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It doesn't matter how old you are, learning new things is good for you. It trains your brain and whether you just want to know something, get a degree, learn a foreign language, or you want to learn your car theory for the exam, you'll have to study, memorize, repeat and practice.

Some learn faster than others

Some people learn faster and easier than others. When it comes to remembering, it helps if you've a good memory. Some people naturally have a better memory than others. But it doesn't stop there. There is plenty you can do yourself to improve your memory. Just as your muscles get stronger with exercise, so can your memory with regular exercise. If you learn something more often, you'll notice that it becomes easier to remember.

Hear, see or do?

It differs per person how you learn the easiest. Most people are visually oriented. They learn easiest when they see something. So through videos, images, colors and graphs. Nearly a third learn best when they hear the material and 10% learn best by doing and by practice. But combining learning styles often works well.

  • 60% of people are visually oriented: they learn easiest by seeing. When they want to remember something, they close their eyes to recall the image
  • 30% of people are auditory: they learn best by hearing or being told something. These are also often people who read aloud because they can remember it better and want to talk about the material.
  • 10% of people are kinesthetic: they learn by doing, feeling or practicing. These are often people who move their hands a lot when they talk.

10 Tips to learn faster and better

Do you've to learn? The tips below can help you.

1. Get started

It's often difficult to take the first step and really get started. When will you finally pick up that book, open it and start learning? To break through procrastination, it's best to divide learning into small, manageable tasks. See point 2.

2. Make a plan

Make a realistic plan. Estimate the time it will take you to review, learn, repeat, and practice.

Do you find it difficult to estimate how much time you need? Then learn a few pages or a chapter and multiply the time you need for all the material.

3. Set a date

Determine the date on which you take the exam. With some exams the date is fixed, with other exams such as the theory driving test, you can choose from different dates. Once you've set the date, you'll have a moment to work towards. It's also a bit of a stick in the door.

4. Learn the same material in different ways

It works best if you learn the same material in different ways, so by:

  • read the book (reading aloud works best according to research)
  • and take lessons and take notes
  • and talk to others about what you've learned
  • and find information online
  • and to practice
  • and repeat

If we take the car theory exam as an example again, it helps enormously if you read and learn the material through many pictures, examples and videos, attend theory lessons and then practice (online) with making questions.

5. Main issues and side issues

It's often impossible to remember all the details of the subject matter. Not everything is equally important. It's therefore important to distinguish main issues from side issues. You can do that in different ways.

Simplify the fabric

Make an extract

For example, make an extract of each chapter in which you write down the main points.

Highlight

Underline in the subject matter all words or sentences that are important and/or the things that you find difficult or difficult to remember.

Mnemonics

If you've trouble memorizing certain things, think of some mnemonics. Everyone knows the example of the Wadden Islands ( T exel, V lieland, T erschelling, A meland, S chiermonnikoog). The initial letters form the word TV TAS and you'll not soon forget that. You can also apply this yourself.

Take notes by hand

Research has shown that people who write their notes by hand outperform people who take notes on their laptop or tablet.

6. Don't Multitask

There are those who say they can learn while doing other things as well. But a lot of research has been done and the conclusion was clear. You learn faster and better if you focus on the material and don't multitask. That means no TV in the background, no mobile that beeps every time a new message comes in and no other forms of distraction. The exception is listening to quiet music. That helps some of the people to concentrate better.

  • turn off your mobile phone
  • if you're learning online, close all other windows and programs.
  • Provide a quiet and tidy environment so that you're distracted as little as possible.

7. Alternate learning and relaxing

Not only is it boring to learn for hours on end, but it's also ineffective. Research has shown that you learn faster if you alternate short periods of learning with relaxation.

8. Reward yourself

Reward yourself when you've learned for half an hour or an hour. By taking a walk, doing stretching exercises or watching an episode of your favorite series on Netfllix.

9. Positive attitude

It matters a lot how your attitude is. If you keep saying things to yourself like: I'll never get this in my head, I won't succeed, I'll never make it.. Then that doesn't help, to say the least. Try to think positively. Say things to yourself like: I'm fine, I have plenty of time, and if I don't make it this time, I'll make it next time.

10. Eat, drink and sleep enough

If you're well rested, you can learn better. Healthy food promotes brain function and 8 glasses of water a day makes the brain faster.

Good luck!

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