Hi I'm James Davey The Exam Coach, and welcome to this short course on How SMART People Use Their Smartphones. This course will show you:
Around 80% of the world's population owns a mobile device. That's around 5 billion people. Of those which are smart devices the average person spends 4.7 hours a day on this smart device, 3 of these hours are spent doing non-voice activities. Smart devices are those which perform the same functions as a computer, for example, internet access and contain an operating system capable of running downloadable apps - in other words, they work on the move, where ever when ever. Popular examples are the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy.
To think that the first fully functioning smartphone to sell at significant global scale was only release on 2007 is staggering. What's even more astonishing is there's is no best practice around how to use these devices to be their most effective. Do we really know how to use the power and problem-solving potential within these devices? Do you know exactly how your friends use their phones? Do you know how they think about the content they receive and push out across their network every day? How they prioritise their time and attention?
The answer is, you probably don’t. In fact, most people feel uncomfortable having someone else, even a family member, look at or even have knowledge of the information on their phone. It’s personal. We don’t always want to share the private conversations, thoughts and hobbies that lay stowed away on our personal devices.
For this reason, the way in which people actually use and think about their mobile devices and how that impacts the really big things we care about in life remains a mystery.
This course contains my suggestion on how you might be able to make a few changes that could help you setup more structure around how you tap into the potential of your smartphone to help you achieve your long term goals. I’ll show you how I use my smartphone to enable me to do the things I care about, to help take me a step closer to long term goals, to enhance my physical and mental quality of life as opposed to taking away from it.
Around 80% of the worlds population own a mobile device. That's around 5 billion people. Of those which are smart devices the average person spends 4.7 hours a day on this smart device, 3 of these hours are spent doing non voice activities. Smart devices can be defined as devices which perform the same functions as a computer, for example internet access and contain an operating system capable of running downloadable apps - the catch is they work on the move. So, we’ve established the average person can spend up to 30% of their waking hours on their smartphone. And I think we all know that it can often be more than this. These are the facts, smartphones are an integral part of modern life and because of that it’s essential that we learn how to use them in a way that brings us the most value whilst reducing any potential downside.
In this session you will increase your understanding of:
This session is a story worth listening to. In summary it considers the management of two key questions:
This is THE most important part. You've listened to the theory, now it's time to put it all into practice. You'll have to watch the video to find out how to do this!
"Ideas mean nothing without execution" - The Exam Coach
Since graduating from the University of Exeter in 2014 James has been helping students with their exam performance and preparation.
During his time in education James found exams tough to handle at first. Often not having the motivation nor the focus required to succeed. Throughout his time at Bradfield College James transitioned from a student who regularly performed below his potential, to one that learned to strike a balance between working hard and other aspects of teenage life. He made an effort to become more attentive in class and see his academic work through to completion on time and to the best of his ability. Soon enough, Jame saw his results begin to change and he hasn't looked back or let go of that momentum since!
James specialises in providing useful information on the social channels where students spend their time and attention. He has developed some simple strategies and techniques to help students with their exam preparation and performance. His approach is simple and easy to implement. He deconstructs and breaks down exams so students can see them for what they really are - not a test of innate intelligence - but something that can be learned just like any other skill. This, combined with a fundamental understanding of the challenges facing students studying for exams today (procrastination, lack of motivation, stress), means he is well placed to guide any student through their exam season and he'll do it 'The Exam Coach Way'.