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Making Learning Count: 32 Ways to Learn Better

When I was in school, the only way we knew how to learn was to put your head down and study. If you had trouble, you needed to work harder. There may have been individuals who used specific techniques to help them study, but I doubt they could have pointed out the scientific reasoning for those methods. It was like shooting arrows blindly without knowing why some arrows hit the mark and others didn’t. As we have since discovered, some of those study methods have been revealed to be quite ineffective – such as highlighting. No one really thought much about how the brain worked, how memories were formed and consolidated, or what we could do to learn better.

Most students report rereading and highlighting, yet these techniques do not consistently boost students’ performance, so other techniques should be used in their place. – Dunlosky J et al. (Jan, 2013)

We know better now and science has shed a lot of insight into the way the brain learns best. We’ve shared some of these “new” ideas in previous posts on how to study and learn better:

32 Ways to Learn Better

For more ways to learn better, check out Custom Writing‘s infographic on 32 Ways to Learn Faster:

learn better

We talk about some of these tactics in earlier posts. You can refer back to articles for more detail:

For a short and sweet overview of the best tips for learning better, watch the following video from ASAP Science:


Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of (a website on parenting, education, child development) and (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

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