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How to Learn Faster: 7 Easy Steps to Master Accelerated Learning, Learning Strategies & Selflearning

Troye Bates, Brain Training Teacher

How to Learn Faster: 7 Easy Steps to Master Accelerated Learning, Learning Strategies & Selflearning

Troye Bates, Brain Training Teacher

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22 Lessons (1h 37m)
    • 1. Introduction - How to Learn Faster

      2:07
    • 2. MODULE ONE - THE ART OF LEARNING

      0:47
    • 3. Chapter 1 - What is Learning?

      2:21
    • 4. Chapter 2 - How the Learning Process Works

      14:22
    • 5. Chapter 3 - Factors That Influence Learning

      5:02
    • 6. Chapter 4 - Styles of Learning

      6:54
    • 7. Chapter 5 - Approaches to Learning

      4:18
    • 8. Chapter 6 - Myths and Misconceptions about Learning

      6:22
    • 9. MODULE TWO - CHALLENGES OF LEARNING

      1:28
    • 10. Chapter 7 - Common Learning Disabilities

      11:38
    • 11. Chapter 8 - Social Problems that Make Learning Difficult

      4:18
    • 12. Chapter 9 - How Mental Health Problems Affect Learning

      7:21
    • 13. MODULE THREE - 7 EASY STEPS TO IMPROVE LEARNING

      2:00
    • 14. Chapter 10 - Step 1: Note Taking

      4:19
    • 15. Chapter 11 - Step 2: Group Work

      3:38
    • 16. Chapter 12 - Step 3: Retrieval Practice

      3:26
    • 17. Chapter 13 - Step 4: Summarization

      1:55
    • 18. Chapter 14 - Step 5: Interleaving

      3:50
    • 19. Chapter 15 - Step 6: Spaced Practice

      2:25
    • 20. Chapter 16 - Step 7: Practice Testing

      2:11
    • 21. Chapter 17 - Concentration Techniques to Enhance Your Learning

      3:16
    • 22. Conclusion - How to Learn Faster

      2:32
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Do you typically require more time and effort than others to pick up new skills and integrating new information?

If you consider yourself a slow learner, this guide is exactly what you need! Herein, you will find some helpful strategies which can help you develop the skills you need to become a faster learner.

These fool-proof accelerated learning methods have been studied by many education experts and cognitive psychologists and proven to work. You should, therefore, have no doubt in your mind that with the help of these fast learning skills, you will be able to learn and master any skill or subject which you desire.

YOU WILL LEARN:
• The process of learning and how it happens.
• The essential elements for learning.
• The different learning styles which students prefer.
• The various learning difficulties affecting learners.
• 7 easy steps to improve your learning speed.

This guide demystifies the process of learning and shows that anyone can indeed become a fast learner!

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Troye Bates

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Troye Bates is the teacher of the "Brain Training" course series. He was formerly a literary agent with Curtis Black Ltd. and writes a popular blog on Brain Training. Bates turned to teaching several years ago to fulfil his life dream of educating students on the topic of Brain Training. He lives in New York City.

