The ability to learn may be the most important skill a person can have. We come into the world not knowing much. We can’t speak, feed ourselves, or use even the most basic household objects. However, children's brains develop incredibly quickly, and although each child develops at his or her own pace, numerous studies show that it occurs at its most rapid pace during the first three years. And, while this is true, we continue learning new skills throughout our lives.
Without going deeply into scientific research into brain function and learning potential, we’d like to share five very simple, but effective, tips that will improve your ability to learn and remember more of what you learn.
Train your Brain: To learn something is to be able to remember it. Practice recalling events or objects, and then discuss them with others. Memory activities that engage all levels of brain operation – receiving, remembering, and thinking – help to improve brain function.
Learn Something New: The more you use your brain, the better it performs for you. For example, learning to play a musical instrument improves your ability to translate something you see (sheet music) into action (playing the instrument). Learning a new language – in this case, music – exposes your brain to a different way of thinking, a different way of expressing yourself.
Repeat, Repeat, Repeat: Doing something new over and over again actually causes your brain to wire new pathways that help you perform the new function or task more quickly and effectively.
Practice: Practice makes perfect. Whether it's learning how to code, improving your writing skills, or playing a musical instrument, practicing the right way can mean the difference between good and great.
Teach: The best way to test if you really understand something is to try to teach it to someone else. We wish you good luck in finding someone who is ready to learn!
Take Time to Relax: While you are learning, it is important to take a break every 20 to 30 minutes to accommodate your natural attention span. Don’t worry – you may be resting, but your brain will still be organizing the information you have just learned.
We at SoloLearn truly believe that learning a new skill can make you happier.
Learning new things is the only way to unleash your potential and discover your talents. If you are as passionate about learning and teaching as we are, join our community and become a contributor by sharing your own learning techniques via [email protected].