How Can People Learn Better?
Efficient and effective learning is necessary given the ever-changing world we live in. To stay up to date and competitive, you will need to pay attention to every new thing you observe in your surroundings.
Unfortunately, this is easier said than done. I have heard numerous students saying: “I haven’t learned any new thing throughout the semester.” But today, I will discuss with you three techniques with examples that can help you achieve your learning goals much more easily and quickly.
VARK refers to 4 different learning styles, namely, i) visual learners, ii) auditory learners, iii) reading/writing preference, and iv) kinesthetic learners. As a learner, you will have to identify into which category you fall. Most people will realize that they can benefit a lot when they combine at least three learning styles.
Visual learners understand things better when they look at pictures, maps, graphics, pie charts, videos, webinars, etc. On the other hand, auditory or aural learners learn new things when they listen to lectures or group discussions.
Learners who have a strong preference for reading and writing style can convert abstract ideas into words very quickly. Kinesthetic learners are the ones that can learn new skills by practically performing an activity, for example, you will never become a successful electrician, plumber or driver, if you simply read the theories in books rather than using the tools with your hands.
2. Pomodoro Technique
Researchers have conducted numerous studies on various learning patterns. Their results have revealed that taking short breaks after each learning session can improve your memory and ability to recall information to a great extent. Based on the Pomodoro technique, each learning session should last for 30-50 minutes, and there should be at least a 5 to 10 minutes break between each learning session.
Studies have also revealed that taking a short nap after learning a new skill will improve your memory much more than a continuous lesson for 6 hours. For example, flight radar controllers are always given one short break after every two hours of continuous work to improve concentration and prevent an airplane crash. You will find that you will be able to focus more if you get out of your position for a few minutes after every 2 hours of continuous work.
3. Get rid of your Phone
Of course, a smartphone is a necessity, but unwanted notifications, pop-ups, and distractible advertisements can interfere with your studies and waste a lot of your time. It is always important to silence the beeps and bells when you are learning something new.
The above simple techniques will hopefully make your learning process a lot more enjoyable and productive. The results will make you really proud!