Put learning
At the heart
of your Adventure

I show you how to connect deeply with the people and places you visit by learning to understand their languagehistory and culture before you go.​​

Get my FREE video series and discover the 3 insider travel secrets that unlock life-changing travel experiences.

What's Holding You Back In Your Learning?

"I Can't Remember What I Learn..."

How To Be More Consistent In Your Learning - Use The Power Of Habit To Prepare For A More Meaningful Trip

Do you struggle to remember the things you learn? In this article, you'll learn how to improve your memory & take control of your learning... and your life.

"I Can't Concentrate For More Than A Few Minutes..."

How To Concentrate While Studying - 7 Tips To Improve Your Concentration So You Can Be Present With The World You're Exploring

Is digital distraction stealing your concentration? Learn how to concentrate while studying and give yourself a major advantage in work, learning and life.

"I Struggle To Deal With Procrastination..."

How To Stop Procrastinating

Sick of watching your valuable time slip away? Learn how to stop procrastinating and kickstart your learning with the 13 quick tricks in this article.

Get My Best Travel Tips Sent Straight To You!

Subscribe to my newsletter to receive practical, motivational tips that will help you transform your next adventure!


Meet James Granahan

My name is James and I'm the founder of Smart Effective Learning

I've lived in 11 countries, speak 5 languages and enjoy nothing more than exploring a new place, learning about new culture or sitting down with a good history book!

If you’ve ever asked yourself:

  • What’s the best way to connect with locals while travelling?
  • What can I do to improve my understanding of other cultures and their history?
  • How can I get past the tourist traps and uncover the heart of places I visit?

Or if you just have a passion for learning new things and exploring the world around you... you're in the right place!

James hiking in Patagonia, Argentina

What My Students Say

Very good teacher with really good tips and approaches to help you. 

Thiago Schmitz

thiago schmitz

Thank you James for creating this series of new study approaches. I am becoming more structured through the training. Thanks!