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Writing

How To Study: The Essay Memorisation Framework

How To Study: The Essay Memorisation Framework
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As a medical student, I did have to undertake some exams that required writing essays. One of the questions I often get asked is how you can apply techniques such as active recall and spaced repetition – that I frequently discuss as being ‘the best’ revision techniques – to essay-based subjects. During

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Studying
Useful Apps To Improve Productivity and Study Effectively

Useful Apps To Improve Productivity and Study Effectively
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With exam season rapidly approaching, I wanted to write a blog post just listing the best resources and apps that you can use to improve your productivity and efficiency and hopefully help with revision or even just daily life. Flashcards – Anki, QuizletAnki As you’ve probably heard me talking about

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Life
The Pomodoro Technique - The 'Tomato Inspired' Strategy to Improve Productivity

The Pomodoro Technique - The 'Tomato Inspired' Strategy to Improve Productivity
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The Pomodoro Technique is perhaps the simplest productivity and time-management strategy which we can all use – you don’t need any technical apps or sophisticated technology; all you need is a timer! The technique was ‘invented’ in the early 1990s by developer, entrepreneur, and author Francesco Cirillo. Cirillo noticed that

Angus Parker
Angus Parker
Studying
How To Study: Active Recall - The ‘High Utility’ Technique You Should Be Using

How To Study: Active Recall - The ‘High Utility’ Technique You Should Be Using
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If rereading, highlighting and summarising aren’t effective methods of revising, then what should we be doing? The two most effective methods that I’ve come across are active recall and spaced repetition which, in combination, will help make your studies more efficient, effective and rewarding. I’ll cover spaced

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Studying
The Power of Accountability

The Power of Accountability
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Accountability is a powerful thing. Making a commitment to doing something and then holding ourselves accountable to others is one of the most useful tools in our motivation and productivity arsenals. Without accountability, there’s absolutely no way I would’ve written these mini blog posts for the past 70

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Writing
The acronym that changed how I write

The acronym that changed how I write
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When writing these blog posts, I often run into writer’s block. Confronted with a blank canvas on whatever writing app I’m trying that week, I sit like a lemon and sometimes stare at the screen for hours before anything gets done. But recently I came across a concept

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Writing
The joys of handwriting

The joys of handwriting
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I recently bought a Leuchtterm notebook (after hearing Neil Gaiman’s recommendation). I’ve been using it extensively for the past 3 days, and I’m very pleasantly surprised at the ideas I’ve generated and refined through just writing in it. Yesterday for example, I was sitting at the

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Life