Science proves there are ways you can learn and retain knowledge faster.
Here are some brain hacks for you to try the next time you need to learn something:
Teach someone else (or just pretend to) - if you imagine that you’ll need to teach someone else the material or task you are trying to grasp, you can speed up your learning and remember more!
Learn in short bursts of time - dedicate 30-50 minutes to learning new material. Studies suggest anything less than 30 is just not enough, but anything more than 50 is too much information for your brain to take in at one time. Once you’re done, take a 5 to 10 minute break before you start another session.
Take handwritten notes - using a pen and paper will help you learn and comprehend better whilst using a gadget like a laptop can lead to mindless distractions like checking social media notifications.
Take a study nap - downtime is important when it comes to retaining what you learn, and getting sleep in between study sessions can boost your recall up to six months later, studies show.
Switch it up - when learning a new motor skill, changing the way you practice it can help you master it faster.