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Unlock Your Academic Potential: Mastering the Art of Effective Studying

Effective studying is an essential component of academic success, as it enables you to absorb and retain information, understand complex concepts, and perform well on assessments and assignments. However, many students struggle to find the right approach to studying, often resorting to cramming and other ineffective methods that yield poor results. To truly excel in your course, it's important to understand the most effective strategies for studying and to develop a consistent routine that allows you to make the most of your study time. In this section, we'll explore the key elements of effective studying and provide you with actionable tips and techniques to help you get the most out of your study sessions.

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Video IconHow to Study Effectively Using the Chunking Method  |  Pomodoro Study Tips 
Today we’re going to discuss how to study effectively by using chunking as a study technique. By the time you’ve watched through this video, you’re going to know how to identify & understand some awesome study techniques.

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How to Study Effectively for School or College
How to study effectively with 6 essential skills. Boost your study performance with strategies recommended by science - The ANSWER Method.

Video IconStudy Methods:  What Works and What Doesn't
This video covers 10 of the most common study methods, giving you a personal opinion on whether or not they work for author.

Video IconWhy You Should Read Before Bed
Reading before bed has incredible benefits. Do you feel stressed? Reading before you sleep can help reduce stress and anxiety. It can help you relax enough to get a good nights rest. In this video, we cover some of the benefits and the types of reading you may want...

Video IconHow I Tricked My Brain to be Addicted to Studying
In this video, the author is going to share with you how they tricked their brain into studying! By using different strategies and techniques, you can make studying fun and less boring by turning studying into a game. I'll be sharing some gamification study examples to show you how you can do this in your study routine.

Video IconThe Secret to Studying With a Partner Without Distractions!
This video covers the secret to studying with a partner without distractions.

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Video IconAdmiral McRaven Leaves the Audience SPEECHLESS | One of the Best Motivational Speeches
US Navy Admiral William H. McRaven, one of the most decorated US commanders, delivers one of the best motivational speeches you will ever hear. 

Video IconBelieve in Yourself - Motivational Video
When you believe in yourself, you have 100% of the people you need on your side.

Video IconKara Lawson  |  Handle Hard Better
Coach is back with another motivational speech. This time she reminds us that things don't get easier in life, we just become better equipped to handle them.

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Video IconHow to Stay Focused Longer  
If you're someone who really wants to know how to stay focused for longer periods of time or how to concentrate then you've come to the right place. There is evidence that suggests that focus is like a muscle.

Video IconThe REAP Method of Note-Taking:  Improving Critical Reading
In this article, we'll explore how to apply the REAP (Read, Encode, Annotate, Ponder) method of reading to engage with texts in order to strengthen your comprehension and critical reflection.

Video IconNeuroscientist:  You Will Never Lack Focus Again!
Andrew Huberman is an American neuroscientist and associate professor in the Department of Neurobiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine who has made many contributions to the brain development, brain plasticity, and neural regeneration and repair fields.

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Video IconWhen and Why You Need to Take a Break (from Studying)  
Taking a break, resting, pausing, those are fundamental elements of productivity, as important as the actual work or study. The more intense the challenge, the more our brain needs, craves resting time to recover. Studying, learning, those are challenging activities for our mind.

Video IconNeuroscientist:  You Will Never Lack Focus Again!
Andrew Huberman is an American neuroscientist and associate professor in the Department of Neurobiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine who has made many contributions to the brain development, brain plasticity, and neural regeneration and repair fields.

Video IconWendi Suzuki:  The Brain-Changing Benefits of Exercise
What's the most transformative thing that you can do for your brain today? Exercise! says neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki. Get inspired to go to the gym as Suzuki discusses the science of how working out boosts your mood and memory -- and protects your brain...

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Need to recharge? Don't lean on caffeine -- a power nap will boost your memory, cognitive skills, creativity, and energy level.

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the day can interfere with how well they rest at night.

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Video IconProf Gavin Brown:  What is Student Self-Assessment and Why Is It Important?  
Professor Gavin Brown discusses what student self-assessment is and why it is important.

Video IconRetrieval Practice Learning Strategies
This video will show you some retrieval practice learning strategies.

Video IconThe Feynman Technique
Richard Feynman was a physicist who received a Nobel prize for his work in quantum electrodynamics. He was notorious for asking others to explain concepts in simple language to test their understanding.

Video IconDistributed Practice - Change in a Minute
This video is about distributed practice.

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Skill Benchmarks

Skill Benchmarks provide you with a means to assess your competence level in a specific skill. When you complete a Skill Benchmark questionnaire, you obtain a proficiency score for the designated skill. Rather than comparing your score to others, it is measured against a predefined set of objectives established by an expert in the field. The outcomes of the benchmark highlight your proficiency in the skill, and based on these results, Percipio promptly presents tailored content suggestions that address the areas you struggled with. These recommendations are conveniently displayed alongside the results, enabling you to concentrate on enhancing your weaknesses and avoiding unnecessary repetition of knowledge you already possess.

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Continuous Learning

Important instructions:  When accessing the above links from a computer with a Common Access Card, the links will take you to the Percipio DAF e-Learning platform. To access from a mobile device, the Skillsoft Percipio app is required. The app can be installed by scanning the QR code and following the instructions below.
Percipio mobile app QR code

To access DAFeL on the Percipio Mobile App on iOS or Android devices, you must first add a password to your Percipio account on your workstation:
  1. If you haven’t self-registered, visit https://usaf.percipio.com and login with your CAC using “corporate credentials” and then log out. 
  2. On the DAFeL login page, select “Alternatively, login with your Percipio credentials”.
  3. Enter your official email address or DoDID number and press “Next”.
  4. Under the password field, select “Get password help”. 
  5. Enter your official email address and press “Send”. 
  6. Follow the instructions on the email to setup your password.
  7. Launch the app and enter “usaf” in the site name field.
  8. Login with your DoDID or official email address and Password.
  9. Start building new skills on your terms.

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