Lý do “to mồm” giúp bạn học ngôn ngữ nhanh hơn

Căng thẳng khi học ngôn ngữ mới là một sai lầm chết người.

Ngữ pháp? Quy tắc? Vâng, chúng quan trọng, nhưng, không gì có thể đánh bại một cái “mồm to”.

Vâng, tôi đang nói đến sự giao tiếp, và không có phương tiện nào giúp bạn giao tiếp tốt hơn có một cái mồm to. Tôi đang nói một cách ẩn dụ, đương nhiên rồi.  

Quên ngữ pháp

Hãy ném đống ngữ pháp qua cửa sổ khi bắt đầu giao tiếp. Rất nhiều chuyên gia đã đồng thuận về điều đó, khi học một ngôn ngữ mới, hiệu quả đạt được sẽ cao nhất khi bạn đắm mình vào “đại dương của từ ngữ” và ghi nhớ càng nhiều càng tốt.

Ngữ pháp sẽ trở nên vô nghĩa nếu bạn không có từ vựng để vận dụng thành thạo nó, cho nên, đừng hòng nghĩ đến ngữ pháp!

Nếu bạn có cơ hội- ý tôi là điều kiện kinh tế- để chuyển đến sống ỡ đất nước hay thành phố nơi mà sử dụng ngôn ngữ bạn đang cố gắng học, thì hãy làm ngay đi! Từ vựng của bạn sẽ tăng lên đáng kể trong vòng một tuần, và nếu bạn càng dạn dĩ nói chuyện với người bản xứ bao nhiêu thì từ vựng của bạn sẽ càng tăng nhiều bấy nhiêu. Họ không yêu cầu bạn phải thành thạo tuyệt đối ngữ pháp khi giao tiếp.

Họ có thể sẽ cười khúc khích đấy, nhưng đừng lo gì cả! Cứ nói thôi.

Hãy mạnh dạn lên và cứ nói thôi!

Đây là phần mà cái “mồm to” sẽ phát huy tác dụng. Hãy hoạt ngôn hết sức có thể. Đặt câu hỏi, ngay cả khi bạn không quan tâm đến câu trả lời. Cứ tiếp tục nói và giao tiếp.

Tôi từng đi du lịch với một cô bạn nói Tiếng Anh không thành thục lắm. Cô ấy luôn nói vấp, và lo rằng liệu những câu nói của cô ấy có đúng cấu trúc chuẩn chưa. Cô ấy rất căng thẳng khi nói tiếng Anh cho đến khi chúng tôi bất ngờ ghé vào một cửa hàng để mua chiếc áo mà cô ấy thích. Cô ấy bắt đầu nói Tiếng Anh rất trôi chảy, không hề có bất kì sự ấp úng nào giữa các câu nói.

Đừng hiểu lầm tôi, Tiếng Anh của cô ấy lúc ấy vẫn rất tệ, nhưng cô ấy đã trình bày ý muốn của mình một cách mạch lạc và đồng thời mua được chiếc áo với một mức giá hợp lý. Cá nhân tôi lúc ấy đã rất sốc khi chứng kiến cô ấy vô cùng tự tin và cả hai đều ngạc nhiên khi thấy cô ấy có thể giao tiếp khá tốt.

Điều này chứng minh cho bạn thấy rằng rõ ràng bạn biết nhiều hơn mình tưởng, chỉ có nỗi sợ khi cho rằng mình trông rất ngốc là đang cản trở bạn.

Cái mồm to giúp mở mang đầu óc

Khi bạn nói nhiều hơn, chắc chắn rằng khi giao tiếp hết người này đến người khác bằng cách đặt hàng trăm câu hỏi, bạn sẽ bắt đầu suy nghĩ bằng ngôn ngữ đó. Đây là một lợi ích tuyệt vời bởi vì bạn sẽ nói với bằng cả miệng và trí óc.