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1. Introduction - How to Learn Faster: introduction. Learning is an activity that in shrouds every aspect of our lives is human beings. Literally. All the actions that we engage in are the direct result of past learning. Learning is something that we naturally do from the moment we are born right up. And so we die. The knowledge, information and skills that we acquired through learning greatly influenced the outcomes we end up within academia, careers and life In general, However, the complexities of learning and how it happens are subjects that remain a mystery to the average person. Be that, as it may, having an understanding of how learning works is very fundamental of a learner hopes to improve the pace at which they learn the rate at which individuals learn greatly differs from one person to another. While some people are naturally gifted at learning and integrating new information, there are those who struggle of absorbing new concepts and skills. Nevertheless, learning is something that anyone could become better at. With the right strategies and diligent practice. This guide is designed to provide timely information on how to become a better and faster learner. Over the course of this guide, we're going to explore the concept of learning in great detail. Some of the ideas that we're going to discuss include the dynamics that are at play in a learning process, factors that influence one's learning ability and the different styles of learning. We will also investigate some of the popular approaches to learning, as well as the common misconceptions about learning which most people subscribe to. In addition to this, we will examine the problems and difficulties encountered by learners and strategies that one can employ to become a fast learner. By the end of this guide, you should be equipped with all the tools you need to develop your cognitive ability and increase the rate at which you learn. It is my hope that you will find practical wisdom in this guide to make you a more skillful and fast learner. 2. MODULE ONE - THE ART OF LEARNING: module one. The art of learning the definition of learning is one that carries different connotations depending on context. There are many complexities involved in learning, which makes a singular definition simply untenable. So for the purposes of this guide, we need to carefully examine what comprises learning and how the process works. So in this module, we're going to attempt a clear all confusion around the idea of learning and how it happens . Hopefully, by the end of the section, you will have a clear idea of what learning is and what the process entails. 3. Chapter 1 - What is Learning?: Chapter one. What is learning? The definition of learning is one that is commonly understood in several ways. In common usage, the word learning is used to refer to the process of acquiring new or modifying existing knowledge, behaviors, skills and values. The process of learning involves enriching, building upon and changing one's understanding, such that the end result is significantly different from the initial state. A common metaphor that could be used to better understand the learning process is that of a house under construction. You could think of one's knowledge basis, the foundation on which all their future learning is based. We acquire knowledge to observation our interaction with the world and with other people. This usually happens whether or not we're consciously aware of it. Learning is essentially a transformative process, since the information and experiences that we acquire alter the way we think what we believe and consequently, how we behave. Many theorists on learning now consider playing to be a primordial form of learning. This is due to the fact that his Children play. They interact with a different phenomenon in the world, learned the rules and make deductions. For instance, a child who falls down and hurts themselves while playing quickly, learns to concept of pain and realizes that it is something that should be avoided. Contrary to what most people may think, learning is not unique to humans. Only Studies have shown that animals also learn socially through observation and mimic re. This kind of observational learning does not necessarily require external reinforcement, since it happens naturally on its own by simply watching and interacting with other members of their species. Animals can learn new behaviors as individuals or groups. Learning, therefore, can be considered a very fundamental function in nature. Although learning is something that we all do naturally as humans, most people are actually oblivious to how the process actually works. This is not very surprising, given the highly complex cognitive functions and external factors that are usually a play during learning. Nevertheless, gaining a proper understanding of the learning process is absolutely fundamental of one is to learn how to enhance their learning abilities and increased the rate at which they learn 4. Chapter 2 - How the Learning Process Works: Chapter two had a learning process works. Learning in human beings is a multifaceted activity that involves the interaction of six cognitive processes. Memory, attention, language processing, higher order thinking and grateful motor or writing. Apart from interacting between themselves, these processes also interact with internal and external factors, including emotions, classroom environment, individual behaviors, instructors and family. In order for one to become veteran learning, they need to have a solid grasp on how these primary elements of learning relates to one another. So in this section we're going to discuss how each of these cognitive processes influence learning. Memory memory refers to the cognitive process to which our brains take in and store information or data such that it could be retrieved when necessary. The Faculty of Memory defines the temporal dimension of our mental organization. Memory plays a very fundamental role in our lives as it allows us to recognize the past and be able to use any information from our previous experiences in a practical way in the present. Due to this fact memory as an essential element of the learning process, memory comprises three main processes to interact with each other, with or without our conscious awareness. These are encoding storing and retrieving encoding refers to the process in which our brains transform acquired information such that it can be stored in memory. This is usually the first process that the human memory puts into operation during learning . The storing process involves maintaining encoded information in memory. The information consults a quaintly be retrieved when needed through the process of remembering. Although memory and learning are different from each other, they're also highly dependent on each other. The ability to learn is heavily reliant on an individual's memory, since the information stored in one's memory forms the basis for linking any new information or knowledge to association. There are three types of memory, all of which play a very important role in the learning process. Working memory, short term memory in long term memory. Working memory involves the ability of the brain to retain small amounts of information, which could be access to recall it easily. An example of working memory is when a person remembers a set of instructions on how to repair a broken car engine. Short term memory refers to the capacity of the brain's ahold small amounts of information in a readily available state for brief periods of time. Usually, short term memory is stored in the prefrontal cortex in the brain, where, after consolidation it is transferred to the hippocampus. Long term memory is the capacity to hold and remember large amounts of information over prolonged periods of time. Usually when we remember an event that happened in the distant past say, Loved ones, Birthday or Friends graduation party, it is usually the long term memory at work. However, long term memory does not only store memories of past events but also procedural memories such as work skills, which 1 may have learned at their first job. The retention ability of a memory depends to a large extent on its usage. After a short term memory has been encoded, it needs to be activated numerous times in response to various props in order to increase the chances of being retained. Apart from frequent usage. Another factor that determines the durability of a memory is its connection to other memories based on similarities and differences. The more correlations of memory has with other memories, the easier it is for it to be retained in the long term memory attention, attention is undoubtedly one of the most important cognitive processes that drive the process of learning. It involved the ability to select, prioritize and apply certain concepts and information. The ability to concentrate is a function of attention, which involves focusing entirely on a specific task while ignoring distractions. Concentration is essential to the learning process as it enhances one's ability to acquire new information and be able to apply it in accomplishing a certain task. With that attention and concentration, learning can scarcely take place. That is why Children and adults with attention deficit learning disabilities often have a difficult time with learning. In general, the ability to pay attention usually comes easy to us when we're interested in the subjects or activities were involved in. If they don't interest us, we may get easily distracted or bored, which affects how we learn for this reason, the goal of a good teachers to create lessons such that they piqued the interest of the learner. In doing so, the student is able to concentrate on the subject and therefore learn it. Language language is a highly important tool in learning, as it is the primary weight, that which we give and receive information during the learning process. Language involves to keep processing systems, namely expressive language and receptive language. Expressive language usually comes to play when we speak and write, whereas receptive language works. When we listen and read, learners with well developed language abilities tend to perform better than their counterparts with poor language abilities. This is because language problems make it difficult for learners to communicate effectively understanding, store information and relate with others. It is worth remembering that as human beings, we learn mainly through socialisation how we relate with others around us. Processing how slow or fast we learned heavily depends on our ability to process information. There are two types of processing speeds that affect an individual's rate of learning, namely visual processing speed and cognitive processing. Speed visual processing speed refers to how fast a learner can look at and process information on the task that does not involve a lot of active thinking. Cognitive processing, on the other hand, refers to the speed at which a learner can taken information critically, think about it and provide a response. Processing speed is a primary determined of one's cognitive ability. A learner with a low processing speed might find it very challenging to perform simple cognitive tasks, especially those who require a lot of focus and concentration. This is due to the fact that they may take more time to recognize simple visual patterns, performs tasks that involve reasoning under the pressure of time and read by themselves higher order thinking. Higher order thinking is a concept in education that supports the idea that some types of learning require more cognitive processes than others. Higher order thinking goes beyond the basic learning processes of observation and memorization. This type of thinking involves several key skills, including evaluation analysis, synthesis, application knowledge and comprehension. Higher order thinking is an important element in the learning process, as it not only allows the learner to improve their memorization but also enhances their cognitive abilities. These skills can allow the learner to progress beyond the classroom and use the information and knowledge they acquire. In a practical sense in their lives. Gravel motor grapple motor skills refers it a combination of cognitive, perceptual and motor skills that are required in order to be able to write. While writing might seem like a very simple and natural task, there are a number of skills that work together during the process of writing. If one or more of these skills are underdeveloped or deficient in a learner, they might find it very challenging the right. The five distinctive skills, which are essential in the process of writing, include visual perceptual skills. These involve the ability to see a letter, word, shape or symbol and assigned to correct meaning to it, depending on context, motor planning and execution, this is the ability to carry out the necessary motor movement required for writing. This skill, also known as praxis, allows us to remember and performed unnecessary steps in order for a movement to happen. Ortho Graphic coating. This has to do with the ability to store letters or groups of letters and memory and to retrieve them when the need arises. Visual Motor Coordination This is a cognitive motor skill that allows one to coordinate motor movement with visual perception. For instance, physically right words on paper kinesthetic feedback. This