This is a guest post by Anna Brecken, a publisher at Smart Drugs For College, a blog dedicated to supplements that enhance brain function.
Somebody might ask you how many gigabytes your brain has. Can you measure it?
The human brain is too complicated for humans even to measure. It can adopt the practices you do.
The daily practices you have may improve or may downgrade your brain function. Even the food and the drugs you take have a big impact on your brain.
Try these simple hacks to improve your learning processes.
1. Speak Out Loud Instead of Reading.
Instead of just using your eyes, try using your mouth as well. Recite what you are reading.
Studies have shown that the more you say aloud what you are reading, the better your chances of remembering it.
Moreover, saying what you are reading exercises your pronunciation, making you evaluate yourself.
2. Rewrite Your Notes.
Rewriting your notes will help you relearn what you have already learned.
In learning principles, it is called rehearsal. Practicing through rewriting what has already been learned will improve memory retention.
3. Practice with Friends or by Yourself.
Learning does not have to be too serious. You can have fun too.
A positive approach towards learning will bring out positive outcomes.
Practicing with your friends can motivate your brain to improve because you are not just practicing your lessons, but also socializing.
You can also practice by yourself in front of a mirror. This may sound absurd, but it enables you to see how you look when you speak. You can see how you change your facial expressions and you can use this whimsical practice to improve self-confidence and self-esteem.
4. Draw Diagrams.
Using diagrams will improve your memory retention.
Use mnemonics to remember lessons easily.
A mnemonic is a combination of letters, numbers, or both that can assist you in remembering something.
5. Prevent Cognitive Overload.
Avoid procrastinating and swearing to yourself to never procrastinate again, for it destroys cognitive function!
Procrastinating will promote multitasking when your project is near its deadline. When you multitask, your brain gets overloaded. And when it gets overloaded, like a technological system, it overheats, and produces brain cramming.
Learn to take care of your brain and become smarter by taking nootropics, which are known to improve learning and memory retention.
6. Stop Multitasking.
Multitasking can damage your brain. It is not healthy to take in too much work in one session.
Learn to take it bit by bit to avoid health complications such as fatigue.
7. Watch Videos on the Topic.
Use the help of social media. As a learner, do not take all the burden. A lot of sources provide information with just the tip of your finger. Watch video tutorials or documentaries to ease the learning process.
8. Take Regular Breaks.
Learning is a continuous process but, just like any other ongoing process, you need to take a break. To learn fast, you need to take regular breaks. These breaks will give time for your brain to take a short rest and refresh itself to give more space for learning.
9. Test Yourself.
One of the most important end-points in learning is knowing if you have learned.
In the learning process, you should assess yourself on how much you have learned. You can take online tests for self-evaluation.
10. Keep Practicing.
Practice makes perfect. Always try to be driven to develop yourself more.
The best way to learn is to compete with yourself. Try to outsmart the you yesterday with the you today.