Learning new things may seem easier when sitting alone in a quiet place, or when reading while listening to the radio, or when searching online, while our favourite music is playing at full blast. However, when it comes to the way our brains absorb and store data the process is essentially the same for the majority of humans.
- Visual stimulation
Our most influential organs are our eyes. ‘A picture tells a thousand words’, as they say – information received visually is more effectively processed and stored than verbal data. Our brains tend to interpret everything we look at as images. Even written texts are stored as images. In fact vision is so important that it can ‘fool’ other senses into sharing the visual interpretation of any information or data received.
- Organised information
Our brains are always striving to understand, or ‘see’, the bigger picture, so partial information is difficult to process; try to connect smaller bits of information, like the pieces of a puzzle, always having in mind the wider picture. If you get confused, refer back to the core data to make things clearer.
- While you Sleep
Sleep does not just refresh body and mind, which can have a major influence on our ability to learn anyway; scientific studies have found that sleep can also increase significantly the amount of information we can retain. Sleeping enables your brain to reset your temporary storage space and process new information, better than before.
- Diversified learning
For a lot of people, studying means endless repetitions of the same passage until they know it by heart. This might not be the best way to receive and retain information. UCLA researcher Dick Schmidt has discovered that our brains can store information better when we get away from repetitive learning and switch to “interleaving”. Research suggests we should not study the same subject, or type of material for long, but should rather change often between several subjects, because this is more helpful than traditional ‘block learning’. ‘Interleaving’ is useful in the study of problem solving in Maths or Physics, and in locating similarities and differences between ideas; students can learn different things simultaneously, provided they don’t switch from one subject to the next too rapidly.
Encompassing the newest and most effective educational methods, Unicaf University’s state-of-the-art campuses, offer students the choice of blended learning, which is particularly suitable to ‘interleaving’ or multiple subject learning. The blended learning approach enhances the learning experience and responds to the total needs of the modern learner by offering students the best of both worlds: the quality and intimacy of traditional classroom teaching, combined with the flexibility of online learning.
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