refers to one's capacity to know where a certain part of the body is in space in order to carry out a motor function. For instance, placing your hand on paper and orders right when a learner's deficient in one or more of these primary graph. Oh, motor skills. They may experience numerous learning related problems, such as poor, inconsistent handwriting, composition and reading. They may also find it difficult to spell words correctly or write compositions. This could be very damaging to their academic as well as personal lives. Based on these fundamental elements of learning, there are seven principles or basic assumptions, which accurately encapsulate the process of learning. These are a student's prior knowledge can help or hinder the learning process. While prior knowledge is often thought to be the foundation on which all future learning is built, there are certain instances when prior knowledge can hinder the learning process. Sometimes the knowledge we acquire is demonstrably false, inaccurate or outdated, as is the case with many scientific misconceptions clinging on. Inaccurate facts and information can cause us to make false judgments, thereby hindering our ability to learn new ideas, concepts, information and skills. A learner's motivations determines what they do to learn In elementary school, most learning is typically driven by an instructor or teacher. However, as students progress to more advanced levels of learning, for instance, university, they gain a lot more autonomy over their learning. In other words, they're learning becomes more self driven or auto didactic. In light of this, a learner's motivation plays a very crucial role in how they learn. It guides the direction, intensity, quality and persistence of their learning behaviours, which ultimately determine how fast and how much they learn. The ways in which the learner organizes knowledge influences how they learn and apply previously acquired knowledge. The learning process usually involves connecting new knowledge with prior knowledge, which is stored in the long term memory. This process typically happens with or without one's conscious awareness. When those connections create knowledge, which is accurate, improperly organized learners can easily retrieve it and apply it practically. On the other hand, if those connections air flawed, the learner may not be able to make use of the knowledge. It may also hinder them from creating new, logically coherent knowledge. In order to develop mastery, a learner must acquire component skills, practice integrating them and no win and how to apply them. Before Lerner can master any skill, they have to be able to master the composite sub skills and learn how to integrate them through isolation and synthesis. In addition to this, they need to practise the skills constantly in order to develop fluency. They must also know when to apply a certain skill and how to do so appropriately. Go oriented practice, combined with targeted feedback, enhances quality of learning. Learning and performance are greatly enhanced if a learner engages in practice with a golden mind. However, practice alone is not enough to make learning effective, since the learner might be practicing the wrong techniques and reinforcing bad habits which can significantly hamper mastery. In light of this, practice of any given skill must be accompanied by targeted feedback that highlights the weaknesses of the learner. The feedback must also be delivered at the appropriate time in order for it to be of any use to the learner. A learner's current level of development relates with social, emotional and intellectual climate of the course to impact learning. While learners primarily employ their intellect or cognitive abilities in the pursuit of learning, it is important to acknowledge that they are also social and emotional beings. Learning, therefore, is to a great extent, influenced by a student's emotional state as well a social factors in light of the influence that emotions and socialization exert on learning. It is very vital that students learn in a positive climate since this will greatly enhance their capacity to learn and master new skills. In order to become effective at self driven learning, students must learn to monitor and modify their approach to learning. One of the goals of instruction based learning is to provide students with the skills required to become more proficient as auto died X self taught learners. In order for this to happen, learners must sufficiently developed their meta cognitive abilities so that they could become more strategic about their own learning. They must develop the ability to carefully assess a given task, accurately identify their strengths and weaknesses, and develop the right approaches to learning. By developing their meta cognition, learners gained the intellectual skills that required to enhance their learning and performance. The preceding assumptions air highly important to the concept of learning as they are based on scientific research. They draw from a wide range of disciplines, including developmental and cognitive psychology, education, anthropology and more. The seven principles on how the learning process works are also validated by the fact that they are domain independent. This means that they apply in all fields of learning and virtually all disciplines. In addition to these, they are also experience independent and thus applied to all levels of learning from elementary levels up to the highest levels of tertiary education. Furthermore, these fundamental principles of the learning process are cross cultural, which means their relevance of learning in virtually all cultures. However, it is important to note that culture determines how these principles are understood and applied in the process of learning. The influence of culture on the learning process will be explored in depth in the following chapter. 5. Chapter 3 - Factors That Influence Learning: Chapter three factors that influence learning. Learning is an extremely complex process that could be influenced by a number of factors. These factors can generally be categorized into those that are associated with the learner and those that are associated with the learning process. Some of the factors that are associated with the learner include willpower. The learner is typically the focal point of learning, and therefore their willpower is very central to Dean's higher process of learning. If a learner has the will to learn, he will be motivated to pay attention and learn how they perform a certain task. Willpower can also help a learner overcome the numerous learning challenges he might bump into along the way. Motivation, Motivation is arguably the single most important factor that influences learning. If a student lacks the motivation to learn, no amount of effort will yield any results. A learner who was motivated, on the other hand, will be very enthusiastic and self driven in its learning process. Cognitive ability The natural cognitive ability of a learner greatly influences how fast they're able to learn and master any discipline or skill. Learners with high intelligence and creativity will easily be able to understand complex concepts and how they relate to other ideas. Aspirations. The degree to which a student is able to learn depends to a great extent on how high their aspirations are. If they have high aspirations, they will likely be more driven that work hard and accomplish more. This, however, is relative to their intelligence and cognitive ability. On the other hand, a learner with low aspirations will only be content and learning very basic ideas or developing basic skills. As a result, they may end up failing to develop mastery and the skill or discipline they're learning health conditions. The general health of a learner plays a key role in how well they are able to learn. This includes both physical as well as mental health. Students with physical problems such as physical handicaps, vision problems and deafness may experience serious challenges when learning the mental health of a learner also influences. Their ability to learn problems such as anxiety, depression and poor self esteem can significantly affect the rate at which an individual learns in the following chapter. We're going to discuss the ways in which physical and mental health issues pose challenges to learning. There are also factors pertaining to the learning process, which affect the rate at which students learn. These include the methods of learning employed. The effectiveness of any learning exercise greatly depends on the methods of learning that are employed. There are certain methods there are more effective since they say the time and effort of the learner. Some of the methods of learning which may be employed include spaced, an unspecified learning recitation and repetition parts and whole learning methods. Conducive environment. The rate at which students learn greatly depends on the quality of the learning environment . Students who learning clean, quiet and peaceful environments, for instance, are more likely to learn more effectively. Feedback. The feedback received by a learner during the process of learning also has a bearing on learning in academic learning contexts. Feedback usually comes in the form of test results. Students who score highly on tests are likely to become more motivated to learn more about a given topic or subject an informal learning contexts. Feedback may come in the form of progressively improved performance. For instance, a person who learns how to play a certain game and become substantially good at it is likely to continue practicing until they develop mastery of IT. Nutrition. While it might be considered inconsequential by most people, nutrition plays a very vital role in a learning process of individuals. This is due to the fact that nutrition is responsible for one's mental and cognitive processes. A learner who imbibes in a good diet will likely enjoy physical and mental well being, thereby making them more capable of learning. On the other hand, a person with a poor diet is unlikely to have the mental and physical resilience to learn. It is also worth mentioning that drugs and alcohol also influence one's learning abilities . This is because they negatively affect one's neuro muscular system and consequently their learning ability. There are obviously more internal as well as external factors that affected individuals ability to learn as well as their rate of learning. These include the amount of time dedicated to learning age and organisational factors 6. Chapter 4 - Styles of Learning: Chapter four Styles of Learning. One of the fundamental truths about education and learning is the fact that every student is different, whereas one student confined it easy to learn and retain information to a particular format . Another learner might find the same method very challenging. In light of this, it is important for teachers and instructors to develop an understanding of the different styles of learning that learners use. In doing so, they will be better place to employ effective methods to enhance the learning process for their students. There are four main styles of learning which are now recognized in education. These modalities were discovered in studies by education scholars in early nineties and are now commonly described using the acronym Bark, which stands for visual auditory reading, writing and kinesthetic six visual learners. Visual learners essentially learn best when information or data is presented in the form of graphical representations. These type of learners are more proficient and internalizing and synthesizing information. Duties of charts, maps, diagrams and other visual learning. Resource is in general, visual learners tend to remember about 75% of the information which they receive visually. If you find that visualization comes easy to you, and you tend to have an impeccable recall ability for information, which you read or see. Then you are very likely a visual learner. Visual learners tend to be holistic learners. Some of the strengths that they enjoy due to their learning style include they can easily remember what you read or write. They're able to follow directions instinctively. They have a great sense of balance and alignment. They have good organizational skills. They enjoy a strong sense of color. They have strong visualization abilities. Some of the effective strategies, which you can employ in your learning as a visual learner, include Employ the use of colored highlights in your notes and textbooks. Look at the diagrams, graphs and images that accompany texts in order to remember what you study more easily. Learn in a quiet in solitary environment so that you do not get distracted by noise. Take notes during lectures to help you remember easily use flash cards and outlines when studying auditory learners, where, as visual learners prefer to learn through graphic presentation formats like charts and graphs, auditory learners typically learn best when the information is presented, sonically or orally. Some auditory learners may opted, not take notes during lectures in order to maintain their auditory attention. This is often misinterpreted by some teachers as a student failing to pay attention. For this reason, it is important for students and their instructors as well to understand the traits that characterized his learning style. Some of the strings of auditory learners include they're great at following