The College Info Geek Podcast: Study Tips & Advice for Students

By Thomas Frank and Martin Boehme

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 Apr 13, 2019

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Thomas and Martin are super educational, entertaining and charming hosts who constantly improve my life on a lot of levels: Student, Job, Reading Habit, habits & goals, productivity etc.

 Feb 13, 2019


Thomas Frank and Martin Boehme from College Info Geek dive into the strategies and tactics that the best students use to be awesome at college. Learn how to study better, hack your habits to learn more in less time and be more productive, build a personal brand that will make you insanely attractive to the companies you actually want to work for, and get tips to pay off your student debt fast and start making money. Whether you know your university like the back of your hand, or you can't even find your classes, this podcast will help you become an awesome student.

Episode Date
Should You Work with Your Friends? (Ep. 281)
Business and friends don't mix. At least, that's the common wisdom, and for good reason. Still, we've made it work for years. Should you take the risk?
Nov 11, 2019
5 Questions: College Reading, Winter Fitness, and Closing the Taste Gap (Ep. 280)
In this 5 questions episode, we talk about reading, winter fitness, helping others, schedules, and learning to make something that doesn't suck.
Nov 04, 2019
How to Stand Out from the Competition (Ep. 279)
In the internet age, we're competing against more and more people for the opportunities we want most. Standing out is both difficult and essential.
Oct 28, 2019
Imposter Syndrome (Ep. 278)
We talk about our experiences with and thoughts on imposter syndrome.
Oct 21, 2019
How to Save Money When You Hate Budgeting (Ep. 277)
Budgeting isn't very fun, but that doesn't mean you have to give up on saving money. Here are a few ways to keep your bank account happy without a budget.
Oct 07, 2019
When to Invest in New Gear (Ep. 276)
Sometimes a shiny new toy is the next step in your skill growth, but it's usually just a fun distraction. We talk about how to tell the difference.
Oct 01, 2019
5 Questions: Keeping Track of Bills, Coasting, and Moving to a New City (Ep. 275)
In this 5 questions episode, we talk about bills, self-improvement, branding, investing, and what it's like to move to a new city.
Sep 16, 2019
How to Make Money Selling Art at Comic Conventions (Ep. 274)
Guest host Anna Ellenberger talks about what it takes to sell your own art at an anime or comic convention and how to choose which ones to go to.
Sep 02, 2019
The Case Against Following Your Passion (Ep. 273)
Everywhere you look, the world is telling you to follow your passion. But does it need to be your job?
Aug 19, 2019
Let's Talk About Minimalism (Ep. 272)
Minimalism is all the rage these days. Is it just another fad, or is it worth checking out?
Aug 05, 2019
10 Things We Regret NOT Doing in College (Ep. 271)
We've talked a lot about the things we did in college, but what about the things we didn't? Here are some of the things we regret missing out on.
Jul 29, 2019
5 Questions: Mental Toughness, Quitting a Job, and Trying to Disconnect (Ep. 270)
In this 5 questions episode, we talk about when to quit a job, how to develop mental resilience, how to disconnect from constant computer use, and more.
Jul 22, 2019
How YouTubers, Podcasters, and Online Personalities Make Money (Ep. 269)
Ever wondered how so many influencers these days seem to be earning a living off little more than a social media following and some content? Wonder no more.
Jul 08, 2019
Our Winding Career Paths (Ep. 268)
Careers can look like they might be a straight line from start to finish, but it's not always that simple. We talk about the experiences that led us here.
Jun 24, 2019
When Good Advice Goes Bad (Ep. 267)
Productivity advice is cool and all, but sometimes you can take it too far. We talk about some times when seemingly good advice has backfired.
Jun 10, 2019
5 Questions: Simplifying Meals, Saving Your GPA, and Embracing Silence (Ep. 266)
In this week's 5 questions episode, we're talking about habits, cooking, coffee, grades, and the sometimes unsettling sound of silence.
Jun 03, 2019
Productivity Lessons from Video Game Design (Ep. 265)
Productivity often means needing to do something repetitive or boring. Luckily, video game designers are brilliant at making repetitive things seem fun.
May 27, 2019
Building the Perfect Day (Ep. 264)
It's easy to end the day feeling a bit something wasn't quite right. But the first step to having the perfect day is to figure out what it is.
May 20, 2019
Are We the Loneliest Generation? (Ep. 263)
Technology has brought us all closer together than ever before, but something feels off. Are we lonelier than previous generations?
May 13, 2019
Easy Ways to Be Eco-Friendly (Ep. 262)
Looking to save the earth, but don't have a lot of time or money to dedicate to the cause? You're in luck! Here are some easy ways to be more eco-friendly.
May 06, 2019
5 Questions: Building Strengths, Standing Out, and Liking Reading (Ep. 261)
In this 5 questions episode, we talk about standing out, learning to like to read, and whether you should focus on building your strengths or weaknesses.
Apr 29, 2019
How to Improve Your Travel Experience (Ep. 260)
Travel can break up the monotony of your routines and inspire you to see things from a different angle. Here are a few ways to make it less overwhelming.
Apr 22, 2019
How to Capture Inspiration When It Strikes (Ep. 259)
When inspiration strikes, everything feels possible. Unfortunately, that feeling seems to leave us as quickly as it arrives. Can we break the cycle?
Apr 15, 2019
The CIG Story: From Dorm Room Project to Full-Time Business (Ep. 258)
Gather 'round, folks, it's time for a story. Here's how College Info Geek went from a side project in college to the full-time job it is today.
Apr 08, 2019
5 Questions: Mornings, Quarter-Life Crises, and Dealing with Negativity (Ep. 257)
In this 5 questions episode, we talk about breaking good habits, dealing with negativity, surviving a quarter-life crisis, and more.
Apr 01, 2019
How to Learn to Play an Instrument (Ep. 256)
If you've ever wanted to learn to play an instrument, this might be your year. We talk about our experiences with the musical arts.
Mar 25, 2019
Time Is Money: The Poisonous Mindset (Ep. 255)
We all know time is money, but as the gig economy and remote work blur the lines in our schedules, we're really starting to feel it. Is that a good thing?
Mar 18, 2019
How to Build the Perfect Workspace (Ep. 254)
If you have to work, you'll have to do it somewhere. Why not make it somewhere good? Here's how to build a great place to get things done.
Mar 11, 2019
5 Questions: Instruments, Skill Overload, and Imposter Syndrome (Ep. 253)
In this 5 questions episode, we talk about starting instruments after childhood, remembering old skills, dealing with imposter syndrome at work, and more.
Mar 04, 2019
Thomas' Evernote Reorganization Project (Ep. 252)
After some effort spent reorganizing his digital information system, Thomas finally updates his Evernote setup to keep things manageable.
Feb 25, 2019
6 Powerful Quotes That Changed Our Mindsets (Ep. 251)
Sometimes, you just need to hear the right words for an idea to really make sense. We talk about some of our favorite quotes and what they mean to us.
Feb 18, 2019
The Search for the Ultimate Note-Taking App (Ep. 250)
We have a conversation about note-taking apps. Which ones have we tried? What strengths do they have compared to the others? What do we need them to do?
Feb 11, 2019
What Quitting Video Games for a Month Did to My Brain (Ep. 249)
Lifelong gamer and Nintendo fanboy Martin started this year with the unthinkable: an entire month without video games. We talk about what he learned.
Feb 04, 2019
Buying vs. Renting a Home: What's the Smartest Choice? (Ep. 248)
Apparently, most of us want to live somewhere at some point. But before we can worry about moving boxes and bubble wrap, we have to decide: buy or rent?
Jan 28, 2019
Can We Do Anything About Burnout? (Ep. 247)
With so many obligations and to-do lists hanging over our heads, it's easy to fall victim to burnout. Can we escape it, or is this just how it has to be?
Jan 21, 2019
5 Questions: Lectures, Audiobooks, and Remembering What You Read (Ep. 246)
In this 5 questions episode, we talk about recording lectures, getting the most from audiobooks, remembering what you read, and more.
