How to Learn Anything Faster (Backed by Science)

Hello guys, I am back with another new article. We live in a fast-moving world. New technologies are being born every day. Yes, I agree that it is hard to be updated about everything. As a person working in the IT industry, I know the struggle.

But we can’t blame it on the world. The world is not going to stop spinning for us. We have to keep up with the world. For that, we need to learn how to learn things faster. Today I am going to teach you just that. Let’s hop in.

1. Thinking out loud

Talk to yourself

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This is a critical point that most of the people overlook. You may say that you can process the information in your brain and so you don’t need to talk it out loud. Well, I am not going to doubt you.

The reason I am emphasizing on this point this much is that this is something I use all the time. This does work. This is the same reason why they say to write down the concept you learned like you are explaining it to a 5-year-old. This way, you are going to try to simplify the concept you learned as much as possible which makes you realize the areas you struggle to explain. Most of the times, you will always have a place where you struggle to break it down.

In this case, when you learn a new concept, all you have to do is just explain it to yourself and try to simplify it as much as possible. Try it out once. You will see the difference.

2. Ditch Evernote. Take your old pen

Always prefer pen and paper

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Researches have proved that you are more likely to comprehend and remember the things you write when you are taking notes by hand rather than typing in your laptop. Yes, I know that you can type way more faster than you could ever write. Well, this could be the reason why you are living a mediocre life right now. Everything adds up to the ultimate result. Make small changes.

3. Put your self to the test

You can fool anyone. But you can’t fool yourself. When you learn a new concept, always try to challenge yourself.

For example, if you are a programmer and let’s say you just completed a CSS course. Challenge yourself to create a creative login page for a website. This will be hard for you in the beginning. If you can keep yourself accountable, this method will do wonders for you. You will learn a lot more things that you didn’t learn in the course. Since you are finding everything out on your own and not just following someone else’s instructions, you are more likely to remember the content.

4. Exercise Regularly

Workout

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This is a piece of very common advice and yet most of you are going to just skip this one for sure. This has become the mantra of most of the youtube life advisers in today’s world. Well, there are a lot of good reasons for it.

Exercising enhances your mood. It decreases the risk of you getting cancer or Alzheimer’s disease. Exercising builds your confidence for you to go after your goals. Exercising helps you build good social skills. Exercising decrease your stress levels. I could go on and on, but you should get the point by now.

It doesn’t have to be lifting weights. You could do some yoga. You could go hiking, cycling, swimming or just walk for 30 minutes at a brisk pace.

5. Study parallel concepts

When you learn a new concept, one of the best ways to understand it more is to read more about related topics. For example, let’s say you learn about the solar system today. Now you can go ahead and learn about the Milky Way Galaxy, the ISS (International Space Station) or maybe about asteroids and meteors. When you learn more about the related topics, you are going to get a deep understanding of the concept you learned in the first place.

6. Just take a nap

I have mentioned this in an earlier article as well. The researchers have shown that our subconscious mind takes control over when we are asleep. And they have found out that the consolidation process is going to start when we are asleep.

On the other hand, not having enough sleep affects your ability to push your new data into your long-term memory.

Well, that’s it for today guys. I hope you guys learned something valuable from today’s article. Like I always say, try to add at least one of these methods to your lifestyle and feel the difference. Thank you for reading my article. Stay tuned ✌

Published by Thisura Thenuka

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

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