10 Mind Hacks to make you a Better Learner

Whether you’re hitting the books for school or just working on your memorization skills, here are 10 ways to get information to stick and stay stuck

1. Make it Weird
It’s human nature to recognize the unusual in our environment. It’s part of our survival instinct. Try making a bizarre mental image of a fact or making an abnormal gesture when you think of it. Weird works.

Our attention to information that stands out in our surroundings is called evolutionary survival advantage.

2. Stimulate Multiple Senses
Your brain remembers facts more easily when it is taken in by multiple senses. Try to taste, touch AND smell something to help you remember a lot of info.

3. Teach it
Teaching something else not only shows that you know the topic inside and out, but that you explain it in a simple, understandable way.

70% is the Percentage of what students remember when they teach their peers

4. Use Patterns
From numbers and shapes to rhythms: brains love patterns. Making up a song or perhaps creating an acronym or rhyme for your information will make it stick.

5. Mold it into Many Formats
Taking in information in multiple forms can help you remember it more easily. Instead of just reading, try finding topics in video or art form, or perhaps as an audiobook.

 6. Humanize it
Information that touches our emotions always sticks to us. Empathy is the strongest foundation for memory that we posses. Try reading a case study or story involving your fact. You’ll connect to it in a much more human way.

The amygdala is the part of the brain responsible for emotional memory and, unfortunately most active during negative events.

7. Start with what’s Familiar
No matter what you’re learning, everything can be linked to old knowledge. You may have to dig, but try to connect the new info with everyday knowledge you already possess.

8. Divide and Conquer
Our brain possesses information more easily in small chunks. No matter how many hacks you use, dumping everything on your brain at once will lead to gaps. Space out your reading, and try to organize projects or facts into groups of three

The number of informational items a brain can handle in its short term memory is 7. This is why phone numbers are typically 7 digits long!

9. Act it out
Just like teaching and unusual body movements help you retain information more easily, so does getting a little dramatic. This works especially well for trying to remember history lessons

90% is the percentage of what students remember when they engage in hands-on learning 

10. Seal it with Some Sleep
Long-term memory is created while you are resting. So while you shouldn’t try to cram if you’re tired, sleeping after studying may actually benefit you. Just make sure you’ve been as alert and awake as possible while learning!

The hippocampus is the part of our brains responsible for converting short-term memories into long-term memories

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