Episode 72: Cognitive Tips & Tricks for College Students

Introduction 
 
Week #14
 
My Upcoming Trip
 
Today’s Topic – Cognitive Tips & Tricks for College Students
 
Environmental/Pros. Memory
  • “home” for personal items like wallet, cellphone, keys, etc
  • calendar
  • a “what’s left” list of things to do/turn in for each class
  • computer browser, favorites bar (availability heuristic)
 
Attention/Focus
  • self-talk
  • plan your day in 30 min blocks
  • record lectures
  • think about where/how you work best
 
Memory
  • Acronyms
  • Visual Imagery
  • Note-taking strategies, review notes
  • Encode info well
 
Problem Solving
  • Brainstorm
  • Systematic trial and error
Home Exercise this week
 
  •  Incorporate at least 1 of these tips/strategies into life this week for school or for your semester goal.
 
Next 2 Weeks (not sure of order yet)
 
  • Wrap-Up Show
  • Interview I did for the “Taming the High Cost of College” podcast with Brad Baldridge
Previous week’s home exercises
  1. Set a SMART goal with an approximate completion date of 3-4 months from now. It may help to think about your goal in terms of wellness.
  2. Complete the Personal Medicine Worksheet (link above), considering how it relates to your goal.
  3. Tell one other person about the goal you intend to achieve this semester. This accountability trick helps make the goal “real” if you’ve been holding it inside of you up until now, and also serves as a means to get started if you haven’t already. 
  4. Tackle the scariest step of your goal that’s within reach. Time to make some real progress. Be fearless in your pursuit of that goal.
  5. Create a list of Wellness activities that you can “put in your toolbox/arsenal” to keep yourself well while in college.
  6. Complete your Academic Daily Wellness Plan that will outline the habits you find helpful in maintaining your academic wellness.
  7.  Complete the section of the Academic Wellness Plan on Triggers.
  8.  Complete the section of the Academic Wellness Plan on When Things Break Down / Get Worse.
  9. Finish completing your WRAP plan.
  10. Finish the last big chunk of your goal that you’ve been working on this week, or start planning out the next chunk of your goal.
  11. Look out for times you use heuristics over the next week, and how they influence your decision-making.
Housekeeping
 
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Thanks to Rob Cavallo for the music for today’s episode.