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Don't Come From Studying like

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Don't Come From Studying Like

Everyone Else

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Don't Come From Studying Like

Everyone Else.

Research-Driven Studying Techniques for Modern Curriculums

There are many ways to succeed academically, but it’s well known that some techniques are successful for most students who use it, while other techniques fail for the majority of students

A technique that is wide-spread but produces top grades for only 1% of users is “unsafe”.  A technique that produces top grades for 70% of students is much safer. A safe strategy uses techniques with a high chance of success, even with curveball exam questions and inevitably unexpected challenges. 

We teach systems of time management, studying, procrastination reduction and motivation enhancement powered by current research, combined with our decades of educational experience working with real students sitting HSC, VCE, WACE, SACE, QCE, IB, CIE and NCEA.

Why Should You Care About

Studying Efficiency?

Efficiency enhances effort

At the top levels of competition, effort doesn’t separate you from the crowd. There are millions of students using active recall, spaced repetition and flashcards. A tiny percentage of them are achieving top results. Do you think effort is the only difference?

Studying efficiently means better results in less time. It means freedom to spend time with friends, family, on hobbies and better sleep, without sacrificing your academic goals.

Lost time is never found again.

Benjamin Franklin

What does

"Efficient Studying"

Look like in real life?

Hover over the question mark icons in the graphs below to see one example of how more efficient studying systems can save time, without sacrificing on top grades.

Normal study methods

Modified Forgetting Curve

Most students, especially those who heavily rote-learn through spaced repetition, waste time and effort on repetition and relearning material. This is not only risky, but unsustainable in future, more challenging years.

Optimised study methods

Modified Forgetting Curve - Efficient

Students with an optimised study system learn much faster due to higher initial retention and less time wasted on re-learning. Naturally, they perform better in exams, while also having more free time.

Less wasted time on revision

By reducing over-reliance on flashcards, spaced repetition and other rote-learning dependent techniques, the amount of time wasted in revising forgotten material is dramatically cut down.

Modified Forgetting Curves - Wasted time

Time wasted on relearning highlighted in pink.

We've been recommending it to other people. It's the chance to learn this stuff that we learn as professionals... all of that is gold. There's no doubt that we've got true value. It's just awesome.

Dr Rachel and Mark Unwin, Parents 2019

The power of a

System

Swiss cheese model
Swiss cheese model

Hover over the question marks to see how it works!

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Systems create safety because every individual technique has flaws.

Systems are a stack of techniques, strategically placed to enhance each other. This “swiss cheese” model shows how the gaps of one technique can be blocked with another.

Systems:

The 50% Effect

Less studying.

Surveys of hundreds of students in Year 11 and Year 12 showed an average of 41 hours per week studying (approximately 46% of waking non-school hours). This dropped to 24% after working for 2 weeks on our course.

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Better results.

Despite studying less, our students report a significant increase in retention. After studying a topic for the first time, the ability to recall information was only 60% after 2 weeks. This jumped to an average 90% after 2 weeks on our course.

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How is this possible? With an efficient system.

Our tried-and-test system replaces or enhances low-efficiency studying habits such as heavy note-taking and conventional rote-learning. By stacking high-efficiency techniques into a flexible, streamlined system that optimises itself to each student’s unique learning processes, our students have reported an average 50% improvement in efficiency after as little as 2 weeks.

It's like instead of forcing something to fit, it's about finding a way to make it fit. All of my thoughts on learning have just blown up. There's no way the study tips I heard through word of mouth would have ever helped me with succeeding.

Olivia Fleming, Student 2020

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Completed by secondary school and university students in 2021

I have really enjoyed my time working through this course. I am not far into the course yet but have already learnt so many valuable skills. I really like how we don't have to wait to learn the skills, we learn smaller steps of the skills on the way that we can start implementing straight away.

Jhanavi Patel

ICanStudy has taught me techniques that actually allow me to grasp better understanding of my subject topics so FINALLY I won't have to go back to just writing loads of long notes, that not only spent so much time, but also wasted my precious time since I didn't even remember stuff and would have to restudy again.

Attila Tsung

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This course does not waste time and cuts down to the chase, its really helpful and the strategies discussed here are not just any strategy but scientifically proven strategies.

Yash Mourya

So far the course has been super helpful. It has definitely been a process trying to unlearn all of the inefficient techniques I have been using and realising that continuous flashcard dependency is hurting me more than helping. So far using the BEDS M, I have managed to gain more control over procrastination and honestly, as you make you're way through the course, it becomes such a distant possibility to ever quit because the level of progression you see within not just studying, but honestly everything is insane. Honestly, I have scoured YouTube looking for productivity fixes but the information in this course I have seen nowhere else and I highly recommend it! And I have just finished the second level with 7 more to go! So there is more to gain and a lot more to learn!

