“I’m tired of going to every class, doing all the problem sets, studying my ass off, and still having nothing to show for it.”
Learn how top math, science, and engineering students ace their exams, get the most out of their courses, and actually retain new material – WITHOUT the stress, frustration, and long hours we’re all accustomed to.
We’ve all had that moment – maybe it’s Freshman Physics, maybe it’s Chemistry, or maybe it’s your first Calculus exam Sophomore year – where you think you’re doing everything right.
Going to class.
Copying down all the notes.
Doing all the homework and problem sets.
But for whatever reason you hit a wall, and just can’t seem to understand everything as well as the guy sitting next to you in discussion. And your first exam grade ranges somewhere between “hmm…” and “OHHH SHIT.”
Somehow all of that studying doesn’t pay off, and you get more and more frustrated, more and more behind as the semester rolls on.
It feels like a crapshoot, whether your effort will pay off or not.
The difference between a 95 and a 65 seems like a complete mystery.
Check out what these students are saying…
“Come test day it’s like I’ve never [seen] the material before”
“I would love to hang out… but I need to study”
“I do all the problems I can… yet I find myself stumped on every exam”
Does it really have to be that way?
Is it all or nothing?
Do you have to dedicate your life to wading through problem after problem, spending Friday nights in the computer lab or library rather than out with your friends in order to do well in your courses?
And even THEN, not being able to rest assured that all of those hours will pay off on the exam – because too often than not, it doesn’t.
Imagine instead for a minute, what it would feel like to “figure it all out” – to wave a magic wand and all of the sudden turn a corner so that you’re keeping up instead of falling behind, understanding what’s going on instead of having constant anxiety because you’re worried you’re the only one who is confused, and walking into midterms cool and confident instead of panicky and sleep-deprived.
You come home from class, having actually learned the concepts instead of just rushing through to copy down what the professor wrote on the board.
You have time to eat, relax, and hang out with your roommates.
You then sit down for a study or homework session, KNOWING that what you’re doing is actually going to stick, directly translating to better exam grades and long-term retention of the material, even into NEXT semester.
And because you’re so efficient, and no longer spending so much time re-reading and drilling problems, you find the time to have a life outside of school – putting in the work, but then actually enjoying yourself in college.
Interestingly enough, some students live like this – smoothly navigating their degree program while at the same time enjoying weekends, working internships and co-ops, and doing side-projects they’re passionate about.
Are they somehow just naturally good at this stuff?
Or is it that they know something you haven’t quite put your finger on yet?
Whatever it is, it’s not just you
Most of us are in the same boat. In fact, look at these comments from actual WTF Professor readers…
“I find it extremely difficult to push myself when things get really hard…”
“…the biggest challenge I’m having is staying interested enough in the material to pay attention during awfully boring lectures and finding the effort to study.”
“I had crammed (some) of my nights trying to study for most of my courses… and yeah, I had failed… all the things I studied just doesn’t seem to stick…”
“…I get really stuck on a huge concept… by the time I have learnt the concept I’m already behind in the coursework.”
Sometimes we get stuck in a vicious cycle.
We’re worried about our GPA and whether or not we’ll be able to make it through our next set of exams unscathed…
So we put pressure on ourselves:
“I HAVE TO study. I HAVE TO pay attention in lecture. Otherwise I’ll fail.”
The problem is, who knows if that will be enough?
Will I pass if I study for 10 hours? What about 20? What about 40!?
And because we’ve studied hard in the past, only to walk away with a bombed exam, it’s hard to want to put in all of that effort, not knowing whether it will pay off…
So we stress.
We wait until the last weekend and then CRAM – robbing ourselves of sleep, and of any semblance of a normal schedule.
But what if it wasn’t that way?
What if you NEVER got stuck in that bad cycle again?
What if you figured out a SYSTEM for making progress EACH AND EVERY WEEK, and knew with certainty that all of the hard work you’d put in would pay off in your final grade?
Hi, I’m Tom.
