So much to learn, so little time. The folks at writemypapers.org created this brilliant infographic explaining you how to learn faster. 25 techniques you can use to accelerate your learning and get much better, much faster. Let us know what you think!
How to learn quickly
So, how to learn fast? First things first, get your brain firing on all cylinders with these clever learning tactics.
1. Brain Warm-Up
Just like your muscles, your brain needs warming up before a study session in order to wake up and function properly.
2. Create a Learning Agenda
Structuring your learning time can help organize your mind, align your goal and reduce stress.
3. Use Multiple Learning methods
A study by Judy Willis suggests that “The more regions of the brain that store data about a subject, the more interconnection there is.” So using more than one learning method helps us retain more information.
4. Build up Practical Experience
Building practical experience of the subject into daily life can boost and improve your studying.
5. Do One Task at a Time
Research suggests that multi-tasking can actually hinder the learning process. So you should try to focus on one task at a time.
6. Test Yourself Regularly
Studies have highlighted higher information retention rates in those who regularly self-test compared with those who don’t.
7. Reward Yourself
Research suggests that reward motivation improves memory function through the release of dopamine in the brain, meaning little incentives can go a long way.
8. Don’t be Tempted to Cram
Studies show that spacing out your learning and reviewing information for longer, whereas cramming is only mildly effective in the short-term.
9. Take Regular Breaks
Taking short but regular breaks has been shown to help keep your brain focused on the task at hand.
10. Try a Brain Training programm
The internet is full of programs that can help you ‘train’ your brain from the comfort of your own sofa. Many training programs are clinically proven to improve memory and recall speed.
11. Turn Words into Imagery
Learning experiments have shown that imaging clear visual images can help with memorizing short pieces of content.
12. Vary Your Session
Research suggests that varying your study sessions can prevent your brain from switching off and keep the session interesting.
13. Teach Others
Teachers have reported that teaching something to other people is one of the best ways of learning something.
14. Pay Attention to Your Surroundings
Studies show that unsuitable surroundings can negatively impact upon how well you learn and retain information.
15. Trick Yourself into Enjoying a Task
Many studies have shown that simply faking a smile can positively affect our emotions. So applying this to learning can help make it a positive experience.
16. Use Mnemonic Devices to Compress Information
Mnemonic devices such as acronyms, rhymes or creating diagrams compress information and make it easier to digest and memorize.
17. Get Regular Exercise
Studies show that getting just 15 minutes of exercise can improve your memory and the ability to think clearly.
18. Get Plenty of Sleep
Scientific research has shown that a lack of sleep can negatively affect brain function and cause you to make more errors in daily tasks.
19. Socialize & Share
Talking about your thoughts and learnings with others has been known to help people process and understand their thoughts.
20. Eat More Chocolate, Yes Really!
Eating dark chocolate makes your brain produce dopamine, a chemical that aids faster learning and memory.
21. Meditate Regularly
Scientific studies show that meditation can improve your attentions span, making learning sessions even more productive.
22. Consume More Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to help brain control learning and memory functions.
23. Drink More Water
Staying hydrated has been shown to boost your brain’s responsiveness and mental processing ability.
24. Do Yoga
People who practise Yoga report fewer cognitive mistakes such as errors in memory or perception, compared with those who don’t.
25. Take Up a New Hobby
Picking up hobbies that are unrelated to your learning topic can help your brain process what it has learned and can also increase the brain’s grey matter.
So, what’s next on your learning list? With ricks like these up your sleeve there’s nothing stopping you from achieving your next goal, and fast!