How to Learn Effectively – Our brains have the potential to memorize 2.5 Pentabytes of information or the equivalent of thirty million hours of playing Youtube videos. But so that the potential of the brain can be used effectively, there are some proper study tips that must be applied. Like the following things you can try to improve your learning abilities. This effective way of learning has been proven based on scientific studies by Neuroscience experts. Let’s see the following explanation:
1) Spaced Repetition or Periodic Repetition
To maximize your learning, study briefly but often. Neuroscientists have proven that it is synapses (the meeting point between the terminals of one neuron and another) that make you remember and understand things. This means that it will be more productive to study regularly by resting with sleep in between. Try to prove yourself, practice studying for fifteen minutes every day of the week. This way of learning will show significant progress.
2) Find your own Learning Style
Everyone has a way of effective learning that is different from the others. Some are quick to catch lessons by watching video tutorials, some are learning together with friends, or studying alone in a quiet environment.
3) Get Enough Sleep
Adequate sleep and rest are vital in storing information in the brain. Based on a study conducted by Harvard University, it showed that students who got enough rest at night could remember the course material by 35% better than students who studied in the morning and took tests at night without sleeping in between.
If you are a person who likes to procrastinate when going to study such as browsing through a cellphone, you must be willing to turn off or silent all electronic devices that can interfere with your study time. You can also go to the library to study because the atmosphere is conducive and tends to be quieter.
5) Apply the Education Technique
Set a timer for 25 minutes for study time. Then when the timer goes off, take 5 minutes to take a break or rest so that the mind becomes calmer and more relaxed. Giving this pause can also give you motivation so you don’t get bored and bored in studying. After 5 minutes of rest, set the timer again for 25 minutes again and start studying again and so on.
6) Finish the Hard Things First
Finishing the difficult things first every day is the next tip. When you have completed more difficult things, you will feel better and more confident that day. In addition, you will be motivated to complete other things that are relatively easier.
7) Exercise, Meditation and Socializing
There are several activities that have been proven to develop your brain abilities such as exercising, meditating regularly, or discussing with your friends. These things aim to stimulate the formation of new neurons in the brain.
8) Study in a Visually Rich Environment
You can memorize much more quickly and effectively in a more visually diverse environment. Two groups of students were studied to remember words randomly, one group studied by moving classrooms, while the other group only studied in a room without moving. The group that learns by moving can remember the random words 40% better than the other group that doesn’t move. So, you can also apply this technique of moving from place to place so that the process of remembering you becomes faster.
9) Learn with Fun Yet Seriously
A modern science study says that learning with fun will make you understand and remember things faster. Therefore, positive energy is very important in your learning process.
10) Study with Intervals
To be able to remember something in the long term, repeat your study at regular intervals or intervals. For example when you memorize a vocabulary in a dictionary, the most effective study is to review the words within 1 or 2 days after you memorized the words the first time, then after a week, and after a month. This is much better and more effective than repeating it every day. Of course this depends on your needs to study the material and the time leading up to the day of the exam.
11) 30% Read, 70% Repeat
If you have 1 hour to prepare a presentation/speech. Take 20 minutes to read and study it. Then use 40 minutes to practice it. So, take 2/3 of your time to repeat and practice it. While 1/3 of the time to understand the material.
12) Do a Self Test
Right after you study, try to quickly test yourself on the material you have studied. Not a difficult and long test, just an instant test that represents your subject matter.
13) Don’t Push Yourself
When you’re not in the mood to study, do something to get your mood back. So, learn without any coercion either from other people or something. So, do you know how to learn effectively? now you just apply it.