If you’ve been reading WTF Professor, you probably already know about the success I had during my time in engineering school at Maryland. And I’m not going to lie – I got my shit together pretty fast, worked hard, and graduated at the top of my class…
But I’m also acutely aware of the pain of failing exams, and the anxiety of wondering whether you can do it, whether you’re good enough, whether your parents will be disappointed in you…
My first semester in college was very much a breeze for me. I had great instruction in physics and math in high school, and was able to knock out my homework, projects, and exams that semester in short order and come out with a 4.0.
My parents were proud. Everyone at Christmas gave me a pat on the back. And I made it pretty clear what the expectation was – that I’m going to do this EVERY SEMESTER.
But as the spring of my Freshman year got rolling, things weren’t going so well. I was taking Physics 3 with a professor I could barely understand, plus 2 hours of confusing high-pressure lab assignments each week (you HAD to finish during the designated time and anything you missed got marked off) and a condescending TA who offered virtually no help during discussion or office hours.
Similar story in Diff Eq that semester, with a disorganized professor and difficult course material I was having trouble picking up on.
Sprinkle in some late nights and skipped classes while trying to impress my future wife, and WHAM – I got hit with my first not one, but two failed midterms in college – both at the same time.
And guess what? NO CURVE. Turns out everyone else did well – I was one of the ONLY poor souls who hadn’t seemed to “get it.”
It’s a lonely feeling.
Needless to say, I hit immediate panic and despair.
“What do I do?”
“What will my friends and family think?”
“Is it even possible for me to still get an A?”
“Are my dreams of a 4.0 shattered forever?”
So I dug deep, and rallied HARD. Unfortunately, I also had 3 other demanding courses that semester (including Mechanics and Dynamics) so extra time was hard to come by.
After countless nights and weekends at the library, I pulled my grades up to just shy of my goal – a B in both cases.
But the damage was done.
I was over the whole 4.0 thing, but that wasn’t the point. At that moment, I made a vow: that I would never allow myself to get into that situation EVER again.
And thankfully, I DID start to figure it out.
I DID graduate at the top of my class without becoming a library hermit and pulling out all of my hair.
I DID have the time left over to get an internship, do research for a professor, and earn a second degree in something I had a passion for.
And I have to admit, it felt pretty friggin’ awesome.
So THAT’S why I created Study Hero.
Because I’m thoroughly convinced now: technical degree programs do NOT need to be as hard as we think. All of you have the capacity to excel in college. And I want to help you get there.
Study Hero is a comprehensive program designed to help you improve your study habits and academic performance in 4 key areas:
- Overcoming procrastination and motivation issues, and figuring out how to consistently sit down, focus, and get quality work done
- Taking control of your time management and prioritization so that you can learn effectively without spending hours and hours each week
- Upgrading your learning skills so that you can get more out of the time you do spend in class and studying, while understanding the material more deeply
- Figuring out how to get the grades you want by overcoming test anxiety, and translating what you do know into the practical problem-solving ability you need for your exams
In Study Hero you’ll learn:
- How to use simple tools to unlock consistent motivation for studying
- How to quickly and painlessly build positive study habits and routines that will ensure that you make reliable progress in your courses each and every week
- How to stop wasting hours and hours on textbook reading and homework problems, and identify the few key activities that will boost your GPA
- How to get the most out of lecture and other resources, textbook or otherwise
- How to organize, maintain, and actually follow a Master Study Schedule, that tells you exactly what you need to get done each and every week, while at the same time ensuring that you make time for activities outside of school so that you can avoid burnout
- How to build a deep knowledge of new concepts, and connect them seamlessly to what you already know
- How to manage and consolidate your notes, so that you have a quick reference to the ENTIRE course at your fingertips
- How to prepare to confidently attack exams, rather than hoping you’re professor doesn’t throw you a curveball
- And much more…
Inside you’ll find a progression of “Levels” within each Path (just like a video game), designed to quickly and easily introduce you to the information, tools, and techniques you’ll need, in a step-by-step progression, to achieve your academic goals.
Along with each Level is a Challenge, designed specifically so that you can test out and implement what you’ve learned on the spot and get used to applying the material to real-life, course-like scenarios.
