#BrainFactMonday – What Does Learning Mean and How To Improve It?
Posted on 4th December 2023
Improve your learning ability by leveraging how the brain works... here's how!
When you learn something new, your brain forms new connections between nerve cells (neurons). It's like building a bridge between neurons to pass information. These connections, known as synapses, grow stronger with practice, making it easier to remember and use the new knowledge.
In this #BrainFactMonday you'll learn how to learn faster and better by leveraging the "𝗦𝗽𝗮𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗘𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗰𝘁." 📚✨
The 𝘀𝗽𝗮𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗲𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗰𝘁 is a proven learning technique that involves spreading out your study or practice sessions over time, rather than cramming all at once. Your brain loves this approach because it enhances long-term retention and understanding.
💡 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗺𝗲𝗮𝗻𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 is that if you want to learn better and faster (increasing retention) you should:
𝗣𝗹𝗮𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴: schedule regular, shorter study sessions over a period of time rather than one marathon session. 🗓️📖
𝗔𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗹: when you're studying, engage in active recall by trying to remember the material without looking at your notes or books: this strengthens your memory and learning process. 🧠💪
𝗜𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘀𝘂𝗯𝗷𝗲𝗰𝘁𝘀: mix up different topics or skills during your learning sessions to keep your brain on its toes and connect and apply knowledge more effectively. 🤹♂️📚
𝗧𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝘀: (this is my absolute favourite) share your knowledge with someone else to reinforces your understanding and memory. Teach a friend or a colleague what you've learned: win-win! 🤝👩🏫
𝗥𝗲𝗴𝘂𝗹𝗮𝗿 𝗿𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄: periodically revisit and review what you've learned to cement it in your long-term memory. Your brain benefits from these spaced repetitions. 🔄🧐
Here we go, now you can invest less time and get better results when you learn new things or master a new skill.
Life gets so much easier when you know how to leverage your brain, isn't it?
If I think about how much energy, time and effort I've wasted by not leveraging how I function..... it's a learning curve, they say (and they're right!).
Over to you... actually, what are you learning at the moment? I'm curious!