This article is a summary of some of the articles that have been posted so far on the How to Learn series.
1. How We Form Habits: Extra Ideas to Help You Handle Procrastination
- 1. How We Form Habits: Extra Ideas to Help You Handle Procrastination
- 2. How to Become Better at Reading Books More Effectively
- 3. How Handwriting and Note-taking Help You Learn More Effectively
- 4. Memorization Techniques to Help You Memorize Things Better
- 5. Why You Should and How to Learn a New Language
Human beings are creatures of habit and there are so many things we do today that we do without thinking much about them or even giving a thought to why we actually do them. In fact, studies tell us that 40 to 45% of the decisions we make everyday are habitual.
Studies have shown that if you can diagnose your habits, you can change them in whichever way you want. Premeditate your habit cues and rewards ahead of time and use them to develop healthier and more productive behaviours.
2. How to Become Better at Reading Books More Effectively
The importance and benefits of reading go far beyond passing tests and exams in school. Reading gives your brain a workout. In fact, just as exercise is good for your body, reading stimulates your brain. As you progress through a book, you have to remember a lot of things that have been earlier mentioned, and this improves memory.
Different books differ in complexity, depending on how much you know about the subject. The less you know about the subject, the more time is required to assimilate and comprehend the material. As with every other skill, the ability to read effectively requires practice and patience. The more you read, the better you’ll become at reading.
3. How Handwriting and Note-taking Help You Learn More Effectively
In today’s digital world, emphasis is gradually shifting to proficiency on the keyboard. As important as typing skills are, research done by psychologists and neuroscientists show that it’s far too soon to declare handwriting a relic of the past. New evidence suggests that the links between handwriting and educational development run deep.
Note-taking and writing are valuable life skills that never lose their utility and importance. Numerous studies over the years have proven this fact. People who take notes remember what they learn better than those who don’t. In fact, a 1970 study by Developmental Psychologist Michael Howe has found that we’re seven times more likely to remember facts one week after hearing them if we write down good notes.
4. Memorization Techniques to Help You Memorize Things Better
Memory formation involves registering information or encoding, processing, storage and retrieval. And memories are encoded most strongly when we’re paying attention, when we’re deeply engaged and when information is meaningful to us. This means that emotion affects all the phases of memory formation.
The key to committing things to memory is to make them memorable. Something that is memorable or unforgettable is something that is easily remembered especially because it is special or unusual. So use your imagination to turn names, list items, numbers or abstract words into images that are disgusting, weird or funny. By doing this, you are making whatever you need to remember worth remembering.
5. Why You Should and How to Learn a New Language
Being multilingual gives your brain some remarkable advantages. Some of the benefits are physical such as higher density of the grey matter that contain most of your brain’s neurons and synapses. In fact, bilinguals experience more activity in certain brain regions when engaging a second language. Some other advantages include increased attentive focus and high levels of thinking and awareness.
When you’re first starting to learn a new language, you need to spend time listening to and watching people talk in the language. You might want to find a learning partner if need be, talk to yourself whenever possible. Just dive in!