Learn quickly by making less effort? In this article you will not only find out that it is not impossible at all, but I will show you how little tricks to your habits are enough to get great results.
Who would not want to learn new concepts, new languages and new theoretical or practical knowledge in a short time and in depth?
It is the dream of all of us!
Well, I do not promise you certain miracles, but if you want to find out how to learn to study, here you can find interesting ideas. If you put them into practice you will be able to quickly learn any topic!
Quick learning: Easy but not automatic!
Before going into details on what are the best fast learning techniques to be adopted in the study, allow me to make a premise.
Studying quickly and well is undoubtedly a goal achievable with the right approaches, but this does NOT mean that you can improve your results in a flash and, above all, without obligation!
In short, it is always worth remembering that there are no shortcuts for a good study: constant commitment is essential, but using the right strategies you will save a lot of time and learn better.
What does this mean?
Simple, as Andrea reminded you in the study of how to study well and quickly, it is impossible to get good results in the study without the right commitment.
Therefore devote the right time to study, avoid distractions and face learning for what it is: a fundamental and extraordinarily important part of your life that, as such, requires a good dose of passion, dedication and seriousness.
In other words, if you came here looking for shortcuts, magic tricks, miracles and amazing recipes that will allow you to become a genius in 21 days, you’re in the wrong place.
You are instead in the right place if you want to know how to improve your learning and deal with it with greater serenity and effectiveness.
Now let’s go deeper into 3 fast study techniques that I have experimented on my skin, and that could also be for you!
Effective learning techniques: Pre-reading
The pre-reading is a fast learning technique with which they are very fond of, among other things Andrea spoke in some depth on effective study methods. What is it?
Try to imagine having to prepare an exam on a particularly “hard” book … a real 1,000-page brick!
Surely it is not a gratifying vision. In your brain, suddenly, images of sleepless nights struggling with the pages of this tome, underscores, highlights, rehearsals, repetitions and more will arise.
Well, with pre-reading you can make all this much more effective!
Remember, in fact, that one of the best ways to avoid getting scared by such a voluminous book is to know what awaits you.
In other words, even before starting to read carefully every line of every single page, take an hour (or even less) to “know” it.
Start from the index, read how the topics are presented, familiarize yourself with the various chapters. So open the first pages of the chapters, read the first paragraph and the last of each section, then create in your mind the “maps” and links to understand how the arguments fit together.
It may seem like an exercise in banal and superfluous style, but I can guarantee that this approach to learning is extremely effective.
At the end of this afternoon, dedicated to “familiarizing yourself” with your teaching material , ask yourself what you should learn in each chapter to keep going in the study, and what are the basic concepts for your preparation.
I bet that if you go through the study this way, you will be able to read and study the individual chapters much faster. And above all you will avoid the sense of loss that often afflicts students grappling with very large books and that prevents them from seeing the light at the end of the tunnel!
Study well, improving one’s self-esteem
What does self-esteem have to do with learning?!
More than you could imagine!
The right mental attitude is essential to study better and faster, avoiding those long sessions of study that lead you to exhaustion and results very little exciting.
Instead, try to work gradually on your self-esteem, convincing yourself of your chances and rejecting any kind of pessimistic view.
Obviously this should not lead you to overestimate your abilities or to think (even worse!) That you will be able to study any topic in a short time.
The sense is that you should always try to get to a “challenging” approach, not only because it will improve your mood during the study sessions, but because you will allow your brain to become more and more performing.
Let’s take a small example to clarify why you should trust your mental activities.
If you study in small doses without deepening them and always with the help of the notes, you will lead your brain into a dangerous area of comfort that will prevent you from improving.
In other words, your brain will end up becoming impatient, accepting banality and habits, and will retreat to the challenges your student life will place before you.
Try instead to take away from your brain any help and try to stimulate it to always give the best.
For example, try to study by reducing the time you want to devote to these activities, or giving you less opportunity to re-read the text.
Do you want an easy test that will test you?
Try to repeat the key concepts of a text after reading it only once.
Probably the first time the results will be poor. But I assure you that as the days go by your brain will understand that on that one reading “will have to give more”, and the results will not be long in coming!
So start every session of study concentrating on the best and suggesting to your brain that it must give its best and push itself to the limit. You will soon appreciate the differences!
Quick study thanks to simplification
If you’ve come this far it means that the first two fast learning techniques have intrigued you and you want to know more about how to end the three of the best approaches for your training.
So we come to the final piece of our process of revolution of the study method: simplification!
Again, it is worth starting from an example.
Have you ever tried to learn a very complicated text, full of conceptual connections, interpretations and deductions?
I’m sure so, and you’ve probably lost yourself in the sea magnum of facets and reflections.
But there is good news: you can avoid this if you simplify the basics of your speech as much as possible.
With this I certainly do not want to induce you to give up any kind of study, nor suggest a superficial study.
I just want to remind you that your brain will want to memorize and incorporate the concepts it really understands.
Precisely for this reason, start repeating to yourself what you are studying in order to make it as simple as possible, creating those conceptual links that hardly your brain will forget.
Do you want a little provocation to experiment immediately?
Try to study as if you were to explain those concepts not to a colleague of your University or work, but to a middle school kid and … not even one of those sitting on the front desk.
Once you have fixed your key concepts with this simplicity, you will be ready to go further and build on this basis the load-bearing walls of your learning. Walls that finally will stand on a much more solid foundation!