Learning to learn: how to better absorb knowledge?

We are learning all his life, from childhood to advanced old age. Playing the guitar, new software, and raise children - the human brain is constantly absorbing new information, however, it happens at different rates. As a child, the information is assimilated very quickly, but the older we get, the harder it is to learn.

 

Below you will see a few ways to help hack into your mind and make it work faster and better.

Maintenance

Like any complex mechanism, the brain requires regular maintenance, and if you neglect it, it will be able to cope with any challenge. A few good habits help to keep the brain in top condition so that the learning process will be faster and easier.

Exercise

I do not trust anyone thought that came not while driving.

It turns out that exercise need not only for an excellent figure and a healthy body but also for the functioning of the brain. If your brain refuses to think, try to take a walk or exercise at the gym. Studies show that memory and mental clarity improved after the 15-minute workout.

Meditate

Regular meditation not only relieves stress but also help to improve your memory. In addition, the concentration of the skills developed during meditation, it is very important to the learning process.

More Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids

These essential acids reduced disorders of the nervous processes, such as attention, memory, and speed of thinking. Acids Omega-3 found in abundance in flaxseed oil and walnuts, peanuts and pumpkin seeds. A lot of them, and in oily fish - salmon, mackerel, sardines and halibut. No wonder they say that the fish helps to think better.

Get enough sleep

In order for the brain could function properly, be sure to get enough sleep. Healthy sleep increases the speed of perception, help to make sound judgments and provides quick work of the brain.

If bedtime to repeat learned material, such as a poem or a lecture, per night information is firmly entrenched in the memory and in the morning you will have excellent knowledge of the subjecting water

Drink water

Scientists from the University of East London have found that a simple drinking water helps to concentrate better and to solve complex problems. The experimental results, published in the Daily Mail, show that people experiencing hunger, the uptake is slower by 14%. So always keep a bottle of water.

Distracts from the learning

It is impossible to deal with every day, only one thing - work or school. It is important to periodically distract by something else that the brain during this period summed up and processed information.

If you decide to have a hobby, look for activities related to the concentration and hand-eye coordination, such as juggling. One study found that juggling a positive effect on brain function. However, positive results were immediately after people threw a new hobby.

Have fun

Laughter - the best way to relax and avoid burnout, especially when you have to learn at an accelerated pace. It is proved that laughter helps to find solutions to problems and be creative.

How to ease the process of cognition?

Workout for the brain

Before we dive into the work, you can have a little fun along the way setting the mind on the job. For example, you can choose to mentally rhyme for words or solve a simple puzzle. This "warm-up" helps you to relax and tune into the perception of more complex things. As I write my essays on a regular basis, I feel more confidence in my actions. 

Learning together

If your training resembles storm the fortress, you can find someone to support. Whether it's a group, club or friend - in a team is easier to focus on the material and make the learning process more organized.

Organize place

The setting is very important for learning. Ideally, the room should be clean, soft and fresh, but it can not hurt and diversity. For example, in good weather, you can try to work in the park or in the cozy cafe. The only thing that should not be confused - training and bed. Even if it is very comfortable, bed subconsciously associated with sleep and rest, so that you will be more difficult to concentrate.

Metacognition

Most of the tips on how to improve the learning process tied to metacognition. This concept can be defined as the art of understanding your own consciousness. You assess your own thinking, their ability to perform the task and goals that are suitable for this purpose.

We need to move away from the first impression of the material and assess how quickly you acquire knowledge, whether there are any problems and learn ways to be more productive.

Do one thing at a time

Multitasking - this is a real talent, but unfortunately, it reduces performance. If at the same time to perform a number of cases can not be good to focus on them, so that the time needed to solve the problem is increasing.

Do not be afraid to fail

A team of researchers from Singapore has found that people who solve complex math problems without instructions and assistance often could not cope. However, in the process, they found some interesting ideas that helped them in the future.

This can be called the "productive failure" when the experience gained in the process solutions, not just help in the future. So do not be afraid to fail - they will be useful.

Test yourself

Do not wait for the final exam - often check themselves or ask a friend to accept you a little test. "Productive failure" only work with the search for solutions, and if you fail the exam, which is required for mechanically memorizing material, your learning is not going to help, but hurt.

Reduce material

Tim Ferriss, the author of Quick Training Guide, advises in memorizing the material as much as possible to reduce. Try to squeeze all the information into one or two pages using acronyms or rhymes.

It is useful to supplement their summaries visual elements - graphs, charts or maps.

Think about where you can apply

Very often, when presenting facts and formulas overlooked their scope. Dry knowledge quickly was forgotten, and if you want a long time to remember something, try to find your own application in real life. Knowing how, where and why to apply the facts in real life, tightly secure the information in your memory.

Use different methods

The more diverse sources of knowledge, the greater the likelihood that they will remain in your memory.

The coordinated work of different areas of the brain and improves the perception of information preservation.

For example, it may be reading articles, listening to audio materials, watch videos, writing or retyping manually pronunciation of loud. The main thing does not do everything at once.

Communicate with existing knowledge

If you can tie your mind the knowledge that you learned earlier, it will help more quickly and efficiently learn. Do not leave knowledge apart - embed them into a big picture of the world, which is in your brain.

You will succeed

Be confident in yourself and know that you will succeed. Not only because it's true, but also because the belief in the power of his intellect actually increases it.

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