verbal directions. They have good recall ability for information they have heard they're often very useful in group discussions. They are good at explaining ideas. Vocally. They are very confident speakers in class and therefore likely to contribute by answering questions in class. They're good at storytelling. Although auditory learners thoroughly enjoy speaking and hearing other speakers, they may have difficulty studying alone or in quiet environments. If you are an auditory learner, here is some of the strategies which you can employ to enhance your learning process. Find a study mates to engage in discussions with create audio recordings of class lectures . Sit near the front one in class in order to hear to teacher properly participate in classroom discussions, read assignments allowed to yourself when studying reading, writing learners, students who prefer the reading writing style of learning have a strong affinity for the written word. They typically enjoy reading and are likely to perform very highly on written assignments. Reading writing learners tend to employ traditional methods of learning by reading books and taking lots of notes. Some of the common traits and characteristics of reading writing learners include they are able to easily remember information that they have read or written down. They enjoy reading as a hobby. They usually write notes, which are highly detailed. They have a preference for written essays over oral presentations. They can articulate themselves better through writing instead of oratory. They're good at grammar and having expansive vocabulary because they read a lot. They prefer to read by themselves and have someone read for them. If you are a person who enjoys reading for its own sake and you easily remember all that you read in great detail, then you are probably a reading writing learner. Some of the practices that could make you better at learning include write down a lot of notes when studying, and include as many details as you can keep handouts and other written learning materials study and a quiet and isolated environment where you can read without distractions translate diagrams and charts since the words and sentences kinesthetic learners. Kinesthetic learners typically integrate and synthesize information better when they can engage their muscles in whatever they're learning. They are essentially hands on learners who need to physically exert their bodies in the learning activity. Most learning approaches typically employed traditional methods of learning, which includes sitting at a desk in a classroom, listening to an instructor and making notes. These are things that kinesthetic learners may not be very good at. As a result, they often feel like their learning styles deficient and ineffective. However, this is a false notion. Kinesthetic learners can learn just as well as learners who employed the other modalities, such as reading, writing, auditory and visual learning. Some of the strings to kinesthetic learners enjoy include They usually have excellent hand eye coordination. They are great at conducting experiments. They have excellent motor memory. They can easily remember. It's Haskell have done physically. They usually perform highly in sports and fitness exercises. They're good at arts and drama. They typically have high energy levels. If you happen to be a kinesthetic learner, here are some of the tips that can help you learn more effectively. Pace around or walk or reading or reciting notes to enhance memorization. Study while lying down on your chest or stomach in a relaxing position. Instead of sitting at a desk, incorporate physical exercises in your learning. Take frequent sessions in between study sessions, partner with other kin, acidic learners to share ideas and discuss study material. Having a proper understanding of her learning style can help you devise the best methods to enhance your learning, which ever learning style you prefer. You can certainly take advantage of your unique strengths to greatly improve your learning ability. 7. Chapter 5 - Approaches to Learning: Chapter five approaches to learning the approaches to learning. A CEO refers to the strategies that teachers used to impart knowledge and skills and behaviours that students use to engage in learning essentially a TLS emphasis on what and how students learn to improve competency. In the different approaches to learning, teachers have to develop learning tasks and activities that nurture and encourage students to grow and understand the elements of a CEO. In effect, the students will be able to develop relevant skills that will help them learn across the curriculum. The five approaches to learning skills include thinking, skills thinking skills include critical thinking, creativity, innovation and transfer of knowledge. The sub skills associated with this approach include meta cognition, dialectical thought, synthesis, evaluation, analysis, application comprehension and acquisition of knowledge. This approach to learning requires students to plan carefully, articulate and then evaluate their way of thinking and learning. They should be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of how they learn best communication skills. Communication is vital in any process of teaching and learning. This approach seeks to help students acquire various communication skills that will enable them to navigate learning experiences that might be frustrating or challenging the sub skills associate with this approach to learning include listening, writing, reading, speaking, presenting, viewing and nonverbal communication. Social skills approaches to learning also seek to help students acquire collaborative social skills. Interaction is an essential part of learning, given that it makes it easier for teachers and students to collaborate and work towards achieving set goals faster and easily. Moreover, social skills help students share responsibility for creating cooperative and productive learning environments. The sub skills that fall under social skills include cooperating, respecting others, accepting responsibility, resolving conflict, adapting a variety of group roles and group decision making self management skills. This could be divided into organizational skills, effective skills and reflective skills. These skills can further be subdivided into fine motor skills, gross motor skills, spatial awareness, safety time management, informed choices, healthy lifestyle and code of behavior. Self management skills seek to help students learn how to manage time and task effectively and how to manage your state of mind. They will also learn how to practice focus and concentration, manage self talk and take action to achieve personal and academic goals, research skills, research skills, assist students and navigating all the challenges they face during their day to day learning. These skills revolve around the following sub skills observation, question formulation, planning, data collection, data organization, data interpretation and presentation of research findings. With these skills, students should be able to demonstrate information and media literacy. Essentially, they should be able to find, collect, organize, interpret, judge and present information. In addition, learner should be able to interact with media to utilize ideas and information effectively . It cannot go without saying that the essence of the five approaches to learning is to enhance student learning and prepare them for life after school. By acquiring these skills, students should be able to explore new concepts, try out new strategies and discover new concepts of learning, prepare for higher learning and responsible involvement in global and local communities, meet subject groups, goals and objectives, assess, evaluate and provide evidence of the skills and creativity. Share responsibility for developing cooperative and productive learning environments. Comprehend the diversity of human learning needs 8. Chapter 6 - Myths and Misconceptions about Learning: Chapter six Myths and Misconceptions about learning. Learning is a continuous process, and we're learning all the time, regardless of our age or experience. There are too many myths, misconceptions and unproven theories about learning. No matter how hard we try to dispel them. These misconceptions about learning have stood the test of time. The more we fail to deal with them, the more students failed to gain new knowledge and skills. Notably these myths could make the process of learning more difficult. This section identifies in the bunk some of the most common myths and misconceptions about learning. Next are a few myths and misconceptions that we should demystify and stop believing in them . You understand concepts better if you discover them for yourself. Most people assume that if you discover something by yourself, then you automatically qualify to be an expert. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Figuring out a concept on your own does not necessarily mean understanding the fundamental principles of the concept. In essence, discovery does not give students an advantage over their counterparts, who are yet to find out about the concept. If the set students were requested to lead the class to his or her discovery, they would not be able to explain the principles of the concept. Appropriately explicit instructions from an expert are still required for the students. Understand any concept accordingly. People who learn and think differently or not smart. Another misconception about learning is that slow learners and people of learning disabilities such as dyslexia and 80 HD are not smart. The truth is that these disabilities are just a smart as their peers are. Moreover, they could be gifted as well with various abilities to demonstrate their high intelligence . The only problem is that they might struggle a bit with schoolwork. But this does not mean that they are not smart. With the right kind of assistance from trained teachers, students with learning disabilities can excel beyond expectations, sometimes even better than their counterparts do. Beginners should emulate the behavior of experts. If you are a novice, you may be tempted to emulate the behavior of experts. Assuming that you will also become an expert. However, nothing could be as misleading as this misconception. The level of knowledge that experts possesses far, much higher, and they are able to learn and perform their tasks differently. Requesting a novice. To emulate an expert, therefore, is a big demand in what they can handle comfortably. For instance, asking high school students to solve a math assignment of a PhD mathematics student is inappropriate and not the best way of teaching and learning. Younger students are digital natives. Technology evolves every day. Considering this, many people, particularly older people, tend to think that younger students under a specific age group have an innate understanding of digital concepts. For this reason, those who believe in the Smith will go ahead and introduce technology in the class. Assuming that all young students know how to use these devices adeptly, this somehow harms the learning process of students who might not be tech savvy. In fact, research reveals that such a group of digital natives does not exist. Hence, it is imperative that all students go through the same approach that does not exclude anyone, making the process of learning and all inclusive experience. Re reading material is a good way to learn. Re reading through content is only a passive way of learning. This is only good when preparing for a presentation or an important meeting, but not a good approach to learning, given that you are highly likely to forget what you have just read after the meeting is over, the brain understands constant better. When we interact with our reading materials rather than going through it passively, An appropriate way to go about it would be to quiz yourself on the material you have just read. Alternatively, you may summarize the author's opinion to have a better understanding of the content. Students should focus on one subject at a time. Another misconception about learning is that students should focus on one chunk of material at a time to learn better. However, research indicates it is better and more effective to engage in different subjects across study sessions. Essentially, the practice of mixing different subjects and materials is a better approach to learning, as it gives the learner a better sense of the core idea and the entire concept. Moreover, when you shift details during your study sessions, you tend to learn veteran faster spending longer hours. Studying translates to better understanding. This is based on the 10,000 our theory, researched by Anders Ericsson and popularized by Malcolm Gladwell, the theory suggests a deliberate practice that spans a total of 10,000 hours is sufficient to make you an expert in your chosen field of interest. However, further research shows that this does not necessarily translate to learning. For instance, most drivers have been driving cars for a larger part of their lives, but this does not mean they have become better drivers. This shows that putting plenty of hours into something does not translate to better understanding. Deliberate practice on Lee works well in fields that have stable structures. Such a sports always stick to your first answer. Many of us were advised that we should not change our first answer when doing an exam or a multiple choice test. The reason for this is that many students and instructors believe that changing the initial answer could lower the overall score. However, this is nothing more than a myth. Reconsidering your answers to various questions is actually a better way of learning. Research shows that students who take time mulling over a question or an idea before writing an answer tend to score highly in exams. The same applies to instructors. Teachers who paused for a few seconds when explaining an idea, tend to convey the message better and their students learn more intelligence is fixed at birth. Most people misconceived that intelligence is fixed at birth, meaning that you either have or don't have it. Nevertheless, various studies confirmed that our level of intelligence can grow over time. In essence, students can improve their intelligence by dedicating more time to learning new concepts and ideas. 