Some students learn more quickly and easily than others. By studying only for two or three hours a day they can score even more than the others who spend half a day for cramming the syllabus. This article tells you about the top techniques to fill this gap in study time by accelerating your study skills and perform to the optimum level in your exams.
It is said that each students is born with different learning skills. We can see around us two types of students; one who obtains stupendous results by studying only for two or three hours a day and the other who fails to obtain high scores even after spending half a day for cramming the syllabus. Actually, there is difference in the technque followed by the two types of students in covering their syllabus. This big gap in study time can only be filled by following some tricky ways of learning the things. The method of sitting for long hours and reciting and cramming the things, are all outdated. Its the time for you to improve your learning methods. There are much more fun and rewarding study techniques that can improve your exam results.
Here we bring you the top 7 tips to accelerate your learning and help you stand out among others in your results:
1. Underline the Key Points
This is one among the best known study tips. The act of underlining something means you are engaging with certain key aspects of the text. Highlight one key sentence per paragraph and a few important phrases here and there. Highlighting the most significant parts of what you’re reading helps you to brief up the whole chapter so that the next time when you are going to revise the chapter or a topic, you don’t need to scroll down the whole page but you will recall every concept just by having a look of he underlined sentences.
2. Prepare Your Own Study Notes
Taking Notes is one of the most widespread study skills. Preparing the notes help to summarise the lectures or articles in your own words, including all the key info, so that you can easily remember the ideas. Note making is not an act of merely coping out great chunks of information from books but a piece of writing that acts as a trigger to help you remember what you have read. Remember, key words are more easily remembered than long sentences. Try to keep your notes short, to the point, well-organized and easily readable.
3. Make a Study Plan and Stay Organized
other most effective study skills. A well organised study plan helps you to be clear with what you need and when you need. Create a study timetable and stick to it to achieve your goal. A study timetable helps you to remind what to learn and when. It not only helps you get organised but makes the most of your time. It’ll also put your mind at ease and eliminate that nasty feeling you get when you walk into an exam knowing that you’re not at all prepared. Remember, there really aren’t any hard and fast rules to tell you the best times for studying or how long you should work for. Everybody is different, so the best way to establish a study schedule is to try different things and see what works best for you, then modify your routine for maximum learning effectively.
4. Collaborate with Study Partners
To break the monotony of sitting alone with your nose in the books all day, select a couple of study partners who you know you work well with and are motivated to achieve good grades. Group studying helps you to engage and process the information more deeply. If you are not clear with some topic or concept, you can discuss it with your friends. Actively engaging the information with someone else not only helps you to learn, but makes studying more enjoyable. You can also select a particular topic and teach your friend the way you like to. Sometimes the best way to learn something is to teach it, even if you haven’t mastered it yet.
5. Take Regular Study Breaks
Your brain is like a muscle which can also get tired if you overwork it. Once it gets tired you really can’t concentrate on your work. So it’s important to realise the length of your concentration span and help yourself to give some rest from the work you’ve put in. Taking regular short breaks not only help improve your focus, they can boost your productivity too. The relaxing period can be in the form of a ten-minute walk, a trip to the gym, having a chat with a friend or simply fixing yourself a hot drink. This gives the brain the best chance to restore the whole of your learnings.
6. Recall Your Learning
Never forget to recall whatever you have learned. The time when you go for a break after studying for the time you found was best, do something else not connected with your work. But don’t stop thinking about what you were reading. This is quite important for your to sort out the whole information fed into it. This is the time when you can realize that what topics are in your mind and what others have swept off the mind. Thus, at the end of the rest period, the information you were reading will be much clearer than it was to begin with.
7. Give a Try to New Technologies
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Today there are many more options for personalising study than jotting things down with a pen on a scrap of paper. Though the old handwritten method still has its place ofcourse, but you can try the new and online tools of learning like social media, blogs, videos or mobile apps. All these digital tools have made the learning more fluid and user-oriented.
