Six tips to help your brain learn anything faster 2



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Have you ever wanted to learn a new language or a new skill but found retaining the information has proved more than challenging? A study by Pew Research Centre has revealed ‘placed based learning’ is vital to ensuring lifelong learning.

Learning things quickly can put you ahead of the pack, but just how can you learn and retain information faster?

Science comes to the rescue.

1. Act like you’re teaching
Utilise the skills you already have by acting like you need to teach someone the information you are trying to grasp. A study done at the Washington University in St Louis has found that this approach can help speed up your learning and allow you to remember more because you engage your brain in a more effective way.

2. Physically write things down
Of course it’s easier to take notes on a smartphone or a laptop or a tablet, but when you use a pen and paper it helps you get a better understanding of what you are trying to learn. Research suggests that when you take notes by hand you also listen more actively and can identify important concepts.

3. Exercise and eat well
You all know the importance of a balanced diet and a good dose of exercise for your health and wellbeing, but just as you all know it, how many of you follow such advice? Anything you do to keep your brain sharp can be reversed if you don’t keep your body active and healthy.

4. Use short bursts of learning time
According to the Center for Academic Success at Louisiana State University, if you dedicate between 30 and 50 minutes to learning something new you are more likely to retain it.

5. Become a storyteller
You can exercise your brain just by telling a story. The process makes things easier to remember because the structure in which you are learning is far more compelling. You focus on the important details when you tell a story and the inclusion of emotion helps you associate feelings with what you are learning. Story telling has been found to be an effective treatment for those with Alzheimer’s disease.

6. Use an app
There are a great many web apps on the market to provide specialised brain training activities. The exercises are often basic and they designed to be fun (which keeps you coming back), but if you want to improve your memory this is just one way of doing it and because it’s an app you’ll likely get an update on whether or not you are developing as you go along.

Do you have any to add?

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  1. I would add a footnote to item 2, having just done this exercise: myself. After taking notes with pen and paper, then type it up in a document. It switches on your left brain by including formatting, wording and paragraphing, cements the information, and allows you to precis or expand your notes into a concise document.

  2. I think there is something to add to the exercise and eat well portion. The raw materials that fuel the brain (food and supplemental items) are perhaps one of the most important things that you can have for proper brain health. This means eating sources that are high in choline (like eggs or cruciferous veggies) and omega-3 fatty acids (particularly DHA and EPA). With just these two, it will help to increase memory formation and prevent neurological decline.

    Also, sleep is a huge factor. There are plenty of factors of sleep, but some studies show that sleep quality is more important than the number of hours. High sleep quality might be a 7th tip.

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