The 5 Pillars of Studying Less & Getting Better Grades

A complete step-by-step system for studying smart that will reduce your stress and transform you into an efficient, independent and completely unstoppable student (High School, College, Grad School, and even Med School)!


15+ years of experience:

Stanford Medical School Graduate (top 5%)
Director of the UCI CSS Academy
Representative at Stanford School of Medicine’s Curriculum Committee
Strategic Consultant to The Princeton Review’s Admissions Department
MCAT Instructor at Stanford University’s COEDME

Schools expect you to be an independent-learner, but they never take the time to truly teach you how to study and learn.

You keep telling yourself that this semester is going to be different, that you are going to turn everything around. You even spend a bunch of time on social media trying to find the magic tip or hack that can instantly make you a straight-A student. You feel better for a bit, but then one by one, the tricks fail and your grades go right back down and you feel even more hopeless than before.


The truth is, there is no magic hack that is going to save you. As the magic-man himself, Walt Disney, once said: “There is no magic in magic, it’s all in the details.”

This is why I developed The 5 Pillars of Studying Less & Getting Better Grades.

It is a complete blueprint for learning smart designed to teach you exactly what you need to do, when you need to do it and how to execute it to perfection.

Using this system I was able to dominate college only studying 2 hours per day (total) and I was able to graduate top 5% of my Stanford Med School class without having to study on weekends.

It will transform you into an efficient student who gets better grades with less effort, less stress and less time spent studying than ever before!

Ask yourself a few questions:


  • Do you find yourself doing well in some classes and struggling mightily in others?  
  • Do you procrastinate and avoid studying whenever possible? When you finally actually study do you suffer from S.O.D. (Sudden Onset Drowsiness)?
  • Do you struggle with time management and feel like you never have enough time to get through all the material?
  • Do you study your heart out only to get to the exam and see a bunch of stuff you overlooked?
  • Do you find that no matter how hard you study, when test time arrives you become insanely nervous and everything you learned escapes you? 


If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you need this program!


What separates The 5 Pillars from everything else out there?


The pillars are not just a bunch of random tips, tricks and hacks.

They're a comprehensive study system, with each pillar building on the prior one to transform your studying:


Pillar 1:

Teaches you to remove all the things that are stopping you from actually studying, and studying at 100% focus. In working with students, I have found that before learning to study better, students need to learn to actually be studying, instead of just thinking they are studying.

Pillar 2:

Now that you have removed the waste from your studying time and it is actually studying, this pillar breaks the semester into discrete intervals and teaches you how to allocate your study hours so that you can avoid procrastination and get WEEKS ahead in your classes so you NEVER have to be nervous about getting everything done.

Pillar 3:

Everything is in order for you to start studying. But, what should you study? This section will teach you the importance of focusing in on the key concepts and testable points of courses. With this understanding, you don’t waste time on low-yield material and you ensure that you won’t be blind-sided by material on the test. In this section, you will also learn how to turn that focused studying into active and impactful notes.

Pillar 4:

Now that you know what to study, we turn our focus to distributing all the material out over the term so that we can stay ahead, maximize active repetition and breeze into finals completely confident that we understand everything at a superior level to other students.

Pillar 5:

You’ve worked hard all quarter. Pillar 5 teaches you how to overcome test anxiety, capitalize on your hard work and dominate tests. Culminating with reflecting on how well you executed your study strategies and overall study plan for that term and begin to make adjustments for the next term to be even better.


The beauty of this course is that it builds a strong study foundation that is effective with any and every class you take. You can then personalize it and build additional skills off of this foundation as you move through your career and become more nuanced in your approach.

No matter what classes you take, what challenges you face or what level of education you get to, this system works! To this day, I am still using this system for my studying. It even works with Anesthesia. 


"Through this course, Dr. Pinesett explains how to condense the information of university courses in a way that I honestly did not think was possible. He shows techniques that can be done by anyone and proves that it doesn't require any special talent to become a great student. This program is so complete that it inevitably motivates you to improve in all facets of your life and to challenge yourself in personal aspects as well. Dr. Pinesett is very accessible and he genuinely cares for the progress of his students. This course gave me the tools to change my grades and the confidence to know that I can get even better with time, which is very inspiring since I am a super senior and have struggled to find the right way to learn during the past years. "

Ana Lopez

Amazing course!

