Scientifically Proven Ways to Learn New Things

Hello guys, I am back with another article valuable to anyone who likes to learn something every day.

I think by now you guys should know that I am obsessed with learning something every day and improving myself. And since you chose to read this article, I believe you are just like me. So, today I am going to share some methods that I came across which have been proven scientifically. Let’s hop into it.

1. Just get your head down and go at it

I think most of you will agree with me if I say that starting something is the hardest thing to do. When we do it for some time, we get into a flow state where we hardly get distracted and even lose the track of time.

But how do we just start it in the first place? We need to bring down the friction as much as possible. Let me explain this with an example.

Let me know if you have experienced this. You just watched a transformational video from some guy on youtube and you are so pumped and motivated to start going to the gym the next morning and to change your life for once and for all. You dream about how you have six-packs in a few years and how every girl you pass by checks you out. Then you go to sleep. When you get up in the next morning, the motivation is gone and you say to yourself, “Today doesn’t look like a good day. Maybe I will go tomorrow”.

Sounds familiar? Well, if it does, don’t worry. You are not alone. This is the friction I am talking about. This is the barrier you want to pass. You have to keep passing that barrier day in and day out, when you start something. Well, this takes a lot of will power. As I discussed in this article, we all have a certain amount of will power to consume.

So, how do I bring down the friction level?

This is simple. If you want to go to the gym tomorrow morning, pack your gym bag right now. Wear your gym clothes to bed. Or maybe just get the clothes ready and put them somewhere you will see right away after you get up. Do whatever you could do to force yourself to do it.

2. Learn Chunking

Here what you need to do is think of a concept that you want to learn about. Break down the bigger concepts into smaller units. Try to identify the connections between those small units. Organize and group the information according to those connections and create chunks that you could refer to later.

This is a proven strategy to decrease the cognitive load when you process the information. You already do this in your real life without knowing it. This is why we remember mobile numbers written like “077 123 456 7” rather than like “0771234567”. Try to apply this strategy when learning new things as well.

3. Learn. Recall. Repeat

Just writing down and organizing the things you learn is not enough. You will forget it completely in a week. Your brain is a very active unit. It has lots of balls in the air. It has to make you drink more water if the body needs more. Your brain has more important stuff to do rather than storing some concept you learned yesterday. So, we have to force our brain to do it.

The only way to do this is by recalling the things you learned over and over again for some time. When we do this, our brain thinks, “He is studying this over and over again every day. This must be something important. Let’s save it”.

But just recalling the concept over and over again is not going to do it either. To make sure we save the concept for once and for all, we need to use this concept somewhere. This is proven to be the best way to memorize something.

4. Don’t be too hard on yourself

If you are stuck in a problem for hours and you can’t seem to be making any progress. Just take a break. Drink some water. Go for a walk. Take a nap. Do anything other than thinking about that problem. And when you get back to your problem later, you will start to see the answer from nowhere.

Just Take a Break

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Yes. Sleeping on your problem actually could pave you a way to solve it. The strategy here is that when we sleep or do something for that matter, we are focusing on the thing that we are doing at the moment. But while we are doing that, our subconscious mind is trying to solve that problem you are stuck on. You won’t even feel it. Our subconscious mind is really powerful. I’ll write an article about the power of our subconscious mind and the law of attraction later.

For now, just take it easy. Take a break

5. Schedule your tasks

You may have heard this thousand of times, but you might not know the reason why they say it. There is a law called the Parkinson’s Second Law which is where this strategy originates from. The law states that work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.

You may have experienced this already if you have tried the Pomodoro technique at least once. When we set a task for our 25 minute time block (or whatever time block you choose), our focus sharpens and we give our everything to complete the task inside the given period. I’ll write a descriptive article about the Pomodoro technique as well in the coming future.

That is it for today. I hope you guys enjoyed reading the article and learned something valuable as I promised. And please don’t just stop here. Adapt at least one of these strategies to your learning process. Believe me, you will feel a big improvement. Have Fun. Enjoy life 🤘

Published by Thisura Thenuka

I am a passionate software engineering student. But cricket is my first love ❤

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