Digital Resource Library


These videos include lectures given at Truman, TED Talks, books reviews, and videos applying techniques to enhance study skills, motivation, and other keys to student success. Many of the texts mentioned in these videos are also featured in our 'Texts' section of the Digital Resource Library.



"Resilience and Mental Health in College & Beyond"

Presented in 2017 by Dr. Mini Tandon from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Mini Tandon is a psychiatrist in Saint Louis, Missouri and is affiliated with St. Louis Children's Hospital-Washington University. She received her medical degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.


TED Talks

"Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator"

"Tim Urban knows that procrastination doesn't make sense, but he's never been able to shake his habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done. In this hilarious and insightful talk, Urban takes us on a journey through YouTube binges, Wikipedia rabbit holes and bouts of staring out the window -- and encourages us to think harder about what we're really procrastinating on, before we run out of time." -- TED

"Learning How to Learn"

"Barbara is now a professor of engineering, but at a young age she was terrible at maths: preferring languages. A student asked her how she rewired her brain: after years as a Russian translator how did she learn engineering when she previously struggled. She looked into the issue from a neuroscience perspective." -- TED

"How to Get Better at the Things You Care About"

"Working hard but not improving? You're not alone. Eduardo Briceño reveals a simple way to think about getting better at the things you do, whether that's work, parenting or creative hobbies. And he shares some useful techniques so you can keep learning and always feel like you're moving forward." -- TED

"The Power of Belief -- Mindset and Success"

"You might not expect a child chess prodigy to later become a world champion martial artist. But that’s exactly with Josh Waitzkin did. In his TED Talk on the power of belief, Eduardo Briceno shares Waitzkin’s story, and how his knowledge of the growth mindset helped Waitzkin take the lessons of success he had learned through competing with the toughest chess competitors in the world and use it as a formula for immense success throughout his life." -- TED


Book Reviews by "Productivity Game"

The New Science of Motivation: "Rethinking Positive Thinking"

This video provides an animated review of Gabriele Oettingen's book "Rethinking Positive Thinking." A German academic and psychologist, Oettingen is also a professor of psychology at New York University and the University of Hamburg.

Stress-free Productivity: "Getting Things Done"

This video provides an animated review of David Allen's book "Getting Things Done." Allen is a productivity consultant best known for the creation of his time management method called "Getting Things Done" (GTD). Check out his corresponding website on the 'Webpages' section.

How to Study: "Make It Stick"

This video provides an animated review of the book "Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning." Written by management professionals and Psychology professors, this books draws on recent discoveries in cognitive psychology and other disciplines to offer concrete techniques for readers to become more productive learners.


Study Tips from "Med School Insiders"

"PERSONALITY-based Study Tips | Tools for Better Grades"

This video provides study tips based on personality type using Gretchen Rubin’s book "Four Tendencies" as a guide. For more information about Rubin's book, view the 'Texts' section.