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You don’t have to be studying to reap the benefits of finding out how you personally learn best. It might be that first aid course; continuing education, and/or learning how to do a new skill. Or even reading a book. I know I have times where the words just seem to be a meaningless blur, and at other times I enjoy mental clarity and my book more.
The most important point, no matter what it is we are trying to absorb is the presence of concentration.
To enhance concentration:
Choose a time to learn when you have emptied your mind from distracting thoughts. It is very hard to think about something when you have other things on your mind. If you are greatly worried, spend some time thinking of how you will deal with your issues, and if you can’t - then go ahead and deliberately let them go.
It has been found by psychologists that the optimal work to rest ratio to learn most effectively is 25 minutes to 5 minutes. In other words study or learn for 25 minutes, and then rest for 5 minutes. It is important that you do something enjoyable in this time, or it is not a true break.
Make sure you’re in an environment that is conducive to learning.
This is generally an uncluttered space with adequate ventilation, and it’s also a good idea to pick a time to learn when it’s quiet, and when you won’t be disturbed. However, some people actually find they concentrate better with music. Work in a way that’s best for you.
Be adequately rested and not hungry.It can be hard to learn if you are sleepy, and have a rumbling belly.
Another important component of learning is a way most effectively for you personally, is being aware of your learning style.
If you are a visuallearner, you understand things most when you draw diagrams of the material, or you find yourself visualising it in your head. You learn best when you see things, or visualise them.
If you are an auditory learner, you learn best when you hear things. You learn best when you focus on listening to audio tapes or to someone talking.
If you are a kinaesthetic learner, you learn best by doing. You work most effectively when learning via a hands-on-approach. You learn best by doing.
If you have a hunch of what type you might be, focus on your learning strength as a way of absorbing information most effectively. However, it can be good to engage all three ways of learning so that you are using more than one sense.
After you have learnt something, write or say in your own words a summary of what it was that you have learnt. This is a way to assess whether you have really taken in what you have been learning.
Test yourself the next day to consolidate your memory if necessary. This is more important for things in which you are going to be tested anyway, for example a driving, first aid, or university exam.
Become an active learner: if the learning is something that requires calculations as in maths, or doing something like a first aid bandage, you must actually do it. You need to consolidate what you know by actually doing it.
In summary, learning is facilitated when:
We take steps to optimise concentration
Use our strongest learning styles to process the information