Maple Hupkens

Maple Hupkens

Trainer/psychologist. The main topics in which I train students are study techniques, time-management, bullet journaling, speed reading, academic writing and tackling procrastination.

Location Groningen


  • Hmm yes, that's actually a very nice way to put it. Thanks Katie :)

  • Yes, and maybe to add.... even if you cannot complete all of the work, you will still learn a lot from the parts you can complete!

  • Nice to see that you would like to apply the growth mindset to planning. Planning is a skill that can be learned by experimenting and learning from failed plans, so considering failed plan to be a sign of a 'not plan person' would be such a shame.... and also totally incorrect :). Good luck with becoming a 'plan person'!

  • I am so exited to hear that Fernanda. Good luck with the course!

  • Great!

  • Good analysis, Francine. Which one of the two realizations is the most important and could be put into action for the next semester? (Or would both be possible?)

  • I am not sure you can do that via this site. But if you think you have something that could be useful to us, there is a possibility to contact us, by sending me a personal email: Thanks and good luck with doing this course!

  • Wow Inês, that is great!

  • Hmm... yes, that is an interesting one! There is one additional reason why it might be good to have a phone-less reward after (longer) study sessions. When on your phone, reading, watching video, and so on, the thinking parts of your brain are still activated. This is no problem, but you might forget to spend time in another important mode of your brain: The...

  • To check the author is an good mindset. It wasn't part of this exercise, but 'in real life', that's an excellent question to start with.

  • What kind of reward do you want to try out?

  • So great to hear you've learned something important today Rowa'a. You're welcome!

  • Great Ines! Did you get any results yet? What stood out most in your observations so far?

  • ..... I hope I didn't encourage hours of procrastination by my last comment... ;)

  • Hahaha. Well, but if you have made a nice template, feel free to share

  • When I read the comments, I conclude that Youtube should be given a prize for being the most distracting website/app out there :)

  • Hi Tenetariro, although the information in this video is limited to previewing books and articles, it is actually also applicable for other study materials such as lecture slides. To preview these you would also first try to identify the 'big themes' by skimming/skipping through the slides. You can use visual cues, like the placement, size and boldness of the...

  • Maria, thanks for sharing. I like your idea of ending the session by thinking of an easy task to get you started in the next session, which sounds like a brain-friendly way to get yourself back to work.

  • Great to hear! I play the trumpet in a band here in Groningen, I love trombones and other brass as well.

  • Ah, I can Image strong sunlight is not an ideal situation either. Hopefully the lockdown gets eased soon, and doing things like getting a new chair gets easier again. Good luck with Week 3 (I saw you are half way already) and Week 4!

  • Great to hear Alicia. And thanks for your reply!

  • Hi Olivia. Yes, unfamiliar words can be very overwhelming. That's why actually this text with difficult words is included. By seeing the explanation video, you can now see how you can do a preview, even when you don't understand the topic yet.

    Did it become clear to you how you can do a preview on such a text, when you watched the video "Students discuss...

  • Thanks for your quick reply, Marlo. That sounds like hard, but great plan. Please let me know if you manage to do so, and how it works out for you :)

  • Interesting situation! Normally, indeed, the indents should serve as mini-paragraphs. So they should follow the same rules as paragraphs that are made by an emptly line. However, it could be that the text is quite unstructured and that that makes it extra hard (or impossible) to follow the order of the different mini-paragraphs. Maybe you will get a better...

  • Hi Varada, procrastination is always a big problem for students. We have special steps to help you with that in our course. The first start is step 1.17 (Time Management) to 1.19 of this Week 1. Then in Week 2 and Week 3 you will get help by analysing your use of time and by making study plans that help avoiding procrastination. In Week 4 we have several...

  • Thanks for your question Marie.

    The idea is that with this method, learning a certain amount of knowledge will eventually cost you less time. Although doing 3 steps instead of 1 takes up more time, you will remember more. You make your uptake of knowledge much more efficient. In the same amount of time, you will know more once you've followed the 3 step...

  • Hi Marlo, have you thought about what times on the day you actually DO want to check your social media? It might help to allot specific times for it. For example, every morning at breakfast before 10:00, between 17:00 and 18:00 and every evening from 21:00 to 22:00. And subsequently, train yourself not to look at the other times. What time slots would suit you?

  • That sounds like a very smart plan, Jesskiran. Good luck with studying with the Pomodoro method for Psychology!

  • Hi Katie, good to hear. Which one will you be trying out first? And at what moment?

  • Thanks Aleena! Which one will you try out this week?

  • Hi Aamina. Thanks for sharing. Which of those 3 are you going to try out first, and at what moment?

  • Good to hear. Have you tried it out before? When are you going to use it next?

  • I read many great ideas in the comments. Thanks for sharing!

  • Excellent T. Thao D. and excellent answer Alicia. In an older book, we would expect to see more emphasis on the common knowledge, but not the latest developments (they might be in the book, but as they are outdated it is less relevant. More recent information is usually added by the teacher in his/her lectures or in seperate books or articles). The daily...

  • Dear May, does that method work well for you? For in that case (everyone has their own style), that is fine too, of course :)

  • Hi Alicia, thanks for your question! If there is no headings or bold words, the best and only way is to read the first and/or last line of the paragraph. Of course, if an author uses no structure at all, no structure can be found by previewing. But most authors have a tendency to A) start of by the telling you the most information in the beginning of a...

  • Can you tell me more about when they don't work out? Do unexpected things happen? Or do you plan in too much?

  • This is a tough exercise indeed. Much more important than your results on this first exercise, is to give it a try and then look at this explanation-video and see if you understand the explanation. Although previewing might sound easy, as most of us are not used to it: we start reading the entire text before we know it. That is why it is very important to give...

  • If you use the summarizing method we teach you in Week 2 (video 2.3 and 2.4) you will be surely using both sides of your brain.

    The method of summarizing forces you to be creative (instead of passive). Although creativity is usually associated with the right side of the brain, research suggests the distinction between left-brain and right-brain activities...

  • Yes, we will be covering more about that in Week 2 (Making a long term plan) and Week 3 (Making a week plan). In order to prepare for that, in Week 1 there will be an exercise in observing your current use of time. It can be useful to also observe how much material you currently cover per study block (for example how many pages you read).

  • Great idea. Good luck!

  • Hi Gabriel, putting it on silent mode is a nice alternative to switching it off. As long as you are able to "not look at it" when it's on silent. Might setting a timer help you not to worry about how long you will continue studying? So you can just focus on your studies until the alarm goes off?