Proven Ways That You Can Learn Faster
Let’s face it, there are never enough hours in the day to get everything done. That is before you include the hours needed to study a distance learning course! In an ideal world, if we could wave a magic wand to increase the number of hours in the day, that would be perfect. However, the reality is that we need to work ‘smarter’ in order to get more done. Here are some of our top ways in which you can learn faster.
It can be very tempting to try and complete multiple tasks in one go, but what you will probably find is that the quality of your work will drop. Try and study one module at a time, rather than darting between topics. Online learning is hard enough as it is without you trying to juggle several tasks at once. Be patient with yourself, and if you can’t get your head around one particular subject area, move onto something different.
Don’t use a computer to take notes
Whilst technology is great and can often save us lots of time, when it comes to learning you will be best going back to traditional pen and paper. Several studies have been carried out which have found you are more likely to learn more when you write by hand, as opposed to typing. Of course opening up your laptop also means you are more likely to be distracted by social media whilst you are studying too!
Test your memory
Tests are common methods of assessment for learners, so why not apply this to your own studying? It has been proven that tests significantly improve the amount of information that you retain. Whether you have a friend who is studying the same course who can help you, or you have a tutor who can provide this support, give it a go!
Make sure you take regular breaks
If you have been following our blog series all about learning from home and increasing your productivity, you will have seen us mentioning about taking regular breaks. It is so important to take time out when you are studying, as your brain simply can’t retain information if you sit and stare at something for hours on end. Taking breaks every 30 minutes – 45 minutes is about right in order to keep your productivity up.
Keep hydrated & eat healthily
An easy one to forget, but hydration is very important when you are learning. Dehydration can really reduce the effectiveness of your brain, which isn’t surprising as the human body is made up of 70% water. Remember to eat nutritious, wholesome food in order to support your brain health too. Whilst reaching for that bar of chocolate can be tempting to give you an instant sugar hit, try and opt for more healthy options such as fruit or vegetables. You want your brain firing on all cylinders, so you have to fuel it with the right nutrition.
Don’t burn the candle at both ends
If you are short on time it can be very tempting to stay up late and pull an ‘all-nighter’ study session. Going back to taking breaks, your brain simply can’t work for hours on end with no rest. Sleep is really important in order to retain information, so try and get those 8 hours each night.
Give yourself time to exercise
A healthy body equals a healthy mind, right? It has been proven that exercise actually helps to improve memory and reduce stress. So if you are studying a distance learning or a regular learning course, give yourself time to go out and get some fresh air into those lungs.
So there you have it, some proven ways to help you learn faster and more effectively. We hope these tips will help with your studying, but do remember our tutors are always on hand to support you. If you have any questions or are struggling, give us a call on 01205 805 155 and we will be happy to help.
Steve is a Chartered Manager and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.
He provides Educational Consultancy to the 19+ sector as well as being an Assessor, IQA, EPA and Digital Marketing Professional. When not doing any of these he finds time, every now and then, to write blogs and articles.