The Internet is a whole world. Today, people can work, chat, and even travel online. And you can even learn languages on the web. And why not spend your free time studying instead of playing PlayAmo slots or watching Netflix? And these tips will help you learn faster.
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Memorize Interesting Things
The traditional approach to learning new words, tested by generations of school children, is as follows: foreign words are given in lists according to topics, for example, “Acquaintance”, “Letter to a friend”, “My day”. The set of topics is standard and universal, which is not always effective: if the topic does not arouse interest, it is much harder to learn new vocabulary. The experience of our school shows that if the choice of the studied words is approached in exact accordance with the specific goals and interests of each student, at the junction of the useful and the pleasant, the result is optimal!
For example, if you like “Game of Thrones,” you will be much more interested in learning words, generating images and concepts that are relevant to the plot of the series.
Meaningful content is remembered nine times faster than disconnected content which is virtually meaningless. It’s not so much the words and sentences that make up a text that are imprinted in memory, but rather the thoughts they contain. They are the first things that come to mind when you need to recall the content of a text.
But learning to properly organize the information at the time of memorization is no easy matter. You can use reference words, charts, diagrams, and tables. Another effective method is a prediction: when you start reading a paragraph, try, after the author put forward several arguments, to draw a conclusion, to explain yourself what you’re reading, even if it seems obvious to you. Formulating the information in your own words, you will remember it for a long time.
Strengthen the First Impression
To memorize a new word, engage your five senses plus your imagination: feel the situation, imagine a picture, try to smell and taste it, say the word – or sing it.
Put a picture in your mind, live the situation, and the new vocabulary will come easily and permanently to your memory.
Learn in Different Contexts
Information is more easily remembered and reproduced when it is related to other simultaneous experiences. The context in which an event occurs is sometimes more important to remember than the event itself.
Our memory is associative. So try to change the place of preparation, such as different topics to learn in different rooms (kitchen, bedroom), on the road (subway, car) and even at work. Information is associated with the environment, recalling which bit of information will help you remember the content of the topic.
Learn More Often But Less
It is better to absorb information in small portions, taking small breaks. It is better to learn a maximum of 10 objects (words or parts of a rule) in one session. After that, you need to take a 15-minute break, otherwise subsequent learning will not be complete. Learn words in a queue, in the subway or wherever you are. Impulse learning is much more effective than continuous learning.
Learn Important Information at the Beginning and at the End
The best way to remember information is to teach it at the beginning and at the end of a learning session. Especially difficult and unintelligible words are more effectively learned at the beginning and at the end of the ten-minute session. They are better stored in memory.
Use Mnemonic Techniques
When learning a word, it’s helpful to choose an associative image-anchor. The image should be bright, clear, perhaps absurd. Unexpected associations are good for fixing a word in memory.
There are many ready-made mnemonic dictionaries. An effective and favorite method of memorizing words with the help of cards, when an English word is written on one side and its translation on the other.