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10 Learning Techniques to boost your productivity

When we started this blog, we intended to help people around us to improve their overall quality of life, be it professional or personal. One major way aspect is to learn the art of Learning. However, there are multiple techniques out there, and it sometimes becomes quite confusing which works for us and which does not. In this article, we will give a small explanation of ten different learning techniques that cater to various learning styles:

Visual Learning Technique:

Visual learners grasp information best through visual aids such as charts, graphs, images, and videos. To boost productivity, use visual learning techniques like creating mind maps, infographics or watching educational videos related to the topic.

Reading and Writing:

For those who excel in reading and writing, taking comprehensive notes while reading and summarising the material in your own words can improve understanding and retention. Additionally, try writing flashcards or creating written outlines of key concepts.

Auditory Learning Technique:

Auditory learners absorb information most effectively through listening. To optimize productivity, listen to audiobooks/podcasts and participate in group discussions, join study groups, or record yourself explaining complex topics and listen to them afterward.

Logical/Analytical Learning:

Logical learners prefer organized and structured approaches. To boost productivity, create outlines, break down complex topics into smaller parts, and establish connections between ideas to grasp the bigger picture. This learning technique is used heavily in computer science and mathematics, breaking down a problem into subsets so that you can work on solving subsets which helps in reducing the complexity.

Social and Linguistic Learners:

These learners thrive in social settings and prefer discussions and debates. Engaging in group activities, teaching others, and participating in interactive learning environments can significantly enhance their productivity.

Nature Learners:

Nature learners connect best with the environment. To maximize productivity, consider studying outdoors or incorporating real-life examples from nature into your learning materials. While we understand staying close to nature is kinda hard if you are living in a hostel, you can incorporate nature sounds when you are reading something; here’s a free tool through which you will be able to hear rain sounds.

Solitary Learners:

Solitary learners prefer to work alone and self-reflect. To boost productivity, allocate dedicated study time, minimize distractions, and maintain a quiet study space that promotes focused work..

The SQ3R Method:

SQ3R stands for Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review. This method involves skimming the material before reading, generating questions, reading actively, summarizing or reciting the information, and reviewing the material regularly to reinforce learning.

The PQ4R Method:

PQ4R stands for Preview, Question, Read, Reflect, Recite, Review and is an extension of SQ3R. It involves previewing the material, generating questions, reading, reflecting on the material, reciting key points, and reviewing regularly for better retention.

The Feynman Technique:

Named after physicist Richard Feynman, this technique involves teaching a concept to someone else in simple terms. By doing so, you identify gaps in your knowledge and reinforce understanding.

Leitner System:

The Leitner System is a spaced repetition technique that involves using flashcards and sorting them into different boxes based on how well you remember the content. It emphasizes reviewing cards more frequently if you struggle with specific ones.

Color-coded Notes:

Using different colors to highlight important points and categorize information can enhance memory and organization, making studying more productive.

Mind Mapping:

Mind maps visually represent ideas and concepts, helping learners establish connections between different topics. This technique promotes creative thinking and improved understanding. Here’s a free tool that can help you in creating mind maps without the hassle of creating an account.

Exercise before Studying:

Exercise, in general, helps you in improving overall sleep quality and mood, which then helps you in having a better memory. But as per this research paper engaging in physical activity before studying can increase blood flow to the brain, enhance focus, and boost overall productivity during study sessions.

Study before Bed:

Studying before bedtime can be beneficial for some learners as it allows the brain to process and consolidate information during sleep, leading to better retention.

Conclusion: A suggestion would be to stick to what has worked for you from the age you were a kid; for me reading things and writing everything in bullet points following the Pomodoro technique worked wonders. By using a combination and tailoring these ten techniques to your learning style, you can significantly enhance your productivity and grasp of information. Experiment with different methods to discover which ones work best for you and make learning an enjoyable and fruitful experience. Remember, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to learning, so be patient with yourself as you explore what suits you best.

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