Nếu bạn quen bất kì người bạn nào cũng đang học ngôn ngữ đó hoặc bất kì  người nào thành thạo ngôn ngữ này, hãy gọi cho học. Đi chơi và thư giãn. Bạn không cần phải nói về ngôn ngữ đó, và tất nhiện không cần nói về ngữ pháp. Cứ nói vậy thôi.

Nhưng ngữ pháp cũng quan trọng mà, có lẽ bạn đang nghĩ thế. Đúng vậy, nhưng như tôi đã nói, sẽ thật vô nghĩa nếu học nó trong khi bạn không thể áp dụng được. Hãy học càng nhiều từ càng tốt, và sau đó cải thiện vựng và ngữ pháp. Thêm nữa hãy làm sáng tỏ rằng bạn không muốn bạn mình sửa từng lỗi ngữ pháp nhỏ nhặt khi bạn nói sai.

Cứ nói rằng: “Tớ vẫn đang học từ mới. Ngữ pháp để sau nhé.” Và nếu họ không tán đồng, càng tuyệt hơn. Bạn có thể tranh luận với học bằng ngôn ngữ ấy và thực hành nói. Đương nhiên là, họ có thể bực mình, nhưng này, họ sẽ giúp bạn giỏi hơn đấy.

Danh sách 10 quốc gia có nền giáo dục tệ nhất dành cho trẻ em gái

Các nhà hoạt động xã hội mới đây đã nêu lên một tình trạng báo động toàn cầu thông qua kết quả cuộc thống kê cho thấy 73% trẻ em gái ở Nam Sudan và 130 triệu bé gái trên toàn thế giới không được đến trường.

Theo một thống kê được công bố trong tuần này, Nam Sudan được coi là quốc gia có số lượng trẻ em gái không được đến trường lớn nhất thế giới, với gần ba phần tư trẻ không đi học tiểu học.

Cộng hòa Trung Phi, nơi chỉ có một giáo viên cho mỗi 80 học sinh và Niger, nơi chỉ 17% phụ nữ trong độ tuổi từ 15 đến 24 biết chữ, xếp sau South Sudan trong danh sách được biên soạn bởi chiến dịch mang tên “One”. Theo ước tính, hơn 130 triệu trẻ em gái trên toàn thế giới thất học.

Có tới 9 trong số 10 quốc gia được đánh giá có nền giáo dục tệ nhất dành cho trẻ em gái nằm trong khu vực Châu Phi cận Sahara. Afghanistan, xếp thứ 4, là nước có mức chênh lệch giới tính ở bậc tiểu học cao nhất. Quốc gia này là nước duy nhất không thuộc Châu Phi. Chad xếp thứ năm, tiếp theo là Mali, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Liberia và Ethiopia.

Một số quốc gia – bao gồm cả Somalia và Syria – không thể được đưa vào danh sách vì họ không có đủ số liệu về trẻ em gái và thống kê học vấn. Tuy nhiên, ở các khu vực xung đột này, trong đó có 10 quốc gia được liệt kê, ngay cả những trẻ em trai cũng thường xuyên không tới trường học. Ở một số quốc gia, sự chênh lệch giới tính ở lớp học đặc biệt cao. Ví dụ như ở Cộng hòa Trung Phi, có tới 38% trẻ em gái thất học, nhiều gần gấp đôi trẻ em trai (20%).

Nghiên cứu cho thấy những bé gái không được tới trường có nguy cơ cao về nghèo đói, tảo hôn, bị bạo hành và dễ mắc bệnh, bao gồm HIV và AIDS.

Gayle Smith, chủ tịch của chiến dịch “One”, cho biết: Việc những trẻ em gái thất học mà không được quan tâm là “một cuộc khủng hoảng toàn cầu kéo dài sự nghèo đói”.

