5 practical tips to learn and remember better


Way of learning

Many students study hard and for a long time and are then surprised when they still fail.

How is that possible? In most cases this has to do with the way of learning.

Does your child know the best way to learn? What do you need to know about learning and remembering? How does your brain work?

Unfortunately, too little attention is paid to this in schools. Still, your child can get much better grades if he knows what a convenient way to learn.

How the brain works

Your short-term memory (STM), also called your working memory, can only take in very little information. Did you know that your short term memory can hold on average about 7 items? In addition, the duration is also limited (max. 20 seconds). Your working memory is therefore sensitive to distraction and quickly overloaded. It's therefore the intention that important information – which you naturally want to remember for longer – ends up in your long-term memory (LTM) and that you can easily retrieve it later.

Information loss

Research into how the brain works has provided important information. Without repetition, a lot of information is lost (Ebbinghaus curve). If you learn something and don't repeat it, 46% of the information will be lost after 1 hour and even 64% after 9 hours! After that, the course is less drastic. So it's not desirable but necessary to use this in your learning. This allows you to efficiently use the learning time you've.

I will not bore you with extensive theory about the functioning of the brain, but immediately the practical tips. The functioning of the brain has already been taken into account.

5 Tips to learn and remember better

  • Chop up your learning material. Too much information at once overloads your brain.
  • Take regular breaks so that your brain has a chance to process/store the information.
    Use the pomodoro technique.
  • Repeat, repeat, repeat!
    Without repetition, a lot of information is quickly lost (preferably repeat the first time between 1 and 9 hours).
  • Don't learn too long.
    Your attention/focus weakens during long-term learning. If you learn for three hours in a row, a large part is therefore occupational therapy!
  • Provide variety in different ways of processing information.
    Think of stamping, "making summaries" or mind maps, answering questions and explaining aloud.

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