Do you want to learn the fast way? Do you want to retain what you learn better and use it fully? Would you like to learn the tips and tricks that will help you to learn super-fast and retain that learning? Then this is the e-book for you. You are smarter than you think. You may have heard that most adults only use 10% of their brains. Imagine what you could be capable of if you maximized this percentage. This e-book presents sound, proven and practical ways to improve your learning skills and aptitude. Read on to acquire these learning tips, and you will be learning the fast way in no time at all.

 

Chapter 1

Learning Strategy

 

Life’s not about expecting, hoping and wishing, it’s about doing, being and becoming.” ~Mike Dooley

 

You can learn to be a genius. Strategy is what makes learning fast and easy. You must have a plan in order to tackle your learning and studies. You need to have strategies that have been proven to work. You will need to mix up the perfect recipe to learn fast. The ingredients in the recipe need to be categorized and prioritized.

 

Take the time to pick either a physical planner, or one on your computer, or download one to your smartphone. You decide which way will work the best for you. You will know from experience whether you need the actual paper journal, or if you prefer the technological ways.

 

Prioritize your daily activities – the most important first, the medium important next, and then the longer-term projects to the side. If you are having trouble with this part, it may help to brainstorm your goals first. Take a sheet of paper, and list your goals. You will need to rank them at this point, with the ones that you must complete daily being the most essential. You can then sort them out by priority in your planner.

 

Something that is needed when using learning strategies to organize and prioritize your information is to make sure that the areas around you are organized. Put bills and papers in their respective places. Put sticky notes and reminders in the places where you will actually see them and remember to do what they say. Have file cabinets and a briefcase. Make sure that as papers accumulate, you go through them and handle them as necessary. Eliminate clutter, keep it out of your living, and work spaces.

 

Staying organized and on top of regular tasks means that you can spend more time learning. When there is no clutter around, then you have a better chance of using the tips in this book to help you to learn faster and retain your learnings. Your mind will not be wandering thinking of what you have forgotten to do, what is in the way, and what is out of place.

 

Manage time in a way that you focus more on the important and difficult subjects and less on the less difficult ones. Let us say that you have to attend a three-hour linear algebra class (which for some people is difficult) once a week, you should study it at home for at least 9 hours a week. If you have a two-hour class, study it six hours a week. In this method, you can compartmentalize ‘packets’ of time and allocate them to the subjects based on their difficulty level. Remember, often the subjects with the most credit hours are the hardest. Try to get them out of the way first.

 

Another thing that you should include in your learning strategy is to give your studies the highest precedence. Let us say that you are having a hard time with classes. Drop the extra-curricular activities and the part-time jobs to focus on your studies until things get back on track.

 

Chapter 2

Get to Moving

 

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” ~Jim Rohn

 

Many activities that you will be completing involve sitting, both at home and at work. Sitting becomes boring and makes you feel stagnant. You can also become uncomfortable when sitting for long periods. It has actually also been proven to be unhealthy to sit for extended periods without moving or getting up.

 

It is highly recommended that you do not overindulge in your studies. Excess of everything is bad. You need to work out in combination with your studies. A healthy body leads to a healthy brain. A healthy brain leads to healthier learning. Healthier learning leads to effective and faster learning. Exercising after regular intervals, such as walking, doing pushups or squats, has proven to be effective in getting your blood pumping again .You will feel energetic once you work out a little. Also, eat aplenty. However, do not eat sugary food or fatty food because the former will make you overhyped and the latter shall cause lethargy. Both of these are not ideal for studying. Sugar causes you to crash and burn. Eat dark chocolate, apples or dry fruits. Drinking a lot of water to keep hydrated is vital to the studying process.

 

Firstly, make sure that you are blocking out time with one of your activities being at least 10 minutes of exercise a day. Aside from that, you will want to take regular breaks where you get up and move when you have been at the computer too long, for example. Every 30 minutes or so, just take a short walk around your office or your room. Grab some water or a snack if you need to; then you will feel refreshed and ready to get back to work. Green tea is a good choice for all of its health benefits. It has also been shown to help improve and prevent Alzheimer’s. It has been proven to accelerate the memory and learning process.

 

Another tip that needs to be followed for the start of your day is to eat a healthy breakfast. This is so helpful in keeping your energy and concentration up. Many people skip breakfast, then their blood sugar is low and they lack focus and drive to complete their tasks. You will also want to eat healthy meals the rest of the day as well. Make sure to drink plenty of water. Often people are really dehydrated when they feel as if they want to have something to eat. This is one of the most important steps that you can take to improve your learning skills. The longer you can focus and strategize, the more that you can take and in and you will be sure to retain what you learn. This begins with a healthy body and mind.

 

Chapter 3

Breathe and Stretch

 

“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.” ~Sydney Harris

 

This tip may seem repetitive or strange, but it is significant as well. When you take breaks, you will want to do something like stretching or yoga. You can find plenty of videos on YouTube to use to learn and do stretching and yoga. No matter what type of learner you are, these videos are very helpful. However, there is a certain boredom and monotony to yoga, which you may feel is a little too ‘elderly’ for your taste. If this is the case, may I suggest breakdancing? I am talking about the one that actual b-boys do: backflips and head spinning. Practicing them will not only fulfill the purpose of stretching and yoga but will also equip you with the skills that will make you the life of the party. Talk about getting two birds with one stone! For the non-adventurous of you out there, I would suggest sticking to yoga and stretching.

 

In addition, just like eating breakfast, you should make sure that you are getting plenty of rest at night. Then you can tackle the day with gusto, and you will be able to utilize the morning hours to learn away and to get things accomplished. Once again, this is another tip that means that you will also retain and use what you learn if you follow it.

 

Another thing that people forget to do when they are working hard on something is to breathe. By breathing, we mean breathing deep. This can go along with the stretches. Remember to take deep breaths often throughout your learning activities. Often people are not breathing properly when engaged in intense tasks. Sometimes they may even hold their breath. Take deep, relaxing breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth. This will simultaneously relax and energize you. Be mindful of your breath. Breathing deep breaths in combination with rapid ones is a good exercise to get your blood flowing. Oxygenated blood will reach your brain more quickly and in more frequency when you do this exercise. Take three rapid breaths and then one deep breath. Repeat the whole process for at least three minutes. Do not overdo it or you will be tired.

 

Walking is so underrated these days. Here is how walking is beneficial to an average person: It strengthens your muscles and bones, it helps you in maintaining weight, it prevents cardiac problems such as heart attacks, it improves your mood, and it enhances your cognitive skills and your coordination. Walking in general, helps boost your memory and retentiveness.

