts of Running Your Own Business (Ep. 190)

1:03:20 | Dec 18th, 2017

Starting a business can seem daunting, but don't let that keep you from your million-dollar idea. Here's what's behind the scenes of entrepreneurship.
Weapons of Influence #2: Commitment and Consistency (Ep. 189)

1:09:47 | Dec 11th, 2017

In part two of our series on Robert Cialdini's "Influence," we talk about why sticking to your guns isn't always the smartest thing to do.
Do You Even Meditate? (Ep. 188)

1:07:23 | Dec 4th, 2017

You've probably heard about meditation, but does it really work? We talk about why simply sitting and breathing might change your life for the better.
How to Not Get Hacked: 9 Tips for Securing Your Digital Life (Ep. 187)

1:05:36 | Nov 27th, 2017

The internet can be a dangerous place, but it doesn't have to be. We talk about how to mitigate risk and stay safe in the digital age.
Weapons of Influence #1: Reciprocation (Ep. 186)

1:10:48 | Nov 20th, 2017

The art of persuasion comes in many forms. We talk about the first of six lessons from Robert Cialdini's "Influence": the rule of reciprocation.
How to Get Hired: A Look Inside the Decision Maker's Head (Ep. 185)

1:00:49 | Nov 13th, 2017

We've talked a lot about the job-seeking process, but this time we get to examine things from a different perspective: the company.
5 Questions: Video Games, Language Learning, and Thinking Out Loud (Ep. 184)

58:21 | Nov 6th, 2017

In this 5 questions episode, we talk about video games, language learning, Anki, thinking out loud, and what to do when you don't like your major.
How to Crush Job Interviews (Ep. 183)

1:07:35 | Oct 30th, 2017

A job interview might be all that lies between you and a new life. We talk about how to put your best foot forward so it won't stand in the way.
How to Learn a Foreign Language Independently (Ep. 182)

1:16:58 | Oct 23rd, 2017

A classroom isn't always the best place to learn a language. We talk about how to study foreign languages on your own time.
Social Skills: How to Be Confident in Social Situations (Ep. 181)

1:30:48 | Oct 16th, 2017

Few skills have as much of an effect on your happiness as social skills. We talk a bit about how to build confidence and connect with other humans.
What Are the Alternatives to College? (Ep. 180)

53:43 | Oct 9th, 2017

Despite the fact that college is literally in our name, it's not the only pathway to a happy life. We talk a bit about some alternative routes to success.
5 Questions: Extrinsic vs. Intrinsic Rewards, Alarm Clocks and Social Media (Ep. 179)

46:05 | Oct 2nd, 2017

Here we go once again with the email. In this 5 questions episode, we talk about social media, the overjustification effect, and alarms.
How to Go from Merely Good to Truly Great (Ep. 178)

1:06:27 | Sep 25th, 2017

Some companies are born great, but for those that aren't, what does it take to cross the threshold? We talk about "Good to Great" by Jim Collins.
How to Be a Good Significant Other (Ep. 177)

1:23:53 | Sep 18th, 2017

If there's one thing the majority of humans agree on, it's that dating other humans is pretty cool. We talk about the mystic art of managing a relationship.
How to Actually Use Productivity Tips and Improve Your Life (Ep. 176)

1:04:36 | Sep 11th, 2017

Gurus, gurus, everywhere, but not a spot to think. We talk about how to sort through productivity advice, so you can actually use it.
10 Essential Life Skills That Every Student Should Have (Ep. 175)

1:30:02 | Sep 4th, 2017

We once promised an episode on life skills, and here it is. These ten skills will give you the foundation you need to tackle almost anything.
How to Budget Your Money Without Cutting Coffee (Ep. 174)

1:26:35 | Aug 28th, 2017

Money may be the root of all evil, but it's certainly much easier to do good if you've got it. We talk a bit about budgeting and how we handle our finances.
5 Questions: Early Networking, Cold Showers, and Morning Routines (Ep. 173)

1:01:19 | Aug 21st, 2017

You've got questions, and we've got answers: in this 5 questions episode, we talk about early networking, cold showers, morning routines, and more.
How to Go into a New Semester More Prepared Than Batman (Ep. 172)