Zaynah Ahmed

The only thing I wish... is that iCanStudy existed years ago!

Aaditya Meda

Honestly, it was amazing how much I was able to improve after learning just a couple techniques. During the beginning stages, I was able to make steady progress in my efficiency, which terminated in a massive improvement as I learnt about the BHS and mindmapping in the ascent stages. I was also able to stave off procrastination reasonably well, which had plagued me before joining the course. When I did my first proper mindmap, it was freaky how known the knowledge felt in my head, as I was able to recall everything with near-perfect detail even a week after learning it. I can't wait to get onto the higher stages and improve my efficiency even more

Derrick Mah

The course so far, even at the beginning stages, it has significantly taught me a new way to study and boy, it really works. These simple steps and techniques in the early stages have completely changed my study routine. For once, I actually feel like I have a system that actually WORKS, let alone a system. Procrastination is thrown out the window and my productivity is sky high.

Hasnain Bhurawela

Hi to whoever is reading this, Before I got ICS, I didn't really have a study method. I remember in grade 7 up to end of term 3 grade 11, I was proud of myself just re-writing and 'photocopying' my notebooks and thought it was really effective. But this ICS course has made me realised I was just a well in a frog, that was about to die. Thanks for saving me!

Andy Jeong

Honestly, one of the best decisions I've made. I keep hearing "invest in your future self!" and honestly have never really felt sure whether I was doing that until I got this course. I had never taken commerce in juniors years but now in class I feel like I'm connecting the concepts so much quicker than I would have before (because of prestudy). It's very exciting to know you're improving. iCanStudy has also helped me get my life together, honestly, I feel so comfortable structuring my day and so uncomfortable when I haven't prioritised anything ahhaha.

Mingqing Ning

I was excited to go into year 12 but didn't really have some specific plan in mind for how I should study. Fortunately I was introduced to this course and it's changed my outlook on learning from how I can jam the information into my head into how I can actually learn and connect information. Just the first two units alone have helped me save 30-50 hours of learning within the last few weeks of school holidays.

Joel Siaw

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A fast, comprehensive course with 9 video lessons covering some of the most crucial strategies and techniques around studying and time management. Designed to build a strong foundation and clear common and dangerous misconceptions as quickly as possible before moving onto intermediate and advanced techniques.

100+ lessons on a complete roadmap to develop all necessary skills to achieve top academic results. Download worksheets, handouts and supplementary resources for each major checkpoint.

Including:

  • How to maximise learning efficiency and efficacy
  • Habit building to minimise procrastination and distraction
  • Adopting a growth mindset and maintaining motivation
  • Time management and scheduling tools
  • Memory enhancement
  • Short-term & long-term revision strategies
  • Exam execution & high-performance mindset

See walkthroughs on how to use our techniques for your school curriculum and assessment criteria. Adapted for English, Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry and languages for every Australian and New Zealand curriculum.

Join a highly interactive group coaching call with Dr Justin Sung every month to answer your questions, solve problems you might be facing that month, and receive timely tips to tackle the challenges at each stage of the year and stay ahead of the crowd.

Submit your work and receive personalised, targeted feedback on exactly what you are doing right and wrong. Eliminate any uncertainty with your technique, whether it’s for study techniques, time management, anti-procrastination strategies or mindset strategies. Ultra-targeted and accurate feedback at this level can easily save you weeks or months of wasted trial-and-error.

Ask any question about any technique we teach through our course to receive an answer from our coaching team within 24 hours.

Share key learnings and help each other on the path to achieving a 99+ ATAR or top 1% result. Discuss your experiences, discover critical issues and directly communicate them to the iCanStudy team. Students within our active Discord community actively share their breakthroughs, provide suggestions, and positively influence their peers to succeed together! There are already 10,000+ questions asked and answered on our Discord this year.

Your progress will be overseen with the guidance of our iCanStudy student advisor, Archer Newton, a nationally top ranked student. Archer is there to answer your questions and help you to succeed.

To work on something, you need to know about it. Become your brain’s own mechanic with our range of self-diagnostic quizzes and tools. Monitor your progress in developing a positive mindset, active learning, deep processing, revision ability and neuroticism management.

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The iCanStudy study system is influenced by:

David Kolb

The originator of the famous Kolb’s experiential learning cycle. Kolb has published 274 articles on learning and his world-leading research has been cited by educational researchers over a staggering 105,000 times across 40 years! His work on experiential learning has been accepted as a foundational principle of education for decades.

Ray Land and Jan Meyer

Ray Land and Jan Meyer have over 200 publications and more than 10,000 citations. Together, they fathered the field of threshold concepts, a topic so ground-breaking in education that an international biennial conference on threshold concepts exists. Threshold concept education is a part of many high-level educational theory curriculums, but is strangely unknown to the mainstream public or secondary school teaching.