 

Go for a walk after every fifty minutes of studying. Do not go for one of those hurried walks. No, take a good fifteen minutes and clear your mind during the walk. Observe the trivialness of ordinary objects. After you have walked for a good while, come back and resume studying. Believe me; you shall notice the difference.

 

Another method of learning fast and effectively is to read and walk at the same time. Weird? No, it is not. Download videos or audio lessons on your mobile and listen to them while you walk. You can also grab your notes and walk while you peruse through them. You shall be imbibing knowledge faster than the usual rate because the walk is boosting your blood circulation. The blood circulation is boosting the functionality of your brain. It all sums up rather nicely.

 

 

Chapter 4

Balance

 

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” ~Maya Angelou

 

This may be one of the most vital topics when it comes to learning the fast way. Balance is essential to a healthy life. You cannot be all work and no play and expect to learn and recall faster. You will want to take time for fun activities, and those activities that enrich your life. This includes things like reading, taking a walk, watching your favorite show, eating dinner at the table with your family, or having family game night.

 

You will actually want to block out time for these things in your daily activities. They must be a priority. Make sure that you are still getting the work and tasks done, but sprinkle in some quality time to achieve balance. Life is about balance. Without it, we become burnt out, disillusioned, depressed, and possibly completely defeated. This makes us unable to complete any tasks and our work and home lives may suffer.

 

With your newfound organizational skills and the other tips that you are learning, you will begin to achieve balance in your life. Remember that there should not be an excess of either work or play. Many people find that waking up 2-3 hours early before work gives them time to start the day in the right way. You can use this time for meditation, exercise, and going over your plans briefly. You can also spend time with your children or spouse at the breakfast table if you make room for this time.

 

Sometimes we have toxic people and habits in our lives. This can zap your energy and deplete the time you have to get things done and still find the balance to enjoy your day. If you find that you have friends or colleagues who are always negative, gossiping, and putting others down, then it is time to eliminate these people from your life. Stay away from them as much as you can. Surround yourself with helpful and positive people. See who is successful and happy around you. Spend time with these people. TinyBuddha.com says, “I highly recommend connecting and sharing your inner process with someone. Find someone who can help you challenge your inner demons, and celebrate your little accomplishments.” (http://tinybuddha.com/blog/9-tips-to-create-a-balanced-life/).

 

You should also make a list of the toxic habits in your life. Have you found yourself gossiping more? Perhaps you are glued to your smartphone. Take stock of these habits and work on getting rid of them. Some other bad habits include smoking cigarettes, smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol. Masturbation also comes under bad habits. Let us face one fact: You cannot just smoke one cigarette; you cannot just occasionally get high once in a while; you cannot have just one glass of beer and be done with it; there is no such thing as masturbating once a week. These activities, while seemingly harmless if done occasionally, are deemed as addictive and one cannot just ‘do them once a week.’ Their addiction is what makes them a bad habit. They are injurious to your health and to your wellbeing as a student. Marijuana and alcohol addle your senses and obstruct your learning. Smoking is just downright harmful and does not need any justification as to why you should quit it. Masturbation leads to memory loss. Yes it does.

 

Replace them with better habits. For instance, make it a goal to say something nice to someone every day. It can be as simple as a compliment. Spend less time on your phone and use that time to spend with family and friends. Use it to get things done from your planner and to make more room for productive time each day.

 

Chapter 5

Train Your Memory

 

“Stay present. Stay conscious. Be the ever-alert guardian of your inner space.” ~Eckhart Tolle

 

Another thing that people neglect is training their memory. This can be done by testing yourself on things you have read. Write down as many important topics from what you have just read. Then check in the book to see how many you got right. Another way to train your memory is with memory games and puzzles. These have also been shown to be effective in heling those with early stages of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

 

There is also another great way to train your memory, and this is an easy, practical tip that you can use in everyday life. When you meet someone, do not say “Nice to meet you.” Instead, say “Nice to meet you (insert name here).” This is an excellent way to train your memory, as well as teaching it to never forget someone’s’ name!

 

The next way to train your memory and learn things faster is to do something repetitively. This technique is comparable to when you learned to tie your shoes. You practiced repeatedly until your brain and your motor skills created the necessary neural pathways to work together to complete the task. This tip also goes along with learning something new. Learn to dance, learn to play an instrument, or learn a new language. These are all tasks that you will have to practice and do things repeatedly in order to remember how to do them and to get better at them.

 

Another method to memorize things faster: Read one paragraph of the chapter. Then read the next one. When you have read the second paragraph, go back and read the first one and then the second one. Proceed to the third paragraph. Now re-read the first and second one and the third one. See what I mean? By the time you finish reading the chapter, you will have memorized all the paragraphs. This method is very effective for thorough reading. You can take it and apply it to chapters as a whole: Read one chapter and the next one. Then re-read them after you read the third one. This strategy helps in retaining the contexts of the topic fresh in your mind. This method is an improvisation of the previous method by extension in that you repeat the chapters/paragraphs repeatedly.

 

“The more you can hold in working memory, the more information the brain has to think with—that is, the smarter it can be. IQ is not fixed.” (https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/memory-medic/201203/training-working-memory-why-and-how). Remember earlier when we said that you could be a genius? Well, you can. If the IQ is not fixed, then it can be improved. Keep on striving to learn fast and recall better, and your IQ will grow as well. Think of your brain as a muscle. I know it sounds corny, but in some cases, it actually is; the longer you study, the longer you are ‘working out’. However, long workouts do not necessarily ensure a healthy and toned muscle, do they? That is why we deem it prudent to tell you to prioritize longer study over effective study. The same thing you learn in fifty minutes, can you learn it in ten minutes if you were to use a different method? Why, yes. We shall discuss that in our next chapters.

 

 

Chapter 6

Meditate and Train your Brain

 

When you change the way you think, you can change the way you feel.” ~David D. Burns

 

Learning to meditate is one of the best ways to not only train your brain, but it will also reduce stress, clear your mind, and make you feel better. It will also teach you to properly breathe (as mentioned earlier), and how to be mindful of your breath.

 

Alternatives to meditation include yoga and praying. All three of these things do one thing: Eliminate stress and clear the cache of your brain. You force your mind to empty itself of the clutter that clogs it. You close your eyes and limit the amount of external stimuli reaching your brain. You eliminate the distractions from your surroundings. All of this is vital to learning. How? I will explain that in the next paragraph from a biological point of view. However, I would like to mention that ‘you cannot fill a cup that is already full.’ Those are the lines from the movie ‘2012’ when a monk tells his disciple to calm down. Similarly, you, by meditation, yoga or praying, empty the cup of your mind and thereby enable it to imbibe and intake new knowledge. Do not think that you will forget what you learnt previously. That goes in your long-term memory, thanks to meditation. Meditation also serves to calm you, to reduce increased blood pressure and helps in breathing.