1:13:37 | Aug 16th, 2017

The new semester is upon us! We talk about a few ways to get ready and start things off on the right foot.
Essentialism: How to Do More by Doing Less (Ep. 171)

1:09:17 | Aug 8th, 2017

When the internet makes us painfully aware of every opportunity we have, it's easy to be overwhelmed. We talk about how to do less, but better.
How to Boost Your Happiness and Hirability with Extracurriculars (Ep. 170)

56:25 | Jul 31st, 2017

Friends, fun, networking, resumes: what can't be improved by the right club or side-project? We talk about extracurriculars and how to choose them.
Our Favorite Fiction and Why We Read It (Ep. 169)

1:13:41 | Jul 24th, 2017

We talk a lot about nonfiction, but is that all we read? We go over why fiction's worth taking seriously, along with a few of our favorite books.
A Crash Course on How to Start Investing (Even If You're in Debt) (Ep. 168)

1:12:32 | Jul 17th, 2017

The secret to investing is: start now. But obviously it’s not that easy. We go over different kinds of investments and how to get started sooner.
The Procrastination Equation: An In-Depth Breakdown (Ep. 167)

1:02:13 | Jul 10th, 2017

Banish your procrastination habits, one variable at a time. Here are our thoughts on "The Procrastination Equation" and how to apply it to your own life.
Lessons from The Personal MBA (Ep. 166)

1:12:45 | Jul 3rd, 2017

In this episode, we talk about six lessons we took from "The Personal MBA", by Josh Kaufman.
How to Balance Work and School (Ep. 165)

37:07 | Jun 26th, 2017

In this episode, we talk about the delicate art of balancing your classwork with a job.
How to Start Freelancing and Land Your First Client (Ep. 164)

1:14:16 | Jun 19th, 2017

In this episode, we talk about what it takes to enter the entrepreneurial world of freelancing.
When to Change Your Major (Ep. 163)

54:18 | Jun 12th, 2017

In this episode, we talk about the decision-making involved in changing your major.
How to Make the Most of Your Language Class (Ep. 162)

53:03 | Jun 5th, 2017

In this episode, we talk about a few ways to get better results from your foreign language class.
The War of Art (Ep. 161)

43:24 | May 30th, 2017

In this episode, we give our thoughts on "The War of Art", by Steven Pressfield.
5 Questions: Lazy Days, Networking Events, and Productive Group Work (Ep. 160)

31:59 | May 22nd, 2017

In this 5 questions episode, we talk about networking events, collaborative work, meditation, audiobooks, and morning routines.
How to Become a Filmmaker (Ep. 159)

1:02:55 | May 15th, 2017

In this episode, Mayer Adelberg talks about what it took to organize and start his own web series, Synesthesia, while still in high school.
How to Create an Exercise Routine... and Stick to It (Ep. 158)

1:06:17 | May 8th, 2017

In this episode, we talk about how to start and stick to an exercise routine.
How to Build a Good Relationship With Your Professor (Ep. 157)

49:01 | May 1st, 2017

In this episode, we talk about how to build good relationships with your professors.
How to Pay Off Student Debt Like a Guru Ninja Rockstar (Ep. 156)

47:00 | Apr 26th, 2017

In this episode, we talk about several strategies and programs available to help you pay off or cancel your student loan debt.
The Productivity Project (Ep. 155)

51:32 | Apr 17th, 2017

In this episode, we go over 6 lessons we took from The Productivity Project, by Chris Bailey.
Moving to a New City (Ep. 154)

59:17 | Apr 10th, 2017

In this episode, we talk about how we've been planning our move to a new city.
How to Live With Roommates Without Losing Your Mind (Ep. 153)

48:29 | Apr 3rd, 2017

In this episode, we talk about juggling too much at once, having a good sleep routine without sacrificing your social life, and living with roommates.
How to Take Good Notes from Books (Ep. 152)

33:42 | Mar 27th, 2017

In this episode, we talk about making the most of your walk between classes, preparing for exams early, and taking good notes from books.
Mixing Paper and Digital Note-Taking Systems (Ep. 151)

38:20 | Mar 20th, 2017

In this episode, we talk about the importance of extracurricular activities, note-taking systems, and how to choose a career.
What to Do If You're Always Tired (Ep. 150)

