According to recent research from Johns Hopkins, if you practice a slightly modified version of a task you want to master, "you learn more and faster than if you just keep practicing the same thing multiple times in a row." Learning anything fast, what you know, and what you can do, matters a whole lot more, which means the faster you learn, the more successful you can be. Here are some of the tips to improve and speed up the learning process. They are:
Say it out loud what you want to remember: Compared to reading or thinking silently the act of speech is a quite powerful mechanism for improving memory for selected information. In short, while mentally rehearsing is good, rehearsing out loud is even better.
Take notes by hand, not on a computer: Most of us can type faster than we can write. But research shows handwriting your notes means you'll learn more.
Chunk your study sessions: You're busy. So, you wait until the last minute to learn what you need to know. So, give yourself enough time to space out your learning sessions. You'll learn more efficiently and more effectively.
Test yourself a lot: Self-testing is an extremely effective way to speed up the learning process. So don't just rehearse your presentation. Test yourself by listing the five main points you want to make. Not only will you gain confidence in how much you do know, you'll more quickly learn the things you don't know.
Change the way you practice: Repeating anything over and over again in the hopes you will master that task will not only keep you from improving as quickly as you can, in some cases it may decrease your skill.
Exercise Regularly: This study shows that regular exercise can improve memory recall. So, not only will you feel better if you exercise, you'll also improve your memory. Win-win.
Get more sleep: Sleep is when most of the memory consolidation process occurs. That's why even a short nap can improve your memory recall. Bottom line? Sleep more, learn more.
Learn several subjects in succession: Instead of blocking, learn or practice several subjects or skills in succession.
Teach someone else: It may be occasionally true that those who can't teach... but research shows it's true that those who teach speed up their learning and retain more. The act of teaching also helps improve knowledge.
Build on things you do know: Relating something new to something you're familiar with is called associative learning.