 

How exactly does meditation train your brain? The first part of the brain that meditation changes is the lateral prefrontal cortex. This part of the brain regulates emotions, and it is also the part that allows you to approach things from a logical perspective.

 

The next part is the medial prefrontal cortex. This has two parts – the ventromedial medial prefrontal cortex and the Dorsomedial Prefrontal Cortex. The vmPFC is the “me” processer. It also organizes info on how you think of people who are similar to you. The dmPFC arranges info on people whom you think are unlike you. It is also responsible for empathy.

 

The Amygdala is the next section of the brain that is helped and changed with meditation. This is the “fear center.” It is responsible for fight or flight response as well. Then there is the Insula. It monitors bodily sensations and is responsible for intuition.

 

Before you begin practicing meditation, the brain is often focused on the “me center.” It is more likely to feel fear and respond in unhealthy and unpredictable ways to situations that do not warrant such a response. This center is also the center that deals with worry and repeating thoughts. Think of the times that you cannot sleep, yet you spend your time going over and over conversations, situations, and things that you cannot do anything about now. Anxiety is reduced when you meditate. It changes the responses in the “me center.” It helps you to maintain composure when you have a pain or other bodily sensation. You do not instantly go into anxious thoughts and wondering if something is wrong with you.

 

The “me center” is also able to experience more empathy for others when you meditate. This is even true for those whom you perceive as different from you. You will also feel more compassion, and you will be present in the current moment. Worry and anxiety will lessen, and you will be able to concentrate on the things that matter.

 

Meditation must be practiced. It must be approached like anything that you learn – you have to repeat it to remain good at it. Your brain will be clearer and able to retain and learn more information. This is how meditation helps you to learn faster.

 

Chapter 7

Doodling and Journaling

 

Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise.” ~Horace

 

In studies, psychologists have found that people that doodle during their planning phases and brainstorming or note taking maintain what they are reading and learning better. Journaling is also an activity that should be a regular part of your planned activities. This is a separate journal from your daily planning journal. Journaling helps you to organize thoughts and get out unhealthy emotions. This practice should also be a part of your routine, like meditation. Those who commit their words to paper, even if it is random thoughts and scribbling, learn faster and remember things better.

 

Doodling and journaling has been shown to tie together the different ways and methods that we use to learn. This results in more seamless learning. Keep in mind when doodling and journaling that you are not writing an essay or drawing a masterpiece. You are simply getting your thoughts and feelings out onto paper – one of the most therapeutic methods of clearing your mind and emotions of all time.

 

The benefits of journaling abound. “Journaling can be used for problem-solving and stress reduction. It has been proven to improve mental and physical health. It can lead to increased self-esteem.” (http://tinybuddha.com/blog/10-journaling-tips-to-help-you-heal-grow-and-thrive/). One of the cool things about your journals is that over time, you can back to the old ones, reread, and look at what you have written and drawn. You will be able to watch a timeline unfold of how you have grown and changed. Some people even leave their journals to their children.

 

Simply writing and jotting down thoughts and doodles on paper can clear the mind and soul, and then you can begin to jump on more learning. There will essentially be more room for more information to be retrieved and stored.

 

Some people think that doodling and abstractly writing random stuff on your notebooks is a sign of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). However, that is not the case. Doodling is actually a sign of creativity and uninhibitedness that is found in intellectual people and artists alike. Its advantages aside, doodling helps you realize your own self in ways you did not previously know.

 

Similarly, one’s peers also frown upon keeping a journal or a diary. People may call it girly; they may call it nerdy or dismiss it altogether. Keep in mind that journaling your action makes for an excellent disciplinary exercise and aids you down the road a lot. You become more organized, more creative and more prone to thinking outside of the box. Do not give all that up just because someone makes fun of you.

 

 

Chapter 8

Daydream

 

Don’t sit back and wait for life to happen to you. Dream, plan, execute!” ~Steve Maraboli

 

Scientists have found that college students who are sleep deprived from studying remember what they study better when they take time to daydream. Daydreaming helps take items from the short-term memory and commit them to the long-term memory. Short naps are also helpful. 20 minutes may be enough to restore some energy and to clear your mind so that you can learn faster and better.

 

August Kekule discovered the molecular structure of benzene. He had been having a tough time for months trying to crack the structure of this complex hydrocarbon. He could not bring himself to theorize how an equal amount of carbon and hydrogen atoms could bond amongst themselves with three single and three double bonds between them. One night, underfed and under-slept, he fell in a doze and (for want of a better word) began to daydream. He dreamt that there was a snake with its tail its mouth. This snake was moving in circle round its tail. There was a bigger snake circling in the same method around the smaller snake. August woke up after ten minutes. He had just discovered the bonding method of benzene. The moral of this story was that sometimes, daydreaming goes a long way in helping you realize the important stuff.

 

Sometimes we need to take the time to simply stop, imagine, and regroup. Daydreaming helps to do these things. It also gives you a little time to stop and smell the roses. This is a vital part of keeping our minds clear and fresh for learning and storing information.

 

“The history of science and culture is filled with stories of how many of the greatest scientific and artistic discoveries occurred while the creator was not thinking about what he was working on,” writes Levitin, “not consciously anyway—the daydreaming mode solved the problem for him, and the answer appeared suddenly as a stroke of insight.” (http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/10/daniel-levitin-inquiring-minds). This means that those breaks you take and the journaling and doodling that you do can be tied in with daydreaming. Sometimes you need to do a little creative daydreaming, just to get some perspective, or to solve a problem as mentioned above. This in turn enhances the learning process. You clear your mind, and figure out how to learn something faster by solving problems and coming up with solutions to remembering things.

 

However, do not start daydreaming excessively. That would destroy the whole purpose of it. Consider this example: A milkman’s daughter was delivering milk in two buckets to the town nearby. She used to daydream while delivering milk since it helped pass the time. Today, she was daydreaming about what she will do once she gets the money from delivering this milk.

“I will buy two hens and roosters. They will give eggs. I will sell those eggs and from that money, I will buy a sheep. I will sell its milk and its wool to the townsfolk. From that money, I will buy a silk dress. The neighbor boy will see me wearing the dress and fall in love with me. We will get married and go away to Australia for our honeymoon!”

