Tips to learn : what works and what doesn't?


The exams are coming up again! For many an exciting time, so exciting that you might want to crawl away in the cry corner. Everyone has their own way of coping with stress. But not all strategies are equally successful. I have listed the best-known learning tips and tell you whether it works or not. On to a big ten!

1. Learn while sleeping.

Unfortunately, putting a book under your pillow to learn the material doesn't work, as much as I'd like to. But playing audio fragments while you sleep would, on the other hand, work. Unfortunately, that isn't the case. You sleep more restlessly. Your sleep is interrupted, so you don't wake up rested and you affect your memory. You will probably catch some of that audio – because I sometimes find myself dreaming that Post Malone is performing in my living room, when I fall asleep to his music. But trust me, you won't be able to memorize entire books in your sleep.

2. You remember the material better by writing cheat sheets and NOT using them.

Let's be honest. You really won't remember that book of summaries that you write. That's why I think that short 'cheat sheets' help better. Because that's the summarized summary you wrote down and I've always been told that you remember things better when you write it down. I always did it right before my exam started so I could test my photographic memory and so could get fine ass numbers. So this tip works!

3. Setting goals helps.

If you find it difficult to learn all the material, it's useful to make a plan – or as I would say; set goals. For example, "I will soon know at least 100 words". Because your brain filters everything you absorb and only remembers what is important. So divide your piles of learning work over several days so that you can achieve your goal every day. Even if the goal is small. So a good strategy.

4. Checking after 10-15 minutes to see if you remember most of it boosts your memory and confidence.

This is right! I notice that if I check every 10 to 15 minutes whether I still remember everything I have read or practiced during that time, that is the fastest way to find out whether I already have mastered the material and the things I don't know yet, I'll look at later. Repetition is the best way to ram dust in anyway, but you probably already knew that.

5. You learn best on an empty stomach.

What do you think? Why do you think you always see four bags of crisps on a desk in movies when they are studying? You learn better on a full stomach, because if you're hungry, it hurts way too much. Treat yourself with a good breakfast in the morning and take good care of yourself for the rest of the day and preferably with something healthy. So no chips.

6. You learn best after exercising.

This is absolutely true. Your brain has become active through exercise and could therefore absorb more material. Learning in the morning is also a good move, because your brain is still empty and rested – hopefully.

7. You can also learn everything a day in advance.

Sorry, but that's not the case. After 1 day of learning you've already forgotten on average 80%, according to Willemijn of blog LiveLifeGorgeous. Yes really, 80%! By starting and repeating on time, the information will stick better and you'll remember it longer. So I recommend that you start, for example, two weeks in advance. If you study for an hour every two days, it will stick much longer than if you pump your head full in three days.

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