Thin slicing will help you be more efficient

by Aaron

Studying in high school and college was hard. There is so much information to know and the teacher might ask anything. Here’s a technique I used throughout my entire academic career.

Taking a page from Blink (a really great book), thin slicing refers to “our ability to gauge what is really important from a very narrow period of experience”. So, if my test covered 5 chapters, I spent a few hours reading them, noting any important information and typed it in a “study guide”. This would compact 200 pages into maybe 10 pages of important information. I would then only study those 10 pages, a thin slice of the whole.

“Thin slicing” let me focus on what’s important and ignore the rest. I think it worked well and you may even find it useful in other parts of your daily tasks.

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