10 ways to boost your math according to Neuroscience
Christina Sng for Maths@Singapore
Learning has become a science. With the incredible progress research has made in this field, mastering math has never been easier.
Here are 10 ways to master your math by Entrepreneur’s Deep Patel:
1. Take notes with pen and paper
Writing by hand actually helps you remember and retain your notes better through the building of muscle memory.
2. Develop effective note-taking skills
The clearer and more organized your notes are, the more you will learn. Use the Cornell Method, which helps you organize notes into digestible summaries.
3. Distributed practice
Distribute multiple short, spaced-out study sessions on a topic over a period of time to create more meaningful learning, as cram sessions only promote rote learning.
Take thorough notes while a topic is discussed. Take a few minutes to look over your notes after class, editing to add detail and ensure accuracy.
4. Study, sleep, study
Getting enough sleep and taking short breaks help our brains remember. Deep sleep strengthens our long-term memory if sleep occurs within 12 hours of learning new information.
5. Modify your practice
Make small modifications during repeated and deliberate practice sessions. You will master a skill faster than doing it the same way every time.
6. Use a mnemonic device
Use memory techniques like a mnemonic device: a pattern of letters, sounds, or other associations. Mnemonics help simplify, summarize, and compress information to make it easier to learn a new word or new skill.
7. Use brain breaks to restore focus
Shift your activity to focus on something new to give your brain a break. Even a five-minute break can relieve brain fatigue and help you refocus.
8. Stay hydrated
Research has shown that drinking water can actually make us smarter. When you fail to drink water, your brain has to work harder than usual.
9. Use multiple ways to learn
Using multiple learning methods makes information more interconnected and embedded in your brain. Do this through spaced repetition or by using different media to stimulate different parts of the brain: visual, auditory, tactile. The more resources you use, the faster you’ll learn.
10. Connect what you learn with something you know
Find ways to fit new information with preexisting knowledge to create additional layers of meaning in the new material. This helps understanding and recall. Connecting the new to the old gives you mental “hooks” on which to hang the new knowledge.
To find out more, visit https://www.entrepreneur.com/living/10-proven-ways-to-learn-faster/323450
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