There are two alternative ways to learn and solve problems: the intuitive system (or automatic) without awareness, and the analytical system (or reasoning). In the behavioral economics literatures, a distinction has been made between System 1 and System 2 mechanisms. System 1 corresponds closely to intuitive system or automatic processing, and System 2 corresponds closely to analytical (cognitive) or controlled processes. System 1 (intuition) quickly responds to problems as they arise, System 2 monitors the quality of answers provided by System 1 and sometimes revises or stops these responses. The followings are some of the key ideas about these two systems for better learning.
Our intuitive system favors the first impression, or the so-called Halo effect. It is the tendency to like (or dislike) everything about a person (including things you have not observed). This bias plays a large role in shaping our view of people and situations. For example, in an interview you make judgments about the person’s management skills based on a good presentation, and avoid further information that might contradict your story. Of course, System 2 is capable of revising if new information comes in. But System 1 is insensitive to the quantity of information.
The analytic system (System 2) requires more mental effort and dislikes making things effortful on the mind. For example, a morning person tends to perform poorly in the evening, while an evening person does poorly in the morning. Why? Thinking is effortful in those times. Our lazy brain often follows the path of least effort. When we first encounter problems, our initial reactions are typically searching for easier solutions without having to use cognitive effort. In other words, we are under pressure to engage in shallow thinking (act foolish) For instance, a study on speed dating showed that when people have too many romantic choices, they tend to choose partners based on superficial physical characteristics, and ignore attributes such as education, smoking status, and occupation. However, with sufficient time to think, people are able to correct their intuitive response.
Our mood affects our thinking. Pleasant feelings make us respond more intuitively and reduce cognitive effort. In contrast, negative feelings focus the mind, leading to better concentration. When we are in a good mood, we become more intuitive and more creative but also less vigilant and more prone to cognitive errors. A good mood makes us feel safe and it is all right to let our guard down. When we are in a bad mood, we lose touch with our intuition and rely on System 2. In cases of an immediate threat this is good, for it concentrates processing power upon the danger. When creative problem solving is required this is bad, for it leads to narrow, tunnel vision.
Intuitions are acquired through experience. As people acquire more practice in certain activities over time, responsibility for information processing passes from the conscious level to the intuitive processor. Knowledge becomes more and more engrained and automatic. Indeed, one of the hallmarks of expertise in any fields is the use of automatic processes such as visual imagery and categorization. New physicians faced with a common ailment consciously and carefully think about the checklist of symptoms before making a diagnosis, but experienced physicians “feel” the answer in an instant. Over time, such experts convert some of their high-level skills into gut-level processes that those experts cannot explain how they actually do those things.
This explains why cramming for final is a very bad way to learn something that will last. Information from cramming will come in and go out. One of the most effective strategies to enhance learning is to spread out the learning process. That is, spacing improves later recall, such as an hour of study tonight, an hour on the weekend, and another session a week from now. The idea is that forgetting is the friend of learning. When you forget something, it allows you to relearn, and do so effectively, the next time you see it. By distributing learning events, students can raise their level of knowledge without extending their time of study.
No matter what your age, throughout your life you will be learning. Your formal education ends with high school, but for many the learning never ends. You may attend a university, trade school, night school, community college or adult school. You may enhance your knowledge via business seminars, lectures, books, e-courses, and whatever else shows up in our information society. So wouldn’t it be helpful to have some good study habits and some tools to increase your ability to learn?
Although you may not be studying information to get good grades, retention of what you are learning can help your career, your parenting skills, your business, your relationships, your hobbies, and so much more. So it makes sense to acquire good learning skills sooner than later. Skills such as speed reading and good comprehension are useful for all the great information you want to take in.
Here are some more secrets for improving your ability to learn. Most apply to classes, but you can adapt them to any learning situation.
