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Trick your brain into Learning faster with these 5 Hacks

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I’m still amazed at how fast I learn things. I’m way different from who I was a year ago, even 6 months. I was thinking about what I had learned in the space of 6 months, and I was baffled.

The world is more competitive(intellectually). And it is no longer the survival of the fittest but the survival of the smartest. The person that would win at the end of the day is the one that can learn and unlearn things as quickly as possible. If you don’t, you would be left behind. And that’s a fact.

Henry Ford said:

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”

There’s many information available to you on the internet. Even this piece of content is information. But can you retain all you learn

We can only consume one information at a time. So, it’s is important to triple our learning process to stay ahead of the curb. Here are some brain hacks to make learning faster.

Teach as much as you can

When you teach someone, you put your brain to work.

Aristotle is a good example here. He was one of the greatest philosophers and laid the groundwork for western philosophy. He taught Alexander the Great and founded a school where he spent the rest of his life studying, teaching, and writing.

Teachers are knowledgeable in their fields because they spend their time sourcing out facts to teach their students. They do this for years, and what they teach becomes one with them.

Now use yourself as an example. Let’s say you’re trying to learn 3D animation. Your first thought would be to buy a course, take the course, and keep practicing until you’re so good that you can make a living out of it.

But what if I told you there’s a faster way. You can start a Youtube Channel the day you buy the course. And whatever you learn, teach it on Youtube or Social Media — You achieve two things, people would reach out to you to learn more which would give you more insights on the topic and what you learn on the topic would stick faster.

Practice Mental Spacing

Remember how you used to try to cram an entire textbook before an exam? Does what you learn stick?

At times, some of what you crammed the night before the exam was useful, but after you’re done with the exam, everything disappears.

You can’t learn SEO strategies, everything about copywriting, web design, and Facebook ads in one day. It’s possible to cram everything, but you wouldn’t be able to remember them, not to talk of using them.

You’re probably trying to learn everything at the same time because you heard they are all profitable ways to earn money. Yes, they are, but if you don’t give the information time to digest, it won’t stick.

A study shows that your brain pays less attention during short learning intervals, but it assimilates more when you space information over long hours.

In all this, a strategy to use is, when you learn something on the first day, teach it to someone the next day, then the following day, learn something else. This way, you give your brain enough time to hold in what you learn.

Rest in between Study Sessions

According to a study, downtime is important when you’re trying to retain what you’ve learned. Getting sleep between your study time helps to boost your recall for up to 6 months.

My energy bursts when taking a course or studying for an exam is very short. After about 30 minutes or 1 hour of sitting, I start to lose concentration and even feel tired — Then I nap.

It may take me a while to finish what I’m trying to learn, but whatever I learn sticks. Naps allow your brain to rest. When you’re rested, you can easily take in information.

When the going gets tough, the tough take a nap.

Tom Hodgkinson — British Writer

Take Notes. With Pen and Paper

I learned this method the hard way. When I take a course online, I just watch the video or read what they have to say, but I never take notes because I thought I could remember it.

The way I found out it was a fluke was after I had spent my time taking a course, I wasn’t able to remember anything. It was frustrating because each time I needed any piece of information from the course, I had to look for where it was in the video.

When I got around taking notes, I noticed that I didn’t even have to go through my notes to remember what I had learned.

Taking notes on your laptop is not the same as taking notes with a pen and paper. There’s something my lecturers always said in school: “You never forget what you write.”

When you write it down on paper, you put it in your own words for you to better understand it for yourself. But with a computer, you’re more likely to write verbatim because you’re not thinking, just putting down what you hear.

Find somewhere New

Learning in a new environment activates dopamine, which increases your brain’s reward and makes you better at retaining information.

Changing locations has so many benefits to your brain. It increases productivity for one and makes you assimilate information better. So, if you’ve tried everything and it doesn’t work, try going to a new location and see how it works for you.

Conclusion

You own your brain, but you need to understand how it works for it to work for you.

One thing I failed to mention is to practice what you learn. Our brain gets used to what we expose ourselves to. So if you don’t practice or make use of the information you’ve learned, it would fade.

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