As she continued daydreaming, she did not see a tree root in her path. She tripped and fell, spilling all her milk. The End.

 

I think the moral of the story is clear: Daydream, but not a lot. Had the girl stopped at the hens, she probably would have seen the root in her way and avoided it. She might even have bought the hens from the money. She might even have bought the sheep. She might even have bought the dress. For all we know, she might even have married the neighbor boy. However, she did not. Therefore, you will not too, if you escalate your daydreaming to an unprecedented and unhealthy level.

 

 

Chapter 9

Try Different Methods

 

Everything in life comes to you as a teacher. Pay Attention. Learn quickly.” ~Cherokee Saying

 

When it comes to learning faster, one of the most helpful things to do is to learn things with different methods and in different ways. Use the aforementioned tips like journaling, but add flash cards. Watch videos on the subject that you are trying to learn. When you do this, take notes. Use audio (this applies to meditation as well) to learn faster. As you practice these methods, you will learn which ones work the best for you to help you to learn the fastest. Make sure that you still vary it up though; do not rely on one technique alone. By using different methods, you will not only train your brain to open new neural pathways, but you will also keep yourself from getting bored by trying to learn in the same way every time. According to Lifehacker.com, you should section your notes: “Now that you have everything written down in one set of notes, separate them into sections. This is ideal for visual learners, especially if you use color-coding to differentiate between subjects. This will help you break everything down and start compartmentalizing the information being recorded in your brain.” (http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/how-memorize-things-quicker-than-other-people.html).

 

Using different methods of learning techniques is such a great way to keep the brain active and to help it to retain what you are learning. Another process that you can use is to test yourself. Pretend you are being tested on the subject at hand, and then take the test. Flashcards can help with this method as well. You can also test your friends. Act as if you are speaking in front of a class and giving a lecture on the subject that you have been working on. Give this lecture to your friend. Try to do it from memory; if you cannot do that at first, use your notes, then try again without them. You can also give those actual tests with matching and multiple-choice questions.

 

When using audio to learn, you can make your own recordings by taping the lecture you give to your friend. Then, when you are driving or doing simple tasks around the house, listen to your recording to reinforce what you are learning.

 

Another different method for learning is utilizing flashcards. ‘Repetition is the mother of skill’ applies well to this situation. Flashcards are cards with a question on one side while the answer is on the other side. Granted, it will take some time making these cards, but the result is worth it. These cards are easily fit in your pockets and you can take them anywhere you go. They help you jog your memory and memorize the key points of the chapters.

 

Summarization of text is also an effective method of learning. Write what you learn in your own words in a notebook in a summarized form. Not only does it make for an excellent revision material but it also helps you ‘concentrate’ the knowledge and retain the important parts.

 

Just as with experiences other than learning, variety is the spice of life when it comes to learning fast as well. If you do the same things the same way, day in and day out, of course you will become bored and stifled. It may eventually cause you to neglect some of the things that you really should be doing. Keeping things interesting when it comes to learning is vital. You may even find yourself getting excited about what you are going to learn next! We have covered different methods in the next chapters.

 

Writing down everything that you have learnt and going over it when you have finished your study session is a very helpful and effective manner of learning. Not only does it give you a written record of what you have learnt but it also reinforces and retains the material in your mind. It also makes for an excellent reviewing material before exams or tests. Try it out. It will also give you time to improve your handwriting, which is a dwindling art these days.

 

Chapter 10

No Cramming

 

A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.” ~Khalil Gibran

 

Just as it is helpful to keep things organized and in all the right places, it also is necessary to not cram in information all at once. You may be able to reiterate what you have studied briefly, but you will not remember what you have learned. You will not be able to retrieve it later. This has been proven when college students cram all night for a test.

 

Another negative part of cramming information is that you most likely will make unhealthy food choices. Because you are hurrying and stressing to get the information into your brain as fast as possible, you may forget to eat or act as if you do not have time to eat. Then you will likely reach for something quick and easy, which often translates to unhealthy. If you need quick and easy, grab some fruit. We have already discussed the importance of eating right and how it affects your performance and learning skills.

 

The BBC states that cramming works like this: “The cramming has left a lingering glow of activity in our sensory and memory systems, a glow that allows our brain to swiftly tag our study notes as ‘something that I’ve seen before’. But being able to recognize something isn’t the same as being able to recall it.” (http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140917-the-worst-way-to-learn). This means that after cramming, you feel as if you have grabbed and remembered all of the information that you were studying. The opposite is true – as soon as you take the test or recite the presentation, you are done with it. You will forget the information.

 

Cramming for anything is never a good idea. Staying organized and using your organizer to plan and record, your daily and weekly activities will ensure that you do not have to cram anything at the last minute. Then you can be sure that you will remember what you have learned for the long term. You will also save yourself from unnecessary stress and anxiety.

 

A very good alternative to cramming is memorization by conceptualization. Form lucid and clear concepts in your mind about the thing you are learning. Make analogies of the thing and make them something quirky and funny. Will you not only retain the concept, but also memorize the entire thing in the process.

 

Chapter 11

Use Incentives

 

Trade your expectations for appreciation and your whole world changes in an instant.” ~Tony Robbins

 

If you never get anything good out of something, you wonder what the point is in doing it at all. This is especially true when it comes to learning. You need to offer yourself incentives, or rewards, for you hard work. This is even more important if you ace a big test or clean out your desk. These huge tasks take time and effort. Take yourself and your family or a friend out for dinner. Go for a nice hike or a swim. Get your hair done, or buy that new shade of lipstick. Buy the new dress you have been eyeing in that store window for a few days.

 

Just as you schedule quality time with your family and friends, you will want to schedule your incentives around your learning and write them down in your planner. They can also be part of your goals. In other words, “If I learn 30 new French verbs this week, I will go out to dinner with Lisa,” or “I will buy that new dress “. In this way, you are also learning how to work towards smaller and short term goals in general. This will extend itself into helping you with your planning in all other areas as well. Then you will have even more time to learn things fast.

 

Studies have proven that animals and humans respond better to rewards systems. Even if punished, eventually the animal or human will stop doing what they are asked to do if there is no reward involved. Positive reinforcement, no matter how small it may seem, is the way to get continued success and to keep yourself on top of your learning game.

 

Just as you should not write down unattainable goals, you do not want to offer yourself unachievable incentives. “Rewards have to be obtainable in order to be motivating.” (https://www.verywell.com/the-incentive-theory-of-motivation-2795382). Make a list of incentives that you know you can give yourself, and then stick to giving them to yourself when you achieve a learning goal. You will be both proud of yourself and satisfied that you earned a reward for a job well done.

