What are some of the ways to learn? Are you interested in finding ways to learn new things faster? Do you want to become a more effective and efficient learner? If you are like many students, your time is limited so it is important to get the most educational value out of the time you have available.
Speed of learning is not the only important factor, however. Retention, recall and transfer are also critical. After all, what good is learning new information if you cannot remember it or utilize it effectively later on when you need it? Students need to be able to accurately remember the information they learn, recall it later, and utilize it effectively in a wide variety of situations.
So what can you do to become a better learner? Becoming an effective and efficient student is not something that happens overnight, but putting in few of these tips into daily practice can help you get more of your study time.
- Reduce stress: Stress can affect the ability to recall information and cause short-term memory loose.
- Shake a leg: Ensuring proper blood flow and sharpen both concentration and recall ability.
- Food for thought: Eat breakfast. Creativity is often optimal in morning and it helps to have some protein to feed your brain so breakfast is necessary.
- Sleep: Rest or sleep enough to have enough strength to read.
- Take a break: It helps your mind relax and absorb information.
- Change your focus: you can always change subject focus, by trying alternating between subjects perspective and focus.
- Do walking meditation.
- Fully immerse yourself: focus on what you are studying not watching TV.
- 10. Turn out the light.
- Take a bath.
- Listen to music.
- Speed read.
- make use of acronyms, visual aids (using diagram).
- Every picture tells a story, to visualize it, you have to draw or make a sketch of what you want to achieve.
- Brain map it: Through brain mapping you can see the relationship between disparate ideas and better utilize brainstorming technique.
- Use information design: like ‘information Aesthetics’.
- Use visual learning techniques like ‘gliffy.
- Map your task flow: organizing your thoughts on what needs to be done, is a powerful way to prepare yourself to complete tasks or learn ‘how to learn’.
VERBAL AND AUDITORY TECHNIQUES:
- Laugh: laughing releases the body, and a released body is more receptive to new ideas.
- Stimulate ideas: play rhyming games, utter nonsense words, use word-association or stream of consciousness method.
- Brainstorm: This is a time-honoured technique that combines verbal activity, writing, and collaboration.
- Learn by osmosis: find some podcasts that speak to you or are relevant to what you are learning now, upload them, and sleep on it.
- Write, don’t type: writing by hand stimulates ideas.
- Carry a notebook at all times.
- Keep a journal: journaling has to do with tracking experiences over time. Journaling can be a much more creative way to keep on what you are learning.
- Organize: use sticky colored tabs of folder flaps to divide a notebook or journal into sections.
- Use post it notes: post-it notes can provide a helpful way to record your thoughts about passages in books without defacing them with permanent ink or pencil markers.
SELF MOTIVATION TECHNIQUES:
- Prepare yourself for learning; implement ways of reducing distractions, at least for a few hours at a time.
- Give yourself credit: if you learn to focus your mind on getting the results you want, you will recognize the good ideas, and your mind will become a filter for them, which will motivate you to learn more.
- Motivate yourself: why do you seek knowledge? What do you hope to achieve through learning? Exploring the reasons behind why you want to learn can help keep distraction at bay.
- Set a goal.
- Think positive.
- Constrain yourself: By giving yourself deadline limiting your time on any one idea or focusing on the tools you are working with.
- Read as much as you can.
- Cross-pollinate your interests: explore inter disciplinary study to your heart’s content.
- Learn other languages: sometimes reading a book in its original language will provide you with insights that might otherwise be lost in translation.
- Learn how to learn.
- Learn what you know and what you don’t.
- Learn to effectively multi-task.
- Use the right type of repetition to your advantage: complex concepts often require revisiting in order to be fully absorbed, repetitions of concepts and theories, including concrete examples, improves absorption and speeds up the learning process.
- Apply the Quantum Learning (QL) model.
- Get necessary tools.
- Learn critical thinking.
- Learn complex problem solving.
FOR TEACHERS, TUTORS AND PARENTS:
- Be engaging: ask students questions, get scenarios and engage them.
- Use information pyramids: Learning happens in layers, build solid base of knowledge upon which you can continue to add advanced layers.
- Apply the 80/20 Rule: the 80/20 rule means that some concepts, say about 20% of a curriculum require more effort and time than roughly 80% of others. So be prepared to carve out time to expand on complex topics.
- Tell stories: However, you can make complex concept more relatable by telling a story or using a metaphor.
- Use applied learning
- Teach yourself: Teachers cannot always change their curriculum at their own discretion if you are not challenged, challenge yourself.
- Collaborate: if studying by yourself is not working, maybe a study group will help.
- Teach something: one of the best way to learn something better is to teach it to some one else.
- Write about it: it helps you to realize what you know and more importantly what you don’t know.
- Learn by experience: put the necessary time and also learn from people’s experiences.
- Quiz yourself: Testing what you have learned will reinforce the information.
- Learn the right things or the basics first.
- Plan your learning: have learning time table, and make it efficient.
- Persist: (make it a life style).
- Relax before exams.
- Don’t worry: learn to be happy.