28:23 | Mar 13th, 2017

In this episode, we talk about caffeine, the Feynman technique, and how much buffer time to schedule between tasks.
Do You Have to Be an Expert to Start a Blog? (Ep. 149)

39:23 | Mar 6th, 2017

In this episode, we talk about keeping up with people as an introvert, how much you need to know to start a blog, and what types of music we use to focus.
How to Promote Yourself Without Bragging (Ep. 148)

39:06 | Feb 27th, 2017

In this episode, we talk about competing with friends, promoting yourself without bragging, and becoming a better speaker.
Should You Take an Unpaid Internship? (Ep. 147)

36:53 | Feb 20th, 2017

In this episode, we talk about unpaid internships, what to do if you can't afford to take one, and thank you letters.
The Art of the Phone Interview (Ep. 146)

29:56 | Feb 13th, 2017

In this episode, we talk about how to prepare for a phone interview, when to start thinking about jobs, and how to know if you've been productive.
How to Choose Where to Live After College (Ep. 145)

34:42 | Feb 6th, 2017

In this episode, we talk about where to live after graduation, how many classes to take in a day, and how to earn a few more stripes for your resume.
5 Questions on Starting Your Own Business (Ep. 144)

39:13 | Jan 30th, 2017

In this episode, we answer 5 questions on starting your own business.
Should You Pay Attention to Lectures? (Ep. 143)

36:38 | Jan 23rd, 2017

In this episode, we talk about using Twitter professionally, paying attention to lectures, and managing online accounts.
How to Keep Track of What You Study (Ep. 142)

41:40 | Jan 16th, 2017

In this episode, we talk about emailing professors, asking for letters of recommendation, and keeping track of what you study.
Staying Productive When You're Sick (Ep. 141)

30:55 | Jan 9th, 2017

In this episode, we talk about staying productive when sick, keeping up with your schedule, and remembering things from previous classes.
What We Learned from Reading "Deep Work" (Ep. 140)

57:16 | Jan 3rd, 2017

In this episode, we talk about some of the lessons we learned reading Cal Newport's "Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World."
How to Introduce Yourself Without Sounding Boring (Ep. 139)

34:05 | Dec 26th, 2016

In this episode, we talk about the importance of reading, the art of the introduction, and how to manage your productivity systems on the road.
How to Make Time for Creativity (Ep. 138)

33:54 | Dec 19th, 2016

In this episode, we talk about when to build a personal website, how to find time to be creative in college, and entrepreneurship.
Thinking Quickly Under Pressure (Ep. 137)

31:13 | Dec 12th, 2016

In this episode, we talk about which types of jobs to go for in college, how to read more outside of class, and how to think quickly on your feet.
The Secret To Being an Articulate Speaker (Narration)

10:36 | Dec 6th, 2016

If you're tired of stumbling over your words and you want to be a more articulate speaker, there's ONE thing you need to realize...
How to Build Your Vocabulary (Ep. 136)

30:52 | Dec 5th, 2016

In this episode, we talk about becoming more flexible in the job market, dealing with frustration, and building a better vocabulary.
Inbox Zero (Ep. 135)

41:25 | Nov 28th, 2016

In this episode, we talk about fighting the robot within, managing email, and how we plan out our days.
How to Build a YouTube Channel (Ep. 134)

1:01:38 | Nov 21st, 2016

In this episode, we talk about how to start your own YouTube channel.
How to Start Your Own Podcast (Ep. 133)

52:19 | Nov 14th, 2016

In this episode we talk about what it takes to create and launch your own podcast.
How to Study Math and Science Effectively (Ep. 132)

41:25 | Nov 7th, 2016

Karen Christian from O-Chem Study Group talks about how to improve your study tactics for math and science classes.
7 Ways to Calm Your Nerves When You're Meeting New People (Narration)

12:19 | Nov 1st, 2016

Meeting someone for the first time can be an extremely nerve-wracking experience. Here are 7 tips to help you stay calm, cool, and confident.
Career Pivots, Networking, and Life Experiments (Ep. 131)

38:03 | Nov 1st, 2016

Jenny Blake talks about the art of the pivot, travel pilots, and her new book.
Why the Idea of “Learning Styles” is Wrong (Narration)

12:56 | Oct 25th, 2016

This narration introduces the idea of learning techniques, and why they're more useful and scientifically valid than the traditional idea of learning styles.
University Q&A - Another Chat with My Friends Simon and Jamie (Ep. 130)