9. MODULE TWO - CHALLENGES OF LEARNING: module. Two challenges of learning. While learning is something that we are naturally expected to do, many learners often meet challenges along the way, which greatly slows down their learning or make it more difficult than it should be. In most instances, these learners are usually highly intelligent and creative. However, the manner in which they process information is usually different from the way the average learner does. Sometimes the challenges experienced by learners have more to do with external factors rather than her own innate abilities. In order for them to progress in their learning, students with learning challenges need to be helped to identify and overcome the challenges that they face. So in this module, we're going to explore some of the major challenges which Lerner's face and how these problems hinder their learning speed inability. We will discuss the learning disabilities which negatively affect the rate at which students learn. In addition to this, we will examine how mental health affects learning as well as the influence of culture on learning. Furthermore, this section will highlight some of the social problems which make learning difficult. By the end of this module, you should have a clear understanding of the challenges of learning as well a strategies that can help you overcome any learning problems you might be experiencing. 10. Chapter 7 - Common Learning Disabilities: Chapter seven Common Learning Disabilities. A learning disability refers to a neurological condition that affects one's processing ability, thereby hindering the learning process. All the learning disabilities are often diagnosed when a child is in their school going years. These challenges affect more than just our academic lives. Learning challenges they're not diagnosed or resolved earlier in life can negatively affect one's career life as well. A social life. It is worth noting that learning disabilities are not the same as learning problems such as emotional issues and visual handicaps, which stem from cultural, economic and social factors. Most learning disabilities and disorders cannot be cured yourself with medical help, However, with the right approach to learning and a supportive environment, learners who struggle of learning disabilities can become tremendously successful in their academics, careers and personal lives. Here are some of the common disabilities affecting learners of all ages and backgrounds. Visual. Perceptual motor deficit. This is a disorder that affects one's ability to process and understand information acquired through vision. The sensory information, which is received visually, may be compromised due to the way in which a learner's eyes move. As a result, they may experience problems in reading and comprehension and consequently have their learning impaired. Visual processing involves a number of skills that are essential for strong perception and processing. These include visual discrimination, the ability to be cognizant of distinctive features of forms, for instance, shapes, sizes and colors. Visual sequential memory. The ability to memorize a series of objects in the order in which they were initially observed. Visual spatial skills. The capacity to understand spatial concepts. For instance, being aware of the direction of objects in relations of one's position in space visual figure ground the capacity to distinguish an object from its background. Visual form, consistency. The ability to detect progressive changes in an object, for instance, changes in color, shape or texture. Visual closure. The ability to accurately determine a complete feature from partial information. For instance, Telling what an object is by simply looking at one part visual memory, the capacity to retain and the ability to retrieve information collected through visual means. An individual who experiences a deficiency in one or more of these fundamental visual skills is likely to have impaired visual perception. Some of the signs and symptoms of visual perceptual motor deficit include reversing Mary letters such as P and Q B and D. Inability to copy information correctly. Inability to recognize a word if only part of it is shown frequently. Closing one eye when reading poor organisational skills When writing exemplar gratia, irregular sentence spacing and misaligned letters. If you or a loved one experiences any of these visual perceptual problems when learning, there are several strategies that might help. These include used books, which are printed in large formats. Try to from paper styles. Example. Ingrassia pastel embossed graph etcetera to find one that works for you. Minimised tasks which involved too much copying. Use a computer word processor to type whenever possible. As an alternative, the writing used tracking tools such as rulers encompasses. When writing or drawing this graphia, it affects one's ability to write. Although this disorder mainly affects handwriting, it may also cause impairment in Ortho. Graphic coding and finger sequencing describe via typically makes the process of writing extremely laborious, and often the final result is hardly legible. Due to this reason, individuals who suffer from this learning disability often exhibit a strong dislike for writing some of the traits and characteristics of learners who struggle of describe via include frequently complain of finger soreness during or after writing. This is due to a cramped pen pencil room, inability to space outwards evenly when writing on the paper. Extremely low writing speeds. Handwriting is barely legible or completely illegible, frequently omits words or fails to complete words when writing displays a strong aversion towards writing tasks. Difficulty with grammar and since X If your child manifests any or all of these symptoms, it is absolutely important that you get them evaluated by a school psychologist or special education expert in order to get a diagnosis. Although there is presently no medical cure for disc raffia, Children who suffer from the condition can be helped to manage it with proper practice and support from their teachers and caregivers. Adults living with this graphia are likely to be less affected by the problem since they can opt it's hype instead of writing during their day to day professional tasks. However, if you work in a profession in which writing it's still fundamental, you may want to discuss other options such as the use of speech to text technologies with your boss, this calcula This calculator sometimes referred to his number blindness is a learning disability that affects an individual's capacity to understand and process numerical information or data. While the cause of this calcula is still a subject of research, this learning disabilities start to result from developmental abnormalities in the part of the brain that is concerned with new miracle concepts. Individuals who suffer from this calcula may experience difficulties in reading analog clocks, recognizing digits, memorizing prices of items and phone numbers, adhering to timetables and schedules counting backward. They may also manifest the following traits and characteristics. Difficulty understanding simple mathematical concepts such as place, value in quantity, positive and negative values. Difficulty sequencing orders of objects or events. Difficulty following mathematical formulas to solve problems. Difficulty handling money. Inability to translate word problems into mathematical forms. Difficulty in understanding fractions This calculator is easily one of the most misunderstood learning disabilities. The inability of this calculus sufferers to understand mathematical concepts is often wrongly judged. It's laziness or lack of effort on their part. This constant misrepresentation of a real condition often takes a heavy toll on the affected individuals. This calculator is easily one of the most misunderstood learning disabilities. The inability of this calculus suffers to understand mathematical concepts is often wrongly judged. It's laziness or a lack of effort on their part. This constant misrepresentation of a real condition often takes a heavy toll on the affected individuals. Learners who struggle of dis calcula often believe that they're just dumb or stupid. This can lead to self esteem issues, lack of self confidence and mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. Students who suffer from this calcula are likely to experience significant challenges in their academic lives. They are also likely to have limited career choices once they are dumb of school. Adults who suffer from this Qalqiliya can also be seriously affected by this learning problem. They may find it extremely frustrating or impossible to perform simple day to day tasks such as budgeting, cooking and driving. Some of the strategies which may help a person struggling with this calculates learn better include use memorization tools such as no Monix to remember math concepts or formulas, draw diagrams to help you understand mathematical ideas such as multiplication and division . Use colored pencils to help you differentiate math problems. Use fingers to eight and counting auditory processing disorder. This is a learning disability that affects one's capacity to process and understand visually presented information. Individuals with auditory processing disorder may have difficulty in registering what people are saying, even though they're hearing is okay, although they're hearing may be perfect. People of a P D experience problems with coding verbal information due to a deficiency in one or more of the four skills involved in auditory processing. These are auditory discrimination, the ability to notice and differentiate between two or more distinct sounds. This is essential in telling a part different but similar sounding words. Such a set and shut auditory memory, the ability to recall things which are heard in both short term memory and long term memory figure it's a ground discrimination, the ability to pick out important sounds from background noise. Auditory sequencing. This is the ability to comprehend and remember the order of sounds a p D often manifests and individuals alongside other learning disabilities such as dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or a D H. D. Due to this fact, experts are split on whether or not it should be considered a distinct disorder. Some of the common symptoms associated with this learning disability include difficulty in keeping track of conversations, inability to tell where a particular sound is coming from difficulty listening to and enjoying music problems with remembering spoken instructions. Difficulty understanding what a person says, especially in noisy environments. In order to diagnose a P d. An audiologist, a person who specializes in diagnosing and treating hearing problems will conduct a series of listening tests to determine the cause and severity of the problem. Most Children suspected of having this learning disability or usually tested it around the age of seven when they're listening and responsibilities or more developed. While there is no cure for a P D, the condition can be managed with the host of treatment methods with a focus on classroom support. Speech therapy in auxiliary skills development language processing disorder, language processing disorder, or LPD, is a specific type of auditory processing disorder that affects one's ability to process languages. LPD affects both receptive language. How we understand what others say and expressive language what we say. Just as is the case of a PD, LPD is not necessarily a symptom of hearing problems. Rather, it simply means that there is a deficiency in the way the brain processes what is heard. Individuals with LPD generally experienced difficulty in reading, writing, spelling and speaking. The condition may also affect other skills which are required for auditory processing such as memory and attention. Some of the problems which individuals affected with LPD may experience include difficulty finding meaning in other languages. Poor writing skills. Frustration due to an inability to understand what people are saying, difficulty following spoken directions, poor reading and comprehension ability. Difficulty expressing themselves verbally, difficulty understanding, jokes. Poor or very limited vocabulary. Diagnosis for LPD is usually made by a combination of professionals, including an audiologist, a speech language therapist and a neuro psychologist. Treatment for LPD may very depending on the unique needs of the patient, it is usually focused on improving their listening skills and expanding their vocabulary. 