Learning is something that doesn’t get out of fashion. There is simply no limit to learning and no age restriction as well. That said, learning is something that is extremely important when you are a student as it prepares you to face the world head-on.
The learning process is simple in itself. Although there are different varieties and authors, it all comes down to this.
Step 1: Perceiving – The process of learning starts with how you perceive or interpret the subject at hand. It is important for the learner to know or have an idea about what has to be done or studied.
Step 2: Deciding – The next step is deciding. Once you have perceived the information and understood correctly what the matter is all about, it is time for you to decide what is important and absolutely necessary. You may have to read between the lines to understand and grasp the idea of the concept, and decide what the question or your teacher is asking.
Step 3: Acting – Once you have perceived and decided what information will register itself in your brain, you have to now act. Acting is important, you can’t just perceive and decide what to put, an action has to be committed for your brain to retain the information and present it to you when needed.
Step 4: Feedback – The information is now in your brain, and what you have to is get feedback. Take help from your teacher or parents or friends, and test yourself about the knowledge you just gained. This is the only way of testing whether your brain has uploaded the information fully and correctly.
These steps are a great way of ensuring that you learn and perform well in your exams. These steps can also be applied in context with your life and other times in the future.
Now, you know what the learning process consists of. It’s all about you perceiving, doing, acting and taking feedback, or to give it a posh name – it’s all about concrete experimentation, reflection, abstract conceptualization and active experimentation.
But there may be times, when no matter what you do, the learning process just doesn’t work for you. In this case, you have to improve the learning to get its benefits. What can you do to improve? Or rather, how can you improve? Here are the answers:
- It may be as small as the color of your room you are learning in. Now, you can’t exactly do anything about the dull, boring classroom you study in – unless your principal is open-minded to suggestion, then you can – but you can always brighten your room up with some bright and pretty colors that give out a positive aura. Sunny yellows, calming blues – colors have a way of effecting us and in turn our mind.
- Studying in a quieter environment will improve any problem you are facing with learning. Sitting amidst a kid crying, or the neighbor screaming at her maid and the traffic noises to add on doesn’t really sum up to an ideal environment. Escape into the tranquility of a calm library and study peacefully.
- Avoid any distractions by boxing them up for the time being. Your phone, gadgets, books, laptops and even something as simple as a piece of paper can seem very interesting right at the moment you study. Do not give in to the temptation.
- If you find yourself getting distracted while at home or at a library, getting a friend to keep you company can ensure you study properly. Have mini competitions with your friend to see who finishes studying first or conduct mini prep tests to help motivate you.
As mentioned, learning is a process that doesn’t end. It’s a continuous process and is set in stone. But you can always improve it, by changing the surrounding environment to suit your needs. After all, rules are meant to be broken.
Leo Fells; a child psychologist. He writes articles on health and finance related issues like missold ppi and debt management.