Ông nhấn mạnh: “Hơn 130 triệu trẻ em gái vẫn chưa được tới trường chính là hơn 130 triệu kỹ sư, doanh nhân, giáo viên và chính trị gia tiềm năng mà thế giới đang thiếu. Điều này không đơn giản là thu hút thêm nhiều bé gái đến trường mà là về sự phát triển của nữ giới: được giáo dục, được quyền lợi và được làm việc.

Theo báo cáo, ở hầu hết 10 nước, hơn một nửa số nữ giới đã kết hôn trước ngày sinh nhật thứ 18, và cứ một trong bé gái đó là nạn nhân của nạn lao động trẻ em. Nhưng ngay cả ở các nước chi tiêu một phần đáng kể ngân sách cho giáo dục, bao gồm Ethiopia và Niger, nghèo đói cùng cực, tảo hôn, rào cản về văn hoá và kinh tế vẫn ngăn cản các bé gái được học hành.

“Mục đích của thống kê này là để bắt đầu một cuộc thảo luận nghiêm về vấn đề này” Alice Jowett, quản lý chính sách giáo dục của chiến dịch “One” cho biết.  “Nhưng chúng ta phải nhấn mạnh rằng có những khoảng trống dữ liệu lớn, và chúng ta cần phải đầu tư nhiều hơn vào dữ liệu nói chung. Một trong những điều chúng tôi đề xuất là các chính phủ quốc gia hãy chỉ định một cơ quan lãnh đạo để tìm hiểu lý do tại sao các bé gái không được tới trường và làm thế nào để có thể giải quyết những rào cản đó “.

Chiến dịch “One” và YouTube đã đưa ra một dự án chung về #GirlsCount vào thứ Tư để thúc giục các nhà lãnh đạo thế giới ưu tiên cho việc giáo dục trẻ em gái, đánh dấu Ngày Quốc tế Trẻ em gái. Hơn 50 nhà sáng tạo trên YouTube từ khắp nơi trên thế giới – với tổng cộng hơn 32 triệu người xem – đã đóng góp những video nói đến 130 triệu bé gái không được đến trường. Giải Nobel hòa bình của nam diễn viên Malala Yousafzai Charlize Theron và YouTube vlogger TheSorryGirls cũng đã đóng góp cho chiến dịch #GirlsCount.

(Dự án #GirlsCount được quảng bá trên Youtube)

Thêm nữa, vào tháng Hai, các nhà hoạt động xã hội sẽ vận động các nhà lãnh đạo thế giới tài trợ cho Chương trình Đối tác Toàn cầu về Giáo dục, một quỹ quốc tế hỗ trợ việc học ở các nước đang phát triển.

Ông Smith cho biết: “Năm 2018, các nhà lãnh đạo có cơ hội biến đổi cuộc khủng hoảng giáo dục dành cho trẻ em gái bằng việc bắt đầu tài trợ cho Chương trình Đối tác Giáo dục toàn cầu. Ông nhấn mạnh thêm: “Đây là một cuộc khủng hoảng toàn cầu và nó cần một phản ứng khẩn cấp.”

Theo tờ the Guardian

Why having a big mouth can help you learn a language faster

Being uptight about language is a fatal mistake.

Grammar? Rules? Yes, they are important, but nothing beats a big mouth!

Okay, by that I mean raw communication, and nothing helps you communicate than having a big mouth. I’m talking metaphorically, of course. I don’t know how much having a cavern for a mouth is going to help you in learning a new language.

Forget Grammar

Chuck grammar out of the window in the beginning. Many language pros agree that, when learning a new language, it would benefit you most if you dive into the sea of words and memorize as many as you can.

Grammar won’t make sense anyway if you don’t have the vocabulary to master it, so don’t even think about it!

If you have a chance—and by chance I mean money—to move into a country or city where they speak the language you are trying to learn, do it! Your vocabulary will grow within a week, and will keep growing the more you expose yourself to native speakers. They don’t demand you to know perfect grammar to communicate.

They might chuckle, but don’t worry! Just talk.

