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.
Help! How can I fix my awful memory? I read stuff for class and immediately forget what I just read. I study, but nothing seems to stick. I just forgot who I was writing this email to.
Barring any recent head trauma, I feel pretty safe in saying–no offense–you are W.R.O.N.G., wrong! I call “foul!” You have unfairly maligned your memory. No doubt it sulks in some moldy corner of your cranium awaiting an apology that will–let’s face it–probably never come.
Did you ever try to iron a shirt with a cold iron? Could you get that shirt ironed without the heat? Sure, but it would take for-freakin-ever! Ironing a nice fold into a shirt is oh-so-much faster when you’ve got HEAT.
Note to readers; if you aren’t reading this on my website you’re probably missing out on the extra content in the embedded links. Read it at studyprof.com to avoid missing out on some spiffy mind candy. In my previous post I started an UNinfographic, turning this infographic–based on Piers Steel’s book, The Procrastination Equation–into something easier to read and apply. Dr. Steel, of whose name I am quite jealous, has done a bang-up job of summarizing all the best research on procrastination and motivation–both of which are vital for study skills and habits. I’m giving you the short and sweet version, with my own additions and insights, but if you want the full scoop check out the book!