1:36:08 | Oct 24th, 2016

In this episode Thomas takes on a live Q&A session with Simon Clark and Jamie Miles.
How to Land Your Dream Internship (Ep. 129)

1:09:47 | Oct 17th, 2016

Author Tam Pham talks about what it takes to get the internship you've always wanted.
How to Upgrade Your Wardrobe and Dress Better (Ep. 128)

56:30 | Oct 10th, 2016

Antonio Centeno talks about how dressing better can be the catalyst for improving your confidence, presentation, and performance.
5 Questions: Motivation Management, Sketchy Websites, and Why We Read Nonfiction (Ep. 127)

1:05:43 | Oct 3rd, 2016

In this episode, we talk about whether you should read nonfiction, which sites you can trust when doing research, and how to bounce back after losing focus.
Why You Shouldn’t Let Your College Major Define You (Narration)

09:19 | Sep 28th, 2016

Don't let your college major hold you back. The idea that your college major must determine the rest of your career path is a big fat myth.
Self-Awareness: A Crucial Skill for Finding Work You Love (Ep. 126)

1:07:22 | Sep 26th, 2016

Stephen Warley talks about his career path, entrepreneurship, and the benefits of self-awareness.
So You Want to Start Your Own Blog (Ep. 125)

1:12:15 | Sep 20th, 2016

In this episode, we talk about the benefits, challenges, and logistics of starting your own blog.
The Science Behind Getting Better Sleep (Ep. 124)

57:04 | Sep 12th, 2016

Dr. Michael Breus talks about chronotypes and how to use them to our advantage for better sleep, productivity, and happiness.
Skill Building, Project Planning, and DIY (Ep. 123)

56:14 | Sep 6th, 2016

Bob Clagett from I Like to Make Stuff talks about building new skills, managing multiple projects at once, and DIY.
5 Questions: Unambitious Friends, Money Saving Strategies, & the Pomodoro Technique (Ep. 122)

1:03:21 | Aug 30th, 2016

In this 5 questions episode, we talk about whether your friends are ruining your productivity, how to manage savings goals, and how to choose a direction for your personal brand.
Our Habits, Routines, and Motivation Strategies (Ep. 121)

58:22 | Aug 23rd, 2016

In this episode, we talk about the strategies we use to keep up with our habits, goals, and routines.
Inside Our Productivity Systems (Ep. 120)

55:41 | Aug 11th, 2016

In this episode, we talk about the productivity systems we use to stay organized and on track.
Stress Strategy: How to Use Stress to Your Advantage (Ep. 119)

1:27:20 | Aug 4th, 2016

In this episode, we talk about how to take advantage of the good stress in our lives along with how to crush, kill, and destroy the bad stress.
Cultivate Creativity to Study Better and Dominate Assignments (Narration)

14:38 | Aug 1st, 2016

Creativity is an an essential skill for excelling in school and beyond. Today's post will show how you can apply creative approaches to your studies.
5 Questions: Most Valuable Life Skills, Class Selection Strategy, & Switching Majors (Ep. 118)

1:07:59 | Jul 25th, 2016

On this 5 questions episode, we talk about the most valuable life skills, what to look for when registering for classes, and switching majors.
The Happiness Equation (Ep. 117)

57:07 | Jul 18th, 2016

Author Neil Pasricha talks about what it takes to live a happy life.
How to Stand Out If You Have a Low GPA (Ep. 116)

1:04:27 | Jul 11th, 2016

We talk about how to stand out from your peers and find success, even with a less-than-ideal GPA.
How to Make a Comeback and Save Your Grades (Ep. 115)

45:57 | Jul 5th, 2016

We talk about how to turn around a less-than-stellar semester and keep your GPA where it belongs.
Achievement Addiction (Narration)

13:57 | Jun 28th, 2016

It's easy to measure your value as a person by your accomplishments. But thinking this way is unhealthy. This post will help you overcome this attitude.
What It Takes to Open a Coffee Shop (Ep. 114)

1:02:45 | Jun 27th, 2016

Entrepreneur Dale Schotte talks about his experiences turning a lone coffee shop into a six building operation in St. Louis, Missouri.
How to Persuade People to Support Your Ideas (Ep. 113)