1. Be Prepared. If you’re taking a class online or at a school, study the curriculum in advance so you know what to expect. Engage in necessary prep work like downloading software, getting a workbook, or setting aside the dates for the course.
2. Get and Stay Organized. If you’re a computer note taker, make sure you set up a file folder system that will enable you to find what you need when you need it. Learning good computer organizational skills will save you a lot of time and headaches. If you take notes by hand, keep them in a labeled binder so you can review them later. Keep any other course papers in the binder as well.
3. Be On Time. If you’re taking a teleclass (this is a class conducted via telephone), call in five minutes early. Clear your desk, and have your pen and pad or a new computer file open. For live classes, show up a few minutes ahead of schedule. When you’re on time, you will have your full attention focused on the class, and not on “catching up” with yourself and what you may have missed.
4. Take Good Notes. If you’re unable to listen and write at the same time, just listen and then write notes after the class is over. If it’s recorded, you can review the class and take notes then. You can also ask the teacher for his/her outline, summary, or notes. Review your last class notes before your next class.
5. Establish Your Learning Style. Which is your best and preferred learning style: visual (reading), auditory (listening) or kinesthetic (doing)? When you know your learning style, take classes that incorporate that style. For example, audio learners keep CDs in their car to turn traffic jams into productive time. Book learners may keep a notebook handy to take notes and read as they exercise on the stepper machine or treadmill. When you study, do you need silence or do you enjoy having music playing in the background? Knowing how you learn best improves your effectiveness.
6. Ask Questions. If you’re taking a course online or in a school, make sure to jot down questions as they come up and ask them when you have a chance. I’ve always believed there are no dumb or silly questions. If you need clarification, you won’t continue learning until you have your questions answered. Most instructors see questions as a sign of an alert, intelligent mind.
7. Complete All Assignments. Stay current with your assignments and complete each one. If you’re reading a self-help book, do all the exercises. If you miss a class, find a way to get the assignments–from another student or the teacher. Online classes are often recorded, so make sure to listen to the recording if you can’t make a class.
With information coming at us from so many directions and in so many formats, it’s difficult to sort out what’s important. It’s even more difficult to retain data with so much to store in our brains. Ultimately we have to be more selective in what we choose to learn, and we need in order to develop effective learning habits. Having good study habits can help.
Do you have any tips that weren’t mentioned above? Please share them in the comments below.
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Be it an undergrad or a high school student, learning is the most important phase to excel in academics. Some students are fast learners who can complete the syllabus with less than three hours of study. On the other hand, there are some students who spend more than half a day studying to meet their target. This is a huge gap in the study process that puts the morale down of many students. In order to reduce this big gap, students can use some tricks in learning which will help a lot in not spending all the day cramming the syllabus. Here are the top nine ways to improve your learning abilities.
Prepare Own Study Notes
Learners are advised to prepare their own notes while learning. Preparing notes will help a lot in summarising the lectures or concepts which can be remembered for longer period. The short notes or snippets also help you in recalling the concepts within a limited time.
Prepare An Effective Study Timetable
One of the most effective study skills is preparing an effective study schedule or timetable. The candidates are recommended to draft a study timetable based on their strengths and weaknesses besides important topics. Learning the topics without any planning will only intimidate you at the final phase of the preparation.
Opting A Group Study
Though you want to study alone with your nose in the book all the time, consider at least some time for group study which helps you to discuss and understand the topics deeply. If you find any difficulty in understanding the topic, the discussion in the group will make it easy. This group activity will also help you to know where you stand in the learning process.
Take Study Breaks
In order to keep the mind fresh specifically during preparing for examinations, students should opt for study breaks. Taking breaks for every forty-five minutes will enable you to stay focused. The study breaks will help you in minimising your stress, increasing your confidence and productivity.
Clarity Over Concepts
Having subject clarity is very important while learning. Whenever you get a doubt, clear it immediately because we don’t know how it will affect in the preparation process. Make use of all the resources to clear the doubts. One should also be strong in the basic concepts to gain clarity over the subjects.
