Alex Lawsen on his advice for students

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By Rob Wiblin and Keiran Harris and The 80000 Hours team. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

In this episode of 80k After Hours, Keiran Harris interviews 80,000 Hours advisor (and former high school teacher) Alex Lawsen about his advice for students.

Links to learn more, highlights and full transcript.

They cover:

  • When half-assing something is a good idea
  • When you should actually learn things vs. just trying to seem smart
  • Why you should shift your focus over the academic year
  • Novel tips for preparing for exams
  • What to do if you struggle with motivation
  • What to do when you have bad teachers
  • How students should think about exploring and experimenting
  • Bad approaches to learning
  • How to think about personal goals
  • When to start thinking about your career seriously
  • And more.

Who this episode is for:

  • Students, parents, and teachers
  • People who know a student, parent, or teacher
  • People with an interest in improving education

Who this episode isn’t for:

  • People with no interest in improving education
  • People who get mad when an 80,000 Hours podcast doesn’t feature Rob Wiblin

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Producer: Keiran Harris
Audio mastering: Ryan Kessler
Transcriptions: Katy Moore

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