How to Study as You Head Back to School

Schools never teach us how to study, yet it’s the most important skill for succeeding at school. Get-It-Done Guy has 7 expert study skills to help you master your learning.

Stever Robbins
5-minute read
Episode #235

Kids StudyingHow to study is one of the most important things a student can learn. It’s September in my hometown of Boston, and students are arriving in force, everywhere. Moving trucks are lining the streets, futons are filling the houses, and AXE Body Spray is flying off the shelves.

Everyone is here for one thing: to learn what the schools are teaching. They learn by studying. Yet oddly, one thing the schools aren’t teaching is how to study. We assume people will magically pick it up without trying. Er, no. Learning how to study is simple, but not easy. You can increase your chances of doing well in school by mastering 7 particular study skills.

I was the weird geeky kid in school, years before geeky was “in.” So everyone hated me, and I had no friends. But because I lacked a social life, I did have an awful lot of time to figure out how to study. That’s why I eventually graduated from both MIT and Harvard Business School. Here are some of my top study tips. I hope they work as well for you. And I hope you have friends, too:


About the Author

Stever Robbins

Stever Robbins was the host of the podcast Get-it-Done Guy from 2007 to 2019. He is a graduate of W. Edward Deming’s Total Quality Management training program and a Certified Master Trainer Elite of NLP. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Computer Sciences from MIT.