"This course opened my eyes to so many of the bad habits I had in undergrad and why I wasn't as successful as I could have really been. Dr. Pinesett breaks studying completely down into it's most potent components. I have a completely different, more in-depth approach to studying now."

Lerena Holloway

A MUST for Serious Students!

"This is an awesome course. This course teaches students how to be excellent students. This is everything you need to know to be able to succeed in Undergrad. This course covers everything from how to remove learning barriers to taking effective notes in class. This course is very unique. It teaches you the skills and techniques you need to know to reach your full potential and be the best students that you can be. I totally recommend this course to all students."

Emin Babaei

The Secret Sauce to Success

"Just signing up for this course was a lot cheaper than the useless professor and tutors I paid for last semester. I feel so much more able to retain information. The material is easy to go through. I also take notes and pictures from the course so I can review sections at work. Reviewing the strategies to get my study strategies down. I have even passed them along to family and friends who said they are thankful for the new tips. Thanks Dr. Pinesett!!"

Chester Charles

So much Value

"I still go back to this course because it is so rich in detail. I finally felt like I could do well in college. The strategies are presented in an organized way; it's easy to find exactly what you need. I am a better student because of this course. As Dr. Pinesett says, it isn't enough to just listen to it. You must IMPLEMENT the techniques and be consistent. Hard work on your part is essential in order to succeed. In addition to study strategies, Dr. Pinesett talks about how to have a proper mindset when studying. This honestly makes a huge difference in how effective you are with your studying. All in all, I would really recommend this course. "

Thi U.

Fantastic Course!

"As an older non-traditional pre-med, I thought I had reached the peak of my studying potential. However, this course took me on a deep dive of study strategy and uncovered many things that were holding me back. With these new strategies in hand, I’m excited every time I sit down to study; because as we know effective study strategies always lead to student success. Those of you on the path, you won't be disappointed with this course! Well done Dr. Pinesett, thank you! "

Brandt Hausmann

A Must for Serious Student!

"This course will teach you how to maximize your time and resources. It is well organized, easy to follow, and guaranteed to yield results if implemented seriously. It is the epitome of "working smarter, not harder". But what made the course enjoyable is Dr. Pinesett's friendly and relatable personality. He speaks from the perspective of someone who has achieved the goal but still empathizes with the pre-med struggle."

Cee G


"This course has been very powerful and meaningful because it helped going through my semester in a so smooth way that I cannot even describe it! I struggled at the beginning, I have to admit that, but as Dr. Pinesett repeats billion times, it takes effort, motivation and consistency! Never give up folks, and let's get that MD license!"

Roberto Sacripanti

Just awesome!

"This course is amazing because Dr. Pinesett teaches you study skills and techniques but more importantly how to apply them to your learning. Dr. Pinesett gives you more bang for your buck. Seriously over delivers in this course. He is always adding extra content and is available to help if you are having any issues with the course. This course is for anyone who wants to improve their grades but you must be willing to put in the work required or you won't be successful. Invest in your education and buy this course you won't regret it!"

Juan Nieto

An investment worthwhile

"Thanks to Dr. Pinesett for taking all your time and effort putting together this course. I will definitely have to go back and re-watch some things as I go through my courses but the money spent on this course was worth it. I already feel more confident in my study-times. Thank you again, Dr. Pinesett!"

Dawn Payne

Dr. Pinesett is the bomb!