 

A very useful ‘incentive’ is the gummy bear trick. Make sure that you are sitting in a cold environment otherwise; the gummy bears will get sticky and ruin the whole purpose of the trick. You can use any form of sweets for this, not just gummy bears. You can use candy bars or chocolates too!

 

What you have to do is set up milestones: If you are sitting down to study a chapter that spans across twenty pages, place gummy bears after every five pages. Here is the fun part: you can only eat the gummy bears once you finish each milestone. Beside the fun factor, the intake of sugar will keep you rejuvenated throughout the time of studying.

 

Chapter 12

Space it out

 

Don’t use a lot where a little will do.” ~Proverb

 

Just as you may have to start with small tasks to get organized, you may have to do the same with your learning style. In other words, you may have to learn bite sized tidbits as opposed to large amounts of info at one time. Spacing it out is a good way to do this. Start with a few minutes when studying one topic. Take a break and then study it for a little longer this time. Add to the times each day, but make sure to space it out and break it up with breaks and breathing.

 

The whole purpose of this activity is to ease yourself and to not be flabbergasted with the magnitude of your work. Remember to give smarter learning the precedence over harder learning or faster learning. Spacing out does exactly that.

 

Spacing it out is like the concept of taking breaks and not cramming. Adding all of these techniques together means that you can learn faster and retain the information better. These tips help you to manage the learning process without getting overwhelmed and frustrated. Little bits at one time are easier on the brain and your psyche.

 

Keep in mind that if you space your learning out, then you will be less likely to get overwhelmed. Just as breaking your goals down means that, you can get more done in a shorter timeframe. Do not look at everything as a monumental task. Everything can be broken down to make it easier to absorb and to handle.

 

Procrastination, boredom, and frustration happen when you try to do anything too much at one time. This can even be compared to overeating. You feel stuffed, lethargic, and likely disappointed in yourself when you eat excessively much. If you try to learn too much of one thing at one time, then you are going to suffer burnout, and you will feel badly. You will not recollect much of what you have learned either if you do too much at once.

 

Chapter 13

Buddy Up

 

A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.” ~Elbert Hubbard

 

If you have a group project at work, you can buddy up with someone to get the most done. You can also do this when it comes to working out, etc. Having a friend to encourage you along has been shown to be extremely helpful in keeping someone motivated. When you want to learn something faster, you can also use a friend to help. They can help ask you questions to test your knowledge. They can participate in your incentives system by going out to eat with you, or they may even be inspired give you a little gift every now and then.

 

Your friend can also be a sounding board. If you are learning something through writing, you can let them read it and give you an honest critique. Sometimes you may just need to vent to them about how much and what you are learning. This is helpful when taking breaks.

 

When you will sit down and study with a friend, you both will realize that there are some subjects in which your friend is good at and there are some subjects in which you have a lead. Barter knowledge with your study buddy. Tell him that you will teach him Calculus if he helps you with Programming. In this way, you both will be forming a mutually beneficial relation. Keep in mind that having a friend to help you in studying only helps optimally if there only two people involved i.e. you and your friend. If you try and group study with a group of three or more people, very soon you will realize that you have gotten sidetracked and instead of understanding the digital logic designs, the group is discussing the latest episode of Game of Thrones.

 

Besides all the help with studying, a good friend/study-partner helps in alleviating the morbidity associated with studying. Suppose you are preparing for a World History test. It is not everyone’s cup of tea. Whilst alone, you will feel the subject to be too monotonous and lame. It will get hard for you to concentrate on the subject. Believe me; it happens to the best of us. However, if you have a friend with you, you can easily make a dull activity fun. Make a game out of learning it. Get creative. You never know; maybe you will even end up having fun. Remember, you do not get points for going at it alone.

 

Going it alone is not the way that human beings operate. We are social creatures, and sometimes, even when we do not feel like it, we need the interaction of another or others. Sometimes a friend can mean the difference between a bad day and a great day. You have seen this in many situations in life. The same concept is true when it comes to adding something that works to your learning repertoire. The buddy system is a great way to do many things, and your buddy can help you learn faster and to remember things better. Sometimes a friend just makes things better!

 

Chapter 14

Change Your Environment

 

Think of all the beauty that is still left in and around you and be happy.” ~Anne Frank

When you are studying to learn something, it can get old being in the same place for an extended period of time. Vary your studying places. Try the local library or your local coffee shop. Take it outside to a park. If you need to learn something for work, and you can work remotely, then you can use the change up the environment concept. “Different environments mean more contexts – and different ways your brain summarizes and recalls.” (https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-power-rest/201410/how-do-we-learn-best). This means that your brain will use the new ways to make the most of your learning experience and how you recall information. You will then be able to process that recall to use it in the best ways possible.

 

You do not want to lock yourself into the same old room every day. This makes one stir crazy – similar to the concept of breaks and moving around, changing the environment will mean that you can learn faster. Another simple way to use this concept is to rearrange the room that you normally work in. do this on a regular basis. Bring in flowers. Decorate in ways that make you feel happy and uplifted. Use essential oils to make the environment smell pleasant and enriching. Move around throughout your home. Something as simple as changing rooms can make all the difference in the way that you learn and retain the information that you are studying or working on.

 

Think of a time when you were waiting for an appointment. If the office was dull and dreary, did it not seem to take longer? Say you waited 20 minutes. The same time would fly by in a bright, clean, pleasantly painted waiting room. You would probably also be in a better mood in the more pleasing room. Color has been proven to have effects on our moods and productivity. I will also mention scent again. Do not forget the essential oils, but you can also boil lemon and orange peels on the stove. Once they are boiling, turn it down to simmer. The pleasing scent will energize you and lift your spirits. Citrus fragrances have been proven to wake people up.

 

However, there is another approach to all this. If you are those sort of people who are not comfortable relocating and would prefer to sit at the same spot. We get it, everyone has his or her own preferences and we would understand that you would like to stay put in one place instead of moving every now and then.

 

We have a solution for you too. Choose a place where you regularly sit and study. For most peoples, it is their bedroom. You can also choose to sit in a library or a study room. The choice is up to you. Here is what I want you to do: Once you have selected a place to study- for our convenience let us say it is your bedroom- eliminate all sources of distraction from it. Remove the funky posters from the study area. Put your mobile phone and your laptop away. When that is done, you have to organize the area. Place pens, pencils and registers in an organized fashion. Place the books or the textual material close at hand. All that is unnecessary remove it.

