How to Learn More

Whether you are at school, college or work there are always more and more new things to learn. And believe it or not that's actually a good thing, our brain is programmed to seek out new ideas and experiences, it's what keeps life interesting.But you don't want to spend your whole life studying, so how can you learn as much as possible (and remember it later too) while spending the least time doing it.


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    Get the Basics Right. Make sure you are giving your brain the resources it needs to work efficiently. There’s no point using all the tricks and techniques in the world if your body just does haven’t the raw materials it needs to power your thoughts and grow new cells and connections within your brain. The three basics your brain needs to function effectively are:
    • Water - Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day.
    • Oxygen – Keep your blood flow going.
    • While learning don’t stay sat still for more than 30 minute at a time, get up, stretch and walk around.
    • Energy– Avoid big carbohydrate heavy meals. Go for small regular meals and snacks to keep your energy levels constant. Seeds, Nuts and Berries are perfect brain food.
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    Get into the Accelerated Learning State. Your mind learns more effectively if you are in a relaxed yet focused state. If your brains activity is mostly in the Alpha brainwave frequency you will more easily make new connections and be able to absorb more information. Use the Tangerine technique[1] as a quick two minute exercise before you sit down to learn something new to get your mind primed into this peak performance state.
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    Read. Think of the millions of neural connections in your brain as being like road map. The first time you learn something new or make a connection between two ideas you create a path between them in your brain. To start it is just small footpath, little more than some flattened grass across a field. If you never go back and look over what you learnt again the path overgrows and soon it is lost. Each time you check back over something you learned you walk that path again, as it become more trodden, the path become wider and more permanent. Use that neural connection often enough and it becomes upgraded to a road and the information and ideas contained in it are easier to access and use. You can take advantage of this idea by starting with a quick skim read of whatever material you want to learn. It only take a few minutes but lays that first outline of a path down, then you go through you studying just as normal, which reinforces the connection. Finally go back for another quick skim read after you finish, this will reinforce the pathways a third time, making them much more likely to stick around.
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    Reinforce your learning even further by knowing the peak points to revise the material for maximum benefit. Your brain will naturally discard information it doesn’t use for a long time. So to really lock that new knowledge in place, go back for a quick revision 24 hours later, than again after a week, and for a third time after a month. This will be enough to lock in as much as 80% of everything you learnt, forever. You can take that number above 90% by going back over it twice more, once after 4 months and then one last time after a year.


  • Make it fun! - Research shows you are much more likely to remember things you enjoy doing. Not to mention a lot more likely to sit down to do them in the first place.
  • Turn Off the TV - If you're learning by yourself you might think you work better with some background noise but all the research suggests this just isn't true. Certain music can help, but anything with a plot to follow will take your attention away.
  • Get Together - Learning something together with other people gives you different perspectives. If you get stuck being able to ask a question and discuss something will get you back on track a lot quicker than going round in circles.
  • Train Your Brain - Recent research has shown it is possible to improve your IQ. A higher IQ makes it easier to understand and learn new concepts faster.[2]

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