Get out there and talk the talk!

This is where the big mouth comes into play. Be talkative, as much as you can. Ask questions, even if you don’t care about the answer. Just keep talking and communicating.

I went on a vacation with a friend who barely spoke any English. She was always stumbling, worrying if her sentences were structured well. She was uptight about English until the moment we stumbled onto a shop with a shirt she wanted to buy. She started speaking without a single pause between sentences.

Don’t get me wrong, her English was horrible, but she got the message across and got her shirt, at a reasonable price too. Personally, I was shocked to see her speak with such confidence and both of us were surprised that she could actually communicate quite well.

This goes to show you that you certainly know more than you think, but it’s just your fear of looking stupid that is stopping you.

A big mouth leads to a big mind

As you talk more, and undoubtedly alienate a lot of people by asking hundreds of questions, you’ll start to think in that specific language. This is another great benefit because you are speaking it both with your mouth and your mind.

If you have any friends who are either learning the language with you, or just people you know are fluent in this language, call them up. Hang out and just relax. You don’t have to talk about the language, and certainly not about the grammar. Just talk.

But grammar is important, you might think. This is true, but as I said, it’s pointless to learn it because you can’t apply it. Learn as many words as possible, and then polish your vocabulary and grammar. To aid this, make it clear that you don’t want every single correction from that friend who is giving you a hard time when you say something wrong.

Just say, “I’m still learning the words. Grammar comes later.” And if they disagree, even better! You can talk to them more in that language and practice. Sure, they might get pissed, but hey, they’ll be helping you educate yourself.

The Road To Faster And Better Learning: Information Review

Information review refers to the effort you put into remembering and solidifying the information you have recently learned. Certain lessons are very easy to remember immediately once exposed to them. This is the case with case studies and real life examples.

Subjects such as psychology are an excellent example of this as they contain experiments which are not too difficult to remember. Many know of Pavlov’s experiment with the dog because it is very easy to imagine. If you don’t know of it, you can look it up and you’ll see that you’ll very likely be able to re-tell it to someone the day later.

Experiments and examples are simple to remember, but learning the detailed processes behind them are trickier, but they too can be learned if one conducts proper information review.

Good notes are key to good information review

This is often mentioned in any type of learning but notes are vital! They allow you to highlight the most important parts of the subject at hand, and are to be used after that process is completed. The key to good information review are good notes. Without them, you will be forced to take the slow path and either study through books and transcripts, or re-do the note-writing process until it is sufficiently effective.

Information review should be a habit

A lot of people make the mistake of writing down a bunch of notes for later use, and what’s worse, they don’t even take time to polish and re-write them in a cohesive manner.

The main mistake is that people use all notes collectively and attempt to learn all the information at once. Not only is this highly difficult and straining for the person, it also simply doesn’t work. You should make a habit of reviewing information regularly for it to be absorbed properly.

Studying the night before an exam doesn’t work

If you didn’t study once in the three months of lectures, and didn’t review your notes, if you try to learn all of it in one or two days, you will fail. In that case, you are relying on luck to guide you because your brain will absorb fragmented information. What’s worse, you’ll actually believe you are well-prepared because you invested a great deal of time and you’ll believe, “surely I remembered a lot.” But that is not true.

If you study all night and attempt to use that information the next day, you’ll mix up sentences and titles that have the same beginnings. This is much like attempting to use acronyms to remember information. Whilst this is useful for a few cases, if you attempt to learn fifty lessons using acronyms, you will fail because your brain can’t possibly absorb that much information. Sure, it could after a month, but you’d get better results if you actually worked on understanding the lesson through repetition.

Test yourself frequently

Once a lesson has been completed and processed, be it in a school environment or with any sort of knowledge you are attempting to gain yourself, it needs to be refreshed every now and then.

Test yourself by asking questions on lessons you have already passed. You can even write down the most vital parts of lessons, or the questions you should always know the answer to. Questions such as “what is Physics” or “what is a DNA chain composed of” are good examples of questions you simply must know if you are educating yourself in such fields.