11. Chapter 8 - Social Problems that Make Learning Difficult: Chapter eight social problems that make learning difficult. The events that happened in two societies around us often have a very great bearing on the learning process. Most of the social phenomenon which we encounter, seep into the education process both in and out of the classroom, thus affecting the way in which we learn and the rate at which we do so. Some of the social issues that affect learning include poverty. Poverty is, without a doubt, one of the biggest problems affecting learning and education throughout the world. Many students who live in the developing world and poor nations often find it difficult to acquire education due to lack of income. It is not unsurprising that many end up dropping out of school in order to secure jobs to support themselves and their families. Gender. In most countries around the world, gender is one of the key factors that determine whether one acquires a good education or not. In many countries, particularly those in the developing world, many girls have denied the opportunity to learn and compete favorably with their male counterparts and careers. Typically, most of these girls end up getting married off prematurely, thus putting an end to any education prospects. They may have war and conflict. Students who live in countries ravaged by war usually experience a lot of challenges trying to learn as their schools and classrooms or bombs in the ground in libraries burned down, these learners become deprived of the essential resource is which they required to learn racism. Racism is a widespread social problem that affects nearly every fabric of society. We all face it in sports, at work, in business and in places of learning as well. However, students from minority backgrounds normally bear the brunt for racial attacks, whether real or imaginary. This calls for a concerted effort from teachers, parents and students to work together to reduce the effects of racism in the classroom. Ethnic issues. As with racism, students from particular ethnic groups are often a judge to slow or poor learners. Compared to their counterparts, however, nothing could be further from the truth, given that the learning capabilities of an individual depend on other factors, not their ethnicity. The reason for this assumption could be the particular geographical locations lack sufficient access to learning resource is cultural issues. Children from migrant families may face several challenges adapting to their new environment and learning a new language. This may impede their ability to access learning resource is and their capacity to communicate with their teachers and other students. However, with proper orientation, it would be just a matter of time before such students get an accurate education. Substance abuse. Let's face it. Substance abuse is another common problem affecting society. Students have also joined the bandwagon and they are now abusing drugs and alcohol due to various reasons ranging from depression to peer pressure. The abuse of these drugs has caused many students to lose interest in learning. However, with proper counseling and creating the supportive environment, these students can get back on track and start learning again. Unequal opportunity, Unequal education opportunity for students who come from poor backgrounds or smaller communities is another social issue that affects learning. Ideally, all students should have equal opportunities to pursue an access learning resource is regrettably, this is not often the case to address this problem. Educational institutions in the relevant bodies should allow access to proportionate opportunities without considering their cultural affiliation or background ethical issues. Certain ethical practices make it difficult for students to learn for instance, the general conduct of the instructor might affect the learning of the students. Teachers should not have improper relationships with their students. In addition, they should not come to school drunk or under the influence of alcohol. Other ethical issues revolve around whether uniforms should be compulsory and the types of punishment enforced in the school. 12. Chapter 9 - How Mental Health Problems Affect Learning: Chapter nine. How mental health problems Affect learning the connection between mental health problems and learning outcomes is a subject that is undisputed by education specialist and cognitive psychologists. Many experts agree that mental illness can seriously affect the student's ability to learn and before mullendore studies, in light of the spike in student mental health issues in recent years, it is absolutely important for us to discuss the ways in which psychological disturbances such as depression and anxiety effect learning. So in this section we're going to go over some of the mental illnesses affecting students and how the impact learning depression, depression is, without a doubt one of the most common mental disorders affecting students today. This mental illness typically leads to feelings of despondency, hopelessness and detachment from the world and other people. Depression is a very serious illness that often leads to learners dropping out of school. If left untreated, depression can lead to more serious problems such as drug addiction, crime and, in some cases, suicide. It is therefore important that the condition is diagnosed early and treatment is sought immediately. Some of the characteristic symptoms of depression include significant change in sleeping habits. I e sleeping too much or getting no sleep at all. Changes in appetite, for instance, eating too little or eating too much. This often leads to weight problems, such as being too underweight or obese. Constant feelings of sadness, helplessness and powerlessness. Poor concentration, loss of interest in daily activities. Exemplar gratia school or work. Constant feelings of agitation and restlessness. Feeling fatigued, physically drained and sluggish. This may make it difficult to perform even the simplest tasks. Feelings of worthlessness, self loathing and guilt, unexplained body aches and pains. Depression can significantly reduce one's ability to learn, since they lack motivation and mental energy to engage in learning. A depressed student may completely lose interest in learning and failed to attend classes. This Consignia, Ficken Lee reduce their general performance as well as their well being. Due to the serious implications of this mental illness on learning, it is very vital that you see a psychiatrist as soon as you can. If you suspect that you are depressed with the right treatment and therapy, you can completely recover from this problem and resume learning. Anxiety, stress and low levels of anxiety are indeed a very normal part of life However, when the anxiety becomes too persistent that it interferes of one's everyday life, then it becomes a problem. Anxiety disorders of some of the most serious mental health issues, which affect students and hamper effective learning. It is estimated that about 300 million people all over the world are affected by one or more anxiety disorders. Most of these people live with undiagnosed anxiety, which further exacerbates the problem. Anxiety disorders often go undiagnosed, since most of the symptoms are mistaken for normal everyday stress. Some of the common symptoms of anxiety include excessive and constant worrying. Feelings of stress, apprehension and agitation. Difficulty concentrating in school or at work. Feelings of intense fear and paranoia. Sweating and dizziness. Frequent and unexplainable. Fatigue. Feelings of irritability and restlessness, frequent stomachaches and diarrhea, headaches and migraines. Sleep problems. While the cause of anxiety is not fully understood, many neurologists and psychologists believe it is caused by a combination of factors including genetics, chemical imbalances in the brain stress and negative life experiences. If you frequently experienced these symptoms, it may be wise for you to make an appointment with a health professional in order to get a diagnosis and begin treatment. Anxiety is typically treated using a combination of medications, behavioral therapy and lifestyle changes. Drug abuse and addiction. Another common mental disorder that affects learning his drug addiction, drugs and other harmful substances are persistently used by many students around the world . This often leads to poor academic performance, social problems and, in some cases, death. In light of the prevalence of drug abuse in many learning institutions, it is important for teachers and caregivers to be able to recognize the tell tale signs and symptoms. Some of the symptoms and behaviors which characterize drug abuse and addiction and students include uncontrollable urge to use the drug every time. Inability to meet obligations. Such a school at work, lack of energy and motivation to perform normal daily tasks. Loss of interest in hobbies and interests. Redness in the eyes. Dilated pupils, uncontrollable shaking, lack of interesting grooming or taking care of oneself. Extreme anxiety and unexplainable fear. Decreased coordination, loss of muscle control, psychotic behavior which may turn violent. Irritability and abnormal changes in mood. Sleeping problems such as insomnia or hyper Sonia. Drug abuse and addiction can be very detrimental not only to learning, but the ones general well being. Some drugs, like amphetamines narcotics can easily leads a fatality in the event of an overdose. In light of this, it is absolutely necessary that a person who is struggling with drug addiction is diagnosed and treated promptly. This can help avert serious problems such as injury and death. Here are some of the ways in which mental illnesses may affect learning inability to concentrate. One of the biggest impacts of mental illness is the inability to concentrate students with mental problems like focus and find it difficult to concentrate in class for long hours. Lack of stamina. Mental health problems may lead to a lack of stamina in the sense that the student may lack sufficient energy to attend classes every day. This will force the student to drop out of school or miss several important classes. Inability to screen out environmental stimuli Mental disability may affect a student's ability to respond to stimuli such as sounds, smells and sights. This may eventually distract the effective students and make it difficult for them to learn difficulty handling negative feedback. People facing mental challenges normally have difficulty understanding their feelings. This means that they are highly likely to have trouble handling and understanding negative feedback, eventually affecting their ability to learn difficulty interacting with others. Mental problems may also affect the students social skills, making it difficult for them to interact with their teachers and other students. This may also make it difficult for such students to make friends, join discussion groups, chat with other students during breaks and participate in class. 13. MODULE THREE - 7 EASY STEPS TO IMPROVE LEARNING: module three seven Easy steps to improve learning early on in this guide, we discussed the four main learning styles, which different students employ according to their cognitive strengths and preferences. We found out that every learner has a styles learning that is appropriate to their abilities. While some learners have an affinity for visual based learning, others are able to learn better when information is presented verbally or through written sex, depending on the type of learner you are. There are various techniques that can help you take advantage of your unique style of learning and develop fast self learning skills. So in this module, we're going to discuss seven advanced learning strategies and their effectiveness and comprehension some of the best concentration techniques which can help you enhance your attention and understand better. Finally, we will look at some of the tried and tested tips for making learning more enjoyable. Hopefully, by the end of this module, you will have found the right accelerated learning techniques to suit your style of learning. In this section, we're going to look at seven key strategies that learns continues to enhance their learning ability and understand better. We will also evaluate the effectiveness of each strategy and discuss some of the tips for using each strategy. All of the strategies we're going to discuss are backed by years of scientific research and proven to be very beneficial to the learning process of students, both young and old. It is worth remembering that the goal of instructional learning is to help students develop techniques to drive their own learning. In light of these, all of the accelerated learning strategies which we're going to discuss in this chapter are devised to be used by learners without external assistance, either through technological AIDS or a teacher. Some of these techniques may require a learner to be sufficiently trained, but in general these accelerated learnings is meant to be used by the student without supervision. 