Jan 14, 2019
How to Turn Your New Year's Resolutions into New Year's Results (Ep. 245)
New Year's resolutions are a noble concept, but they tend to have a pretty terrible success rate. We talk about implementing and sticking to new goals.
Jan 07, 2019
Martin and Thomas' 2018 Year in Review (Ep. 244)
The new year is upon us, and before we let it this one slip through our fingertips we thought we'd give it one final look. Join us while we wrap up 2018.
Dec 31, 2018
How to Never Have Friends and Be Alone Forever (Ep. 243)
If you'd like to give up on friendship for good, this is for you. Of course, you could ignore this advice and make friends instead, but who would want that?
Dec 24, 2018
5 Questions: Personal Branding, Depression, and Speaking Like a Native (Ep. 242)
In this 5 questions episode, we're talking about budgeting without an income, maintaining a mastermind group, staying productive while depressed, and more.
Dec 17, 2018
Thomas' Ninja Warrior Training Routine (Ep. 241)
Push-ups aren't going to cut it here. We talk about how Thomas has been switching up his exercise routine to try out for American Ninja Warrior.
Dec 10, 2018
How to Be More Like Leonardo da Vinci (Ep. 240)
Have you ever wanted to be good at everything? Well, you're not alone. We talk about what we can learn from archetypal renaissance man Leonardo da Vinci.
Dec 03, 2018
Our Favorite Life-Improving Purchases Under $50 (Ep. 239)
Not everything worth getting has to cost a lot. Here are some of our favorite reasonably-priced upgrades to improve your life without breaking the bank.
Nov 26, 2018
How to Get Out of Debt as Fast as Possible (Ep. 238)
Debt isn't always a bad thing, but it certainly doesn't feel good when you have too much of it. We talk about how to get out of unwanted debt faster.
Nov 19, 2018
5 Questions: Breakups, Skill-Building, and Sticking to Your Goals (Ep. 237)
In this 5 questions episode, we're talking about breakups, schedules, letters of recommendation, skill-building, and staying consistent with your goals.
Nov 12, 2018
The Video Game Episode (Ep. 236)
Can you be productive and still play video games? We talk about how we play games without sacrificing success, along with a few of our favorites.
Nov 05, 2018
How to Fix Your Spending Problem (Ep. 235)
Cash rules everything around me, so I probably shouldn't spend it all. We talk about a few ways to slow down your spending.
Oct 29, 2018
How to Achieve Work-Life Balance (Ep. 234)
Between jobs, classes, and the quest for a fulfilling personal life, things can get overwhelming. We talk about how to find a better work-life balance.
Oct 22, 2018
Career Fairs and Networking Events (Ep. 233)
If you're looking to build a career, you'll probably need to talk to someone. Here's how to put your best foot forward at career fairs and everywhere else.
Oct 15, 2018
How to Get Really Good at Photography (Ep. 232)
If you've ever wanted to take your Instagram posts to the next level, this episode is for you. We talk about how and why to learn the art of photography.
Oct 08, 2018
How to Improve Your Fitness — Without Going to the Gym (Ep. 231)
Fun fact: people were fit long before we invented bench pressing or treadmills. We talk about how to ditch the gym without giving up your health.
Oct 01, 2018
5 Questions: Grades, Credit Cards, and Working While Exhausted (Ep. 230)
In this 5 questions episode, we talk about our grades, credit cards, being present-minded, working for free, and working while exhausted.
Sep 24, 2018
3 Things Martin Learned Almost Dying on a Mountain Bike (Ep. 229)
Sometimes we need something unexpected to come and shake up our perspective. We talk about a few life lessons after a close call on a mountain bike.
Sep 17, 2018
Thomas' Top 10 Favorite Podcasts (Ep. 228)
As it turns out, we're not the only podcast out there. Here are ten of Thomas' favorites.
Sep 10, 2018
5 Questions: Bad at Math, Choosing Goals, and Relationship Productivity (Ep. 227)
We talk about choosing which goal to work on next, building a habit when your significant other doesn't want to, dealing with math fears, and more in this five questions episode.
Sep 03, 2018
The Hedonic Treadmill (Ep. 226)
Have you ever noticed that as some things in life get better or worse, your overall happiness doesn't change much? Well, you're not alone. It might just be the hedonic treadmill.
Aug 27, 2018
How Much Owning a Home Will ACTUALLY Cost You (Ep. 225)
Buying a home is already a big enough decision. You don't want to be surprised the first time you see the bill. We talk about the real cost of owning a house.
Aug 20, 2018
How to Grow Your Social Media Following (Ep. 224)
Social media doesn't appear to be going away anytime soon. In this episode, we're talking about how to grow your following so you can make the most of it.
Aug 13, 2018
5 Questions: New Semester Prep, Self-Esteem, and What We're Bad At (Ep. 223)
In this five questions episode, we talk about getting ready for college, starting your own business, building your self-esteem, and more.
Aug 06, 2018
An Interview with YouTuber Sara Dietschy (Ep. 222)
Taking a bit of a break from the norm, here's part two of a conversation between Thomas and fellow YouTuber and podcaster Sara Dietschy.
Jul 30, 2018
10 Apps We Can't Live Without (Ep. 221)
If we're going to be stuck walking around with our phones all day, we might as well put them to good use. Here are ten apps worth unlocking your screen for.
Jul 23, 2018
8 Ways to Improve Your Diet (Ep. 220)
Nutrition research can be overwhelming, but that doesn't mean you can't start eating healthier today. Here are some less confusing tips to get you started.
Jul 16, 2018
Why You Aren’t Successful Yet (Ep. 219)
It's easier than ever before to feel like a failure. Anywhere you look, you can find scores of people half your age but twice as successful. What happened?
Jul 09, 2018
5 Questions: Video Game Addiction, Time Blocking, and 14-Hour Work Days (Ep. 218)
In this five questions episode, we talk about video game addiction, time blocking, 14-hour work days, living off campus, and finding your purpose.
Jul 02, 2018
How to Make Your Life Seem Longer (Ep. 217)
Time flies when you're having fun. Also when you're not. We talk about how to slow things down and fit more life into the one you have.
Jun 25, 2018
Our Exercise Habits and Fitness Goals (Ep. 216)
Someday we'll all have cool cyborg bodies, but until then we should probably take care of the ones we have. Here's how we've been trying to stay in shape.
Jun 18, 2018
How to Take Criticism (Ep. 215)
Criticism feels bad, but it's also one of the best shortcuts to improvement. Here's how to appreciate good criticism and stop taking things so personally.
Jun 11, 2018
How to Build Strong Habits (Ep. 214)
Since our lives are governed largely by a collection of habits, we've decided to talk about how one might form a new habit on purpose. Want to make something a part of your identity and life? Here's how to get started.
Jun 04, 2018
10 Things We'd Tell Our 18-Year-Old Selves (Ep. 213)
Another year older, another year wiser. In this week's episode, we're reflecting on a few lessons it would have been nice to learn earlier, and we're passing the savings onto you.
May 28, 2018
How to Give a Killer Speech (Ep. 212)
Public speaking is consistently one of the top fears plaguing humanity, but that doesn't mean you can't do it. We talk a bit about our experience with giving speeches and some ways you can improve your own presentation skills.
May 21, 2018
5 Questions: Social Media, Pets, and How to Choose a Foreign Language (Ep. 211)
In this five questions episode, we talk about healthy social media use, balancing pets with a busy life, explaining an unimpressive resume, book formats, and how to choose a foreign language.
May 14, 2018
How to Be Good at Everything — The Rapid Skill Learning Process (Ep. 210)
So many skills, so little time. Sure, we probably can't achieve mastery in all of them, but what if we don't care? We talk about how to learn the basics quickly enough to rekindle your dreams of becoming a renaissance man.