43:55 | Jun 20th, 2016

In this episode, Brandon T. Adams talks about his experience with entrepreneurship as a college student, setting up a giant convention with huge speakers, and crowdfunding.
5 Questions: Productive Breaks, Avoiding Multitasking, & Intimidating Professors (Ep. 112)

1:06:25 | Jun 13th, 2016

On this 5 questions episode, we go over how to spend a break productively, how to avoid multitasking, and how to deal with intimidating professors.
How to Write a Winning College Application Essay (Narration)

19:00 | Jun 7th, 2016

Writing a college admissions essay can seem like an impossible task. But it doesn't have to be. Today's post will show you exactly what you should do.
The Path to College, Pt. 3: Becoming College-Ready (Ep. 111)

1:49:23 | Jun 6th, 2016

If you feel like everyone "gets" how to navigate college EXCEPT you, this episode will put those fears to rest with practical tips on being college-ready.
Why Taking Breaks Will Boost Your Productivity (Narration)

16:00 | Jun 1st, 2016

When your energy and attention ebb and flow throughout the day, not every minute is created equal - and if you try to spend all of them working, you'll burn out. That's why taking breaks is essential; doing so will boost your productivity and health.
The Path to College, Pt. 2: Paying for It (Ep. 110)

1:46:06 | May 31st, 2016

Loans, scholarships, grants, the FAFSA... paying for college can be complicated. This episode goes over all the details, as well as how to make it cheaper.
The Path to College, Pt. 1: Getting Accepted (Ep. 109)

1:08:15 | May 22nd, 2016

Choosing a college and getting accepted can be complicated. We go through the whole process step by step, and provide tips based on our experience.
Life at the 900-Year-Old University (Ep. 108)

1:44:39 | May 16th, 2016

Today's episode is a conversation with my friend Simon Clark - we cover what student life is like at Oxford University, the workload of a PhD student, and more.
Philosophy and Love and Stuff (Ep. 107)

1:08:06 | May 9th, 2016

We didn't know how to title this episode. Despite the dumb title I went with, this episode actually happens to be an analysis of "The Art of Loving", a book by the philosopher Erich Fromm which argues that love is an art, requiring active practice.
How to Learn to Code (Ep. 106)

1:16:28 | May 2nd, 2016

If you want to become a programmer or developer, or just learn how to code, this episode will get you started and point you to lots of learning resources.
How Exercise Improves Your Brain (Ep. 105)

43:30 | Apr 25th, 2016

In this episode, Dr. John Ratey, author of "Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain", explains how exercise improves your brain's functions.
A Giant Boatload of Final Exam Tips (Ep. 104)

1:16:26 | Apr 18th, 2016

Finals are coming up in a few weeks, so we basically just wanted to dump as many tips for acing them on you as possible. This episode goes over study schedules, effective review, test anxiety, catching up on homework near finals, and more.
Eating Cheaply, Healthily, and Quickly (Ep. 103)

59:45 | Apr 11th, 2016

It's easy to let your nutrition go on autopilot when you're in college, but look man - food is important. In this episode, we'll dig into how to eat a healthier diet. We'll also discuss strategies for making meals quickly and saving money on grocerie...Show More
How to Become a Published Author (Ep. 102)

59:51 | Apr 4th, 2016

Michael Martin (author of Mr. Fahrenheit and The End Games) guides me through the process of becoming an author - dealing with publishers, editors, etc.
How the Heck Do I Study Abroad? (Ep. 101)

1:08:20 | Mar 28th, 2016

My friend Ransom is currently studying abroad in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and today he's going to give you all the details you need about embarking on your own study abroard adventure. Also, I'm insanely jealous that he's part of a caving club.
Deep Work: How to Focus and Resist Distractions (Ep. 100)

1:04:34 | Mar 18th, 2016

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.
Learned Helplessness (Ep. 99)

1:14:29 | Mar 16th, 2016

Many students and people suffer from learned helplessness - an ingrained mindset that prevents them from solving problems themselves. In this episode, we'll talk about the science behind it, how it affects your optimism, and how to cure yourself of i...Show More
5 Questions: Making Studying Fun, Unlearning Bad Habits, & Honors Programs (Ep. 98)

1:09:23 | Feb 29th, 2016

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.
How to Build a Freelance Career as a Student (Ep. 97)