 

It will feel very odd at first, sitting there in a blank space (literally) but let that percolate for a while. Once you start your studying session, you will notice how easy it is to focus without all the distractions. Oh, and if it helps, close the doors, the drapes and the windows. Tell your siblings/friends/family not to disturb you while you are studying.

 

 

Chapter 15

Go To School

 

“A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.” ~Theodore Roosevelt

 

Some ‘too cool for school’ kids who attend college are not serious about their class schedules. All they do is attend when there is a pop quiz, or the midterms or the finals. They prepare one week before each examination and get passing numbers in their tests. In other words, they skate through. The purpose of our education is not just to skate through it, is it?

Clichéd though it may sound, but going to school and taking classes is as beneficial as it gets. What you can learn while sitting in class, you cannot possibly learn on your own. This is because in that classroom, you are sitting along other students who are learning the same thing. There is a teacher there, who is in most cases (unless it is Professor Umbridge!) willing to answer your queries pertaining the subject at hand.

 

These days everybody is excited about ‘dropping out and making the next big app’. Unless you are one of the million outliers like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg or Steve Jobs, do not even think of dropping out. The real value of a college education is intangible. Whatever you think you can accomplish after dropping out, hold it. You can still do it after you graduate. There is a time and a place for everything. If you really want to learn, which I am guessing you do because you are reading this book right now and have come so far, stay in school. Attend the classes regularly.

 

Sit in the front seats to avoid distraction. Sitting in the front seat has its fair share of benefits too. The teacher is acquainted with you and you get to focus all your attention on the lecture and not on what Lindy is texting to Brian.

 

You should pay attention to what the teacher is teaching. Ask questions frequently. No matter how stupid or trivial you think your question is, ask it nonetheless. Who knows, someone else in the class may benefit from your question when the teacher answers it.

 

Another thing about going to class regularly: it disciplines you into following a daily routine. It induces you into an everyday rhythm that goes a long way in helping you to study.

 

Chapter 16

Speak up

 

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” ~Winston Churchill

 

It is going to sound weird, but hear me out. Reading stuff out aloud is more effective and fast a method of learning. Studies show that you are fifty percent more likely to retain what you read than by simply reading it in your mind.

 

It is a common knowledge that humans learn better, when they hear or see things. Autodidact methods like reading books, looking up the internet and experimenting by oneself are no doubt good methods, but their effectiveness has its limits.

 

When you speak aloud what you read, try to understand what is happening: you are looking at the text with your eyes, you are reciting it with your mouth and lastly, you are hearing it with your ears. This triples the amount of information absorption. When you will start speaking what you learn, your brain will force itself to think of the real life implementations of the subject you are learning. Bernoulli’s Equation? Try reading the text aloud and you will end up thinking, “Wait… Isn’t that how the drinks come out of the dispenser at Subway?” What I meant to say was that speaking out what you learnt will make you realize its plausibility in real life.

 

An example of this is the tongue twister: How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood. You read it. Now speak it out aloud. I know when I do, I am immediately forced to think, how much would he indeed? It seems pointless but it is effective.

 

Besides helping in learning, speaking aloud also helps a lot in improving your self-confidence, your style of speech and your reading stamina. Little by little, you shall start noticing that you can read/learn for longer spans of times. The more you do it, the more you will learn.

 

Chapter 17

Music

 

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” ~ Bob Marley

Have you heard of the Mozart Effect? If you have not, here it is: The Mozart effect can refer to: A set of research results indicating that listening to Mozart’s music may induce a short-term improvement on the performance of certain kinds of mental tasks known as “spatial-temporal reasoning;”

 

Given that it says in the definition that it applies only to Mozart’s music but by practical extension, it is plausible and proven that this effect applies to all classical music. Even Enya in some cases. I guess the scientist who came up with this theory was fond of Mozart.

Coming back to the point, music helps you in learning. A lot. It helps you focus and concentrate. Keep in mind, we are not talking about Nicki Minaj or Drake here, whose songs do the opposite of inculcating concentration. We are talking about rhythmic melodies that calm the brain. Think “Concerning Hobbits” from Lord of the Rings or the Winterfell theme from Game of Thrones. It is understood; choose that music which does not have vocals in it as that will ruin the purpose by making you concentrate on the vocals instead of the subject you were supposed to be concentrating on.

 

Another advantage of putting on headphones and listening to music while studying is that it cancels out the outside stimuli. Maybe you live in a rough neighborhood and the neighbors are always fighting or the dog is always barking. Using headphones to listen to music while studying will eliminate outside noise, if not lessen it.

 

 

 

Chapter 18

Time Management 101

 

“I’ve learned time management, organization and I have priorities.” ~Tory Burch

 

We already covered it in the Balance chapter but I wanted to make another chapter out of it solely for the sake of you college goers out there. High school goers or university graduate students can also aid from this but my focus is going to be on the college kids in this chapter.

 

College is the best four years of your life. You may have heard most people say that. For the most part, it is true. However, there are many time constraints during those four years (which are in themselves an ultimate time constraint, like, could it not be more years, let us say seven?) which make it crucial for one to prioritize things.

 

We already covered the part about attending classes. Now, let us discuss about the time you have after you are done with classes. Take out the one hour for the day in which you have to eat food/go to the washroom/take a bath etc.

 

Sleep is vital. Try to sleep for an hour or two after coming back from class. The result? You will wake up in the early evening feeling fresh and rejuvenated. You have the whole evening and night at your disposal. Do not reinforce the fact that you have to study in your mind. Do not think about studying when you are not studying. Instead, watch an episode of your favorite show. Alternatively, you can go out and play soccer/basketball or any other physical activity. After you have done either or both, get to studying. It will take some disciplining first, but once when you have sat down for learning; make sure that you abide a strict timeline. You must at least cover the topics or subjects you learnt today. It is going to take not more than three hours. Prioritize the difficult subjects first and the easier ones for later. Do not spend the entire three hours studying. No. Study for twenty to fifty minutes and then take a ten-minute break.

 

After you have read and learnt everything that you learnt today in college, try to spend one hour in pre-preparing for the next lecture. You will feel that you grasp the concepts more quickly in class next time.

 

Remember Jack? All work and no play made him dull and whatnot. A certain Jack from The Shining even lost his mind. While I am not suggesting that you will end up saying ‘Here’s Johnny!’ if all you do is work, but it will make you dull. Go to parties on the weekends, it does not hurt if you occasionally do so. However, everything should be maintained in a balance.

 

Chapter 19

Why am I doing it?

