Most of us feel like we are pretty good at using our brains; I mean, we’ve been doing it our whole lives, right? But are you really getting the most out of your mind when it comes to memory, study, and creativity?
There are loads of little tweaks and changes you can make to your current routines that will give big brain benefits. Which of these are you not currently using to their full effect?
Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there. -Will Rogers
Most of us think of a screw up, a failure, a crash-and-burn, as a bad thing. It can be.
It can also be a very good thing. If you fail in the right way.
How do you fail in the right way?
The path to lifelong learning– to truly effective, mind-blowing, earth-shaking learning–is paved with failing successfully and often. Fail in the right way to become a better student. Do you want to be a better learner by the end of this week? Experiment, and let your failures catapult you to success.
Give yourself permission to screw up.
You can get it wrong some times. The important thing is damage control and analysis. Here’s what I mean.
You need to try things that push you out of your comfort zone. Try learning something in a totally new way…
Ditch the notes and go with a recorder.
Ditch the recorder and go with notes.
Try learning by doing.
Make a play.
Draw a picture.
Go to the prof’s office hours.
Skip class and learn it off the internet.
Read all the assigned readings.
Read none of them.
Experiment with your learning. What works best for you?
It’s easy to engage in lifelong learning; witness the twenty-year grad student. But lifelong learning that continually improves and becomes more effective? That’s a little tougher. The only way to keep perfecting your lifelong learning skills is by experimentation.
“All subjects are the same. I memorize notes for a test, spew it, ace it, then forget it. What makes this scary for the future of our country is that I’m in the tip-top percentile on every standardized test. I’m a model student with a very crappy attitude about learning.”
I originally wrote this in response to some reading I was doing about the psychology of learning which was discussing some interesting studies on learning in children versus in adults. I no longer recall the name of the book.