56:38 | Feb 21st, 2016

Ever wondered how freelance writers get accepted to write for huge sites - and get paid for it? Today I'm talking with Aja Frost, who has done exactly that - as a student (and paid off all her loans in the process).
9 Life-Changing Books (Ep. 96)

1:10:54 | Feb 14th, 2016

Martin and I talk about some of the books that have shaped our beliefs and the directions of our lives.
Quitting Your Job to Work for Yourself (Ep. 95)

1:22:28 | Feb 9th, 2016

So you want to quit your job: maybe you've got a business idea, maybe you want to freelance, or maybe you just hate it and don't really have a plan. How do you go about it? How much do you need in savings? Today's episode is all about that.
What It Takes to Get Into Medical School (Ep. 94)

50:36 | Feb 1st, 2016

Hoping to go to med school and become a doctor? This episode is ALL about that process. Today I'm talking with my friend Ryan Gray, who is a doctor and the founder of Medical School HQ.
Reading Faster: The Science Behind What Works... and What Doesn't (Ep. 93)

40:36 | Jan 25th, 2016

Let's dig deep into the science of reading. On this episode, I'm talking with Liz Schotter - a postgraduate student in psychology, and one of the most active researchers in the area of eye-tracking and speed reading today.
How to Turn Your Life Into a Video Game (Ep. 92)

1:09:48 | Jan 11th, 2016

Steve Kamb from Nerd Fitness talks with me about setting goals, building systems that keep you accountable to your goals, and essentially transforming your life into a video game.
The Worst Thing You Can Do for Your Productivity (Ep. 91)

1:17:34 | Jan 5th, 2016

My friend Chris Bailey from A Life of Productivity is back on the show to talk more about productivity with me.
How to Pay Off $15,000 in Student Debt... By Living in an RV (Ep. 90)

40:50 | Dec 28th, 2015

In this episode, I talk with Heath Padgett - a guy who decided to buy an RV with his wife just a couple years after college and work an hourly job in all 50 U.S. states. Afterwards, they stayed in the RV - and paid off $15,000 of student debt in a ye...Show More
Jedi Councils - No Star Wars Spoilers, I Promise (Ep. 89)

30:39 | Dec 21st, 2015

I don't like the term "mastermind group", so I'm choosing to use Jedi Council instead. Whatever you like to call them, Jedi Councils are really beneficial. Today's episode goes over the story of how each of my councils was formed.
Improving Brain Function Using Music Created by Robots (Ep. 88)

58:43 | Dec 14th, 2015

Should you study with music or not? I get this question a lot, so today I'm talking with some of the most qualified people possible - the founders of Brain.fm, a startup that creates AI-generated music to improve focus, energy - and even sleep.
You Need to Do a Reset (Ep. 87)

29:38 | Dec 7th, 2015

This episode is about taking time to hit the reset button on your productivity and time management systems - and even on your brain. I did this recently, and the result were immediate. Let's talk about that.
“How Long Should it Take to Get Good at My Job?” (Ep. 86)

1:52:38 | Nov 30th, 2015

I love this episode, but I sure as heck don't know how to market it. It's a long conversation that touches on a ton of topics - one of which is an answer to the question many students/new grads have: "How long should it take to get good at my job?"
Tips for Speeches and Presentations (Ep. 85)

33:58 | Nov 23rd, 2015

How do you design and deliver presentations that don't make your audience break out those weird neck pillow things? Let's talk about that.
Grades vs. a “Well-Rounded Education” (Ep. 84)

42:16 | Nov 16th, 2015

What's more important, getting good grades or getting a "well-rounded education"? Is there really a difference? How much should you focus on your coursework in college? In this episode, my friend Tom Miller and I discuss these questions.
How to Deal with Rejection (Ep. 83)

28:02 | Nov 2nd, 2015

Getting rejected is part of life, and so it learning to deal with it. Today I'll share some experiences I've had with rejection, why they happened, and what I learned from them.
5 Reader Questions: Dealing with Setbacks, Tiredness, and Dream Job Selection (Ep. 82)

44:21 | Oct 26th, 2015

Martin joins me once again on this reader Q&A episode to tackle questions on dealing with setbacks and failure, workouts and tiredness, selecting a dream job, and more.
Morning Routines (Ep. 81)

