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The 80/20 principle at University

Let's be clear. Your effort is very important, especially in your University days. Yet, there may be some of your study habits that matter more then others.

The 80/20 principle, also known as the Pareto principle, states that roughly 80% of effects come from 20% of causes. In other words, a small portion of inputs or effort often leads to a disproportionate amount of outputs or results.

An example of how you can use the 80/20 principle is by identifying the 20% of your study habits that lead to 80% of your learning and retention.

For example, if you find that taking thorough notes during lectures and actively engaging in class discussions leads to better understanding and retention of material, then you can focus on these study habits and prioritize them over others that may not be as effective.

You can also identify the 20% of study time that leads to 80% of your results and focus on those time slots rather than spreading the study time evenly.

Think of how you study. What 20% of your study habits lead to 80% of your learning and retention?

With Arete,


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