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4 Simple Techniques to Remember Everything You Learn

Spaced repetition

Spacing out the repetition, rather than cramming it into one session, is more effective. To use this learning technique:

  • Start by establishing a manageable study schedule. 
  • Choose a method for storing and organizing information. 
  • Don’t forget to test yourself periodically. Tracking your progress will boost your motivation to continue.

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4 Simple Techniques to Remember Everything You Learn

4 Simple Techniques to Remember Everything You Learn

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Practice makes perfect

Whether you’re learning to play the saxophone or studying a foreign language, practice, or repetition, makes perfect.

Repetition increases the myelin, or fatty coating, around the axioms that connect our brain’s neurons. The more myelin, the faster our neurons work, and the better we learn something.

Spaced repetition

Spacing out the repetition, rather than cramming it into one session, is more effective. To use this learning technique:

  • Start by establishing a manageable study schedule. 
  • Choose a method for storing and organizing information. 
  • Don’t forget to test yourself periodically. Tracking your progress will boost your motivation to continue.

Take time for reflection

In addition to solidifying what we’ve already learned, reflection also helps spark new ideas. And it usually happens when you're not working.

Our most creative ideas don't come when we're consciously focused on the problem. but when we're interacting with people, gaining experiences and letting our minds make connections.

Teach it to a child

The best way to learn something is to explain it to someone else, preferably to a child. Or at least map out how you would explain something to a child.

This is known as Richard Feynman’s learning formula.

Richard Feynman

Richard Feynman

“If you can’t explain it in simple terms, then you don’t understand it.”

Learning transfer

Taking what we study in one context and applying it to another helps deepen our understanding of both.

First, deconstruct the knowledge into its fundamental principles. Then, reconstruct it in a new field.

For example, if you study Italian but also want to become a better cook, you can simply take a cooking class, or you take a cooking class in Italian.

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Even if you can't commit to an hour or more of reading every day, start with 20 to 30 minutes.

Reflect

The five-hour rule also includes reflecting and thinking. This could be just staring at the wall or jotting down your thoughts.

Focusing on the past gives you a chance to learn from mistakes you've made, as well as assess what you did correctly. As a result, you’ll be better suited to achieve your goals and improve your life.

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Plan ahead for the week, month or year when you are energized and feeling motivated, for better results for getting stuff done.

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If you can’t hold yourself accountable, it’s a good idea to bring in an outside influence.

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Stress and motivation

Used effectively, stress can motivate us to accomplish more than we had imagined possible. Stress can jolt us to reach our potential. Without stress, we’d feel rudderless and without purpose.

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  • “Good stress”: which psychologists refer to as “eustress,” is the stress we feel when we’re excited about something.
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Build your resilience

Resilience is how we deal with stress effectively so we “bounce back” after a difficult time.

As we deal with issues that cause tension and strain, we learn to face adversity, deal with significant issues and overcome problems. We learn how to formulate realistic plans and carry them out.

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