Visualize to learn easier

We all learn differently, but I think it’s safe to say that is very much like splitting hairs. Sure, some of us prefer reading notes, others prefer to read and study directly from the book, but visualizing the material you are learning helps everyone.

Visualizing content essentially means learning the material with understanding. Learning it by just remembering how a sentence starts and ends is pointless, unless you are learning a poem. You must do your best to visualize the core meaning behind every lesson you are learning.

This type of thinking doesn’t only apply to studying but also life in general, because, as the old proverb states, it is pointless for someone to give you the fish, but it is beneficial if they teach you how you can catch it yourself.

 

Learn a Language Faster Than Ever With These 6 Methods

Learning a language is undoubtedly the longest lesson you can attempt to master. It can’t be done in a short period of time and it truly requires a mix of understanding and memorizing phrases over a longer period of time.

Learning a language is the perfect example of what consistent learning sessions can do and how sitting down and learning something for a short period of time can’t yield long-term knowledge. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some ways to enhance your learning abilities when it comes to language.

Taking a class rather than do it alone

You can study the language on your own if you have solid discipline and work ethic. On the other hand, being a part of a class can make the process a lot easier. With people to help you to learn, and people you can learn with, you will be more motivated to study frequently.

Additionally, the additional pressure to meet the deadline when it comes to learning and tests can also be beneficial in pushing you forward.

Study linguistics of a given language

If you are studying on your own, be sure to focus on more than just memorizing phrases and words. Study linguistics of the given language to better understand the connections it has with other languages and to more easily master it when it comes to using those connections.

Not only is this beneficial for easier learning and seeing patterns in that specific language, it also opens you up to an entirely new world as languages represent a reflection of a unique culture you could gain insight into.

Study with movies

Watching movies in a foreign language can help you see a very good example of its use. You can either use subtitles with your native language to assist you, or you can even re-watch your favourite movie which is dubbed in the language you are attempting to master.

Afterwards, you can re-enact the movie for fun and to solidify the phrases used in it. This particularly beneficial since movies are often translated to fit the norms of the given language rather than just literally translated word for word.

Study with music

Listen to foreign songs, memorize them and learn their meanings. Music transcends culture, and there is a high possibility for every single one of your favourite songs to have a foreign counterpart which sounds similar. There are genres of music in every country, and most countries have music unique to their culture. In researching and learning a language in this fashion, you are also learning about the culture behind that language.

Test and use online apps

More and more language apps are emerging online, and they are being perfected with each passing day. A few years back, you would probably struggle to find an app which covered every language out there, but today apps are becoming more and more sophisticated and versatile.

They do vary in style though, and some people might find the concept of certain apps such as DuoLingo to be unfitting to their own style of learning. When it comes to long-term learning, you really need to find something that suits you, and luckily there are quite a few apps out there for you to experiment with. You can even use multiple apps and dedicate a specific time of each day to use them.

Get native!

Last and certainly not least, exposing yourself to native speakers can be a great way to learn a language first hand. You can either reach out to someone who is a native speaker, or even move to the country where the language you want to learn is used. This way, every single individual you meet will act almost like a teacher.

Sure, you’ll probably struggle for a bit if you move to a country where you don’t know the language, but you certainly won’t lack motivation because your everyday life will get significantly easier with every new phrase you learn.

When studying a language from another individual, make sure to go with two possible options in mind. The first is that it should be a native speaker who uses the language correctly. Of course, certain expressions are used inaccurately in every language, but you should try your best to learn as much correct information as possible. The second option is a professional who has mastered the language.

Often, foreigners who have graduated in a specific language will know a great deal more than the average native speaker. Two very common examples of this can be seen even in the English language, where a large number native speakers will choose the wrong form of your/you’re and inaccurately use the pronoun I/me.

