Kids should practice the skill of learning if they want a fighting chance at fulfilling all those goals their parents set for them to learn faster. Some people keep studying and thinking the same way all their lives without improving their methods.
Thankfully, cognitive science has taken a look at how people actually learn. Check these points for learning anything new. From a new lesson or another language to a cooking skill that you have always wanted to master. Here is your learning arsenal. Use it to grow your life.
1. Optimism and success go together
Stressing out with negative reinforcement can get kids stuck in a mental rut full of self-doubt and anxiety both toxic for learning. Numerous studies and decades of research have suggested that we become successful in just about anything we try to do if we approach it with an open mind.
2. Being perfect is overrated
Celebrate your mistakes and learn from them. The entire point of learning is to make attempts, fail and learn a lesson about where you went wrong.
A study done in 2014 says that the brain has reserved a space for storing memories of the mistakes we make. Later, those memories come to our request when we are about to make the same mistake again.
So don’t stop yourself from doing new things because your mistakes are gonna to teach you.
3. Teach your younger sibling to help yourself learn faster.
When you teach someone it will also refine your understanding of it. Scientists have dubbed it “the protege effect”. This is why older siblings are generally smarter than younger siblings because distilling information into small pieces helps one to develop intimacy with the subject.
4. Speed reading can condense learning time
The process is simple. If you can read faster, you can learn faster. By training your brain to process words more quickly, you get accustomed to reading entire strings of words faster.
5. Use what you know, to learn what you don’t.
If kids encounter a topic they have trouble wrapping their heads around, their parents should help them understand how it relates to something they have already learned.
This practice of associative learning helps them to stand a better chance of understanding the abstract concept.
6. Writing down what you have learned helps count it in your mind.
Research suggests you should try writing down something if you want to translate information into knowledge. A 2014 study found that students who took notes on pen and paper learned more than students who typed notes on their laptop. Researchers say the physical act of touching pen to paper creates a stronger cognitive link. Writing forces you to confront ideas head-on, which leads them to stick with you over time. So do that.
7. Skills are easier to pick up as individual parts.
Set smaller, more measurable goals of learning a few easy chords. Please don’t bother with reading biographies if your heart desires a Harry Potter. Remember your goal is to develop reading skills. (hypothetical)
8. Exciting topics are ‘stickier’ than boring ones.
Children drift towards the offbeat and wacky but once the experience of rote learning gets them thinking in cold hard facts, the sense of fun can die.
So help them read topics they find exciting or interesting before heading to boring or difficult chapters or alternate between them to keep up interest levels.
Psychology denotes learning as a curve and a huge one at that. So, before giving up try walking on it. If at all there is a surefire path to success; then it is learning.