Methods For Improving Learning Capacity And Brain Power
In this article, we shall take a look at some of the techniques that you can employ to improve your learning capacity. As said earlier, the capacity to learn is not something that is restricted to one particular discipline or aspect. So, these techniques are effective regardless of the area of application, be it in case of learning a new language or picking up a new concept in the classroom.
Never stop learning
Understand that learning is a never ending process. A foolproof way to improve your learning capacity is to keep learning more and more on a regular basis. Research has proven that the more the brain is acclimatized to the process of learning; the better is its capacity to learn more and more every day. When you train your brain to the process of learning regularly, your retention capacity improves simultaneously.
To understand how this principle helps you in increasing your learning capacity, take the example of learning a language. If you learn few basic words and phrases in a new language on a given day and stop learning any further, you will never become a master of the language. As mentioned earlier, learning is a continuous process. If you learn few new words and phrases in a new language every day, eventually you will master the language.
The best way to ensure that you learn things the right way and it stays in your head is when you teach it to someone. When you prepare yourself to teach a certain concept to someone, you make sure that you have understood it completely well to give you the confidence to teach it to someone else. Sometimes, we believe that we have understood or learnt something when we just read it or see it somewhere. Only when we try to articulate it in our own words, do we realize the extent to which we have understood the concept. Teaching can also be used to improve your memory skills. You tend to remember better those things that you have explained to someone else as opposed to those you have learnt in solitude.
There is a big difference between learning something and actually putting it to practice. When we try to practice what we have learnt, we understand the retention capacity of our brains. When we practice on a regular basis, we become thorough with whatever we have learnt so far, thereby preparing our brain to learn more.
For instance, take the case of learning a new language. If you just go to the classes and learn the underlying grammar rules and different words and not practice it, you will not be able to master the language. It is only a matter of time that you forget the basics that you have learnt. Unless you practice whatever you have learnt, you will not be able to learn effectively.
Keep testing yourself frequently to understand how much you have learned so far. Keep assessing yourself regularly to ensure that you have a fair idea as to where you stand when it comes to learning that particular skill or concept or language. When you realize where you stand, it makes it easier for you to gauge what needs to be learned next. These self examinations not only help in improving your clarity on the topic but also improve your retention capacity.
Say no to multi-tasking when you are learning something. Even if you are of the opinion that you are good at doing several things at a time, ensure that you devote your complete attention to what you are learning. When you do several things at a time, your attention is divided. Even though it may appear that you have understood what you have read, you will find it difficult to remember it later. Similarly, you might end up overlooking those small details that might throw more clarity on the subject. This is precisely why it is important that you do not hop between multiple tasks when you are learning something.
When you learn something, try summarizing it in few lines. Perhaps you could just write down the key concepts. For instance, you are in the process of learning a new language and you have learnt certain key grammar rules and the usage of certain phrases. At the end of the class, you could list out the grammar rules in short sentences. This could be an effective way of testing if you have really understood the topic.
Often, we are under the impression that we have understood something when we read a passage or a concept. Only when we test it, do we realize that we have actually understood only half of it. When you have learnt something, try explaining it to yourself. When you explain a certain concept to yourself, you will be able to identify those areas that you find difficult to understand as well as remember. On the other hand, your clarity on the topic will increase multifold when you explain a certain concept to yourself.
Hopefully you enjoyed reading these techniques that i just shared with you. Let me tell you that reading is one thing and putting what you read into practice is another thing.
If you are seriously interested in improving your brain power and expanding you learning your learning capacity, i highly suggest that you perform all of these exercises.
It might feel difficult but that is how you will break out of your comfort zone. Start practicing from today, feel free to start small and then gradually you can add more and more time to your training sessions.
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