Does Multitasking Really Work? Can It Help You Learn Better?

Multitasking is a false statement. It implies that it is possible to perform more than one task at any specific point in time. This is not true, but to call it multi-switching-between-actions would be too long, I suppose.

Essentially, multitasking means to switch from one task to another very quickly. You can picture multitasking like this. Imagine you had two severe cuts, one on your arm and one on your leg. Would it be more effective to attempt to stop the bleeding and bandage both of them at the same time, or to first handle one and then the other? Of course, if you were to try to handle them both at once, you will lose precious time switching from one to the other and lose a lot of blood before finishing the process.

Multitasking lowers your focus

Multitasking of most sorts is typically like this and it is best avoided, unless absolutely necessary. By switching from one task to another, you are straining yourself to readjust to two or more situations at once. Granted, you can practice multitasking, but you’d basically be practicing the speed in which your brain adjusts to the new task. This can be useful in extreme conditions, but it will never be useful in long-term results.

In learning, multitasking is pretty much pointless. Learning demands your full attention to absorb the matter at hand. When learning new information, multitasking can result in that information to be absorbed inaccurately. What’s worse, you are sure that you remembered it well, but you might be remembering false information and further solidifying it in your mind by believing it’s true.

It exhaust you quicker

Can you imagine if you were to sprint to work every day? Sure, you’d arrive on time to work and you’d get home sooner, but you’d be exhausted. Multitasking draws on your energy to adjust, and with every adjustment you need to invest a certain amount of energy. Thus, if you were to multitask the entire day, you would eventually be so exhausted that you’d be unable to go on without a serious break.

Multitasking doesn’t provide better results

By dividing your attention, you are prone to making more mistakes, you do less work in one specific field and you do not develop your ability for that specific task. Granted, you do sometimes require a challenge to test your skills, but there is a fine limit in doing so.

A test of your skills would be seeing if you can, say, make a sandwich with a blindfold on. But the way multitasking tests your abilities would be the equivalent of putting a blindfold on your eyes and only allowing you to use your feet. If you want to test your abilities, go for time-restricted activity rather than how many different tasks you can do at once.

It generates false confidence

For an example of how dangerous false confidence can be, take a look at alcohol. It makes you believe you can conquer the world, which is not quite true when you sit behind the wheel and think “that truck has nothing on me!”

People rely on multitasking when they pick up the phone while driving. This especially terrifying because they believe they have the situation under control. Even calling while driving is a form of multitasking. People think that they’re safe when they use speaker, but even then, their attention is divided and can result in slower reaction speed.

All in all, multitasking is an excellent method to use for short term results. But when it comes to learning new content, or performing specific actions, in the long term sense it is very straining and provides no real benefits

4 Methods For Better Class Learning

Your brain is most open to learning when in class because of the perfect mindset. Much like any type of group activity, you are more keen on doing it if there are more people who are doing it with you. Studying is no different, and this is one of the main reasons why studying together is actually more effective, even at times when you don’t even communicate with the other person.

 

Pay attention!

If you have started reading this article by your own will, then it is very possible you are not a teenager, and if you are, you are a very mature one because kids in high school often don’t see the bigger picture and the benefit of learning.

When learning, do your best to eliminate distractions. This can even be automatic. We sometimes drift off and don’t pay attention, but the point is to do all you can to get back in. Focus on the teacher, visualize what they are speaking and ignore any distractions around you. This means no texting, no doodling in your notebook and no talking.

Write quality notes

This can’t be stressed enough: writing down notes is the key to obtaining knowledge in any environment resembling a classroom. Be sure to write down the most important bits, but don’t overdo it. Often, people tend to write down exact words the teacher is saying and try to write as much as possible. Use short words to capture the essence of the subject and spend as little time possible writing down each individual note, lest you miss out on a big chunk of the lesson.

