Improve Your Learning Ability
When you need to study something for school, or for an important presentation, do you ever feel as if you have difficulties in learning the material? Does the subject matter seem too boring to you, or much too difficult for you to learn?
You can actually learn to be a better learner. One of the first steps in improving your learning ability is to train your brain to enjoy learning. Tell yourself that you are able to learn, and that you love learning the topic.
When you keep telling yourself that a topic is too difficult to learn, your brain will give up trying to learn it very quickly. If you keep telling yourself that a topic is boring, your brain will quickly stop paying attention.
How can you access the problem of being bored or disinterested, or intimidated by your subject matter? Start giving your brain positive messages in place of negative messages.
From now on, instead of saying negative things to yourself about learning, give yourself positive messages about what a good learner you are. Instead of saying to yourself that the topic is boring and too hard to understand, tell yourself you find it really interesting. Tell yourself you already understand it very well. Tell yourself you love learning about it.
You'll be a much better learner if you can train yourself to be curious and confident.
You can train yourself to be interested in learning a difficult or boring subject. Simply pretending to yourself that you are very curious and excited about learning your topic. Feel this sensation intensely and do it many times a day. Tell yourself you already understand this topic and that you love to learn more about it.
Here's another way to get your brain to pay more attention to what you are learning. This will help your brain to understand and remember the subject much better.
Find someone who is willing to be your student, even if it's only for ten minutes, and try teaching the topic to them. Ask if they understand what you are saying. Keep trying to explain it as clearly as possible. This will send a signal to your brain that the subject is important to you.
When you are teaching something you want to learn, you have a chance to rephrase what you are learning in your own words. This creates more connections in your mind. In addition, by trying to teach the topic to another person, you will discover which aspects of the topic you understand thoroughly, and which areas you still need to work on.
Another way to improve your learning ability is to take breaks from studying more often.
Why would taking more breaks improve your ability to learn?
Even though a break may seem to interrupt your study time, when you sit down to start studying again, your brain will benefit from the change in activity. When you sit down again, you are more likely to remember the material you studied just before you took the break, and the material you studied when sat down again.
This can make your study time more efficient and effective.
You do not need to take really long breaks from studying. For this technique to work, get up once an hour for five minutes and go get some exercise outside or do something different in another room.
That should be enough of a break so your brain can refresh and recharge.
If you have to learn a lot of complex, difficult material for a major presentation or an exam, give yourself plenty of study time to fully understand the material and review it a few times before you actually need to use it. Do not leave everything until the last minute.
For the vast majority of people, trying to cram a lot of information into your brain the night before an exam or a presentation does not work. Your brain needs to get a good night's sleep so that it can put all your new knowledge into long term storage.
If you spend too much time cramming information into your brain the night before a big exam, and you do not get enough sleep, your brain is not going to be able to understand or remember the material very well.
If you follow these simple suggestions, you will be able to improve your learning ability!