14. Chapter 10 - Step 1: Note Taking: Chapter 10 Step one note. Taking no taking is without a doubt one of the most fundamental aspects of learning. Students have shown the information that is contained in notes have a 34% chance of being remembered. On the other hand, information, which is not contained notes has only a measly 5% chance of being remembered. You will no doubt agree, then, that no taking is a highly useful strategy for a learner to employ in the pursuit of learning. While some people consider note taking to be outdated, the reality on the ground in classrooms is that no taking is still a very preferred learning strategy. Thanks to technology, the art of note taking has evolved from the traditional pen on paper approach. Today, most learners prefer to type their notes rather than write them out. Some of the benefits of note taking and learning include improves focus and attention. One of the primary reasons why note taking is beneficial to the learning process is because it helps increase Lerner's focus and attention writing or typing notes. When writing engages both the body and mind of a learner, thereby allowing them to take in more details and recall them easily. AIDS comprehension and retention. The art of note taking during study greatly enhances the comprehension ability of students as well as their ability to remember. This is due to defect. That writing notes allows the student to break down large chunks of information into simple and concise formats that are easier to absorb. It promotes self learning. The process of taking notes fully engages learners in the learning process. They are able to translate the information that they acquire into formats, which they can easily understand. In their own way. It helps learners build organization skills. No taking can help students become more organized in their learning process. By prioritizing continent information, they become better at structuring their learning, thereby enhancing their comprehension. It enhances creativity. The practice of effective note taking during study. Congrats Lee improve the creativity of learners By developing their note taking skills, learners are able to come up with innovative strategies to help them take in information and understand better. While no taking is a very useful strategy for increasing one's rate of learning, its effectiveness depends on how skilled a learner is at it. Here are some of the ways in which you could become more skillful at no taking. While studying focus on important details. No taking is supposed to be focused on the important details of a particular subject. If you transcribe everything that you read or everything that your instructor says, you only end up wasting time and slowing down your learning process. Therefore, in order to become effective, it note taking you should identify the most important details, like names of people in places, key terminologies and instructions. Minimize distractions in order to make the most of your note taking, you need to study in an environment that is free from distractions. Trying to write notes in a noisy or busy environment is likely to hinder your focus, hence slowing you down. Relax. It can be very challenging the right notes when your mind is restless, anxious or overthinking. If you are too stressed out When taking notes, you will likely end up making many mistakes which significantly reduce the quality of your work. It is therefore important view to relax your mind as much as possible in order to be able to focus your mind on the task employees. Digital AIDS writing notes with your hands can be very exhausting after some time. If you force yourself to copy notes when fatigued, you may end up making a lot of mistakes, which reduce the quality of your notes. Furthermore, fatigue can also slow you down and make your note taking very ineffective. To remedy this problem, you may want to use technologies such as your computer to copy notes instead of writing them. Typing out your notes can also be very beneficial to your learning if your handwriting is not very good. 15. Chapter 11 - Step 2: Group Work: Chapter 11 Step two Group work Learning in a group can greatly increase the speed at which you learn and dramatically enhance your comprehension. For many years, group learning has been employed by instructors and teachers to foster effective learning and students of all ages. Studies by educational specialists have revealed numerous benefits that learners accrued by learning and groups. Some of these include it promotes academic achievement. Research has shown that working in groups congrats Lee promote higher academic achievement in students. This is because learners are able to share ideas with each other and cumulatively improve their comprehension through discussion and debate. It promotes higher level reasoning. Cooperative learning. Congrats. Lee increased the reasoning abilities of individual learners. Students who learning groups are able to engage in analytical discussions and critical thinking, which helps them build the reasoning abilities, thus enabling them to enhance their learning process. It helps build confidence. Studying with your peers in a group setting can significantly boost your confidence level by contributing your ideas and thoughts and group discussions, you develop better oratory skills that's becoming better at expressing yourself, promotes deeper understanding of study material. Cooperative learning allows learners to develop a deeper understanding of whatever subject or skill they are learning By learning and groups, students are able to share different perspectives on a given topic or subject. As a result, they develop fresh ideas and better comprehension of the subject. Material allows learners to practice cooperative skills. Group learning is a great way for students to practice, apply and further develop their cooperative skills. Cooperative learning, allow students to share tasks and collaborate in the pursuit of knowledge. As a result, they learn how to relate with people from different backgrounds who have different learning abilities. The skills which they learn by collaborating with other learners, can be very useful in subsequent levels of education, careers and life in general. Here are some of the tips which you can use to make group work more effective during learning Determine your objective. Collaborative learning usually works best when there is a clear objective in mind which all the members of the group are aware off. Therefore, before you begin any group learning activity, it is vital that you identify the specific goal that you hope to achieve. Decide the size of your group while group learning is a very useful strategy for learning. Its success often depends on the size of the group and its suitability to the objective. Small groups of around 4 to 5 people are usually ideal for tests that require intensive research and discussion. It is also important to take into account the strengths and weaknesses of the members of the group, since this will allow you to find strategies covering up for any deficiencies, determine how you divide tasks When engaging in group learning, you will very likely need to split tasks among group members. The Division of Labor allows for greater productivity and faster learning by splitting tasks like research and report preparation between members of the group, you will greatly increase the speed and efficiency of the learning exercise. It is, however, very important that you divide the tasks according to the unique abilities of the group members. This will allow you to maximize the strengths of each learner in your group. 16. Chapter 12 - Step 3: Retrieval Practice: Chapter 12 Step three Retrieval practice Retrieval practice is an accelerated learning technique that is designed to help learners recall information which they previously acquired. In general, the learning strategies, which are employed by teachers and educationists, tend to focus more on getting information into the mind of the learner. However, the practice of retrieval is just as important as the acquisition of information as it enhances long term attention and comprehension. In traditional models of learning, students are expected to recall him retain information to repeated study. However, studying the same text over and over does not necessarily improve learner's ability to remember information retrieval practice is a far more efficient strategy for enhancing study comprehension and recall ability. The process of learning typically involves two processes of human memory, namely encoding and retrieval. The encoding process involves the storage of information, whereas the retrieval process involves accessing previously acquired information. The process of retrieval is usually instigated by a trigger Q, such as a question, experience or new knowledge that is related to what the student has learned before. These hues are typically very important as they allow the learner to unlock information that is stored in a short term or long term memory retrieval practice, while beneficial to learning, is not very easy to do. This is due to defect that any previously acquired information is constantly being reconstructed, depending on context, as well as the retrieval cues that are available to the learner. Nevertheless, retrieval practice could be learned and mastered by any student as long as they employ the right strategies. Some of the techniques which you can employ is a learner to enhance your retrieval. Practice skills include multiple choice tests. Multiple choice tests are very useful for building retrieval practice skills because they help you remember what you have learned. This strategy works very well, as it does not require you to know the answer instinctively. Instead, it relies on familiarity to enable you to pick out the right answer from a set of options. This strategy is particularly effective if you're studying for an exam. Self testing with flash cards Conducting self tests using flash cards is a highly effective technique that can help you enhance your retrieval ability. This is due to defect that all the quizzes you have created are directly relevant to what you studied. Since you know the scope of what you have studied and are aware of your comprehension. You can devise questions to help you identify your weak spots and consequently find solutions answering questions allowed. Although it might seem like a very trivial thing, answering questions allow. It can be very useful when trying to recall what you have learned. This is because it enables you to think about the information carefully and organize it in your head before you make a response. This practice could help you jog your memory easily, particularly in high pressure situations where a quick response is needed. Allow others to ask you questions. One of the most brilliant and highly effective strategies of learning retrieval practice is teaching others what you know by answering someone else's questions pertaining to your subject of study. You can determine your level of comprehension and identify any areas where you may be deficient. 17. Chapter 13 - Step 4: Summarization: Chapter 13 step for summary ization. Whether you are a students or working professional, the art of summarizing is one that you need to deploy if you hope to increase your learning speed and improve your comprehension. Summary ization essentially refers to the act of taking in a lot of information and creating a condensed version that covers the main points and details. If you frequently engaged in a lot of reading and note, taking some more ization is probably something you cannot do without. Here are some of the incredible ways in which summary ization AIDS learning. It helps learners pick out main ideas, themes and concepts in a given text as well as the supporting details. It allows learners to produce new knowledge from the information they acquired through reading and studying. It enables learners to study large volumes of text in shorter amount of time, thereby accelerating the learning process. It allows students to monitor and evaluate their understanding of what they read or learn. It is a useful skill which can be applied in numerous contexts, including classroom, workplace and life. In general, summaries are typically presented in written or typed form, although they could be delivered verbally as well. Some of the important tips and pointers to keep in mind when writing a summary include Always write your summaries in paragraphs. You should write summaries in your own words. Refrain from copying what you read or hear as it is presented word for word. Always begin with an introductory sentence that states to text. Title the author and the main idea. Ensure that your summary states choose to the ideas of the original text. You should not insert your own opinions, interpretations and deductions about the information presented. Ensure the final paragraph or sentence of your summary rephrase is the main point of the information you are summarizing. 