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Learning Strategies

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Learning Strategies

education gateway learning strategiesLearning happens every day: you learn of a current event on the news; you learn a new word in a foreign language; you learn that the market is closed on Sundays. Some learning requires more focus and attention (for example, certain English grammatical structures). In these instances, a plan for learning becomes beneficial. Here are some learning strategies that you can apply to a large span of daily learning activities:

General Strategies 

  1. Repetition – You rarely learn something the first time you are told; repetition is crucial to almost any learning.
  2. Practice – There are specific times the brain needs reinforcement; if you practice at the following intervals, learning and memory can be drastically enhanced:
    • (1 min, 10 min, 1 hour, 5 hours, 1 day, 2 days, 4 days, 8 days, etc.)
  3. Patterns – Find and employ patterns in learning (apply a rule, follow it).
  4. Teach – If you can teach it to someone else, you have a good understanding of the subject.

Personal/Mental Strategies 

  1. Motivation – Make learning intrinsic/personal to you. Do it to be the best you can, do it for competition with yourself or with others – do it for yourself, because of yourself.
  2. Prepare – Pretend that you have to give a presentation, a recital, a report on the material itself.
  3. Goal-Setting – Work to achieve something in increments; setting and accomplishing small goals is an excellent way to break down a large or seemingly-impossible task into more manageable steps.

A Varied Approach 

  1. Learning-Styles – Know your preferred learning style (visual, auditory, kinesthetic). Transform the subject material to a style of your choice.
  2. Variety – Mix up the means for instruction/teaching style.
    • If you are practicing foreign vocabulary, translate to the foreign language; translate from the foreign language; translate from listening; practice speaking; write down from listening; prepare a writing sample; etc.
  3. Media – Mix up the media. Consider games, music, movies, etc. This keeps your learning sharp and well-rounded as well as keeping you interested.

Just a few Hints, Tips and Tricks from Education Gateway to make your learning fun, to keep you motivated and to have you make the most of your Learnings with Education Gateway!

Learning Strategies