Recall Your Study After Study Breaks
It is good to recall what you have studied specifically after coming from a study break. It will not only give clarity over the concepts but also increase your involvement level. Reading the concept one more time after resuming study will help you in sorting out the whole information.
Highlighting The Key Points
This is known to many learners. While studying, underline or highlight the most important points that help you in briefing up the whole concept or topic. These highlighted statements will also assist you during the last phase of exam preparation. This activity will also help you in revision.
Work On Strengths And Weaknesses
To hone your learning abilities, try to minimise your weaknesses and increase your strengths. Performing SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis will help you to identify the strengths and weaknesses. Work on the strengths and weaknesses after performing the SWOT analysis.
Revision At Regular Intervals
Revision is the important phase to improve the learning skills. Always try to revise the mastered concepts at regular intervals which helps you to remember for more time and gain confidence. Once in every two weeks, try to revise the mastered topics.
It is a fact that some students learn more quickly & easily as compared to others. By studying only for 2 to 3 hours, they score more than those who spend half the time in cramming the subject. Be it a kindergarten child or a high school student, all learn to improve their learning skills.
We know that is the important matter of concern for students. Don’t worry; this article will help you out with this problem. Therefore, we have jotted down some useful tips to improve the learning skills of students.
1. Identify Your Learning Style
First of all, try to understand what learning style suits you the most. If the learning technique doesn’t yield you good fruits, then it’s time to change the one. Or think back to a pleasant work or study experience where you performed well. Think about how you were studying. Learning skills, such as good comprehension & speed reading are useful for the information you want to take in. This can give the most yielded results to students.
2. Underline The Key Points
Understanding the main key points helps learners effectively. This is a common method used by many students. While learning, highlighting & underlining the main points that help in briefing up the whole topic or concept. These key points provides help during the time of examination as highlighted statements assist us in brushing up the subject before exams or class tests.
Highlight or underline important points & be selective just enough to use them as review material.
3. Clarity Over Concepts
One should have clarity of subjects, topics & concepts while learning. This is of utmost importance as whenever anyone asks you or discuss their queries, you can answer them easily.
Whenever you get a doubt, clear it immediately because you don’t know how it will affect you in the process of preparation. Be strong in your concepts, take the plunge & discuss all your problems with teachers & intelligent students. Get acquainted with textbooks & other related study material to resolve all your problems over a topic.
4. Problem Solving Ability
Students must have problem-solving ability to assess all types of information they have processed into their mind. They must be well prepared to solve out any type of study- related issue or can help others with the same.
5. Use Memory Techniques To Develop Your Memory
Using different Memory tricks will help you in better learning. There are a variety of memory techniques that can make remembering & learn much easier. Active & critical thinking, questioning, reasoning & assumptions, and applying the knowledge practically in the right way helps to develop learning skills.
6. Study With Others & Collaborate With Them
If you find studying in groups interesting than choosing a couple of study partners with whom you work & study well. Studying in a group helps to break down the usual habit of sitting alone with your nose in books all throughout the day. Doing a group study with great collaboration with teammates helps in processing the information deeper & quicker. Active engagement with information with your study mates not only helps in good learning but also makes studying more enjoyable & easier.
The best way to learn something is to teach it to others to get mastery over the topic.
7. Give A Try To New Technologies
Though the old handwritten method still has & will be at its place. In the world of technologies, try to adopt newer techniques in studies. There are so many online tools like social media, mobile apps, blogs, YouTube videos, Google & much more. All these modern tech-tools have truly made learning easier & user-oriented.
8. Recall Your Learning
Never forget to recall what you’ve learned all through your study sessions. Do something else not connected to your studies, at the time when you go for a break after studying for 1 or 2 hours. But don’t stop thinking about what you’ve read, remember it!
