I graduated from the university some ten years ago, but I still consider myself a student of life🙂 Learning for me never ends. Every day, I still feel the urge to learn something new or review some past information. And still, I am glad to know that there are still tons I need to learn.
I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been following online courses on edx.org. That platform is such an asset! You can find amazing courses offered by one of the top universities in the world. And you have the option of auditing the classes for free! If you want, you can pay for certification at the end of the course too!
One of the courses I’ve been following is The Science of Everyday Thinking offered by the University of Queensland in Australia. The subject for this week was how to learn more efficiently. It was interesting to see a number of university professors confessing that most of the students are following the wrong methods for learning course materials. Most of us already know that cramming for an exam the night before the exam is not efficient. You may get a passing grade, but in the long run, it will be very unlikely for you to recall all the information that you’ve crammed into your brain. Highlighting the pages is used by many of the students, but apparently, it does not help us retain information.
So what can you do to increase your efficiency while learning?
- Space the material: Instead of studying everything all at once, make a plan and space the material you are trying to master into weeks.
- Connect the dots: The material you are studying will be useless unless you can connect the new information to existing knowledge. Our brains have unlimited capacity, and amazingly the more we learn, the more our brains create new connections without making our heads explode:) You have enough space in your head for new information. But for that new information to stick with you, you have to connect it to existing knowledge.
- Try to recall the information: Let’s say you’ve just read a paragraph or a section. At the end of each section, ask yourself questions about what new information you recall. It will be more effective if you can recall the new information and connect it to a piece of existing knowledge.
As edx.org states on its homepage, “Relentless learners change the world”. What new material will you explore moving forward? Which methods will you use to retain more of what you study? How can you connect the new material you will study to your existing knowledge bank?
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