May 07, 2018
How to Write a Great Resume and Cover Letter (Ep. 209)
As the school year comes to a close, job season is upon us. We talk about ways to make sure your resume and cover letter are up to par before taking the plunge.
Apr 30, 2018
Morning Routines (Ep. 208)
What did you do this morning? In the productivity world, this question sounds a lot more compelling than usual due to the allure of the morning routine — the perfect formula to start a successful day. We talk about our routines and how to build your own.
Apr 23, 2018
How to Get Into Tea (Ep. 207)
Are you a tea drinker? If not, maybe it's time to give the second most popular drink on Earth after water a chance. We talk a bit about tea and how we got into it.
Apr 16, 2018
Moving Out of Your Mom's Basement: How to Live Independently (Ep. 206)
Get your wings ready, because it's time to leave the nest. But what exactly does it take to strike out on your own? We talk about the day-to-day challenges of living independently.
Apr 09, 2018
How to Buy Your First House, Pt. 1: The Research Process (Ep. 205)
We've decided we want houses, and it turns out we're not alone. But with buying a house being such a huge undertaking, where do we start? We talk about what we've been thinking about so far in our quest to leave the apartment life behind.
Apr 02, 2018
A 12-Step Exam Prep Checklist (Ep. 204)
Feeling ready for finals? We talk through the 12-step exam preparation checklist found in Barbara Oakley's "A Mind for Numbers."
Mar 26, 2018
How to Find a Mentor (Ep. 203)
Ready for the next level, but not sure how to get there? Maybe you need to find yourself a mentor. We talk about what it means to be a mentor and how to find one.
Mar 19, 2018
The Dip: How to Know When to Quit (Ep. 202)
Winners never quit, right? Well, no. According to Seth Godin's 'The Dip,' winners quit plenty of things. They just know which things to quit, leaving them to focus their energies on better things. So, which things should you quit? Let's find out.
Mar 12, 2018
5 Questions: Study Music, New Connections, and Winter Productivity (Ep. 201)
In this 5 questions episode, we talk about studying with music, making new connections, estimating how long a task will take, staying productive in winter, and what to do when you're overwhelmed.
Mar 05, 2018
How to Plan Out Your Year (Ep. 200)
It's almost March now, so quite a few New Year's resolutions have probably fallen through already. But that doesn't mean it's too late to do something worth being proud of. We talk about how to really plan out your year.
Feb 26, 2018
Weapons of Influence #6: Scarcity (Ep. 199)
We look one final time at Robert Cialdini's "Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion" to talk about why you really don't know what you have until it's gone.
Feb 19, 2018
14 Ways to Spend Your Time in College (Ep. 198)
Classes may seem like they take forever, but four years really isn't that long in the grand scheme of things. We talk about fourteen of the nearly limitless options for spending your time in school, so you can make the most of your college experience.
Feb 12, 2018
Weapons of Influence #5: Authority (Ep. 197)
We dive back into Robert Cialdini's "Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion," to talk a bit about why it's so easy to follow the leader, even when you know you shouldn't.
Feb 05, 2018
5 Questions: Audio vs. Paper Books, iPad Pro for Students, and Motivation Tactics (Ep. 196)
In this 5 questions episode, we talk about the iPad Pro, Pomodoro breaks, filming, motivation, and whether audio books are as effective as traditional reading.
Jan 29, 2018
Weapons of Influence #4: Liking (Ep. 195)
In part four of our series on Robert Cialdini's "Influence," we talk about the link between persuasion and being likable.
Jan 22, 2018
How to Automate Your Life (Ep. 194)
When it comes to removing regular tasks from your life, you have four choices: Do, Delegate, Delete, or Automate. We talk a bit about that last one, including things we've automated in our own lives and how to find automation candidates in yours.
Jan 15, 2018
Weapons of Influence #3: Social Proof (Ep. 193)
In part three of our series on Robert Cialdini's "Influence," we talk about why you shouldn't always follow the wisdom of the crowd.
Jan 08, 2018
How to Get Better at Cooking (Ep. 192)
We ring in the new year with a conversation about how to get into the world of cooking, just in time to fuel all of your health-related resolutions.
Jan 01, 2018
Martin and Thomas' 2017 Year in Review (Ep. 191)
Happy New Year, almost! We break from our normal list of topics to talk about what we've been up to in 2017 and how this year has helped us grow.
Dec 25, 2017
The Nuts and Bolts of Running Your Own Business (Ep. 190)
Starting a business can seem daunting, but don't let that keep you from your million-dollar idea. Here's what's behind the scenes of entrepreneurship.
Dec 18, 2017
Weapons of Influence #2: Commitment and Consistency (Ep. 189)
In part two of our series on Robert Cialdini's "Influence," we talk about why sticking to your guns isn't always the smartest thing to do.
Dec 11, 2017
Do You Even Meditate? (Ep. 188)
You've probably heard about meditation, but does it really work? We talk about why simply sitting and breathing might change your life for the better.
Dec 04, 2017
How to Not Get Hacked: 9 Tips for Securing Your Digital Life (Ep. 187)
The internet can be a dangerous place, but it doesn't have to be. We talk about how to mitigate risk and stay safe in the digital age.
Nov 27, 2017
Weapons of Influence #1: Reciprocation (Ep. 186)
The art of persuasion comes in many forms. We talk about the first of six lessons from Robert Cialdini's "Influence": the rule of reciprocation.
Nov 20, 2017
How to Get Hired: A Look Inside the Decision Maker's Head (Ep. 185)
We've talked a lot about the job-seeking process, but this time we get to examine things from a different perspective: the company.
Nov 13, 2017
5 Questions: Video Games, Language Learning, and Thinking Out Loud (Ep. 184)
In this 5 questions episode, we talk about video games, language learning, Anki, thinking out loud, and what to do when you don't like your major.
Nov 06, 2017
How to Crush Job Interviews (Ep. 183)
A job interview might be all that lies between you and a new life. We talk about how to put your best foot forward so it won't stand in the way.
Oct 30, 2017
How to Learn a Foreign Language Independently (Ep. 182)
A classroom isn't always the best place to learn a language. We talk about how to study foreign languages on your own time.
Oct 23, 2017
Social Skills: How to Be Confident in Social Situations (Ep. 181)
Few skills have as much of an effect on your happiness as social skills. We talk a bit about how to build confidence and connect with other humans.
Oct 16, 2017
What Are the Alternatives to College? (Ep. 180)
Despite the fact that college is literally in our name, it's not the only pathway to a happy life. We talk a bit about some alternative routes to success.
Oct 09, 2017
5 Questions: Extrinsic vs. Intrinsic Rewards, Alarm Clocks and Social Media (Ep. 179)
Here we go once again with the email. In this 5 questions episode, we talk about social media, the overjustification effect, and alarms.
Oct 02, 2017
How to Go from Merely Good to Truly Great (Ep. 178)
Some companies are born great, but for those that aren't, what does it take to cross the threshold? We talk about "Good to Great" by Jim Collins.
Sep 25, 2017
How to Be a Good Significant Other (Ep. 177)
If there's one thing the majority of humans agree on, it's that dating other humans is pretty cool. We talk about the mystic art of managing a relationship.
Sep 18, 2017
How to Actually Use Productivity Tips and Improve Your Life (Ep. 176)
Gurus, gurus, everywhere, but not a spot to think. We talk about how to sort through productivity advice, so you can actually use it.
Sep 11, 2017
10 Essential Life Skills That Every Student Should Have (Ep. 175)
We once promised an episode on life skills, and here it is. These ten skills will give you the foundation you need to tackle almost anything.
Sep 04, 2017
How to Budget Your Money Without Cutting Coffee (Ep. 174)
Money may be the root of all evil, but it's certainly much easier to do good if you've got it. We talk a bit about budgeting and how we handle our finances.
Aug 28, 2017
5 Questions: Early Networking, Cold Showers, and Morning Routines (Ep. 173)
You've got questions, and we've got answers: in this 5 questions episode, we talk about early networking, cold showers, morning routines, and more.