Further, each Level also includes a set of carefully selected Follow-Up Steps, designed so that you can seamlessly incorporate what you learn into your actual study routine throughout the semester, and quickly apply your newfound study techniques to your coursework.
Look at the results these WTF Professor students have achieved…
The Study Hero Program…
Because Study Hero is designed to take you from zero to hero academically, there’s a TON of material…
While each Path is designed so that you can complete the core material and Challenges within a 1-week timeframe, implementing the Follow-Up Steps (your new habits, techniques, and methods) into your routine will take some time.
So because this is a journey, you’ll have LIFETIME ACCESS to the program. The Study Hero material will always be here, so you can take it at your own pace, and always come back, refine, and continue to improve.
Try Study Hero for a full 60-Days, 100% Risk Free
Because I’m confident this stuff really works, you can try the ENTIRE COURSE 100% risk-free, and then decide if it’s right for you.
If you don’t love it after 60 days, email me and I’ll give you a full refund, no questions asked.
Frequently Asked Questions
What type of student is this for?
The material in the course is designed for all math, science, and engineering students. The learning principles and techniques covered are specifically designed for technical courses (both math and science based), where more rigorous analysis and problem-solving is required than your typical gen-ed college course. Along with each of the 4 core lesson sets, there will be examples of how to apply the learning principles to a variety of different subjects (e.g. physics, calculus, chemistry, comp. sci., engineering, etc.) included in the “Vault” area.
What if this doesn’t work for me?
One of the most common things I hear from people about studying is, “Well I guess to each his own…” or “Well that might work for you, but THIS is how I learn best…” The funny thing is, all of the academic research on learning, studying, and education over the past 100 years points to one conclusion: there is a definitive set of best practices for learning and retaining new information, and its based on a common set of abilities present in all humans. Study after study after study from the top researchers in the field all show this, and this research provides the backbone for the techniques you’ll find in Study Hero.
Plus, much of the material you’ll find in the course is based on the methodology that I, and a number of other friends I went to school with, used to prioritize and manage the massive workload at Maryland’s Clarke School of Engineering, while still killing it on exams, and landing jobs at top companies like GE, NavAIR, and Booz Allen.
How long will this take to learn and implement?
Currently the course is built around a “choose your own adventure” type format, meaning you can take it at your own pace based on where you’re currently at in your academic journey. That being said, each “Path” is designed so that you can make your way through the material in 1 week, and complete the associated Challenges. Then, you’ll need some additional time to work through the Follow-Up Steps, and tweak, tune, and customize to fit your situation.
And remember, this is a process, so it will take time to work these new habits and techniques into your routine. The course material will always be here – you’ll have lifetime access after you sign up – so you can always come back, refine, and continue to improve.
I’m already overwhelmed. How am I going to fit ANOTHER thing in my schedule?
The beauty of this program, is that a time investment of a few hours per week will free up MULTIPLE HOURS each week in unfocused time, within the FIRST FEW WEEKS. That’s the beauty of being effective: invest the time in your process NOW so that you can save hours and hours later.
And again, if you get slammed with work, or just can’t seem to fit it in this semester, you’ll have lifetime access and can always come back to it – over the summer or winter – whenever it works best for you.
How do I know this stuff is legit?
I’ve spent the past 4 years tutoring high school and college students in engineering, math, and physics – and have been collecting best practices all along the way.
Now, I want to share those best practices with you, so you can get the same type results I’m able to get for my tutoring clients.
WTF Professor now enjoys thousands of monthly readers, just like you, who have benefitted from my my material, which has been featured in Lifehacker, CollegeInfoGeek, BetterExplained, and more…
And I myself graduated in 2010 with a 3.9 GPA and cum laude honors, double-majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Philosophy, while working part-time at a local manufacturing company and doing undergraduate research.
Bottom line: I know what it takes to learn this material so that it sticks long-term, while under extreme time constraints.
What if I sign up, but don’t follow through?
We’ve all enthusiastically started new projects, only to fizzle out and ultimately give up. The good news? Study Hero is specifically designed to fit into your semester schedule and lead you through the EXACT STEPS you need to take in order to improve.
