If You Don’t Start Learn How to Learn Now, You’ll Hate Yourself Later

Do you blame yourself that can’t recall the stuff you’ve learnt?

It’s not your fault. Here are the reasons for that and probably you do not think about how your memory works and you do not have the system how to learn. Most of us haven’t studied it at school neither at university.

As I can recall, I usually got the information in a form of verbal speech, reading, writing, and testing. Later during some professional trainings we were supposed to work at groups. Some approaches that logically should be efficient seems to be not.

One research shows ten techniques for improving learning.

I’ve just put those in mindmap format (click here or on the picture below to open full mindmap with explanation in pdf format):

Mindmap - Learning techniques

Colors legend: green – utility high, yellow – moderate, red – low.

So next time you have something to learn you can:

  • create a schedule to distribute your practice,
  • while you’re reading – instead (or as well as) taking extensive notes why not write yourself some practice questions with a special focus on why questions;
  • when you are learning a new skill why not write a detailed explanation of how you answer the questions.

“If you want to know how to revise or learn most effectively you will still want to experiment on yourself a little with each technique before writing any of them off.”

Simon Oxenham.

What techniques or their combination works for you?