Last week, we talked about how great businesses never stop learning. Learning new skills is important if you want to make your business a success. So what are the best methods for maximising your mind power and making it easier to soak up new information?
You may think that you’ll be able to process more information by trying to learn multiple new skills at once - but this kind of multitasking could actually be bad for your brain. Studies suggest that dividing your attention on numerous tasks makes you less productive, less able to filter out irrelevant information and makes learning much slower. Structure your brain to learn one thing at a time - but remember that you can still learn in multiple ways in order to process the information quickly and efficiently.
Reckon you can learn a new skill in just a few marathon cramming sessions? Think again. This article from Time magazine highlights how cramming is a terrible idea if you want to retain information in the long run - and explains how spreading out your study sessions is a more productive strategy for learning. Oh, and put away those yellow highlighters you use to identify important information to learn: that doesn’t work either (try using flash cards instead).
Tests are usually seen as an unnecessary evil for education - and a nightmare for most school kids. But research suggests that regular “low stakes” testing (as opposed to high stakes tests, such as university exams) is actually one of the most effective ways to learn. By testing yourself shortly after reading or processing new information, you’ll remember up to 50% more of it than if you used a different study method such as condensing or continuously re-reading.
Is there a great method you use to train your brain and learn new information? Leave a comment or hit us up on twitter and let us know. Have a great weekend!