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Scientists have figured out how to use the brain to its full potential

Teach others

If you imagine that you need to explain to someone else what material or what you are doing now, it can speed up learning and remember more, says a study by scientists from the University of Washington in St. Louis.

Take notes by hand

Taking notes on a laptop is usually faster, but using pen and paper helps you learn and understand. Researchers at Princeton and UCLA have found that when students take handwritten notes, they listen more actively and are better at recognizing important concepts.

Take a nap

To remember what you have learned, it is important to periodically shut down. Sleeping in between classes, as shown by a study in the journal Psychological Science, helps to better remember the material, and it is felt even after six months.

Learning short sections

Researchers at the University of Louisiana advise taking 30-50 minutes to study new material. Shorter periods of time are not enough, but more than 50 minutes is already too much information for the brain to be able to perceive it in a row.

Stretch learning

It may seem paradoxical, but we learn faster when we distribute, stretch the training. Benedict Carey, author of How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens, compares learning to watering a lawn. “You can water your lawn once a week for an hour and a half or three times a week for half an hour. If you do this three times a week, the lawn will be greener. ”

Practice differently

As you learn new motor skills, it’s helpful to change the way you train them, write researchers at Johns Hopkins University: It helps you learn faster.

In the experiment, participants had to master a task on a computer, and those who used a different, modified method during the second session ended up performing better than those who used the same method a second time. According to study leader Pablo Selnick, it is better to at least slightly modify your approach to learning in different classes than to practice exactly the same way several times in a row.

Alexa Dewille

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