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When learning a new motor skill, changing the way you practice it can help you master it faster.
In an experiment, participants were asked to learn a computer-based task. Those who used a modified learning technique during their second session performed better than those who repeated the same method.
Anything less than 30 is just not enough, but anything more than 50 is too much information for your brain to take in at one time. Once you’re done, take a five to 10 minute break before you start another session.
If you imagine that you’ll need to teach someone else the material or task you are trying to grasp, you can speed up your learning and remember more.
The expectation changes your mind-set so that you engage in more effective approaches to learning than those who simply learn to pass a test.
While it’s faster to take notes on a laptop, using a pen and paper will help you learn and comprehend better. When students took notes by hand, they listened more actively and were able to identify important concepts. Taking notes on a laptop, however, leads to mindless transcription, as well as an opportunity for distraction, such as email.
While it sounds counterintuitive, you can learn faster when you practice distributed learning, or “spacing.”
Learning and memory benefit from active involvement. When you add speaking to it, the content becomes more defined in long-term memory and more memorable.
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