Aug 21, 2017
How to Go into a New Semester More Prepared Than Batman (Ep. 172)
The new semester is upon us! We talk about a few ways to get ready and start things off on the right foot.
Aug 16, 2017
Essentialism: How to Do More by Doing Less (Ep. 171)
When the internet makes us painfully aware of every opportunity we have, it's easy to be overwhelmed. We talk about how to do less, but better.
Aug 08, 2017
How to Boost Your Happiness and Hirability with Extracurriculars (Ep. 170)
Friends, fun, networking, resumes: what can't be improved by the right club or side-project? We talk about extracurriculars and how to choose them.
Jul 31, 2017
Our Favorite Fiction and Why We Read It (Ep. 169)
We talk a lot about nonfiction, but is that all we read? We go over why fiction's worth taking seriously, along with a few of our favorite books.
Jul 24, 2017
A Crash Course on How to Start Investing (Even If You're in Debt) (Ep. 168)
The secret to investing is: start now. But obviously it’s not that easy. We go over different kinds of investments and how to get started sooner.
Jul 17, 2017
The Procrastination Equation: An In-Depth Breakdown (Ep. 167)
Banish your procrastination habits, one variable at a time. Here are our thoughts on "The Procrastination Equation" and how to apply it to your own life.
Jul 10, 2017
Lessons from The Personal MBA (Ep. 166)
In this episode, we talk about six lessons we took from "The Personal MBA", by Josh Kaufman.
Jul 03, 2017
How to Balance Work and School (Ep. 165)
In this episode, we talk about the delicate art of balancing your classwork with a job.
Jun 26, 2017
How to Start Freelancing and Land Your First Client (Ep. 164)
In this episode, we talk about what it takes to enter the entrepreneurial world of freelancing.
Jun 19, 2017
When to Change Your Major (Ep. 163)
In this episode, we talk about the decision-making involved in changing your major.
Jun 12, 2017
How to Make the Most of Your Language Class (Ep. 162)
In this episode, we talk about a few ways to get better results from your foreign language class.
Jun 05, 2017
The War of Art (Ep. 161)
In this episode, we give our thoughts on "The War of Art", by Steven Pressfield.
May 30, 2017
5 Questions: Lazy Days, Networking Events, and Productive Group Work (Ep. 160)
In this 5 questions episode, we talk about networking events, collaborative work, meditation, audiobooks, and morning routines.
May 22, 2017
How to Become a Filmmaker (Ep. 159)
In this episode, Mayer Adelberg talks about what it took to organize and start his own web series, Synesthesia, while still in high school.
May 15, 2017
How to Create an Exercise Routine... and Stick to It (Ep. 158)
In this episode, we talk about how to start and stick to an exercise routine.
May 08, 2017
How to Build a Good Relationship With Your Professor (Ep. 157)
In this episode, we talk about how to build good relationships with your professors.
May 01, 2017
How to Pay Off Student Debt Like a Guru Ninja Rockstar (Ep. 156)
In this episode, we talk about several strategies and programs available to help you pay off or cancel your student loan debt.
Apr 26, 2017
The Productivity Project (Ep. 155)
In this episode, we go over 6 lessons we took from The Productivity Project, by Chris Bailey.
Apr 17, 2017
Moving to a New City (Ep. 154)
In this episode, we talk about how we've been planning our move to a new city.
Apr 10, 2017
How to Live With Roommates Without Losing Your Mind (Ep. 153)
In this episode, we talk about juggling too much at once, having a good sleep routine without sacrificing your social life, and living with roommates.
Apr 03, 2017
How to Take Good Notes from Books (Ep. 152)
In this episode, we talk about making the most of your walk between classes, preparing for exams early, and taking good notes from books.
Mar 27, 2017
Mixing Paper and Digital Note-Taking Systems (Ep. 151)
In this episode, we talk about the importance of extracurricular activities, note-taking systems, and how to choose a career.
Mar 20, 2017
What to Do If You're Always Tired (Ep. 150)
In this episode, we talk about caffeine, the Feynman technique, and how much buffer time to schedule between tasks.
Mar 13, 2017
Do You Have to Be an Expert to Start a Blog? (Ep. 149)
In this episode, we talk about keeping up with people as an introvert, how much you need to know to start a blog, and what types of music we use to focus.
Mar 06, 2017
How to Promote Yourself Without Bragging (Ep. 148)
In this episode, we talk about competing with friends, promoting yourself without bragging, and becoming a better speaker.
Feb 27, 2017
Should You Take an Unpaid Internship? (Ep. 147)
In this episode, we talk about unpaid internships, what to do if you can't afford to take one, and thank you letters.
Feb 20, 2017
The Art of the Phone Interview (Ep. 146)
In this episode, we talk about how to prepare for a phone interview, when to start thinking about jobs, and how to know if you've been productive.
Feb 13, 2017
How to Choose Where to Live After College (Ep. 145)
In this episode, we talk about where to live after graduation, how many classes to take in a day, and how to earn a few more stripes for your resume.
Feb 06, 2017
5 Questions on Starting Your Own Business (Ep. 144)
In this episode, we answer 5 questions on starting your own business.
Jan 30, 2017
Should You Pay Attention to Lectures? (Ep. 143)
In this episode, we talk about using Twitter professionally, paying attention to lectures, and managing online accounts.
Jan 23, 2017
How to Keep Track of What You Study (Ep. 142)
In this episode, we talk about emailing professors, asking for letters of recommendation, and keeping track of what you study.
Jan 16, 2017
Staying Productive When You're Sick (Ep. 141)
In this episode, we talk about staying productive when sick, keeping up with your schedule, and remembering things from previous classes.
Jan 09, 2017
What We Learned from Reading "Deep Work" (Ep. 140)
In this episode, we talk about some of the lessons we learned reading Cal Newport's "Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World."
Jan 03, 2017
How to Introduce Yourself Without Sounding Boring (Ep. 139)
In this episode, we talk about the importance of reading, the art of the introduction, and how to manage your productivity systems on the road.
Dec 26, 2016
How to Make Time for Creativity (Ep. 138)
In this episode, we talk about when to build a personal website, how to find time to be creative in college, and entrepreneurship.
Dec 19, 2016
Thinking Quickly Under Pressure (Ep. 137)
In this episode, we talk about which types of jobs to go for in college, how to read more outside of class, and how to think quickly on your feet.
Dec 12, 2016
The Secret To Being an Articulate Speaker (Narration)
If you're tired of stumbling over your words and you want to be a more articulate speaker, there's ONE thing you need to realize...
Dec 06, 2016
How to Build Your Vocabulary (Ep. 136)
In this episode, we talk about becoming more flexible in the job market, dealing with frustration, and building a better vocabulary.
Dec 05, 2016
Inbox Zero (Ep. 135)
In this episode, we talk about fighting the robot within, managing email, and how we plan out our days.
Nov 28, 2016
How to Build a YouTube Channel (Ep. 134)
In this episode, we talk about how to start your own YouTube channel.
Nov 21, 2016
How to Start Your Own Podcast (Ep. 133)
In this episode we talk about what it takes to create and launch your own podcast.
Nov 14, 2016
How to Study Math and Science Effectively (Ep. 132)
Karen Christian from O-Chem Study Group talks about how to improve your study tactics for math and science classes.
Nov 07, 2016
Career Pivots, Networking, and Life Experiments (Ep. 131)
Jenny Blake talks about the art of the pivot, travel pilots, and her new book.
Nov 01, 2016
7 Ways to Calm Your Nerves When You're Meeting New People (Narration)
Meeting someone for the first time can be an extremely nerve-wracking experience. Here are 7 tips to help you stay calm, cool, and confident.
Nov 01, 2016
Why the Idea of “Learning Styles” is Wrong (Narration)
This narration introduces the idea of learning techniques, and why they're more useful and scientifically valid than the traditional idea of learning styles.
Oct 25, 2016
University Q&A - Another Chat with My Friends Simon and Jamie (Ep. 130)
In this episode Thomas takes on a live Q&A session with Simon Clark and Jamie Miles.