"If you need to improve your grades this course will CHANGE YOUR LIFE! As a first generation college student, education was never a huge value in my family. It was often more important to my family that I be working or cleaning the house, with academics coming in dead-last as a family priority. Needless to say, classes in high school AND college were tough . I floundered CONSTANTLY. I was always "hoping" that I'd get a great grade or that I would just make the mark to "pass" a course. I retook multiple science pre-requisites because I'd failed them initially and I honestly just thought, I "wasn't the type" to do well in science courses. I resented my classmates that seemed to have all the scientific brains handed to them lol I was REALLY ON THE FENCE about getting this expensive (to a student) online course..I mean a "course" online from some dude that's talking about Stanford and that he has an "insider perspective" was a real hurdle to get I didn't have 500 bucks just laying around. After some prompting from my significant other I BOUGHT THE COURSE..the whole time muttering.."if this is a scam..I swear..I"m calling my mom..“. All I can say is WOW..this course takes you from a weekly "I hope I get an A" and turns it into "I hope I get the highest score in a class of 100 students" lol. I've literally become so cocky (in a good way) about my ability to get bomb grades (REGARDLESS of the class) since I've taken this course..and I'm only 60% of the way through! (it gives you a progress meter). This course takes ALLLL the guess work out of getting good grades..make no WILL have to work your whole booty off in the front-end and you WILL have to tweak it slightly for different courses (guidance with examples on just HOW to do this is provided), but if you follow the instructions (they're simple) and don't BS, you will shock yourself, with what you can do. I haven't told Dr. P yet, but I SET THE CURVE last week on my BIO exam..the class average was a 65%!! haha! (sorry to be that guy). I couldn't believe I set the I literally asked the instructor if there was some mix-up because I felt guilty for taking a smarter students credit..I've always been the type to RELY on the curve TO PASS..not set it.. A wise man once said "never play yourself", which I take to mean: Never knowingly do something that has potential to jeopardize your future goals or ambitions. If you're REALLY trying to go to medical school and you're not confident in your ability to do well in current OR future classes OR medical school..then VALUE YOURSELF enough to pay the money and just sign up for the course..I just started this course and I haven't gotten less than 90% on my classes..feels so weird to say.. Anyway, become an "A student".. because if you're like me, I'm sure you've stressed way more than necessary about classes..time to end the stress and start having free days during the week to watch Hulu plus! (or more responsibly -to volunteer) lol Good luck!"

Chris Robinson

Is your passion strong enough to warrant investing in your academic future?


The 5 Pillars is technically one course, but it's really like getting 50 courses integrated neatly into one extremely powerful and comprehensive system.

It's over 30 hours of easy-to-follow, high-impact, on-demand lectures covering every aspect of studying, so you develop a powerful toolbox of skills to get top grades in any and every class.

Here are a few of the many study systems you will learn inside:

  • Prioritization System: Ever feel like you can’t make a dent in your to-do list because life (or your inner-procrastinator) gets in the way, let's get it under control! This system enables you to establish clear and meaningful priorities so you can stay focused on what really matters, get more done and easily make the right decisions for your future.
  • Scheduling System: Do you constantly procrastinate, lose track of time and always feel like there is never enough time in the day? Let's take back your time! This system enables you to avoid key drivers of procrastination and establish anti-procrastination tools and productive daily routines that keep you on track and block procrastination before it happens!
  • Front-loading System: What’s better than being caught up in your classes? How about being a month ahead and never having to cram again? This is no exaggeration!! I dominated college studying only 2 hours per day (total).I am going to show you step-by-step how to make sure you are always leading the pack while getting plenty of days off to live your life… the result is pure happiness!
  • Perfect Study Environment Framework: Are you easily distracted? How many times do you sit down to study only to check the clock and you’ve just spent 45 minutes daydreaming? Let's eliminate distractions that reduce your focus, make your learning slow, laborious and exhausting. I’ll teach you how to optimize everything so that you are laser focused and can spend less time looking outside and more time living outside!
  • Course Conceptualization Method: Do classes feel overwhelming? Do you struggle with identifying what to focus on? I'll teach you how to systematically break any course into its core testable elements so you know exactly what will be on the test which means you are organized, you don’t waste time studying the wrong stuff and you’re confident that you will always be over-prepared for exams!
  • Radical Reading Routine: Do you struggle with reading? I'll teach you how to read so fast and so well that you love to read, never need to attend lectures and don’t even need a teacher or professor at all. I was once the slowest reader on the planet, but thanks to my system, reading is the only way I study and it’s all I did in medical school!
  • Material Methodization System: Are your notes and flashcards a hot mess, and as a result, you never have the time (or the desire) to review them? I'll teach you how to take professional notes and a powerful method for repetizing those notes which means you learn more, learn faster and remember longer! I was able to shrink all of medical school into a couple hundred high-level flashcards and my flowcharts were so good I was actually able to sell them to classmates… for money!
  • Test Domination System: Do you suffer from crippling test anxiety? Are you constantly running out of time on exams? I’ll teach you how to overcome test anxiety and effectively attack tests which means you will be more confident, will be a better problem solver and will test faster. My students are always the first to turn in their exams and they do it with a smile! 

