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Experts share 12 ways to learn anything faster and easier

May 19th, 2021

Many changes have occurred in our lives ever since the pandemic started. This includes the teaching and learning process for the students and teachers.

We can’t deny that everything has become more challenging for both the teachers and the students. Fewer engagements, technical issues, demotivation are just among the common problems that students experience when having online classes.

These problems can also make it harder for them to learn. Sadly, this is not just applicable to students but also to those people who have jobs.

If you’ve been experiencing the same thing, you could try these following scientific ways to learn faster.

1. Make time for exercise.

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We tend to think that physical exercise isn’t essential for our learning. But it’s the opposite. If we are physically healthy, it’s easier to improve the different aspects of our whole being especially our minds. According to PubMed, regular exercise has a positive effect on our cognitive function.

2. Take notes.

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Perhaps, there are many people who no longer prefer to write using pen and paper. But if you would like to remember things easier and learn faster, this way is really effective. A study claims that students who do this learn more.

3. Get enough sleep.

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Isn’t it more challenging to study when you’re sleep-deprived? When this happens, your mind and your body won’t function well. So if you’re kinda sleepy right now, go ahead and get some sleep and you’ll see a huge difference when you try to study right after.

4. Be willing to try a mnemonic device.

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Did you know that mnemonics are really helpful for learning? These are tools that you can use when you want to memorize words and terminologies easier. You can try spelling mnemonics, order mnemonics, and acronym mnemonics. You can see more examples of mnemonics here.

5. Have brain breaks.

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When you’ve been studying on a regular basis, you know that your number one struggle is losing your focus. When it’s getting harder for you to focus, you probably need to take brain breaks. Edutopia states that “brain breaks restore students’ focus.

6. Stay hydrated.

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We are already aware that drinking water is beneficial for every single one of us. It turns out that it also improves our brain health. Oh wait, I will just grab my tumbler and drink some water.

7. Use spaced repetition.

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We don’t usually hear spaced repetition but it’s highly beneficial for students and for professionals. This process is a repetitive process to absorb information effectively. You can watch this video so you would understand it more.

8. Set your goals.

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When you know your goals, it would make you more motivated especially when you get to achieve them one at a time. When you list down your goals and objectives in a day, it would urge you to study harder.

9. Teach other people.

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Many students prefer to have group study with their classmates. And the reason for this is it helps them learn faster. There are many studies that have already proven that teaching others and teaching expectancy are effective ways to learn.

10. Work on one thing at a time.

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Many of us have probably tried to multitask. For some, it’s a great way to learn things. But when you focus on one thing at a time, it would be easier for you to absorb information and finish tasks.

11. Don’t hesitate to treat yourself with rewards.

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To keep yourself motivated to learn, always have time to reward yourself. You surely deserve it. After a long and tiring study time, you can eat your comfort food or do anything rewarding for yourself.

12. Try different strategies of studying or learning one topic.

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Sticking to one strategy when you’re studying might not work anymore. So don’t be afraid to try other strategies apart from highlighting important terms in the book. You can try to use sticky notes and write the terms that you would like to remember. Then, attach them to places that you often see. You can see more strategies here.

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Source: Lifehack, Daniel Wong, Inc, Pub Med, Entrepreneur Asia Pacific, Scientific American, YouTube/CleverDeck, Science Direct, Your Dictionary, ThoughtCo., Edutopia

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