ABOUT

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Hi, I’m Anil.

I attended Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur and Wharton, University of Pennsylvania for my undergrad (Engineering) and grad (MBA) programs, respectively.

The blog has two focus areas:

1. Study skills, test-taking strategies, and productivity tips

You’ll learn about topics such as efficient study skills, excelling in exams, productivity hacks, and soft factors such as grit, growth mindset, and persistence that actually determine your long-term success.

On these topics as well, you’ll find lots of content flowing from my own experience, experiences of others, best practices, and research.

Book

I’ve recently a released a book (Kindle format) – How Top Test-Takers Consistently Finish in Top 1% – on the topic whose details you can read here.

2. English language

You’ll learn what it takes to become fluent in English language, both spoken and written. Lot of stuff will come from my experiences, my observations of absolute beginners at Freedom English Academy and other people around, and what research and best practices say. (You can read few of my experiences here: how I built an active vocabulary of more than 5,000 words and how I improved my pronunciation of more than 3,000 words.) In many of the posts, you’ll see nuances and details you’ll struggle to find elsewhere.

Looking at people fluent in English, many believe they’re naturally gifted, have a different grey matter. That’s one of the biggest myths. Scientists and experts have provided plentiful evidence against this myth, yet it exists. And irony is that this very belief – that you can’t compete with the best because you don’t have that natural talent – stops you from making an effort.

In reality, people achieve fluency through several small steps taken consistently over years. Lots of practice. Good habits. And persistence.

Anyone, irrespective of her/ his background, can become fluent. It takes time, though. Therefore, you need to blend in relevant practice… today, and not wait few years till you’re done with your academic and other pursuits. By then it’ll be too late. (Learn why English language skills are so important and why their importance will further grow in future here.)

Contact

You may contact me at anil@lemongrad.com