Learning can become addictive. Now, if you’re anything similar to the way I was in high school, then you might feel like you never have time after going to school, participating in extracurricular activities and doing homework for any extra learning. If that is the case, then this article is for you, and then those brainiacs who also have some free time and want to do more than watch every season of Game of Thrones (Hey, I procrastinate too). At any rate, I want to teach you how to learn more with less time. Because, let’s face it: the more stuff you know, the better your chances of getting into elite colleges, or eventually entering the highly competitive workforce.
1.) Spread it out!
Let’s say you’re trying to learn something new. Perhaps you’ve got yourself one of those door-stop, phone-book-looking SAT Test Prep Guides. Instead of using it to take up space in your room, you’ve decided to actually open it. From my own experience, I know the huge book looks daunting. Frightening really. But, relax!
Instead of studying a whole chapter for a couple dull and boring hours at a time, try to spread out your studying to a couple minutes here, an hour there, or maybe ten minutes at the end of lunch. In the long run, it all adds up and saves you from boring yourself to sleep. Also, by giving your full attention to the work, the information you retain will be a much better quality!
2.) Make it a habit!
What are two of the most routine-intensive times of your day? When you wake up and when you go to bed. Right? At least, for me, both involve brushing my teeth, taking a shower and changing. Why not add one more thing to what’s already automatic?
What I’m saying here is to maybe add a couple of minutes of reading or light studying before you go to bed or when you wake up. Now, it doesn’t have to be quantum mechanics (if you don’t want it to), but anything you’re interested in enough to get your attention. Again, it makes something that might be hard to fit into your day automatic. Also, studying before sleep helps you better retain information!
3.) Learn more than one thing at a time!
Why not kill two or even three birds with one stone? For example, if you want to learn a foreign language, but you also have to read an article for your history class on the civil war, why not learn both? With Language Immersion for Chrome you can do both. By translating random portions on a web page, this app allows you to learn slowly. You can even choose difficulty! Overall, this concept connects two or more things that you might have never even considered being related. Just be creative with it! Find two things that add value to each other and do them at the same time!
Hopefully these three tips get you thinking about how to easily fit more learning in your day. Applying just one of these principles can potentially amount to huge results over time! Give them a shot!