 

“What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.” ~Ralph Marston

 

It is easy to lose sight of your goals amidst all the classes you have to take, all the assignments you have to make, all the quizzes for which you have to prepare, all the presentations that you have to deliver and all the tension that you have to bear.

 

Remind yourself of why you are doing what you are doing. Back when I was an undergrad, I was enrolled in the Computer Science program. In my naivety, I had thought that computer science would be all about how to make video games, how to hack Wi-Fi and security systems and how to program like a rock star.

 

However, it was not about them. Well, not solely about them. This was a major bummer for me because I had not foreseen spending hours and hours in Calculus class, learning about the various forms of advanced derivations and integrations that may or may not have use in my field (they are used in weather forecasting simulation, something I am not and was not interested in) or spending time studying physics. Again.

 

While on the brink of dropping out in my fourth semester, I met with a senior who also had the same thoughts about the degree. He told me that I should keep my aims and my aspirations where they belong: in my head. He also told me that I should focus on these seemingly monotonous and unrelated subjects because even though I did not foresee any use of them in my professional life, I should still do it because who know, maybe I will end up working somewhere where these are required.

 

Talking to him did not help. For all it mattered, it discouraged me further. However, I tried to reason with myself. I tried to think back to when I was applying for admission. What was I thinking then? Why am I doing it now?

 

Reinforcing the reason why I started in the first place made things bearable. I stuck my nose to the grindstone and kept at it. What do you know, four years later, I was actually using advanced integration in making video games. I will not tell you the name of the game but I will give you a hint: It has to do with assassins and it rhymes with greed.

 

So, the point of this all was to tell you that you should constantly remind yourself why are you doing it. What is your motivation for doing what you are doing? Why did you get into it in the first place?

 

Psychoanalyzing yourself goes a long way in motivating you to keep at it. And, by it, I mean learning.

 

Chapter 20

Caffeine naps

 

“Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.” ~William Blake

 

There comes a time in every student’s life where he cannot cope with the academia. We have all been there. You have a ton of syllabus to cover and you want to get it over with before the exams. Too bad! The exam is tomorrow and you have to cover all this right now. Tonight. To top it all, you do not think you can do it because, well, you are sleepy.

 

All right, so do not panic. There is an easy fix for the situation. Make a cup of coffee and drink it. Make sure to drink it when you are at your drowsiest. Set an alarm for thirty minutes. After drinking it, lie down and close your eyes. You will fall asleep in fifteen minutes. As soon as you do so, the coffee’s caffeine will kick in too, rejuvenating your body.

 

You will wake up after thirty minutes (owing to the alarm) and you will be feeling refreshed. Not only will you feel refreshed and active but it will also help you in the whole process of studying. Now you can pull an all-nighter without worrying about drowsiness or tiredness.

 

However, keep in mind that this should only be a last resort method FOR a last resort method. You should not allow yourself to procrastinate to such a level that all your work and study piles up and needs to be done before the night of the exam. Take care of your subjects daily. That way things will not pile up and you will have a decent amount of time to revise stuff before the exam. Caffeine naps are not recommended but they are effective when you need them.

 

Chapter 21

The SQ3R

 

This is a widely popular method for learning fast and learning thoroughly. It stands for Survey, Question, Read, Recite, and Review.

 

Let us analyze them one by one: Survey. Start each chapter by skimming through it and looking for tables, graphs and pie charts. Also survey for headings, italics, bold words and subheadings. When you have done the survey of the chapter proceed to questioning.

 

Begin with turning each chapter heading into a question. Suppose if there is a heading called Photosynthesis, change the heading into ‘What is photosynthesis?’ Doing this will make you more analytical and force you to think outside the book.

 

Read each chapter thoroughly while trying to answer the heading-turned-question. Highlight each important sentence or definition that pertains to the topic.

 

Recite the highlighted answers to the questions. This will strengthen the topic in your mind.

 

Review everything that you have learnt. Review the whole chapter to see if you missed any vital details.

 

This method helps you retain and remember what you learn for a long time. Try it and feel the difference!

 

Chapter 22

THIEVES

 

THIEVES is another alternative method for faster learning. Let us see what each letter stands for:

 

Title: Look at the title of the chapter and think, what is this chapter going to be about? What are the areas it will cover? Analyze the title before moving further.

 

Heading:

 

Look at the index of the chapter and see the headings of the subchapters. Do they give you a better concept of what you are going to learn?

 

Introduction:

 

Read the introduction paragraph of the chapter. It should provide a basic outline of the chapter’s content.

 

Every paragraph’s first sentence:

 

Read the first sentence of every paragraph. These sentences focus on the subtopic being explained and merely reading them helps in understanding the context of the chapter.

 

Visualization:

 

Look for the graphs, tables, charts, diagrams and other visual aids in the chapter to help you understand it better. You will not realize it then, but when you try to recall a chapter later, the first thing that pops into your mind will be the images and the visual vocabulary in it.

 

End of Chapter questions:

 

When you scan through the chapter while following the abovementioned points, go to the end-of-chapter questions and read them out. Does your knowledge that you gained from reading the chapter answer them? No? Well, then go back and repeat from step one.

 

Summary:

 

The summary of the chapter is a very helpful reference when you are short on time and need to revise the content fast. On the other hand, read the summary before reading the chapter to get a good idea what the chapter is all about.

 

THIEVES is a good method for all those who want to get their chapter done and over with. It not only helps you skim through the chapter swiftly but also aids you in making associations. You will find it easier to recall the content of the chapter by using THIEVES than any other method.

 

 

Chapter 23

Highlighting

 

“People who make the choice to study, work hard or do whatever they endeavor is to give it the max on themselves to reach to the top level. And you have the people who get envy and jealous, yet are not willing to put that work in, and they want to get the same praise.” ~ Evander Holyfield

 

Once you have read the entire chapter and are content with your level of preparation, highlight all the important things that you read in the chapter. Do not highlight complete paragraphs and do not highlight complete sentences. This would kill the purpose of the highlighting.

 

Instead, highlight keywords and important sections of definitions. Highlight formulas and theorems. To make this a fun activity, highlight using different colored highlighters.

 

The enormous benefit of this activity is that once you sit down to revise the book, your eye will always go to the highlighted words first. They will re-remind you of the definitions and instead of scanning through the entire chapter (which in some cases contains mostly fluff); you can just revise the important details.

 

Chapter 24

Ask for help

“Humble people ask for help.” ~Joyce Meyer

 

 

Sometimes you may feel stuck or helpless in the face of a new topic. Said topic may not even be available on the internet (take for example Assembly Language or Ancient Nordic). Ask your seniors at school or university for help. They have already taken the class and know a thing or two about the topic. Your seniors are one of the best resource you can gain an advantage from at school or university.