It’s quite important for us to solve & recall the whole piece of information as this is the time when one can realize what topics are in mind & which are forgotten. At the end of the period, the information you were reading will then be much clearer than it was at the time of beginning.
Follow these effective learning skills to become the master in your studies.
Do you have to prepare for an exam and want to improve your memory? Below we offer a few tips that you can better use your study time to increase your learning ability.
Distinguished what is worthwhile
Undoubtedly study something requires a lot of hard work. To facilitate the task your brain, it is necessary that you learn to differentiate what is really worth to retain. The more effort you put in, the better you will learn.
Try several technical study
Students achieve better performance on tests when they use various techniques of study during the previous days. For example the process of recording an audio note taking in class, developing comparative schemes, associating ideas or carrying out mock test questions for practice.
Do a summary by hand
Instead of reading hundreds of times the same material, it is more effective once read and write by hand a brief summary of what you understood. Then return to read the material and confirms if you could take the main ideas and edit it if you missed something.
A useful technique is the photographic memory. To do this it is important to observe where you are studying, organizing your summaries, the colors used for each topic, schemes, arrows and concept maps that you elaborate. Then close your eyes and try to mentally reconstruct using your imagination. This way when you’re sitting at the desk in the classroom you’ll be able to do and you will remember the information based on the image held back in your visual memory.
Do not exhaust to your brain
In life, it is not necessary to limit things because you can cause some unwanted. For it not do that with your brain, forcing it to exhaustion. Learn how to separate your study days to have moments of rest that allow you to regain energy and follow.
Play, read, and keep your mind active
Are you planning to take a year off? It is important to keep your mind active to encourage thinking and not let it sit for a long time, which may provoke difficulties due to resume your study. To do force yourself to play word games like crossword puzzles, read interesting information, learn a new language, playing a sport and being active.
Do you find it difficult to remember important facts and figures? Or have you ever forgotten someone’s name at the worst possible moment?
The ability to recall information is an important work skill, and people with good memories are often seen as smart, competent and dependable.
In this video, we’ll look at seven practical things you can do to improve your memory.
A healthy brain is the basis for a good memory. Make sure your diet contains all the key vitamins, including folic acid and vitamin B12.
Stay hydrated, get plenty of sleep , and reduce stress with relaxation techniques, like deep breathing and mindfulness.
Just like the rest of your body, your brain needs regular exercise. You can exercise your brain by using it in different ways, on a regular basis.
Try a new activity or hobby that requires skills you don’t normally use. If, for instance, you work with numbers, develop your creative side with, maybe, art classes or photography.
Mind Maps or Mnemonics are great tools that can help you to package the information you want to remember into a “map” or a list.
Mapping your ideas out can help you to “see” connections firsthand. This technique is useful if you need to summarize or combine information from a variety of sources.
If it’s a list of items you need to remember, try using a mnemonic instead. There are a number of different mnemonic techniques you can use, which you can find out more about in the article that accompanies this video.
Memory is closely associated with imagery. Regularly using visualization techniques can help you to increase your ability to recall images.
Keep active socially. When you communicate and interact with other people, you have to be alert, and your brain activity increases.
You can’t possibly remember everything, so choose the things that matter the most. Don’t overload your brain with useless information!
And finally, try playing a memory game . Sudoku, chess, trivia games, pair matching, and puzzles are all popular ways to flex your memory, while having fun.
To learn more about improving your memory, read the article that accompanies this video.
Many factors affect academic achievement in the classroom. Each student brings unique strengths, experiences, and varying degrees of support from family and the community. All of these things impact student learning.
But teacher quality has a powerful effect on student learning. When students interact with each other and with content in meaningful contexts, learning is achieved. Teachers have the potential to create these impactful learning opportunities and to nurture relationships with their students. When positive relationships have been established in the classroom, everyone is more successful.
