One of the secrets to becoming successful is to never stop learning. And the faster you learn, the more advantage you’ll have over others. Below are different methods to learn 10x faster.
Take Notes The Old-Fashion Way
Like many people nowadays, you’re probably using your laptop or mobile phone to take notes. While this is a convenient way to take notes, many experts suggest taking notes the old fashion way and that is with the use of a pen and paper. These experts believe that taking notes with a pen and paper can help people learn faster. If you take notes by simply typing on your device, you’ll only be able to retain the information on a lower level. This is what the research on the subject has been saying. If you want to learn more, you need to write down your notes. It is the act of writing plus writing down the notes in your own words that engage the brain to retain more information. So the next time you’re going to a lecture or meeting, leave your laptop and bring a pen and paper instead.
Change It Up
If you’re trying to learn a new skill, don’t do the same thing over and over again. Try to change things up. Doing so will help you to master the skill faster. Again, this advice is backed by science. In one research, a group of people was asked to practice a skill by doing something over and over again. While another group of people was asked to do slight changes to what they’re doing. The results of the research show that the group who made slight changes to their practice learned to do the skill faster than the people from the other group. When we do something different, it engages our brain and helps it to retain more information. Of course, there’s an exception to this rule. If what you’re doing is essential to the skill you’re trying to develop, then you really need to do it over and over again. If you’re trying to improve your shooting in basketball, for example, then you really need to develop your own shooting style and you should stick to that style every time you shoot the ball.
Use A Mnemonic Device
You probably know what a mnemonic device already because its use is one of the oldest tricks in the books as far as trying to remember information is concerned. Simply put, a mnemonic device is a pattern of sounds or letters that can help you remember a list of information. The alphabet song is actually a form of mnemonic device that helps children remember the letters of the alphabet because of the song. The reason why the use of mnemonic devices endures is that it’s very effective. And it’s not only for children. Even adults can benefit from using mnemonic devices. If you’re trying to remember a list of names, for example, then what you can do is form a word using the first letters of the names.