55:39 | Oct 19th, 2015

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.
The Power of Storytelling in Job Interviews (Ep. 80)

43:46 | Oct 12th, 2015

Humans intrinsically love stories, and you can use that to your advantage to stand out in job interviews (and on your resume). Here's how.
How to Become an Animator with Alan Becker, Creator of Animator vs. Animation (Ep. 79)

56:52 | Oct 5th, 2015

Alan Becker is the creator of the wildly popular Animator vs. Animation series and an all-around cool guy. In this episode I talk with him about how he became an animator.
How to Get Better Test Scores Through Confidence Tracking (Ep. 78)

39:12 | Sep 28th, 2015

If you want to get a better grade on your next test or quiz, you should write a number between 1 and 5 beside each question. This episode will explain why.
How to Become an Adult – An Evening Chat with My Friends Simon and Jamie (Ep. 77)

1:41:43 | Sep 21st, 2015

This episode is a replay of a live YouTube hangout I did a couple weeks ago with my friends Simon and Jamie. Both of them are Oxford Univerisity graduates from the U.K., and together we tackled the topic of "How to Become an Adult".
5 Reader Questions: How I Email Well-Known People, Note-taking, and Relaxation (Ep. 76)

34:20 | Sep 14th, 2015

Questions have piled up in my inbox and now I'm answering some of them. Today we'll talk about how I reach out to podcast guests, how to study physics and statistics, methods of relaxing between study sessions, and more.
A Conversation with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (Ep. 75)

34:00 | Sep 8th, 2015

In which I try very hard to convince myself I'm professional enough to do this. Arne Duncan is the U.S. Secretary of Education; in this episode, we talk about selecting a college, paying off student debt, and his goals for education across the nation...Show More
A Debate on Speed Reading (Ep. 74)

42:15 | Aug 31st, 2015

Is speed reading legit? Can you actually learn to read at 700 words per minute - or even faster? On this episode, I'll present a lot of the science behind how reading works, and my friend Zach will counter with some of the techniques he's learned abo...Show More
8 Things I Regret NOT Doing in College (Ep. 73)

36:40 | Aug 24th, 2015

While I'm pretty happy with how my college experience went, there are some things I wish I did - or did better. Here are eight of them.
How to Find Mentors – Even if You’re a Freshman (Ep. 72)

1:01:30 | Aug 19th, 2015

Finding mentors who can give you advice and encouragement is essential for achieving your career goals. Here's how two students helped hundreds of students at their school find mentors of their own.
Getting Into Grad School and Landing a Job as a Professor (Ep. 71)

52:37 | Aug 10th, 2015

How do professors get their jobs? In this episode, Karen Kelsky, author of "The Professor Is In", shares both how to get into a great grad program and how to become a tenured professor.
A Master Class on Buying a Car – Part 2 (Ep. 70)

55:21 | Aug 3rd, 2015

This is Part 2 of my series on buying a car. Learn how to negotiate price, whether or not warranties are worth it, how you should conduct a test drive, and more.
A Master Class on Buying a Car – Part 1 (Ep. 69)

1:09:45 | Jul 27th, 2015

Buying a car can seem like a minefield. What model do you get? What's reliable, and what's gonna fall apart? How do you keep the salesman from fleecing you? In these episodes, Todd and Paul from Everyday Driver school me on all these questions.
From Failing Classes to Graduating with Honors (Ep. 68)

42:21 | Jul 20th, 2015

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.
Finding a Part-Time Job in College (Ep. 67)

44:05 | Jul 13th, 2015

Lining your pockets with some extra cash while you're in college isn't as difficult as you might think. In this episode, we'll look at how to find a part-time job on or off campus, the hierarchy of "job desirability", and how to balance your schedule...Show More
Using Credit Cards Wisely and Maximizing Your Credit Score (Ep. 66)

55:04 | Jun 29th, 2015

Credit cards are stupidly confusing, and your credit score... doubly so. If you're unsure about how you should use credit cards, this Listen Money Matters crossover episode will help you. Probably.
How I Landed an Internship Without an Interview (Ep. 65)

31:52 | Jun 22nd, 2015

Plus, I've got 7 tips from my experience getting hired that you can use to increase your own chances of getting a great internship or job.