Establishing the Optimal Learning Environment
Teachers use a variety of strategies to improve student learning, but it is most important to create a comfortable classroom where students feel secure.. Student learning is improved when teachers take the time to get to know students, to understand their needs, and to establish meaningful relationships. Here are seven strategies that have a positive impact:
Having compassion and empathy
Teachers who enjoy working with students show it, and this has a positive influence on student learning. Students who feel respected and appreciated are more willing to cooperate and more motivated to learn.
Creating a secure and dependable structure
Students respond well to the security of a structured routine. Teachers who give thought to the establishment of a developmentally appropriate classroom structure create a strong foundation for student learning to occur.
Ramping up the positive
Research suggests that when students hear more positive than negative feedback, they are more successful academically. When teachers speak conversationally, give compliments, and exchange nonverbal signals like “high fives” and “thumbs up,” a positive classroom culture is established. Corrective feedback should be constructive, but not critical. To improve student learning, effective teachers focus on the positive.
Supporting academic risk
When teachers create an atmosphere where students feel supported, they are more willing to take academic risks. By giving students the tools to encourage and support each other, they create a safe space where students will accept the challenge and stretch themselves to learn.
Teaching active listening
When teachers model good listening skills, they not only set a good example, they place importance on students’ voices. Reminding students to look at the speaker and providing opportunities to practice restating and ask clarifying questions will help students to develop this skill so critical for learning and for life.
Embedding strategy instruction
To help students build useable skills, teachers embed strategy instruction in content-area learning. These include note taking, studying, and test-taking strategies. When learned and applied in context, students more readily adopt strategies they can use again and again.
Building collaborative relationships
Learning with and from other students builds communication and social skills along with content knowledge. Modeling collaborative skills and monitoring group behavior allows teachers to guide and influence this powerful form of active learning. These skills will also prove valuable outside the classroom in future relationships and careers.
The Role of Substitute Teachers
The impact of effective teachers on student learning is well established, but what happens when teachers are absent? With students spending a significant amount of time under the care of substitute teachers throughout their K-12 education, their role must be considered. How do substitutes support the established environment of secure and trusting relationships?
To maintain the secure structure and trusting relationships which teachers work hard to nurture requires the dedication of effective, quality substitutes. A team of substitute teachers dedicated to district goals can support these relationally-based learning strategies that impact student success in the classroom. The ability to support these powerful strategies comes from building a team of quality substitutes by:
- Recruiting qualified, caring candidates who have a desire to positively impact student learning
- Training substitute teachers in research-based instructional strategies and effective classroom management
- Creating classroom experience that reinforces substitutes’ knowledge and builds both confidence and skills
- Establishing managerial relationships that support effective practice and motivate continuous improvement
- Providing ongoing coursework that improves skills and creates opportunities for professional growth
To effectively establish a pool of substitute teachers capable of supporting positive learning environments and crucial classroom relationships, many districts are partnering with educational staffing companies. As experts in the student learning space, education-exclusive staffing agencies provide every aspect of substitute teacher management.
From recruiting and training qualified candidates to mentoring and managing them long term, education staffing companies build powerful partnerships with the districts they serve. Echoing the relationships teachers work so hard to build with students, education management companies nurture relationally-based partnerships that have a positive impact on student learning.
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Learning skills is a term used to refer to tasks that help a child enhance learning which also involves improving retention. From learning how to manage and budget one's time wisely to taking notes and reading effectively to having study skills, knowing how to take tests and more, are all learning skills.
Here are some of the ways that you could help your kids.
● Create the Right Environment
Where do your kids usually read or review for their lessons? You'll want to create a corner where they can do all that. Do they have enough space on their desk for their books and laptop or computer? What about their folders and school supplies along with everything else that they need?
● Put a Reading Book
Reading is an essential skill, and one that's necessary for a lot of learning activities. If you want to improve your children's performance at their Montessori school, then put a reading book in their room. The perfect spot for reading will encourage them to open their books and dive in.