Oct 24, 2016
How to Land Your Dream Internship (Ep. 129)
Author Tam Pham talks about what it takes to get the internship you've always wanted.
Oct 17, 2016
How to Upgrade Your Wardrobe and Dress Better (Ep. 128)
Antonio Centeno talks about how dressing better can be the catalyst for improving your confidence, presentation, and performance.
Oct 10, 2016
5 Questions: Motivation Management, Sketchy Websites, and Why We Read Nonfiction (Ep. 127)
In this episode, we talk about whether you should read nonfiction, which sites you can trust when doing research, and how to bounce back after losing focus.
Oct 03, 2016
Why You Shouldn’t Let Your College Major Define You (Narration)
Don't let your college major hold you back. The idea that your college major must determine the rest of your career path is a big fat myth.
Sep 28, 2016
Self-Awareness: A Crucial Skill for Finding Work You Love (Ep. 126)
Stephen Warley talks about his career path, entrepreneurship, and the benefits of self-awareness.
Sep 26, 2016
So You Want to Start Your Own Blog (Ep. 125)
In this episode, we talk about the benefits, challenges, and logistics of starting your own blog.
Sep 20, 2016
The Science Behind Getting Better Sleep (Ep. 124)
Dr. Michael Breus talks about chronotypes and how to use them to our advantage for better sleep, productivity, and happiness.
Sep 12, 2016
Skill Building, Project Planning, and DIY (Ep. 123)
Bob Clagett from I Like to Make Stuff talks about building new skills, managing multiple projects at once, and DIY.
Sep 06, 2016
5 Questions: Unambitious Friends, Money Saving Strategies, & the Pomodoro Technique (Ep. 122)
In this 5 questions episode, we talk about whether your friends are ruining your productivity, how to manage savings goals, and how to choose a direction for your personal brand.
Aug 30, 2016
Our Habits, Routines, and Motivation Strategies (Ep. 121)
In this episode, we talk about the strategies we use to keep up with our habits, goals, and routines.
Aug 23, 2016
Inside Our Productivity Systems (Ep. 120)
In this episode, we talk about the productivity systems we use to stay organized and on track.
Aug 11, 2016
Stress Strategy: How to Use Stress to Your Advantage (Ep. 119)
In this episode, we talk about how to take advantage of the good stress in our lives along with how to crush, kill, and destroy the bad stress.
Aug 04, 2016
Cultivate Creativity to Study Better and Dominate Assignments (Narration)
Creativity is an an essential skill for excelling in school and beyond. Today's post will show how you can apply creative approaches to your studies.
Aug 01, 2016
5 Questions: Most Valuable Life Skills, Class Selection Strategy, & Switching Majors (Ep. 118)
On this 5 questions episode, we talk about the most valuable life skills, what to look for when registering for classes, and switching majors.
Jul 25, 2016
The Happiness Equation (Ep. 117)
Author Neil Pasricha talks about what it takes to live a happy life.
Jul 18, 2016
How to Stand Out If You Have a Low GPA (Ep. 116)
We talk about how to stand out from your peers and find success, even with a less-than-ideal GPA.
Jul 11, 2016
How to Make a Comeback and Save Your Grades (Ep. 115)
We talk about how to turn around a less-than-stellar semester and keep your GPA where it belongs.
Jul 05, 2016
Achievement Addiction (Narration)
It's easy to measure your value as a person by your accomplishments. But thinking this way is unhealthy. This post will help you overcome this attitude.
Jun 28, 2016
What It Takes to Open a Coffee Shop (Ep. 114)
Entrepreneur Dale Schotte talks about his experiences turning a lone coffee shop into a six building operation in St. Louis, Missouri.
Jun 27, 2016
How to Persuade People to Support Your Ideas (Ep. 113)
In this episode, Brandon T. Adams talks about his experience with entrepreneurship as a college student, setting up a giant convention with huge speakers, and crowdfunding.
Jun 20, 2016
5 Questions: Productive Breaks, Avoiding Multitasking, & Intimidating Professors (Ep. 112)
On this 5 questions episode, we go over how to spend a break productively, how to avoid multitasking, and how to deal with intimidating professors.
Jun 13, 2016
How to Write a Winning College Application Essay (Narration)
Writing a college admissions essay can seem like an impossible task. But it doesn't have to be. Today's post will show you exactly what you should do.
Jun 07, 2016
The Path to College, Pt. 3: Becoming College-Ready (Ep. 111)
If you feel like everyone "gets" how to navigate college EXCEPT you, this episode will put those fears to rest with practical tips on being college-ready.
Jun 06, 2016
Why Taking Breaks Will Boost Your Productivity (Narration)
When your energy and attention ebb and flow throughout the day, not every minute is created equal - and if you try to spend all of them working, you'll burn out. That's why taking breaks is essential; doing so will boost your productivity and health.
Jun 01, 2016
The Path to College, Pt. 2: Paying for It (Ep. 110)
Loans, scholarships, grants, the FAFSA... paying for college can be complicated. This episode goes over all the details, as well as how to make it cheaper.
May 31, 2016
The Path to College, Pt. 1: Getting Accepted (Ep. 109)
Choosing a college and getting accepted can be complicated. We go through the whole process step by step, and provide tips based on our experience.
May 22, 2016
Life at the 900-Year-Old University (Ep. 108)
Today's episode is a conversation with my friend Simon Clark - we cover what student life is like at Oxford University, the workload of a PhD student, and more.
May 16, 2016
Philosophy and Love and Stuff (Ep. 107)
We didn't know how to title this episode. Despite the dumb title I went with, this episode actually happens to be an analysis of "The Art of Loving", a book by the philosopher Erich Fromm which argues that love is an art, requiring active practice.
May 09, 2016
How to Learn to Code (Ep. 106)
If you want to become a programmer or developer, or just learn how to code, this episode will get you started and point you to lots of learning resources.
May 02, 2016
How Exercise Improves Your Brain (Ep. 105)
In this episode, Dr. John Ratey, author of "Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain", explains how exercise improves your brain's functions.
Apr 25, 2016
A Giant Boatload of Final Exam Tips (Ep. 104)
Finals are coming up in a few weeks, so we basically just wanted to dump as many tips for acing them on you as possible. This episode goes over study schedules, effective review, test anxiety, catching up on homework near finals, and more.
Apr 18, 2016
Eating Cheaply, Healthily, and Quickly (Ep. 103)
It's easy to let your nutrition go on autopilot when you're in college, but look man - food is important. In this episode, we'll dig into how to eat a healthier diet. We'll also discuss strategies for making meals quickly and saving money on groceries.
Apr 11, 2016
How to Become a Published Author (Ep. 102)
Michael Martin (author of Mr. Fahrenheit and The End Games) guides me through the process of becoming an author - dealing with publishers, editors, etc.
Apr 04, 2016
How the Heck Do I Study Abroad? (Ep. 101)
My friend Ransom is currently studying abroad in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and today he's going to give you all the details you need about embarking on your own study abroard adventure. Also, I'm insanely jealous that he's part of a caving club.
Mar 28, 2016
Deep Work: How to Focus and Resist Distractions (Ep. 100)
Episode 100! Today, I'm talking with Cal Newport once again, this time about how to build your ability to do "deep work" - work that's focused, cognitively challenging, and free of distractions.
Mar 18, 2016
Learned Helplessness (Ep. 99)
Many students and people suffer from learned helplessness - an ingrained mindset that prevents them from solving problems themselves. In this episode, we'll talk about the science behind it, how it affects your optimism, and how to cure yourself of it.
Mar 16, 2016
5 Questions: Making Studying Fun, Unlearning Bad Habits, & Honors Programs (Ep. 98)
On this 5 questions episode, we go over how to make study fun (including some detail on "interest links"), unlearning bad techniques and habits, the value of honors programs, break/rest structures, and more.