 

While some of the seniors are helpful and go way out of their way to teach you stuff free, others may not be so lenient. They may ask you to pay them. If it helps you in learning the topic, pay them.

 

Besides helping out in educational matters, seniors also give wonderful advice when it comes to finding jobs, getting references or simply asking a girl out.

 

Chapter 25

Teach it to others

 

“Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students.” ~Solomon Ortiz

 

Here is one of the best ways to learn fast: teach what you learn to others. Are there any students in your class deficient in a subject over which you have excellent command? Teach it to them. That way, you will not only retain the knowledge for longer periods but will also learn a new thing or two in the process.

 

Teaching others, specifically your juniors, is a very rewarding deed in itself. Perhaps you realize while teaching them that you have a knack for this sort of stuff. You can make a part time tutor job out of it. You can make a study group of sorts with different students- both seniors and juniors- in it and all of you can discuss the subject. The possibilities are endless.

 

 

 

Chapter 26

Goals

 

“My goal in life is to pursue the good life” ~Oleg Cassini

 

Setting up goals and aims on a microscopic level as well as on a macroscopic one is an effective way to learn and understand the viability of what you learn better.

 

Start with micro-goals. What are you doing right now that you would like to improve? What are somethings that you would like to introduce in your routine? What do you want to eliminate from your life right now.

 

Improve your sleep. The majority of youth in America and the rest of the world is facing sheer sleep deprivation. People stuff more agendas in their day than there are hours to accomplish those agendas. This is wrong. Set a time to sleep. Studies have shown that eight hours of sleep is the perfect amount of sleep. In these eight hours, your body will recover itself; fill up the deficiencies and whatnot. This is a goal you should think of achieving in the near future, say next month?

 

Healthy food. Eating healthy is paramount in the life of a student. Come to think of it, it is paramount in the life of everyone. Hunger makes it exceedingly hard for you to absorb any new information. Hunger pangs are distractive when it comes to learning. Take care of your three meals per day with breakfast being the most important. Get adequate amount of nutrition and keep a balanced diet with vegetables, meat and fruits. Do not consume unhealthy food such as hamburgers, pizza, hotdogs and donuts on a regular basis. If you can help it, do not consume them at all. They account for the obesity that is sweeping our nation like an epidemic these days. They also make you drowsy.

 

Hydration. Moreover, I do not mean Red Bull, coffee or tea. Drink plenty of water every day. Your body is at its best when it is well hydrated. A dehydrated person cannot concentrate properly. He can even get headaches besides being thirsty and irritable. Drink at least eight glasses of water a day. A good benchmark to check if you are hydrated or not is by checking the color of your urine. A pale color or a clear color means that all is well and that you are hydrated but a dark color suggests that you are dehydrated. Take care of your hydration and you will feel the difference in your learning. Needless to say, it will get better.

 

Now let us come to the macro-goals. Why did you enroll this degree? Why are you studying? Where do you see yourself in the foreseeable future? Ask yourself these questions first. Then make a list of the goals that you would like to achieve. Want to buy a Range Rover? A nice mansion? Want to have your own startup? Want to earn a billion dollars? Want to start a charity? Surely, you have some goals like these in your mind.

 

Well, these goals are not going to achieve themselves. As good a motivational source it is, it remains true that you should work hard for your goals. That Range Rover is not going to buy itself neither is that mansion.

 

Averse thinking is a good strategy when it comes to self-motivation. Think of what will you do if you do not achieve your goals. Think of what will happen if you flunk this semester. Think of the consequences to your actions and you shall find that a little dose of fear always helps in setting you out on the right track.

 

Chapter 27

The Internet

 

“The Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life.”

~ Andrew Brown

 

When in doubt, google it. This holds true for everything nowadays. This applies to studying too. By now, I am sure that you know your way around Google. Googling your topics helps you in learning them in many different ways. The most common one being through association. While sitting in a test, it will be easier for you to remember the webpage from where you learnt a specific topic than. That is because of the discreetness of the website. It embeds itself in your mind and makes it easier for you to recall it.

 

YouTube is another helpful resource when it comes to learning fast. Just type the topic name in the search bar and click on the video with the most views. The material on that website never fails to amaze me. Actually, I learnt my entire software engineering skills from there. From basic programming to lectures on thermodynamics, you can find anything that you require. It is all very relevant to the topic, what you find on YouTube and it aids you in the sense that you learn by hearing, seeing, reading and doing at the same time.

 

StackExchange is another good resourceful website/forum where people ask others for help regarding a certain topic. If you feel stuck in the middle of your mathematic problems, or are having difficulty in writing a computer program, simply go to StackExchange and post a question.

 

Quora also serves the same purpose as StackExchange. While in StackExchange, the questions have to be specific and relevant, here you can ask all sorts of diverse questions. There is a huge community of learned members there who do their best in answering your questions.

 

Wikipedia is the best option for those of you whose studies pertain mostly to research work. It is a free encyclopedia and its layout is such that it makes it easy to read the text. All sorts of topics and information is covered in that website. It updates itself daily and every piece of information is well referenced.

 

While the internet helps in myriad ways in your education, it is equally easy to lose sight once you are surfing the web. That brings us to our next topic.

 

 

Chapter 28

Detox the digital blues

 

 

Your precious study time can be ruined by Facebook, Snapchat, WhatsApp and Instagram alerts. It is highly recommended that you download an app in your mobile that blocks these apps and other distracting apps for the duration of your study time. There are hundreds of apps like this for both the iOS and Android.

 

Keep a check on the amount of time you spend on the internet. Do not overindulge in it and do not make it a bad habit. Granted that it requires a lot of self-control and self-disciplining, but in the end, detoxing your digital addiction will give you a clean slate and a fresh start to resume your educational journey.

 

 

 

 

Never be disheartened by circumstances around you. Remind yourself that it is never too late and that you can always start fresh. If you are beating yourself over losing precious time and wasting good opportunities, stop doing that. The only way to learn fast is by experience and the past happening if your life gave you experience. Use it.

 

 

Learning the fast way is something that anyone can do. You can get started today by using the methods and tips in this e-book. We hope that you have learned something (pun intended!) and will use your newfound knowledge to learn fast and remember things easier. This will start you on a lifelong journey of learning new things and retaining what you learn. You will then be able to use your new knowledge in all sorts of pursuits. The world is your oyster!

 

 

Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.” ~Benjamin Disraeli

 

 

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