Daniel Kahneman

When it comes to cognitive biases and behavioural science, not many names are as well known and well-regarded as Daniel Kahneman. Since 1962, Kahneman has consistently released over 700 publications with over 430,000 citations from other researchers. His work on system one vs system two thinking awarded him a Nobel Prize. His educational theories are integrated consistently throughout our techniques.

Hermann Ebbinghaus

The first to publish research on learning curves, Ebbinghaus’s work famously gave rise to the modern technique of spaced repetition. Unfortunately, even more effective techniques based on his research are not as widely known. His most famous publication on memory has been cited over 10,000’s of times alone. Ebbinghaus’s discoveries continue to be the subject of active, modern research. Of course, the more up-to-date techniques for enhancing memory are included in our course.

Dr Benjamin Bloom

Benjamin Bloom

Since his publication on the theory of learning mastery and classification in 1956, Dr Benjamin Bloom and his work in educational psychology would go on to change educational practice forever. Most famous for his “Bloom’s taxonomy”, his theories are so widely known that it would be hard to find a school in any developed country that does not have a poster of it. Unfortunately, his theories are interpreted either incorrectly, or to a very surface level by most students and secondary school educators.

John Dewey

John Dewey (and his successors)

One of the earliest researchers on inquiry-based learning and one of the most preeminent educational scholars of the 20th Century, John Dewey and his work fundamentally shifted the way modern learning is seen. Ongoing research on inquiry-based learning consistently finds new results. A shift for secondary school education towards inquiry-based learning is inevitable. Our own study system is inquiry-based, but heavily modified after hundreds of iterations across evaluating the results for thousands of students.

John Sweller

John Sweller

Less well known but no less important, John Sweller’s work on cognitive load theory is consistently integrated through all of our techniques and systems. Even the course itself is designed with cognitive load in mind. With over 80 publications on memory and instructional design, Sweller is a Professor Emeritus at the University of New South Wales. Much to our disdain, many organisations teach cognitive load theory completely incorrectly, sometimes simplifying it to just relevant to memorisation or active recall.

The iCanStudy anti-procrastination and time management systems are influenced by:

Modern habit neuroscience

Habit neuroscience and procedural memory research, such as the prolific studies by Larry Squire and popularised by James Clear.

Decisional and behavioural science

Neuropsychological researchers such as George Loewenstein and his work on behavioural decision making.

Industry-leading time management systems

Elements from frameworks such as the well-known Eisenhower matrix and David Allen’s GTD System.

Clinical psychology techniques

Stress management techniques derived from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.

MEET THE TEAM

Dr Justin Sung

Dr Justin Sung - Head of Learning

Dr Justin Sung is a medical doctor in New Zealand, graduating from the University of Auckland with an MBChB and a BMedSci – First Class Honours. He has been awarded distinction in five clinical specialties throughout his training and has co-authored four medical research publications both in New Zealand and international journals. Passionate about creating positive impact through education, Justin helped establish Social Innovation New Zealand, the country’s largest student group for social enterprise, obtained a certificate in Tertiary teaching and learning and eventually founded JTT, a not-for-profit movement providing equitable education for future doctors and now one of New Zealand’s largest medical entry organisations.

Since 2011, Justin has worked with thousands of students from across the world, empowering them to be academically confident and manage their time, stress and studies efficiently using evidence-based systems. Throughout his medical training, he saw how many students had the potential to become great doctors but lacked the academic skills to achieve at an ultra-competitive level. Through his guidance, many of these students were able to double their grades, halve their stress and, most importantly, prove that they were talented individuals capable of achieving their academic goals.

In 2019, believing that he could make more of a positive impact through education than clinical work, Justin transitioned to work full-time in the education space. He brings his medical and research experience, evidence-based focus and holistic, diagnostic eye to work with students, families, schools and district health boards. Justin’s vision is that every willing and driven student will have the opportunity to become academically confident and personally empowered to reach their goals and take control of their life. He believes the team at iCanStudy has the passion, ability, and raw tenacity to drive this change that our youth desperately needs.

Before receiving Justin’s guidance, his students typically studied 20, 30 or even 40+ hours per week, struggling to manage hobbies, exercise, sleep, family, receiving hours of tutoring every week, while barely achieving the grades they need. By the end of his coaching, the same students only study half or a third of that time, cancelling all subject-tutoring, balancing their life and achieving top 1% grades with confidence. The transformative process takes an average of eight weeks, but he has produced similar results in some students in as little as three weeks. His students often remark that studying is more enjoyable and easier than they have ever felt, making more progress in one month than they did in the last three or four years combined. Justin guarantees a noticeable improvement in studying and self-management at least 4x faster or more effective than they would have been able to achieve by themselves, or he works for free.