Feb 29, 2016
How to Build a Freelance Career as a Student (Ep. 97)
Ever wondered how freelance writers get accepted to write for huge sites - and get paid for it? Today I'm talking with Aja Frost, who has done exactly that - as a student (and paid off all her loans in the process).
Feb 21, 2016
9 Life-Changing Books (Ep. 96)
Martin and I talk about some of the books that have shaped our beliefs and the directions of our lives.
Feb 14, 2016
Quitting Your Job to Work for Yourself (Ep. 95)
So you want to quit your job: maybe you've got a business idea, maybe you want to freelance, or maybe you just hate it and don't really have a plan. How do you go about it? How much do you need in savings? Today's episode is all about that.
Feb 09, 2016
What It Takes to Get Into Medical School (Ep. 94)
Hoping to go to med school and become a doctor? This episode is ALL about that process. Today I'm talking with my friend Ryan Gray, who is a doctor and the founder of Medical School HQ.
Feb 01, 2016
Reading Faster: The Science Behind What Works... and What Doesn't (Ep. 93)
Let's dig deep into the science of reading. On this episode, I'm talking with Liz Schotter - a postgraduate student in psychology, and one of the most active researchers in the area of eye-tracking and speed reading today.
Jan 25, 2016
How to Turn Your Life Into a Video Game (Ep. 92)
Steve Kamb from Nerd Fitness talks with me about setting goals, building systems that keep you accountable to your goals, and essentially transforming your life into a video game.
Jan 11, 2016
The Worst Thing You Can Do for Your Productivity (Ep. 91)
My friend Chris Bailey from A Life of Productivity is back on the show to talk more about productivity with me.
Jan 05, 2016
How to Pay Off $15,000 in Student Debt... By Living in an RV (Ep. 90)
In this episode, I talk with Heath Padgett - a guy who decided to buy an RV with his wife just a couple years after college and work an hourly job in all 50 U.S. states. Afterwards, they stayed in the RV - and paid off $15,000 of student debt in a year!
Dec 28, 2015
Jedi Councils - No Star Wars Spoilers, I Promise (Ep. 89)
I don't like the term "mastermind group", so I'm choosing to use Jedi Council instead. Whatever you like to call them, Jedi Councils are really beneficial. Today's episode goes over the story of how each of my councils was formed.
Dec 21, 2015
Improving Brain Function Using Music Created by Robots (Ep. 88)
Should you study with music or not? I get this question a lot, so today I'm talking with some of the most qualified people possible - the founders of, a startup that creates AI-generated music to improve focus, energy - and even sleep.
Dec 14, 2015
You Need to Do a Reset (Ep. 87)
This episode is about taking time to hit the reset button on your productivity and time management systems - and even on your brain. I did this recently, and the result were immediate. Let's talk about that.
Dec 07, 2015
“How Long Should it Take to Get Good at My Job?” (Ep. 86)
I love this episode, but I sure as heck don't know how to market it. It's a long conversation that touches on a ton of topics - one of which is an answer to the question many students/new grads have: "How long should it take to get good at my job?"
Nov 30, 2015
Tips for Speeches and Presentations (Ep. 85)
How do you design and deliver presentations that don't make your audience break out those weird neck pillow things? Let's talk about that.
Nov 23, 2015
Grades vs. a “Well-Rounded Education” (Ep. 84)
What's more important, getting good grades or getting a "well-rounded education"? Is there really a difference? How much should you focus on your coursework in college? In this episode, my friend Tom Miller and I discuss these questions.
Nov 16, 2015
How to Deal with Rejection (Ep. 83)
Getting rejected is part of life, and so it learning to deal with it. Today I'll share some experiences I've had with rejection, why they happened, and what I learned from them.
Nov 02, 2015
5 Reader Questions: Dealing with Setbacks, Tiredness, and Dream Job Selection (Ep. 82)
Martin joins me once again on this reader Q&A episode to tackle questions on dealing with setbacks and failure, workouts and tiredness, selecting a dream job, and more.
Oct 26, 2015
Morning Routines (Ep. 81)
I'm with my friend Zach Sexton once again, this time to talk about morning routines. Zach goes through his with his girlfriend, while I'm a lone wolf with mine. Today we'll talk about each of our routines, sticking to them, and common pitfalls.
Oct 19, 2015
The Power of Storytelling in Job Interviews (Ep. 80)
Humans intrinsically love stories, and you can use that to your advantage to stand out in job interviews (and on your resume). Here's how.
Oct 12, 2015
How to Become an Animator with Alan Becker, Creator of Animator vs. Animation (Ep. 79)
Alan Becker is the creator of the wildly popular Animator vs. Animation series and an all-around cool guy. In this episode I talk with him about how he became an animator.
Oct 05, 2015
How to Get Better Test Scores Through Confidence Tracking (Ep. 78)
If you want to get a better grade on your next test or quiz, you should write a number between 1 and 5 beside each question. This episode will explain why.
Sep 28, 2015
How to Become an Adult – An Evening Chat with My Friends Simon and Jamie (Ep. 77)
This episode is a replay of a live YouTube hangout I did a couple weeks ago with my friends Simon and Jamie. Both of them are Oxford Univerisity graduates from the U.K., and together we tackled the topic of "How to Become an Adult".
Sep 21, 2015
5 Reader Questions: How I Email Well-Known People, Note-taking, and Relaxation (Ep. 76)
Questions have piled up in my inbox and now I'm answering some of them. Today we'll talk about how I reach out to podcast guests, how to study physics and statistics, methods of relaxing between study sessions, and more.
Sep 14, 2015
A Conversation with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (Ep. 75)
In which I try very hard to convince myself I'm professional enough to do this. Arne Duncan is the U.S. Secretary of Education; in this episode, we talk about selecting a college, paying off student debt, and his goals for education across the nation.
Sep 08, 2015
A Debate on Speed Reading (Ep. 74)
Is speed reading legit? Can you actually learn to read at 700 words per minute - or even faster? On this episode, I'll present a lot of the science behind how reading works, and my friend Zach will counter with some of the techniques he's learned about.
Aug 31, 2015
8 Things I Regret NOT Doing in College (Ep. 73)
While I'm pretty happy with how my college experience went, there are some things I wish I did - or did better. Here are eight of them.
Aug 24, 2015
How to Find Mentors – Even if You’re a Freshman (Ep. 72)
Finding mentors who can give you advice and encouragement is essential for achieving your career goals. Here's how two students helped hundreds of students at their school find mentors of their own.
Aug 19, 2015
Getting Into Grad School and Landing a Job as a Professor (Ep. 71)
How do professors get their jobs? In this episode, Karen Kelsky, author of "The Professor Is In", shares both how to get into a great grad program and how to become a tenured professor.
Aug 10, 2015
A Master Class on Buying a Car – Part 2 (Ep. 70)
This is Part 2 of my series on buying a car. Learn how to negotiate price, whether or not warranties are worth it, how you should conduct a test drive, and more.
Aug 03, 2015
A Master Class on Buying a Car – Part 1 (Ep. 69)
Buying a car can seem like a minefield. What model do you get? What's reliable, and what's gonna fall apart? How do you keep the salesman from fleecing you? In these episodes, Todd and Paul from Everyday Driver school me on all these questions.
Jul 27, 2015
From Failing Classes to Graduating with Honors (Ep. 68)
Even if you fail at first, you can turn it around. In this episode of the podcast, I talk with Clarissa Rodriguez about how she learned new study habits and organizational techniques, which helped her turn her entire college career around.
Jul 20, 2015
Finding a Part-Time Job in College (Ep. 67)
Lining your pockets with some extra cash while you're in college isn't as difficult as you might think. In this episode, we'll look at how to find a part-time job on or off campus, the hierarchy of "job desirability", and how to balance your schedule.
Jul 13, 2015
Using Credit Cards Wisely and Maximizing Your Credit Score (Ep. 66)
Credit cards are stupidly confusing, and your credit score... doubly so. If you're unsure about how you should use credit cards, this Listen Money Matters crossover episode will help you. Probably.