● Provide Access
Nurture your children's curiosity and thirst for knowledge by providing them with a lot of reading materials. Making those accessible will make it easier for them to look up information about subjects that they're interested in. It can drive them to seek further information and read more, which improves their reading skills.
● Let Them Choose
One way to get your kids engrossed in reading is to let them pick their material. If they're already interested, then they won't even need further urging. They'll pick up the book and read. If you want to raise kids who love to read, then find out what their interests are. Let them pick their books and find stories that let them imagine, that resonate with them, that allow them to dream and escape reality.
● Offer Options
It's good to train your kids to be independent. As much as you can, provide them with options. Let them choose. As kids, a lot of what they'll do will be subject to your control. Let them be in the driver's seat as much as you can. By giving your kids options, you recognize the value of choice and have the freedom to choose. This helps them grow independently rather than dependent on you for everything-their opinion and mindset, thoughts, beliefs, and more. It starts with choices, but by training them to think for themselves, you won't have to worry about them growing up with no opinions of their own. Teaching them to make decisions for themselves is just the beginning. Your training will help them think for themselves too.
● Encourage Communication
Let your kids express their likes and dislikes. Create the kind of atmosphere at home that allows them to be comfortable to say what they want or not. That doesn't mean they'll be disrespectful, only honest and truthful about their feelings. Let them know that their opinion matters, that you listen to them, that they are free to agree or disagree with you, and you won't judge them or put them down for an idea or belief. You won't discourage them from sharing what they feel, nor will you ignore them.
● Teach Them to Ask for Help
Make sure your kids understand that they can come to you for anything. What if something is bothering them, they can talk to you about that. Suppose they have questions about lessons or assignments or something else, you're there, and you should be available if they need help. If they feel the same way in class, they shouldn't hesitate to let the teacher know. They shouldn't feel ashamed to ask for help. Normalize this behaviour. That it's all right to reach out and let people know you need their help.
● Focus on Their Interests
Let your kids explore the topics they love. What concepts and ideas fascinate them? Find exciting books or even games or apps about the topic and give them to your kids. Learning is so much more fun when the kids learn more about what they like, which improves their reading skills and comprehension with ease.
● Use Different Learning Styles
Kids learn at a different pace. That's because different teaching techniques appeal to them. Some are better with visual aids, while others prefer silence. Some like talking about the topic or brainstorming ideas with a group or team, and others are more comfortable in silence. Discover what learning styles appeal to your kids by trying out a range of different ones. That way, you can identify the most effective teaching techniques that work on your kids. You can research some more on those activities, so your kids can grow up with privilege and respect.
● Share Your Enthusiasm
Good energy is contagious. If you're smiling, and you seem pretty excited about lessons, and you ask them about their day, that's going to make them feel good. They'll see how enthusiastic you are, and they'll want to be the same as you. They'll want to radiate that same happiness and excitement. Take every opportunity to make this happen, then. Your kids will remember these moments fondly, and this can also generate positive feelings around learning and reading. That will help. When they grow up, whenever they need to learn or read or study, they might get a vague sense of being excited, content or happy, feelings that could be traced back to the time that you taught them how fun learning could be.
● Use Games
There are plenty of games that your kids can use to improve their academic performance. Some help them improve their vocabulary, and others let them practice their counting skills. By finding the right types of games-the ones that help them work on and address their weaknesses in reading or solving math problems, for instance-then your kids can benefit a lot from playing those games. There are also team-based learning games and apps. Explore those too and find out which options will work for your kids.
Boost learning skills in your kids not only for the benefit of their Montessori school grades but also for higher education.
Learning in the workplace can help improve your productivity and keep you relevant in the industry. Continually working on developing professionally can also build confidence and help keep you competitive in your career. Understanding the many ways to improve your learning process can help you learn new work-related skills or knowledge. In this article, we discuss why learning is important in the workplace and provide advice on how to improve your learning.
Why is learning important?
