Learning to learn is a life skill. As with any skill you constantly have to refresh your methods and constantly review.
The first step of learning to learn is to get he right equipment. As a child I spent many hour in WH Smiths, absolutely adore stationery, so this bit was never a challenge to me.
Being organised and developing a routine. This half term before the summer exams, we are using the pomodoro technique. In the morning 25 minutes of learning (pomodoro) then a 5 minute break, followed by another 25 minutes. Maximum of 4 and then you earn a 30 minute break. However we are working to mornings are revision and afternoons are fun.
We are marking up how many pomodorros we complete, this is a visual indicator of achievements and therefore can then provide a marker to celebrate.
Flowcharts of what you want to learn can also be practical and another way of tracking progress.
It is important to capture key learnings – 1 line/1 paragraph. Note taking should not be long and laborious or else the brain does not absorb it. The information is being sieved and you should be left with the vital key learnings.
Workspace cannot be transient, kitchen table hopping or balancing books on your lap in front of the TV is not going to cut it. Just like a lovely meal at a beautiful dining table, you need a lovely space. Lots of light and your learning around you, post-its, diagrams and mindmaps.
Having a learning partner to review what you have learnt is essential. You need to celebrate your achievements and “show off”. Get tested on those fantastic index cards you created.
Eating well and having a good sleep pattern are essential to learning. The brain needs to be hydrated, lots of water and the right food.
Our mindset to learning is the key ingredient. At a recent parents evening a History teacher said to me the most important part of his job is that his students “enjoy” his lessons. Staying calm and being positive will make you feel relaxed and enjoy the experience.
- Get the right equipment for you
- Be organised & develop a routine
- Organise your workspace
- Identify key learnings
- Celebrate your achievements
- Learning partner
- Healthy diet and good sleep pattern
- Staying calm & positive and most importantly “enjoy it”
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