FIVE TIPS TO IMPROVE LEARNING

 

Hello young learners! As students we all have, at some point, struggled with learning new things. Sometimes, the words are long and complicated, and sometimes, the concepts go over our heads. I’m sure if we could escape learning, we definitely would at some point. But certainly, learning isn’t that bad. In fact, learning is a healthy exercise that keeps our mind and body engaged. It trains our brain to take on challenges and helps us process and store new and interesting information that may be helpful for the future. Here are some tips that can make learning easier and more efficient for you!

 

  1. Prepare a Schedule

Perhaps the best way to properly learn is to make a schedule you can actually follow. Select a time suitable to learn new material. Ideally, this is in the evening, after a short afternoon nap, when your mind is fresh and rested. If evenings aren’t for you, select another time that works well. Divide the work in proportions and allocate it to the time you have selected. For example, allot half an hour to Science, and another half hour to English. Do not overburden yourself by putting too much on your plate. Take things easy and slow! There is another approach you can follow which is studying one-subject-a-day. I personally love this best because it can allow you enough time to go deep into the material, which is where you will enjoy and interact with the subject best.

 

  1. Pick a Proper Place

Studying in a room where your siblings are playing, conversing or discussing things is probably not the best place to learn. You need to be attentive and focused on what you are learning in order to complete the work efficiently. Choose a place where there is less disturbance and where you can concentrate better. You will end up learning better in less time. You’ll also be able to retain the material you’ve learnt for much longer!

 

  1. Do Not Cram

Studying a day before a test or an exam is definitely not good or healthy. While you may perform well in the assessment since everything you have learnt is quite fresh, you will forget the things you’ve learned soon because they haven’t been in your mind for a long time, and haven’t been revised as much. Learning a day before is also quite stressful and as a result, you might not end up learning anything at all. To avoid cramming the syllabus and studying on the last day, organise better. Make a proper time table and prepare for tests at least a week before the exam. This way, not only will you be able to learn well, you’ll also be able to practice questions and get around concepts that are complicated.

 

  1. Incorporate different kinds of learning styles

This might come as a surprise, but there are actually multiple ways to learn the same thing. The first and probably the most used one is to memorise and write. This involves the student memorising the material and then writing it down. Writing down ingrains the words in your brain and helps you remember them better. Next, students can learn by audio, that is, listening and learning. Read your notes out loud over and over, and discuss them to understand the concepts better. Another way to learn is to use coloured markers or highlighters. Each colour can signify a meaning. For example, green is for parts you understand well, while red is for those you are struggling over. You can therefore associate the material with colours and remember better. You can draw mind maps or doodles that would help you remember or talk the material over to yourself or a friend. Another way is to teach the material to someone new, which will only increase your own understanding. The best is to incorporate all of these types of styles into one. Put them together and see the results.

 

  1. Take Breaks and Refresh

 

Learning everything in one go is probably not the best way to go about. Your mind needs breaks to absorb the new information it receives and it won’t help if you try learning everything in one go. It can be stressful and will result in you learning nothing. So, learn in parts, set goals for yourself and reward yourself with little breaks to relax your mind. Keep yourself motivated, and have a positive outlook. You can do it! After your break, make sure to review what you had learned so that you can hold the information in your mind to the best of your ability.