Learning material is much easier when you understand it.
Steps to help you learn study material are:
- Read slowly and carefully each section and only pass to the next topic after you have understood the current one. There are tests that evaluate your reading and comprehension skills.
- Organise the material so that the new information can to be grouped into categories and connected with already learnt information to create an active structure of interconnected information.
- Memorising – is the process that retains knowledge and experiences for later use. Memorising knowledge and skills can be done using short or long term memory. The purpose of learning is to memorise the information for a long period of time using your long-term memory. Superficial memorising allows us to reproduce material without understanding and usually uses short-term memory. According to studies, after a day we remember only 40% of what we have learned and after one week we remember only 20% of what we have learned. Research in psychology showed that long-term memory is formed by repetitions after long intervals (space) and not by many repetitions at small intervals (compact).
- Reviewing and assessing learning – not only helps you to determine what you did not understand, but also helps to gain self-confidence.