Learning is important, particularly in the workplace, since it allows you to expand your knowledge base and become an informed employee. This can be a way to help improve essential work-related skills and align you with your organization's goals. It can also help make your job duties easier through a greater understanding. Some benefits of learning include:
Remaining relevant in your career and industry
Leading to new work opportunities
Improving work performance and productivity
Enhancing employee satisfaction and morale
Building your resume skills section
How to improve learning
Here are some steps to take to help improve your learning:
1. Find your learning style
The first step to help you improve your learning is discovering what your learning style is. This can help you understand ways you learn best so you can make a conscious effort to find a studying method that matches your style. For instance, if you are an auditory learner, consider listening to podcasts on your topic. Some types of learning styles include:
Auditory: Auditory learners master knowledge and skills by hearing and do best by listening to lectures when learning or playing music while studying.
Kinaesthetic: A kinaesthetic learner is someone who absorbs information by performing an action, such as a lab experiment.
Visual: A visual learner takes in information by associating it with images and seeing demonstrations or other visual aids.
2. Improve your focus and concentration
Before studying, work on improving your focus and concentration so you can perform better. Some ways to do this include meditating, practicing mindfulness and training yourself to focus on tasks. Also, consider eliminating distractions such as notifications on your phone or multiple tabs open on your computer screen.
3. Identify your learning goal
To improve your learning in the workplace, identify your learning goal. This can give you guidance on what to study and keep you motivated on why you're learning. Consider looking at job descriptions for positions similar to yours and see what skills other employers list as necessary to know. For instance, an employer for a writer position may list detail-oriented as a necessary skill.
4. Create a learning routine
Find a time to dedicate to learning. Scheduling your learning can help ensure you commit to it and make time for studying. Develop a learning routine that works best for you, such as listening to an educational podcast while driving home from work. Also, consider asking an employer or friend to help keep you accountable throughout the process.
5. Divide up your concept
When learning, divide the concept up into smaller categories to help make it easier to comprehend. Separating the components from the main concept helps you to focus on understanding them fully. This practice can give you somewhere to start learning and gives you guidance for what to study next since you're building up to an entire concept.
6. Take a break
While studying new information, take regular breaks to help your brain rest and allow for sustained concentration. One way to do this is by using the Pomodoro Technique, which is a time management method that suggests working on a task for 25 minutes and then taking a five-minute break, or a 15- to 30-minute break after working on a task for an hour. It's also important to get a good night's sleep to enhance your memory skills since your body converts your short-term memory into your long-term memory while sleeping.
7. Get moving
Physical activity can help enhance your learning capacity and boost your brain's power. This is because it helps nerve cells bind to each other, allowing for the process of learning. It can be especially helpful to exercise a few hours after learning new information to help your brain retain it long-term.
8. Apply what you learn
Try applying what you learn in your workplace right away while it's still relevant. This can help you take the concept from a theoretical scenario and use it in your daily life. Integrating your knowledge may also improve your work productivity.
9. Reward yourself
Encourage yourself to learn by offering rewards after you achieve your learning goals. For instance, after you finish reading your industry-related book, consider doing something fun. Begin by rewarding small accomplishments and consider increasing your rewards for larger accomplishments.
10. Teach someone else
Part of understanding and learning a concept is being able to explain it and translate it into your own words. Consider asking your manager if you can set aside some time during the workday to educate your coworkers about what you're learning. Another way to teach others is by creating an educational blog. When educating, pay attention to if there are areas you have trouble explaining or questions you don't know the answer to so you can work on improving in those areas.
11. Test yourself
To see how you are doing, test yourself with a mock exam. This can be a tool to show you what areas you still need to learn or focus on. Some ways to take practice tests include looking online or coming up with your own practice problems to try to remember what you're learning.
12. Keep learning
Even after you fully understand a new skill or concept, continue learning. Continuous learning helps you to stay competitive in your career. It also helps you to challenge yourself and develop professionally. Consider starting the process over again and selecting another skill or concept to work on.