10 ways for faster learn

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    Learning is the process of acquiring new, or modifying existing, knowledge, behaviors, skills, values, or preferences.  People learn from the time they are born and continue till death.

    If you want to start on expanding your knowledge, here are 10 ways of how you can start learning faster.

    1. Make notes with pen and paper.

    To speed up your learning, skip the laptop and take notes the old-fashioned way, with pen and paper. Those who take notes by hand actually learn more. Reforming the information in your own words helps you retain the information longer, meaning you’ll have better recall and will perform better on tests.

    2.Have effective note-taking skills.

    The better your notes are, the faster you’ll learn. Knowing how to take thorough and accurate notes will help you remember concepts, gain a deeper understanding of the topic and develop meaningful learning skills. Before you learn a new topic, make sure you learn different strategies for note taking, (such as the Cornell Method), which helps you organize class notes.  

    3. Distributed practice.

    This method involves distributing multiple practices (or study sessions) on a topic over a period of time. Using short, spaced-out study sessions will encourage meaningful learning, as opposed to long “cram sessions,” which promote rote learning. The first step is to take thorough notes while the topic is being discussed. Afterward, take a few minutes to look over your notes, making any additions or changes to add detail and ensure accuracy. Do this quickly, once or twice following each class or period of instruction. 

    4. Study, sleep, more study.

    Research shows a strong connection between sleep and learning. It seems that getting some shut-eye is an important element in bolstering how our brains remember something. 

    5. Modify your practice.

    If you're learning a skill, don’t do the same thing over and over. Making slight changes during repeated practice sessions will help you master a skill faster than doing it the same way every time. In one study of people who learned a computer-based motor skill, those who learned a skill and then had a modified practice session where they practiced the skill in a slightly different way performed better than those who repeated the original task over and over. This only works if the modifications are small!

    6. Try a mnemonic device.

    One of the best ways to memorize a large amount of information quickly is to use a mnemonic device: a pattern of letters, sounds or other associations that assist in learning something. One of the most popular mnemonic devices is one we learned in kindergarten-the alphabet song. In studyng it can be really handy for students in medical school or law school, or people studying a new language.

    7. Use brain breaks to restore focus.

    Information overload is a real thing. In order to learn something new, our brains must send signals to our sensory receptors to save the new information, but stress and overload will prevent your brain from effectively processing and storing information.

    When we are confused, anxious or feeling overwhelmed, our brains effectively shut down. You can see this happen when students listening to long, detailed lectures “zone out” and stop paying attention to what’s being said.

    8. Stay hydrated.

    We know we should drink water because it’s good for us. But staying hydrated is also key to our cognitive abilities. Drinking water can actually make us smarter. Dehydration, on the other hand, can seriously affect our mental function. When you fail to drink water, your brain has to work harder than usual.

    9. Learn information in multiple ways.

    When you use multiple ways to learn something, you’ll use more regions of the brain to store information about that subject. This makes that information more interconnected and embedded in your brain.

    You can do this by using different media to stimulate different parts of the brain, such as reading notes, reading the textbook, watching a video and listening to a podcast or audio file on the topic. The more resources you use, the faster you’ll learn.

    10. Connect what you learn with something you know.

    The more you can relate new concepts to ideas that you already understand, the faster the you’ll learn the new information. 

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