Jun 29, 2015
How I Landed an Internship Without an Interview (Ep. 65)
Plus, I've got 7 tips from my experience getting hired that you can use to increase your own chances of getting a great internship or job.
Jun 22, 2015
Habits and Diminishing Returns (Ep. 64)
Thoughts on how habits deaden the pleasure of certain experiences. When you notice this happening, should you change your habits?
Jun 15, 2015
Habit-Building Strategies for Different Personalities with Gretchen Rubin (Ep. 63)
Building habits is not an exact science. As Gretchen Rubin reveals in her new book, people with different personalities should go about building new habits in different ways. How should you build yours?
Jun 08, 2015
How I Traveled to Japan on the Cheap (Ep. 62)
I went to Japan twice - both in 2012 and 2013. For both trips, I used numerous resources and travel hacks to save lots of money; in this episode, I'll show you them!
May 04, 2015
How I Create Videos – Part 2: Editing and Publishing (Ep. 61)
Today we're wrapping up my video-creation process with an overview of how I edit and publish each video.
Apr 27, 2015
How I Create Videos – Part 1: Research and Filming (Ep. 60)
Want to know my process for making videos? In this episode, I'll go through the first part - starting with research and ending with filming.
Apr 20, 2015
The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Productivity (Ep. 59)
Want to become a more productive person? Chris Bailey has spent over two years immersed in mountains of research on habit-building, mindfulness, and other techniques for helping you do just that. He's got a pretty sweet beard too.
Apr 13, 2015
The Nuclear Option for Changing Your Habits (Ep. 58)
Need a way to force yourself to build or break a habit? In this episode, I chat with the founders of Beeminder - an app that makes you pledge real money towards your goals.
Apr 06, 2015
Rationality and Precise Thinking (Ep. 57)
We're pressured to have opinions on everything - but how do you know what your opinion actually represents? In this episode, we'll scratch the surface of rational thinking with an analysis of heuristics. This episode may challenge you.
Mar 30, 2015
Inside Habitica – a Tool That Turns Habit-Building Into a Video Game (Ep. 56)
Habits are easier to build when you use video game elements to increase your motivation! That's exactly what HabitRPG helps you do, and in this episode, I talk with co-founders Siena Leslie and Vicky Hsu to learn more about the app's origins.
Mar 23, 2015
Um… With Adam Clark (Ep. 55)
A deep, meandering conversation about the meaning of life, happiness, deciding when to quit or push ahead, and other topics with my friend Adam. I don't know how to title this one without it sounding overly cheesy, but I definitely think you should give it a listen. There's a lot of good stuff here.
Mar 16, 2015
Earning Two Free Master’s Degrees Through Volunteering (Ep. 54)
Katie Dwyer, the founder of My College Advice, talks about her experiences studying abroad and earning two free masters degrees through her volunteer experiences.
Mar 09, 2015
A Day In My Life (Ep. 53)
A peek into my life running College Info Geek - take a drive with me and learn about my habits, how I plan and get work done, and what games I'm currently digging :)
Mar 02, 2015
In-Depth Salary Negotiation Tactics (Ep. 52)
Learn how to stand out in salary negotiation with Jim Hopkinson of
Feb 23, 2015
Successful Mistakes (Ep. 51)
Matthew Turner shares his story on his latest project, Successful Mistakes. Buck the fear of failure and learn from your mistakes!
Feb 16, 2015
A Conversation with Satchell Drakes, One of My Biggest YouTube Inspirations (Ep. 50)
I talk YouTube, podcasting, design, and work/life balance with Satchell Drakes, a member of the Normal Boots collective and the founder of the Satchbag's Goods channel and the podcast Cinephilia Anonymous.
Feb 09, 2015
How to Test out of College Courses (Ep. 49)
Jay Cross of DIYDegree explains how to earn your degree faster and smarter sharing his testing out strategies in this week's episode.
Feb 02, 2015
How to Read And Learn More Effectively (Ep. 48)
When you read a book, how much do you retain? How much do you actually apply? Shane Parrish, the founder of the excellent blog Farnam Street, will teach you how to improve the way you read books.
Jan 26, 2015
BONUS: The Ultimate Guide to Budgeting in College
How do you effectively budget your money as a student? This guide goes over how I did it, how I automate as much of it as I can, and how you can apply what I learned.
Jan 20, 2015
Making Friends And Connections As An Introvert (Ep. 47)
As an introvert, it can be hard to meet new people, make small talk, and eventually become friends with people. However, it IS possible to work through introversion by challenging yourself - something my friend Tyler Tervooren is very good at.
Jan 19, 2015
How To Make Community College An Ivy League Experience (Ep. 46)
Does going to a community college mean you have fewer opportunities? Isa Adney says no, and my interview with her will show you how to make the best of any college situation.
Jan 12, 2015
How I Wrote a 27,000-Word Book – Plus A Huge Announcement (Ep. 45)
Andrew Fiebert and I talk about the process of writing books. Also, I've launched my book on earning awesome grades! You can get it for free...
Jan 05, 2015
This Dude is Winning at College… (Ep. 44)
Stefano Ganddini is the creator of Collegetopia and is also a senior at the University of Southern California. In this episode, you’ll learn how Stefano has been able to hack his studies, win scholarships, massively impress his internship bosses, and why we both love taking cold showers.
Dec 29, 2014
Goal-Setting, Grit, and Impossible Lists (Ep. 43)
Connect with Joel Runyon, the man who makes the impossible, possible. Learn about how he started and his current projects,
Dec 22, 2014
5 Reader Questions! Making Friends, Budgeting, And Group Projects (Ep. 42)
It's reader question time. On this episode, we'll tackle how to budget in college, dealing with group projects, memorization techniques, how to start a blog, and more.
Dec 15, 2014
Writing Advice And Location-Independent Living (Ep. 41)
Who better to learn how to edit big papers from than someone with a Master's in English? James Ranson has one, and he's also a location-independent freelance editor.
Dec 08, 2014
Resume Tips From a Hiring Director Who Read 10,000 Resumes (Ep. 40)
This week we talk with Brad Karsh, the man who has reviewed 10,000 resumes. Listen in for great tips on how to get that coveted interview.
Dec 01, 2014
Productivity Hacks with My Friend Mike Vardy of Productivityist (Ep. 39)
Mike Vardy is the speaker, writer, and podcaster behind, and in this episode he shares some great productivity tips and methods.
Nov 24, 2014
Salary Negotiation and Student Loan Payoff Tactics (Ep. 38)
Stephanie Halligan is a personal finance writer and cartoonist, and in this episode you'll find out how she paid off almost $35k in student debt, and also negotiated a $13,000 raise for herself.
Nov 17, 2014
5 Reader Questions! Heavy Course Loads, Scholarships, And Networking (Ep. 37)
You've got college questions, we've got stupid banter and (sometimes) insightful answers. On this reader Q&A episode, we discuss how to deal with a 21 credits in a semester, finding scholarships, networking with professors, personal websites, and more.
Nov 10, 2014
Personal Finance Is Like Space Travel (Ep. 36)
Joe from Stacking Benjamins says your personal finance journey is like the stages of the Apollo rocket's launch sequence. How does this affect how you should interpret the advice of personal finance gurus? This episode will tell you how.
Nov 03, 2014
Why “Follow Your Passion” Is Bad Advice With Cal Newport (Ep. 35)
Cal Newport, author of the Study Hacks blog and best-selling books like So Good They Can't Ignore You, talks with me about the importance of building skills over "finding your passion," choosing a major, and building deep habits.
Oct 27, 2014
How To Win Scholarships (Ep. 34)
Want to graduate debt-free? In this podcast episode, I talk with scholarship coach Shanice Miller, who graduated with $10,000 of EXTRA money from winning scholarships.
Oct 20, 2014
5 Reader Questions! Study Tips, Bad Professors, And Work Music (Ep. 33)
You've got college questions, we've got well-reasoned answers... along with video game banter and some terrible jokes. This month, we're covering bad professors, how to study your notes, dealing with a job you hate, study music, and more.