Once the notes have been collected in a very disorderly fashion, take your time after the lesson, either immediately or when you have spare time, to re-write the notes in a solid order so they can be used later on. If you ignore the notes for too long, you won’t be able to decypher them. It happened to all of us and we all were at that point where we had to lend a notebook from someone else.

Group learning is highly effective

Not only is it effective because of the aforementioned motivation it brings to studying, it is also a great environment for you to bounce ideas and thoughts off other people. You can also include quizzes, questions, checks etc. with the group.

This is particularly effective in complex subjects when you tend to get lost and require explanation which needs to be provided in person for easier understanding. Another bonus is for the studies which are opinion-based and where there is room for debate. If you discuss a subject with someone, your mastery of it improves as you are exposed to a different point of view which could help you understand easier.

Keep a solid timetable

Writing down notes and discussing the subject in a class is highly effective, but to assure the matter is retained, you naturally need to solidify that knowledge after the lesson is over.

Set up a quality time schedule of studying and resting so you can manage and absorb information easier. Information review is very important in solidifying your knowledge, but it needs to be done gradually. Be sure you don’t attempt to learn multiple lessons at once because that would be pretty pointless. Your brain can’t handle that much information at once and you’ll just be wasting time and effort.

As with anything in life, planning is the key component of successful learning. If you ignore all the post-class activities required, the matter you’ve studied in class will very likely evaporate from your memory.

3 Studying Habits You Should Get Used To

Learning new material can be a difficult task if you are not prepared enough. On other days, you might feel it flowing much better into your head, and you might feel more positive and motivated. On such days, you probably feel as though you are at the peak of your productivity, but sadly these days don’t often last.

At times, you might trigger this by accidentally doing the right thing, like going to bed earlier than usual and getting a good amount of sleep, to name one benefit. Here are some habits which can ensure that positive feeling sticks around for longer and appears more frequently during your studies.

Notes vs underlining

We are all different learners. Some people prefer to underline the most important parts in a book, or highlight specific parts of the document. Others, however, prefer to write down notes, and even re-write them a couple of times after they have been polished. This helps them to remember.

From an objective viewpoint though, there is a clear victor among these two and it’s quality note-writing. Ironically the reason for it is subjective because underlining can sometimes result in unnecessary highlighting and taking things out of context. This can impact the ability to understand the matter at hand, but of course, that part often depends on the person.

Case studies and examples help retain knowledge

When learning something new, be sure to look up examples or case studies of it online. Books and scripts are often phrased according to specific guidelines and rules. For instance, a language has specific rules in place, but you’d much sooner remember an example of the Present Perfect tense, for example, than the raw definition of it without the example.

There are examples for the majority of knowledge out there, and only certain parts of certain sciences are left to theory. Physics, for instance, often deals with subjects which are assumed to occur in “the perfect environment,” which simply doesn’t exist. Thus, one can only speculate and can’t see real physical evidence.

Eliminate distractions

Turn off your Wi-Fi and leave your phone aside. The last thing you need during the delicate process of learning is a Facebook notification to distract you. Is it a message? Is it a plane? No, it’s a distraction! So leave it be.

You can leave your mobile turned on so if there is something urgent going on, you’ll be open to calls, but social media and apps are not an urgency and can be put on hold for a few hours.

If you like listening to music, listen to instrumentals which aren’t as distracting. Some people can listen to music and not get engaged into singing or listening specifically to it, but others can’t. Great choices of background using are available online. Just search for coffee shop music or something similar and you’ll probably find more than a few live streams which could suit your studying needs.

Quick-Learning Methods You Should Try

The human brain is a very strange thing and we still don’t know how it works in full. Some methods of learning and memorizing knowledge have been established accidentally! One example is the fact that you tie certain memories to a specific sound or a song.

There are many other tricks which might appear odd at first, but can be used to your benefit.

Use recall techniques

Connecting words to acronyms is one of the common methods of memorizing things which are difficult to absorb at first. In a way, it is a very logical method of recalling content. By linking words to acronyms, you can slowly walk up to the knowledge you wish to remember, so to speak.

