Frequently Asked Questions

You look too young to be a doctor and a pharmacist. How can I know that this is true?

Indeed, I have a "baby-face" thanks to my genes and my parents!

You can search my full name (Hugo Lau) on:

  1. The New Zealand Medical Council, and
  2. The Pharmacy Council of New Zealand

Note: I am currently working as a full time doctor, so my name appears on the Pharmacy Council Register of Pharmacists as a non-practicing pharmacist.

What is Study Smarter Academy?

School and University only taught us WHAT to learn, not HOW to learn.

Our primary goal at Study Smarter Academy is to teach you HOW to learn, so that you can get better grades AND regain your free time by studying smarter and more efficiently.

The skills that you'll learn are relevant beyond the classroom, and can be applied into your own life.

You'll be embarking on a personal development journey not just to survive BUT to thrive in the real world.

Topics covered include:

  • Peak Performance Mindset
  • Success Habits
  • Beating Procrastination
  • Unlocking Unlimited Study Motivation
  • Time Management
  • Study and Life Planning

What makes this course special compared to other courses?

We are results-oriented and your transformation journey is our highest priority.

When you join the course, you can opt-in to the 28-Day Accountability Program at no additional cost, and experience profound changes in just 4 weeks!

You will be learning from someone who has "been through the trenches" and came out on top.

Indeed, Dr Hugo went from:

  1. Getting poor grades with no free time, to
  2. Getting good grades with no free time, to
  3. Getting excellent grades with heaps of free time, balancing study, life, health, wealth, relationships, and giving back to the community.

Our course materials are based on extensive research, including:

  • Evidence-based peak personal performance
  • Productivity
  • Overwhelmingly effective memorisation techniques
  • And so much more!

These are the skills you don't get to learn at school, allowing YOU to have an unfair advantage compared to other students!

What is included in the course?

Once enrolled, you get complete access to the following:

✔️ On-demand, "Netflix-style" video tutorials, so you can learn at your own pace and schedule

✔️ 28-Day Accountability Course - to keep you on track and making those 1% improvements every single day

✔️ Lifetime access to the course material, so you can either:

  1. Binge-watch all the content (15 years of Dr Hugo's knowledge), or
  2. Take part in the 28-Day Accountability Program to help you achieve your goals day-by-day, or
  3. A combination of both.

What is the course curriculum?

Access the Course Curriculum Here

Where can I see reviews and testimonials from others who have taken the course?

You can find our students' testimonials here.

And here's the link to our Google Review page.

How much time do I need to invest to change my habits?

We recommend that you invest 30 to 60 minutes every day, for a total of 4 weeks.

This will allow you to develop a daily improvement habit and consume a bite-sized portion of the knowledge Dr Hugo has accumulated over the past 15 years, in just 28 days!

You can get the best results by joining the 28-Day Accountability Program that comes as part of this course.

What is the 28-Day Accountability Program?

Once you enroll in the course, you have the option to join the 28-Day Accountability Program at no additional cost.

This is where all the magic happens.

You will receive an email from Dr Hugo every day for 28 days, breaking the course down into small, manageable bites.

The program is designed to keep you accountable and make it easy for you to take action.

All you need to do is to open the email each day and follow the instructions inside. This will require an investment of 30 to 60 minutes of your time each day to complete the tasks.

Dr Hugo will be giving you daily tips, including vital frameworks to succeed not only in your studies, but also in your personal life.

Do you offer a money-back guarantee or have a refund policy?

Yes! We offer a 14-Day Action-Based Refund Guarantee.

Within the first 30 days of joining, if you are not 100% satisfied after you have:

(1) Gone through the first 2 weeks of the 4-Week Accountability Program, and

(2) Completed the minimum tasks required for the first 14 days,

Reach out to us and we will provide you with a FULL refund.

Do you have discount rates for groups, schools or institutions?

Please email us at [email protected] and we can help you from there!

Do you offer a mentorship program?

  1. You must first become an Essential Study System member and show that you are committed in order to qualify for a 1-on-1 mentorship with Dr Hugo.
  2. You can then opt to upgrade to The Inner Circle - The Complete Study System to get access to Dr Hugo's Weekly Drop In Sessions to ask him questions directly.
  3. If you require even more support, Dr Hugo offers a mentorship program to few students each year. This involves intensive 1-on-1 mentoring for these mentees within the group. An application process is required for this.

I am a C/D/E student, will this course help me?


Dr Hugo was a C/D/E student back in high school, and his carefully engineered, step-by-step process can help you shift from a C/D/E student to a top achiever.

As long as you follow through the course and implement what you learn, you too will achieve success, much like other students who have been in your shoes.

I am a top student already, will this course help me?


Dr Hugo has been there as well.

Are you getting good grades at the expense of all your leisure time?

If you are spending all your free time studying, we can help you learn to be even more efficient in your daily performance, productivity, and memorisation techniques.

If you DO have free time to spare, even better!

You can learn the elite success habits to prepare yourself for success in whichever area you choose, including health, wealth, and relationships. You will be learning the skills required to not just survive, but thrive in the real world.

Don't ask us why, but these aren't taught at school.

And we're here to remedy that! 🙂