Additionally, if you join the Apprentice or Master Study Hero options, then along with the course materials, you’ll receive access to a vibrant community of other highly-motivated students that will be there to help you stay accountable.
And finally, if you find yourself falling behind, that’s okay, just put the course materials aside, and start back again when you have the time – that’s the benefit of having LIFETIME ACCESS to the course.
Couldn’t I just…
Go to my advisor or professors to get help.
Definitely, by all means, take advantage of the free resources you have available on campus. There were many times in school where a quick trip to office hours saved me from ruin, studying for exams and doing projects.
But mostly, it’s hit-or-miss. You might get some good advice, but the sad truth is, most professors are just not focused on your success as a student. They’re more concerned with their research, coming up with lecture materials, administrative demands… And on top of that you’re not the only one – there are thousands of other students they’re responsible for.
Buy a book on study skills.
There are some excellent books on learning out there – many of which I’ve recommended right here on my site. And they’re great for those of us who have the time to read and digest the material, and figure out a way to apply it to your coursework.
But do you really have that time to spare? On top of your courses, projects, side job, and what little social life you’ve scraped together?
Yes, we all SHOULD be reading all the time. But with Study Hero, I’ve done all the hard work for you. I’ve read the books, read the academic papers, and figured out the EXACT PROCESS for incorporating all of the best practices for studying technical coursework – ready for you to jump in and get started NOW.
Find this stuff for free online, or just watch YouTube.
This stuff is definitely out there. In fact, I give away the large majority of my own material for free. And sure, if you have the time and energy to spend hours and hours wading through horrible study advice online like I’ve done, to find the few nuggets that actually work, and then figure out how they apply to your curriculum, then I definitely recommend that to you.
But for those of you who want results NOW, from the best methods available, painstakingly catered to the math, science, and engineering student’s curriculum, courses, and specific needs, Study Hero is here for you.
Get a tutor.
Tutors can be amazing – I’m a tutor myself. And if you’re having a really hard time with a specific course, there’s definitely a place for hiring a tutor.
But at $50-100/hr that cost can add up. And while you might pass your course or even get an A, there’s no guarantee you won’t struggle again next semester, when there’s more work, and the courses are even harder.
Keep doing what I have been doing.
What’s that saying about madness? Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result?
Unfortunately, we often find ourselves doing this when it comes to studying. But it costs us.
The cost of retaking a course: $1,000 (in-state) to $3,600 (private)
The cost of an extra semester: $4,000 to $15,000+
The cost of losing out on the best entry-level jobs: $5,000 to $20,000 in starting salary
And finally, what’s the pyschological cost of continuing to put in all-nighters while your friends go to hang out, only to continue to see little payoff in your GPA?
Can you afford to keep doing the same thing?
In the next 4 weeks, what steps will you take to improve your study habits?
If you’re happy where you are now, congrats! And if you’ve already mapped out exactly how you’re going to get better at navigating your degree, and know exactly what you’re doing, then you’re way ahead of the game, and might not need help.
But for most of you who have found your way to the site, read the blog, subscribed to the newsletter, and are reading this page – you’re looking to improve NOW. Not half-way through Senior year when you take an honest look at your GPA and finally decide it’s time to shape up, but TODAY when it really counts.
You want to understand new topics faster and retain them for longer, instead of continuing to struggle to pick up on new concepts and falling further and further behind as the semester rolls on.
You want to get your degree, yes. But you also want to build a deep knowledge of the material that you can take with you for LIFE, instead of continuing to cram through each semester, wondering if you’ll remember anything when you finally graduate.
You want a good enough GPA and an impressive enough resume to get hired, and eventually have an amazing career, so you can build the next amazing thing (spaceships, electric cars, artificial intelligence, renewables, etc.), instead of being stuck unemployed, taking whatever’s available when you graduate because you can’t find work.
You’re in this thing for a 4-year ride, so why not aim to be the best?
Why not give yourself access to the best resources you can get your hands on?
Why not arm yourself with the best practices from students who have been there before?
And why not give yourself every opportunity to make the most of it?