18. Chapter 14 - Step 5: Interleaving: Chapter 14 Step five Inter leaving Answer Leaving refers to a learning strategy that involves mixing different subjects or topics when studying in order to enhance learning. This is different from block to practice whereby a learner studies once hopping intensively before moving on to a different one. The practice of inter leaving has been proven to produce impressive results in a wide range of disciplines and subjects. This highly effective learning strategy has been shown to eight students in developing problem solving skills as well as categorization skills. Research has also proved that inter leaving can help enhance the retention ability of learners who employed a strategy in their studies. Many cognitive psychologist today believe that inter leaving enhances the brain's ability to make associations between different concepts. This fact makes inter leaving a very useful strategy for learning different subjects simultaneously. In light of the numerous benefits that the practice of inter leaving offers, it is essential that students develop an understanding of how it works. The strategy of inter leaving lends itself well to learning in a variety of ways, some of the ways in which you can apply the technique of inter leaving in your learning include learning a new language. You can apply the inter leaving technique when learning a new language by mixing up the type of words you learned during your study. For instance, instead of learning to different categories of words like names of objects and colors, separately, you could mix them up and learn them together. Learning history. You can also use the strategy of inter leaving when studying history. For example, instead of learning the complete history of one country, you could opt to learn the histories of different countries at specific periods in time. Based on the common theme. The technique of inter leaving can also be employed effectively outside the classroom in kinesthetic learning. For instance, if a group of learners are engaged in a sporting activities such as tennis, they could practise inter leaving by combining different exercises. Such is hitting the ball from different angles and distances. This kind of learning congrats enhanced the motor skills of learners and improve their overall performance. Inter leaving is without a doubt one of the highly effective accelerated learning techniques, which could be applied in a wide range of subjects. If you're wondering how to implement his technique in your learning. Here are some of the tips which might help you do so Determine the criteria to use when inter leaving the first consideration you need to make when inter leaving is the criteria for selecting the concepts of subjects, which one tends into leave. While there is no specific criteria friends are leaving. Your selection of subjects or topics to mix will be determined by a number of factors. These include the type of material you're studying, your familiarity with the subject you are mixing as well as your personal taste. Nevertheless, there are some general pointers that you need to keep in mind when selecting subjects to intermix. First, you should inter leave subjects of topics in a way that makes logical sense. Also, you should avoid mixing subjects or topics which are very different from each other. The more things they have in common, the better determine how much you want to mix them up. The other important factor to consider when inter leaving is how much you want to mix up the different topics. The ideal level of inter leaving may be difficult to determine because it depends on a lot of factors. If you stick on a specific subject too much. You probably won't learn the others, whereas if you switch between subjects too often, you may end up learning very little on each. Therefore, you need to determine the degree of variation that works best for you. It might take some experimenting in order to figure out what suits you best. However, with a little dedication and patience, you will find the right combination. 19. Chapter 15 - Step 6: Spaced Practice: Chapter 15 steps. Six space to practice, spaced practice or distributed practice isn't accelerated. Learning strategy that involves reviewing information has learned over a short or spaced out periods of time, as opposed to cramming information over extended periods of time, research has shown. Research has shown that many students usually fail to prepare adequately in the weeks or days prior to an exam. Typically, they will wait, and so a few days before the exam, when they start to frantically spend long periods of time trying to cram large amounts of information. This usually leads to poor performance, since most of the important details of the study material get glossed over or missed the simple fact that a matter is that it is very difficult to absorb, process and integrate large amounts of information in a very short period of time. This is why cramming typically doesn't work very well when trying to study for an exam or learn anything for that matter. Instead of cramming your exam a few days or hours before you said it, it is much more beneficial and worthwhile to prepare yourself over multiple sessions to distributed practice. Spaced practice allows you to go over your study material. In multiple short sessions, you can designate each session to learn a specific topic or subject in a calm and relaxed way without the pressure of impending exams. This allows you to absorb and integrate important concepts and details in a specific section of your coursework. As a result, your comprehension of this study material would be much better. In addition to this, each session will provide you with the opportunity to review what you have learned in order to improve your understanding of the study material even further. Some of the helpful tips for using distributed practice when preparing for an exam include . Check your study material or syllabus to determine the topics that you need to cover. Create a calendar or timetable of the dates when you expect to sit for your exams beforehand. Spend time studying your course material in short intervals in order to maximize your concentration and absorb more information. Continually review the information you have covered in previous study sessions to determine your level of understanding of the course 20. Chapter 16 - Step 7: Practice Testing: Chapter 16 Step seven. Practice testing Practice testing refers to any kind of tested a student or learner can perform by themselves. Self testing is a highly effective strategy, which can help a student significantly increased their learning pace. Studies have shown that students who score high grades on standard exams are usually very proficient and skilled itself. Testing. While devising self tests can be time consuming, it is nonetheless a very worthwhile investment that can help you master your course material very easily. Self testing has been shown to improve memorization, recall ability and comprehension in order to begin developing effective self test. For your own evaluation, it is absolutely important that you familiarize yourself with some of the test formats, which are commonly used by examiners. These include multiple choice these air tests whereby questions are accompanied by three or more possible answers. The student is supposed to select the right answer from the available options. Sure falls. These tests are usually designed to test a memorization ability of a learner. Essentially, the student is required to respond to a provided statement with an affirmative or negative answer. Fill in the blanks. In these kind of tests, learners must provide a specific word or set of words that make a given statement. Correct. S a tests. These tests are usually meant to test the students comprehension of a given subject. The learner will be expected to respond to a given statement with a lengthy answer, which may include specific examples and detailed fax. Some of the suggestions you may want to keep in mind when devising self tests include Find out at the beginning of the course when test will be given a swell as a format. Used divisor tests using a format similar to one used by your teacher or examiner. Study any old exams, which may be in your school's library in order to familiarize yourself with the format used . Have someone ask you questions related to the course you are studying. 21. Chapter 17 - Concentration Techniques to Enhance Your Learning: Chapter 17 concentration techniques to enhance your learning. In Chapter One of this guide, we found out that concentration is an essential element of learning without concentration, and sustained focus is literally impossible for one to learn anything. The ability to completely focus one's attention on a certain task and fight off distractions is what drives any kind of learning. However, it could be very tasking to maintain focus over prolonged periods of learning. Nevertheless, there are several tips and strategies that can help you improve your concentration in order to learn faster and understand better. They include ensure you get enough quality sleep to enhance your concentration and focus. You need to make sure that you are getting ample rest in quality sleep. Lack of sleep negatively affects your mood and reduces your motivation. If your concentration has been suffering due to a lack of sleep, you need to make sure you're getting at least eight hours of sleep every night. This will help you refresh your brain so that you can focus better when learning perform physical exercises. Engaging in physical exercises can work wonders for the brain when it comes to improving concentration. This can be attributed to the fact that physical exercise increases blood flow to the brain , thereby enhancing your focus and improving your abilities. Recall what you learn. You do not even need to engage in a highly incense of physical workout, even simply taking a walk or jog. Concretely. Improve your metabolism and circulation, thus making concentration a lot better. Play some music. It is no secret that music can dramatically improve once focus and attention during learning. Listening to relaxing music while studying helps your body and mind to calm down, thus allowing you to concentrate better. The choice of music to listen to is entirely a matter of preference. Although instrumental classical music usually works best for most people as a general rule tried to avoid listeningto upbeat music with lyrics when studying. Since this could be more distracting than helpful to your concentration, find a conducive environment for learning in order to improve your concentration and maximize your study time. It is absolutely important to find a quiet and peaceful environment to learning. Noisy and busy environments can lead to frequent distractions, which make you lose focus when trying to study. Studying in a quiet in solitary location can help you concentrate mawr and understand better. Libraries are typically the best places to engage in learning, since they usually enforce rules which minimize noise and movements, which may cause distraction. If you elect a study in your room, ensure that the lights are soothing so that you don't end up with sore eyes from reading. Take frequent study breaks. It is very normal for the mind to become exhausted after prolonged periods of studying. Mental fatigue can lead to reduce productivity when learning, since your ability to focus becomes reduced. In light of this, it is important to give yourself some breaks in order to relax and refresh. Doing this will replenish your mental and physical energy, thus enabling you to focus better once you resume learning. 22. Conclusion - How to Learn Faster: conclusion. The ability to learn fast. It's something that does not come naturally to all human beings. While some people can easily pick up a new skill or learn a complex subject in a very short amount of time, others have a slow learning process, which requires more time and effort. Nevertheless, the ability to learn faster is an ability that anyone can and should develop due to the numerous benefits and advantages that offers. The simple truth of the matter is that the faster you are able to learn, the quicker you evolve and adapt to circumstances of an ever changing world. The ability to learn faster allows us to absorb more information faster and more effectively, thus enhancing our decision making and problem solving abilities. Moreover, being a fast learner allows you to update your knowledge base more rapidly. That's becoming more in tune with your environment. Without a doubt, becoming a fast learner is a highly useful trait that can help us succeed in virtually all areas of life. What the U our students are working professional. There are plenty of ways in which you can apply your learning ability to improve your performance, developing ones, learning ability is easier said than done. There are many challenges and limitations which you will need to overcome in order to become more proficient at learning and improve your comprehension. However, with the right strategies and techniques, you can certainly accelerate your rate of learning, enhance your cognitive abilities and improve your understanding. The accelerated learning techniques which we have discussed in this guide have been tried and tested. Improvements work therefore, by employing strategies like effective note taking, inter leaving practice, testing, spaced practice and Maurin. You're learning you can significantly enhance your learning ability and improve your general performance. If you have struggled with the slow learning right for years, you need not suffer any longer. With the help of these learning strategies, you will be able to develop faster learning skills and become more proficient at learning whether you are learning a new language, studying for an exam or trying to develop a new skill. The techniques outlined in this guide will empower you to attain your objectives in the shortest time possible. Therefore, we urge you to adopt these strategies practicing diligently and own them with time and dedication. You will be able to master any skill or subject with minimal effort