10 Proven Ways to Learn Faster


Here are 10 quick and easy tips to get the most out of your brain's natural abilities. Neuroscience has taught us a lot about how our brains process and hold on to information. - Published July 18, 2022


10 Proven Ways to Learn Faster

Published July 18, 2022

10 Proven Ways to Learn Faster

Here are 10 quick and easy tips to get the most out of your brain's natural abilities. Neuroscience has taught us a lot about how our brains process and hold on to information.

We now know more about how we learn and the best ways for our brains to process and retain knowledge. How can you maximize your time by hastening the learning process?

1. Take notes with pen and paper.

Reframing the information in your own words helps you retain the information longer. It also means you'll have better recall and will perform better on tests.

2. TEACH SOMEONE ELSE (OR JUST PRETEND TO)

If you imagine that you will have to teach someone else how to do something, you can speed up your learning. A study done at Washington University in St. Louis found that this changes your mind-set and helps you focus more on the task at hand.

3. Distributed practice.

After each lesson or period of instruction, take a few minutes to look over your notes, making any additions or changes to add detail and ensure accuracy. Over time, you can begin to spread the sessions out, starting with once per day and eventually moving to three times a week.

4. Study, sleep, more study.

Deep sleep can strengthen memories if it occurs within 12 hours of learning new information. Students who both study and get plenty of sleep are better students and happier, according to a study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business and Penn State University.

5. Modify your practice.

If you're learning a skill, don't do the same thing over and over. Making small modifications during practice sessions can help you master a skill faster. Try adjusting the size or weight of your club or racket to try and improve your swing or tennis game, for instance.

6. Try a mnemonic device.

One of the best ways to memorize a large amount of information quickly is to use mnemonics. A mnemonic is a pattern of letters, sounds, or other associations that assists in learning something. One of the most popular ones is the alphabet song.

7. Use brain breaks to restore focus.

Brain fatigue is when your brain stops working properly and you stop paying attention to what's being said. The best way to combat this is by taking a "brain break," or simply shifting your activities to focus on something new. Even a five-minute break can relieve brain fatigue and help you refocus.

8. Stay hydrated.

Dehydration can seriously affect our mental function. When you fail to drink water, your brain has to work harder than usual. Drinking water can actually make us smarter. According to one study, students who took water with them to an exam performed better in class.

9. Learn information in multiple ways.

Scientifically, it creates a redundancy of knowledge within your mind, helping you truly learn the information and not just memorize it. You can do this by using different media to stimulate different parts of the brain, such as reading notes, watching a video or listening to a podcast.

10. Connect what you learn with something you know.

Finding ways to connect new information with preexisting knowledge will help you understand it better. When you connect the new to the old, you give yourself mental "hooks" on which to hang the new knowledge.