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Ashton Sheares - Head of Student Engagement

Ashton Sheares has been an educator for over 10 years, graduating from UWA with a BSc and GradDipProfEd. In 2010, Ashton began his high school teaching career in Mathematics, where his passion for education would manifest the abstract concepts into tangible and relevant goals, innovating and making Mathematics an enjoyable subject. He believes that education is more than an acquirement of knowledge but a journey of curiosity with a purpose to enrich the livelihood of every student. During the introduction of the Australian national curriculum, Ashton organised the content strands and proficiencies, created a syllabus and led other teachers to implement the new curriculum. Whilst overseeing the new curriculum, Ashton further polished his skills to assess the teaching and learning aspects in assessing students.

In these experiences, Ashton understood that student learning had three significant obstacles. The first two obstacles are learning abstract knowledge needed to solve problems and applying the knowledge in multiple varying scenarios. However, the allocated classroom time was only enough to cover the first two obstacles because of the packed curriculum. Ashton soon found himself running after-school classes to tackle the last obstacle of consolidating the new knowledge into long-term recallable memory: teaching students how to study. The classes started small, less than five people but soon grew to the entire class with students from other classes. This situation led Ashton to help students beyond the school setting and ultimately made him help students outside of school.

In 2016, Ashton stopped being a high school Mathematics teacher to be an entrepreneur and innovate by beginning to work on his own ‘school’.  He wanted to focus on designing and implementing a very targeted curriculum and syllabus that is not covered in schools but added a practical value to people’s educational journey. This ‘school’ became iCanMed and was established to help students with the Undergraduate Medical Admissions Test (now UCAT), a logical reasoning exam required for entrance into medicine and dentistry. Since the material for the test is not covered in high school, the average score is close to 50%, despite all the students sitting the test to be high academic achievers. However, after iCanMed and Ashton spearheaded the teaching and learning into this exam, iCanMed students have an average of over 70%, placing them into the top 10% of the entire cohort of approximately 14,000 to 15,000 students who sit the test yearly. Ashton is very proud that iCanMed students have supported thousands of students gain offers into medicine and dentistry and that the majority of medical and dental students in Australia in 2021 will be iCanMed students. He wants to not only transform the lives of these future medical students but every student that is trying their best to learn and study.

After working with tens of thousands of students from all kinds of schools, Ashton has learnt that the needs of students transcend the classroom. Retaining what is taught with proper study skills, stress management, time management, motivation, goal-setting, problem-solving and many other skills can be taught to increase the efficiency in learning for any high school subject. Studying is more than just doing practice questions, which is why a lot of students are still so confused even after they go through tutoring. Ashton is looking to transform studying with iCanStudy – to make studying effective, efficient and enjoyable.

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Michael Tsai - Head of Strategy

Michael Tsai has worked as an education consultant, learning designer, professional coach and headed the training and development departments across a variety of organisations and fields for over a decade. He graduated from the University of Auckland with a BSc and obtained a GradDipTertTchg at the Auckland University of Technology. Michael is particularly passionate to work with learners who transition from one stage of education to the next, most noticeably in bridging the skills gap between secondary and tertiary education. To him, a good education is something that not only inspires students to aspire towards meaningful goals as a by-product of intimate self-reflection but is something that equips students with the necessary abilities to achieve these goals in a manner that fully utilises an individual’s natural potential. Michael firmly believes that for the amount of effort, time and resources high-achieving students are investing in their academic pursuits via mainstream methods, they are only receiving minimal impact that is only temporary at best.

As the other co-founder of iCanMed, Michael has been at the forefront of engaging with the student, parents and schools community about the importance of using educationally-sound practices to prepare for unique and incredibly demanding assessments such as the UCAT and interviews. He has run over 500 educational workshops and webinars to educate over 40,000 people and 300+ schools on these critical exams in Australia and New Zealand. Through these events, Michael noticed a particular obsession by students and parents to adopt a high-effort approach to academic success where there is a wide-spread obsession of merely doing ‘more’ than other students. The notion is that the students who do more of the same task will somehow magically eventuate in academic success, whether it may be committing more hours to study, attempting more practice tests, receiving more tutoring. However, very little consideration is given to the theory or mechanism behind their actions. As a result, in most cases, the actions do not take into account the unique weaknesses and learning preferences of the learner, let alone the differences between subjects and the demands of each assessment.

Furthermore, over his career, Michael has noticed that students are becoming increasingly busier, more neurotic and less motivated without necessarily becoming more proficient at learning. His mission is to educate the public on the relationship between studying and learning as well as the significant benefits of a learning experience that is founded on inquiry and a genuine desire for practical application compared to a study experience that is purely focused around the rigidities of test day execution. Michael wants every student to equip themselves with the necessary skills to not only excel academically but adopt a growth mindset crucial to achieve success in this ever-evolving and highly-competitive world.

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