5 Principles of Effective Learning

The more effective and qualified your learning abilities will be, the better professional you will become. And the goal of this article is to give you 5 principles that you can use instantly and double increase your learning effectiveness as related to what it used to be. 

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What are Those 5 Learning Principles?

Intensiveness

If there is such an opportunity, make the learning process intensive.

Let’s suppose that you want to study a foreign language. The first lesson is on Monday. Then, build up your schedule the way that the next lesson is not on Friday or the next Monday, but right on Tuesday, or even on the same day. Your lessons will not be rolled back too much, and you’ll be able to finalize your studying faster.

Two Most Important Repetitions

Remembering is always about connecting new info with the old one. So, if you can’t make your studying process intensive, carry out two most important repetitions:

  • The first one is before perceiving new info. This one is done in order to create basis for all the new data;
  • The second one is right after completing the lesson. This way, your knowledge won’t have time to roll backwards.

Example: there was a lesson/lecture on Monday. The next one with the same subject is on Friday. Read your notes before the lesson and make some revisions right after the lecture is over.

“Active Playback”

Usually people revise information by reading notes only. But reading notes helps only (guess what!) reading notes. You can’t remember anything during the process. If you can, then this is a short-term knowledge. You forget it right after passing the exam.

In fact, your brain just recognizes the info while you read note. It says something like: yeah, I know that, we were learning this stuff during the last lecture. But that is not about memorizing yet! To memorize, you need to make an active layback, which means to retell the material.

Action sequence: Read notes – Retell what you memorized – Look into notes, find mistakes and correct them – Retell what you memorized again.

Repeat, Repeat, Repeat

If you want to keep knowledge in your head for long, repeat it.

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After you perceived any info, repeat it several times in a row with no pauses so you could playback it with no mistakes at fast pace. And then repeat it after a little while and keep an eye on the playback speed to remain the same.

Duration

All the information you want to remember has to be repeated for 4 to 7 days in a row. This is the way to make your brain understand the information is important, and move it into a long-term memory.

Here are 5 principles that will help you study much more effectively. Use them and see your learning efficiency progress considerably. 

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