As schools are preparing to resume academic duties, many students will find it tasking to adjust to the learning environment for many reasons.
If you ask some teachers, parents and even some older students for tips on how best to learn, you will get lots of advice. Some based on personal experience and some on what they have seen work for some students.
We at Educare have some tips from education experts based on extensive research on how to improve learning abilities.
Below are the tips:
- Vary your Learning routine and materials.
Many students have a particular method and tactics they use to study. However research has shown that varying your routine – changing the time of the day, materials you use and locations of study- can greatly improve your learning ability.
- Get adequate amount of sleep.
During the holiday and festive seasons, many students have developed irregular sleeping patterns, this might be for different reasons. For the best learning experience, you must go to bed early to get a minimum of 8 hours of sleep to help keep the brain healthy.
- Space your study time.
It is effective to do a one-hour study sessions than a single unbroken five-hours session. You will remember more if you do an hour daily that long hours especially if you get the right amount of sleep time at night.
- Set self-examining questions:
This is a strong, proven learning technique. You can test yourself by trying to remember what you were learning, or explaining it aloud to yourself or to someone who is prepared to listen. You can get friends to quiz you. One of the benefits is that you can get immediate feedback whether you are right or wrong
- Take notes in class and review them
Your brain cannot remember every information verbatim over a period of time. So ensure you take notes and review them to get a better understanding of the lessons being taught.
- Create learning sessions where you mix knowledge areas or skills
When you focus on learning one thing at a time, it is the fastest way to acquire the knowledge but it can put a limit on the extent of the learning.
Mixing the knowledge areas in a learning session – for example working on mathematics, then history, then building a PowerPoint presentation about geography in a single learning session will sharpen your grasp on all of them better than if you used the session for one knowledge area alone.