Oct 13, 2014
A Graphic Design Student’s Path – A Chat with My Girlfriend Anna (Ep. 32)
What's the path of a design student like? How do you stand out and make connections in a hyper-competitive, subjectively-judged field? I ask my girlfriend Anna to find out.
Oct 05, 2014
How To Strengthen Your Mind (Ep. 31)
Strengthening your mind through medidation and mindfulness exercises can greatly increase your mental clarity, focus, and work performance - that's why so many CEOs and other high performers practice them. I talk with Tony Stubblebine to learn more.
Sep 29, 2014
How To Write A Novel… or a Huge Paper (Ep. 30)
What does it take to write a novel? In this interview, I talk with author Brit McGinnis about her writing process, the value of consistency, and lots of awesome movies and anime.
Sep 22, 2014
5 Reader Questions! Resume Tips, $100K Salaries, And… Worms? (Ep. 29)
We answer your college questions, while I get mad at Martin for being better at video games than me! Dinkleberg.... oh yeah. On this episode, we'll cover resumes, night classes, picking goals, how to get paid a lot of money, and learning to code.
Sep 15, 2014
Getting More Done In Less Time (Ep. 28)
Zach Sexton, a writer for Asian Efficiency, talks about the definition of productivity - and how you can become more efficient at time management and your work.
Sep 03, 2014
Being Frugal in College (Ep. 27)
Want some tips on saving money in college? Here you go - I've got personal finance blogger Kristin Wong on the podcast today, and we're going to go over some college frugality tips. Word.
Aug 15, 2014
Study Advice From A Medical Student (Ep. 26)
The journey of a med student is quite different from other majors. Learn how Ryan Nguyen did it, as well as how to deal with massive loads of homework.
Jul 22, 2014
5 Reader Questions! GPA Advice, Useless Classes, And Hobby Time (Ep. 25)
Martin and I tackle 5 reader questions, including how to build a work-life balance, make time for hobbies, deal with useless classes, and gain experience when you don't have an internship. I get my ass handed to me in Mario Kart.
Jul 05, 2014
Building The Skill Of Adaptability In Your Career With Jenny Blake (Ep. 24)
How do you get a job at Google? Or start a successful website that turns into a published book? Or build a thriving coaching business? Jenny Blake has done all of these things, and today I talk to her about the art of planning, adapting, and pivoting for success in business and life.
Jun 26, 2014
Becoming A Web Designer Bro (Ep. 23)
The story of how Matt went from being the most frat-tastic resume-padder ever, to a dude working a job, to a badass freelance web designer. It's all about the hustle.
Jun 12, 2014
How To Become A Professional Speaker With Grant Baldwin (Ep. 22)
People with interesting careers are often asked, "How'd you get into that?" In this episode, I talk with my friend Grant Baldwin about how he got into his interesting career - travelling the country as a professional speaker.
May 19, 2014
Mastering Your Money With Matt And Andrew of Listen Money Matters (Ep. 21)
Personal finance is a complicated beast - how do you learn to pay off debt, save money, automate finances, invest, etc - without going crazy? In this episode I talk with the Listen Money Matters guys on how to get started.
May 07, 2014
1,086 Miles For A 5-Minute Meeting (Ep. 20)
Bud Hennekes is one of those people who knows how to identify way to get what he wants and execute on them well. Check out this interview for his story about travelling over 1,000 miles for a 5-minute interview, along with other cool experiences.
Apr 23, 2014
How To Actually Learn A New Language With Benny Lewis of Fluent in 3 Months (Ep. 19)
Want to become fluent in a foreign language? Benny Lewis can do it in 3 months, and in this episode we discuss how you can achieve fluency in a short amount of time - even if you can travel to a new country to do it.
Feb 20, 2014
5 Reader Questions! Study Tactics, Healthy Eating, And More (Ep. 18)
Reader questions about apartments, studying, motivation, and travel are answered. Super Mario is played - until my controller dies.
Feb 11, 2014
Networking The Smart Way (Ep. 17)
Networking is simply the process of forming relationships with others - but it's often done completely wrong. In this episode, you'll learn how to build mutually beneficial relationships with others... without looking like a robot.
Dec 27, 2013
Excellence Through Habit-Building (Ep. 16)
How do you motivate yourself to achieve your goals? How do you deal with limited willpower in today's distrating world? Lift co-founder Tony Stubblebine and I discuss these questions and more.
Nov 05, 2013
The Less-Traveled Road To Success (Ep. 15)
Learn how Vincent Nguyen scored three internships, built relationships with highly successful entrepreneurs, and created his own successful, fast-growing blog - at just 19 years of age.
Oct 09, 2013
How To Level Up Your Life With Steve Kamb of Nerd Fitness (Ep. 14)
In this podcast, I talk with NerdFitness founder Steve Kamb on his journey from college up to building his site, and how nerds can get healthy.
Sep 25, 2013
The Beauty Of Travel Hacking With Travis Sherry of Extra Pack of Peanuts (Ep. 13)
You probably already want to travel - but how about flying to a new country for just $5? In this episode, I talk with travel hacker Travis Sherry to find out just how to do it.
Sep 10, 2013
7 Essential Tips For Surviving Freshman Year (Ep. 12)
If you're a freshman this year, you need to listen to these essential tips on surviving (and dominating) your first year. Also useful to non-freshmen as well.
Aug 27, 2013
How I Built A Successful Blog And Made It My Job (Ep. 11)
In this episode, I retell the history of College Info Geek, from its humble beginnings to the behemoth of corporate zombification it is today. (wait a minute)
Jul 17, 2013
In-Class Learning Vs. Self-Education (Ep. 10)
What's better: learning in class, or studying something on your own? In this podcast episode, I discuss the merits of both with HackCollege writer Robbie Williford.
Jun 24, 2013
How to Build a Diverse Skillset (Ep. 9)
ThinkTraffic employee and Pocket Changed founder Caleb Wojcik dives into the process of building a diverse skillset to make you adaptable in today's workplace.
May 15, 2013
Hustling, Connecting, and Winning with Gary Vaynerchuk (Ep. 8)
Gary Vaynerchuk talks about how to get the most out of college through hustling, finding the right mentors, and leveraging your passions.
May 07, 2013
Earning Passive Income The Smart Way With Pat Flynn (Ep. 7)
What do you do when you're laid off from your job? If you're Pat Flynn, you build a passive income-based business and generate over $50,000 a month. Tune in to hear Pat's story...
Apr 17, 2013
How to Find a Job You Love (Ep. 6)
In this podcast interview, I talk with Career Kickstarter founder Barrett Brooks on how to really find a job you'll love after college - and how to not fall for a recruiter's sales pitch that hides a job you'll hate.
Apr 01, 2013
Why Your Education Costs $88,000 Instead Of $1.50 (Ep. 5)
In this podcast episode, I dive into the REAL reason we pay for a college education. Hint: it's not the actual education.
Mar 11, 2013
The Art Of Promoting Yourself (Ep. 4)
What is a personal brand? How can you promote yourself to become an expert in your niche and get the job you want? Dan Schawbel answers all these questions in this interview.
Feb 20, 2013
How To Not Be Dumb On The Internet (Ep. 3)
How do you keep your online accounts from getting hacked? In this podcast episode, you'll learn some easy techniques for locking down your online identity.
Feb 15, 2013
From College To Successful Startup With Leo Widrich from Buffer (Ep. 2)
I interview Buffer's Leo Widrich on leaving college to go full-time with a successful startup, building a personal brand, and networking effectively.
Feb 04, 2013
Hacking Fitness In College [College Info Geek Podcast GO!] (Ep. 1)
In this episode, I go over some strategies to hack your fitness in college - how to get started if you're a beginner, how to make working out less boring, and how to keep yourself motivated. I also go over some specific tools and resources I use in my own fitness efforts.
Jan 31, 2013