Learning tips ..part 3

Learn to Understand, Not to Remember

This is key. When you are trying to learn something, focus on understanding and not remembering. Understanding creates associations with existing knowledge and makes a more powerful recall. When you understand something you tend to get excited and enthusiastic ..if you enjoy it you will more likely remember more!

How to draw a Recall Tree

This is a powerful memory technique, and is a lot like a mind map.
After you learn something or read something you want to remember, recall it and draw as a tree
Focus on keywords and not the story, Memory joggers.
Draw a line down the middle of a sheet of paper and draw a series of branches off of this main line.
Expand each branch into the appropriate number of smaller branches, just like a branching tree. You draw a new sub-branch for each idea that derives from the main branch.
You end up with a branching tree with each branch containing a key word or very short phrase written on it.
Once you have done this from memory, review the information and fill in your recall tree with ideas or groupings that you missed during recall. The recall tree will be a powerful method of quickly reviewing and recalling the information in your later repetitions.
Try to reproduce it from memory 24 hours later.
Because this is such a practical method it is a fantastic tool ..if you have just 2 hours to learn something ..learn it for 30 minutes then draw your recall tree from memory then use the rest of the time reviewing and filling in the missed parts from your recall session


Have fun learning

Being happy and enjoying your learning will increase your memory ..Emotion creates chemicals in the brain ..so be happy and remember πŸ˜‰

Hope you enjoyed this little set of helpful hints about learning and recall..if you missed some of the other parts ..they are below

Remember, remember

Remember, Remember

I always thought that I had a good memory until I started to do some research ..I was quite shocked how much we don’t remember..A significant amount of memory loss occurs within the first few of hours after being exposed to new information but the good news is there are some tricks to help ..

Learning chunks

Your Hippocampus (part of your brain) needs time to consolidate what it has learned. So by cramming in too much information, the ability to consolidate it into long-term memory decreases.
So learn new things in chunks of 20 minutes but no longer than 40 minutes, then take a 10 minute break, do something different ..exercise, walking, jumping, stretching all helps your brain consolidate what you have learned
I have a exercise tool called a flexi bar that I use ..not only is it making me take a break and consolidate my learning but I am also doing a 5 minute workout ..super multi-tasking!
Then come back and do a 2 minute review of what you learned

Learn something that you are interested in

If you have a purpose for learning something and you can get excited about learning it then you are more likely to remember it..if you can relate to it, it is more real.
I’m sure you remember things from your school days and they are probably the topics that interested you rather than topics that didn’t

Repetition, repetition, repetition, the key to long-term memory

Re-expose yourself to the information in deliberately spaced intervals. Review what you have already learned – I tend to use a highlighter pen to highlight as I go through the first time I learn something and then when I review it I can quickly scan.
Online can be a little more tricky I normally take notes (with page numbers, times on videos etc)
Or using a mind map system or recall tree can also be an amazing tool and you tend to retain so much more
20 minute learning then a short break
2 minutes– review
After 90 minutes – review
After further 90 minutes – review
1 week – review
6 weeks – review
6 months – review
1 year – review

More learning tips to come this week ….