If there’s one thing I’m passionate about, it’s maximizing our learning potential. Having worn the crown of a memory champion, I’ve distilled the essence of quick and effective learning into seven actionable steps. I’ve talked about these in my YouTube channel and in my book “How to Learn Almost Anything in 48 Hours”. Here, I’d like to share my refined insights on the same.
In the realm of cognitive sciences, the correlation between storytelling and memory has always been a topic of intense study and intrigue. Understanding this relationship is not just a matter of intellectual interest; it serves as a fundamental necessity for those eager to amplify their memory capabilities.
Unfortunately, we weren’t taught how to learn at school. We were given homework, assignments, tests, and the like, without ever using our brain to think about what the best approach is to tackle. I’m not talking about having the skills to take on the knowledge. I’m talking about knowing the ‘how’ to tackle the work. It is assumed that students will know the how. But traditional methods just don’t work.
Learning is only difficult if there is no strategy. Since we are not taught how to learn, we don’t exactly have a strategy or skills to ensure the effectiveness of what we’ve learned. So how can you learn how to learn? There are many techniques, systems, approaches as well as fundamentals that help you learn anything you ever want, fast!
I always thought I had a terrible memory. I would forget names, what people were speaking about, and reading felt like a chore as whatever I was reading, I had to go back and re-read. Even then I would still forget! My memory was terrible for studies too. It took me three years longer to obtain my Information Systems degree because I kept failing one subject, over and over again (4th time lucky!)
Being in lockdown has given most of us some valuable time. While it’s great to have time for ourselves, learning can still feel like a challenge, despite having more capacity to do so.
It’s extremely easy to eat more, watch tv, procrastinate, play games, and the like, because our brain has a natural tendency to go towards those activities as there’s less effort involved in mental encoding. Add the rush of endorphins from binge-watching your favourite Netflix shows, and learning can seem like a very distant chore. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Most of us have undergone our entire education life through rote learning. The ability to try and remember information through repetition. The majority of the world still works this way, and probably will for some time still. As learners and educators, we take this as the standard and only way of learning.