Posted on : August 26, 2016
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Suggested by Dhruv (India). 10 Rules for Better Learning. According to Prof. Barbara Oakley (Oakland University). “If you want to teach people a new way of thinking, don’t bother trying to teach them. Instead, give them a tool, the use of which will lead to new ways of thinking”

  1. Recalling: Try to frequently recall the main ideas of what you are learning…or try generating ideas from within yourself… ‘I wonder what this means?’.
  2. Testing: Use any method you can to test yourself all the time (recall, applying, asking others opinions etc.).
  3. Chunking: Pretend what you are trying to learn is a song…learn to play it over and over again in your mind. In this way the information combines into a chunk you can access when needed.
  4. Spacing: Your brain is like a muscle and needs a break now and again. Don’t try to learn everything at once…spread the learning out over time.
  5. Alternating: Practice different techniques for learning. A single approach is sub-optimal. Try writing things down, creating pictures, constructing a quiz etc.
  6. Breaking: Taking breaks from a problem or a challenge allows the brain to take over and do some thinking in the background.
  7. Questioning: Consider how you could explain a problem, challenge etc. in a way that a ten year old could understand? Using analogies can help.
  8. Focusing: Turn off all interrupting things (phone, computer etc.) then set a timer for 20 minutes and focus on the one thing you are working on.
  9. Thinking: Do the hardest thinking and problem solving early in the day when you and your mind are fresh.
  10. Contrasting: Dream of where your learning is taking you (outcomes, insights, solutions, etc.) and then create a picture or words to describe that outcome. Reminding yourself periodically of the desired outcome (looking at the picture, reading the words) will motivate you to achieve greater learning.