Back to basics: understanding HOW people learn

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Your brain possesses amazing capacities to learn, retain and recall information, but many of us simply don’t know how to tap into this hidden potential.

Whether you are holding the fort in the corporate world, or battling the challenges of self-employment, you’re likely to need to draw on your memory and handle a whole host of information on a daily basis. So, to help you put your best foot forward, here are a few tips to help boost your learning potential quickly, effectively and effortlessly.

Create the Right Learning Environment

For many of us who are constantly on the go, you may find yourself trying to learn and process information in a variety of places, from the tube to your home, in the office or even in the park! What I quickly realised was that instead of wishing my environment was different, I just needed to create the best conditions for me wherever I was.

This involves taking some time to understand what really enhances your learning, as each of us are different. It is worth considering the following aspects when trying to develop the best environment for learning:

  • Multiple Intelligences – This concept was first developed by Howard Gardner in 1983 and by understanding what kind of intelligence you have, you can enhance your learning environment. An example would be that if you have ‘kinesthetic intelligence’, you may find walking around while learning or practicing a speech is more effective. Check out the different types of intelligence to see what changes you could make to improve your learning potential.
  • Music – Some music will be a welcome addition to your learning environment, whilst other will distract you and draw too much attention away from the task in hand. By trying different music styles and sounds, you can determine which are helping and which are hindering your progress.
  • Relaxation – Being in the right frame of mind before you begin learning can make a huge difference to your progress during that session, so always spend some time before starting by deepening your breathing, relaxing your body and bringing your focus to the task at hand.

Be like Sherlock Holmes

It can be easy to get distracted while reading and even more frustrating when it is something really important, such as revising for a test or trying to read up on a new project for work. The reason is that while reading a novel for example, you are really immersed in the story and your mind is often trying to guess what will happen next whilst reading along. By applying this very same strategy to your learning, you can help to recreate this same focus. While reading, ask yourself questions and try to guess the answers as not only will you retain a higher level of focus, you’ll remember where you guessed right and wrong, as no one likes to be wrong!

These ideas really are just the tip of the iceberg, as there are many more practical steps that you can learn! Your journey to becoming a Genius in 21 Days has just begun!

About the Author

Giulia Remondino is an experienced Trainer and Mentor and has been the MD of Genius in 21 Days UK since 2016. She specialises in bringing out the best in people by teaching advanced learning techniques. Becoming a Genius in 21 Days means to learn not only how to double your speed at reading, organising and memorising, but also how to make sure you use these skills to create the life you want. Her goal is that more and more people learn how to master their time instead of being mastered by it and therefore fulfill their dreams with new abilities they thought impossible before.

Running one of the branches of Genius in 21 Days, Giulia teaches techniques about speed reading, fast memorisation, long term memorisation, mind mapping, relaxation and concentration, creativity and motivation. She also mentors people after the course.

Giulia is an experienced speaker and has delivered numerous workshops on public speaking, communication, leadership and time management.

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