Ultimately, you will become a independent and unstoppable student.

Completely confident that you can study less than everyone else and still get better grades.

Now, and FOREVER (High School, College, Graduate School, Nursing, Dental, Law, and even Med School)!


No matter who you are, this revolutionary course
can help you!


Are You a College Student Like Uttam or Daryl?

Are you Working full-time and Going to School like Sasha?
 Amazing. I have been struggling with my online summer classes because it was taking me so long to get through the material. I’m only 45% through this course and already my time spent drowning in material has been practically been cut in half. I’ve learned how to optimize my surroundings, cut out unnecessary time consuming habits, how to effectively schedule and plan my learning sessions. Summer I was all Cs for me.  This course has not only helped me succeed in acheiving better grades but helped me recover some of my sanity too. I work 50-55 hours as a bank manager and school was taking up every minute of my free time before this course. It would have taken years to find this information on my own.  Dr Pinesett is an amazing human being and one of the most brilliant minds I have come across in a long time.
- Sasha Cannon

Are you a High School Student like Carlos?


Are you a Non-traditional Student or Pre-med like Brandt?

Are you a Parent and a Student like Elizabeth?
I took physics 2 during the summer in 6 weeks. I had already started this course before my physics class but I was so nervous about utilizing the new technique so I did my regular old studying on the first exam and pulled out a 77%. I was heartbroken and angry at myself for being so foolish. I then started to use Dr. Pinesett's teachings and on my next 2 exams and the final I was able to get As and raise my final grade to a 93%! If you want to save your GPA and get good grades then use this course! I cannot recommend it more and even sent an email out to my entire physics class telling them how I saved my grade. In addition, I started the first 2 weeks out by studying 5 hours a day, 5 days a week. By the end of the 6 weeks I was studying at most 3 hours a day 4 days a week. I literally studied less and got better grades. It was remarkable. It gave me more time on the weekends to spend with my family and not feel pressured to stay indoors and miss out on my summer fun. BEST SUMMER CLASS EVER 
- Elizabeth Daire-Delgadillo

Transform Your Studying, Transform Your Life!


What's Included:

  • Over 30 Hours of Expert On-demand Lectures
  • LIVE Monthly Group-Coaching Sessions
  • Access to Dozens of Hours of Group Coaching Session Recordings 
  • Elite Student Community

This is your chance to stop the frustration, stop studying your life away and be the Happy, Successful Student you have always wanted to be. Don’t let it pass you by!



About Dr. Pinesett

Award-winning educator, highly sought-after speaker, and noted authority on student productivity.

For over 15 years, I have been helping students transform their lives. Before establishing my own company, I worked for numerous well-established programs including serving as:

  • Director of the University of California Irvine’s (UCI) Alliance for Minority Participation Summer Science Academy
  • Representative at Stanford School of Medicine’s Committee on Curriculum and Academic Policy
  • MCAT Instructor and Curriculum Contributor at Stanford University’s Center of Excellence in Diversity in Medical Education
  • Strategic Consultant to The Princeton Review’s Admissions Counseling Department


Education & Training

  • University of California, Irvine: BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Minor in Business Management
  • University of California, Los Angeles: Masters in Public Health
  • Stanford University School of Medicine: Medical Degree (top 5% of class)
  • University of California, San Diego: Anesthesia Residency