A similar technique is connecting knowledge to specific music. This is often done unintentionally and is seen in music which reminds us of specific moments in our past. It is often a feeling which was so intense, your mind recorded everything about it. For instance, your first kiss will most likely be remembered in great detail, the weather of that day, the song playing in the background, and so on.

Music is a very impactful tool and by linking it with specific knowledge, you can recall that knowledge by playing a specific song in your head.

Draw pictures

Be it in your mind or in a physical fashion, by doing your best to visualize the content presented, you can memorize content more easily. One excellent example is the DNA chain. Whilst it sounds like a difficult thing to describe, visualizing it immediately shows you some of its main features which you can elaborate.

Physically drawing images is another option and it could be viewed as an alternative method of writing notes.

Charts and graphs are another great example of representing data in a very easy-to-understand fashion. Statistics and percentages are always easier to represent in this fashion. In fact, we are so used to viewing percentages as such that we view the phrase 100% as a whole piece of something, and not so much as a mere digit.

Think positive and give yourself credit

Learning new information can sometimes feel strenuous. It is not uncommon for students to find learning to be a frustrating task. In fact, it makes it even worse when this negative attitude is present.

If you enter the studying process with a positive attitude, you can absorb it much better. Otherwise, it is like telling your mind to avoid absorbing information and expecting it to learn at the same time.

Give yourself credit to keep yourself motivated. It might seem like an odd thing to keep in mind during such a process, but recollecting what you have learned thus far can motivate you to keep learning more. In the end, it all goes into the positive attitude which keeps pushing you forward.

Although these techniques are not commonly used by most students or anyone who is keen on education and learning, they are rather effective!

Speed reading: Read and Learn Faster!

Speed reading is exactly what it sounds like: the ability to read very quickly. Individuals who have developed this ability are claimed to be able to read over 1,200 words per minute. To give you a general idea, that is approximately the equivalent of being able to read a standard book within 20 minutes.

How does speed reading work?

When we read, we don’t look at every individual letter of every individual word. We sometimes even skip words. This is most common with short words such as articles (a/an/the). We just flow right over them since we presume where they are located. We use our peripheral vision to read, and as you are reading this text, you can probably notice your eyes being fixed at specific parts of each line, but not really on every individual letter or word.

Speed reading occurs when you lower the number and duration of the points where you stop to look. If you are more curious about how the speed reading process works in detail, be sure to look it up as it is rather extensive.

We can all read fast, but do we absorb?

Yes, everyone can read at a rapid pace. You can try re-reading this entire article as quickly as possible and you’ll probably reach a very high number of words read, but you will hardly comprehend it. When you are reading something you enjoy, you most likely don’t focus on the speed of reading but rather take your time to truly progress the story gradually and enjoy every sentence.

Speed reading eliminates this luxury because you are forcing your comprehension to keep up with the speed of reading. Speed reading is hardly a breeze and it demands a great deal of brain power, especially when you are just learning it.

The truth about speed reading though is that as the speed of reading increases, the comprehension drops. Of course, practice can probably enhance both, but rest assured speed reading is a very demanding task. For one, you might be able to read normally without much strain, paying attention to your surroundings at the same time. With speed reading, you must fully focus on the task otherwise you won’t remember anything.

Use apps to learn speed reading

Speed reading has gotten enough attention to have a bunch of useful apps developed to help you master this useful but challenging ability.

The apps work in several different ways to help you learn speed reading, but it all mainly boils down to directing your sight to read words at a specific pace. Before any apps existed, one of the suggested methods for speed reading was using your finger to guide you as you read. This forces you to keep moving at a specific pace, as opposed to maybe pausing out of curiousity when reading without any guiding tool.  

As they get more and more perfected, speed reading apps teach you in various ways and here are some of them you should definitely check out if you are interested in speed reading.