Heard of ASAP Science, the YouTube channel? You’re not alone – in fact you’re one of 7 million-ish fans.
If not, a quick run-down: ASAP Science is one of those ‘whiteboard explainer’ channels, that tries to stuff scientific knowledge and science-based life tips into our brains in a matter of minutes. It’s also a channel where the creators and various guest scientists – including possibly the only man on planet earth who can get away with a bow-tie, the inimitable Bill Nye (Science Guy) – apply scientific knowledge to those wild day-dream speculations that you never knew you were curious about. Examples:
- What would happen if we ate only human flesh?
- Can video games make you smarter?
- What if you stopped sleeping?
- How much coffee or corn chips would it actually take to keeeeel you?
- Could we stop an asteroid?
ASAP Science is not just about a really educational way to waste a lot of time in which you probably should be doing something constructive – although really, is there any such thing as learning that’s not constructive? It’s also an awesome repository of tips that can help you get the most out of school – as we know, it’s all about working smarter, not harder, and ASAP Science can help.
Example: The 9 Best scientific study tips
Prepping for exams and tests is basically the science of stuffing as much relevant information into your head as humanly possible, in as short a time as humanly possible. Because we don’t actually have brain-computer interfaces yet, which you could use to, I don’t know, download kung fu mastery directly into your head, Matrix styles, this is as good as it gets. Althoooough… at the risk of getting seriously sidetracked, the Great Man Himself Elon Musk – the guy who got stupendously rich when he sold PayPal and promptly risked the lot on Tesla and Space X, two of the very coolest companies ever – is looking into this very thing right now: it’s called Neuralink and you can read Tim Urban’s really funny article on the topic here (Tim Urban is often called one of the internet’s best writers, you may have heard of his insanely popular blog Wait But Why).
*Slaps own face* Back on topic dammit!
The 9 best scientific study tips according to ASAP Science (video below).
- Study is most effective when conducted in small chunks
- Setting up a planned study routine primes your brain to absorb stuff
- Passively re-reading notes might actually do more harm than good. Flashcards people!
- Focus! Create a specific goal for each study session
- If you can’t explain it simply, then you don’t understand it – study as though you have to teach it to someone else
- Practice, practice, practice! Mock tests get you brain ‘in the mood’. Practice tests also help to increase confidence.
- Set aside some space for your very own sacred study space.
- Ditch the study playlist: studies have shown that rhythm can impede learning.
- STEP AWAY FROM THE PHONE!