Here are some additional study tools and strategies that were left out of the seven intelligences of accelerated learning:
1. Learn in Logical Steps
This is pretty much the way that most of us are taught to learn, and it is in fact a very effective means of learning new pieces of information that you may not be too familiar with.
Essentially we must all begin the learning process by taking simple and proactive logical steps through the topic we are studying.
2. Learn out of Sequence
Once you become more or less familiar with a subject, you will be ready to begin learning out of sequence. In fact, learning out of sequence is incredibly important when it comes to your examinations.
During examinations you will find that you are being confronted with the same topics in a strange ordered sequence that just doesn't make any sense. If you do not adapt quickly to this right-hook then you will suffer the consequences and go down for the count. As such you must prepare yourself for the unexpected by learning the material you are studying out of its regular sequence and order. This can be achieved by reading the material back-to-front, by dipping in and out of chapters, and by simply reordering your notes in such a way that it creates momentary confusion.
The important point here is that you must not allow your brain to become comfortable with a standard pattern of learning the information you are studying. Instead stimulate and challenge your brain in unexpected ways by studying out of sequence. It will most sincerely thank you when the time comes to do your examinations.
In many ways, it is much like an athlete training for a competition. They won't only train one way, but rather will put their body through a variety of workouts to ensure that they are ready for anything that comes their way when the day of the competition or event is upon them.
As a final thought, you could separate your notes onto individual flash cards that can be shuffled before beginning the learning process.
3. Focus on Small Chunks of Information
It is easy to become overwhelmed very quickly with topics that are at first difficult to grasp or understand. In such cases think about your topic as a large chunk of information. This large chunk is made up of smaller chunks, and those smaller chunks are composed of even smaller chunks and so forth. Take time to break your topic down to the smallest possible chunks you can manage. Once this has been successfully achieved, simply isolate each chunk into easy, intermediate, and difficult to remember categories.
Begin by first tackling the chunks that are within your easy category. Take them apart and piece them back together utilizing any of the sensory study skills you have been introduced to within this post. Once completed, do the same for the intermediate chunks. And finally, tackle the difficult chunks in the same fashion.
You may very well find that by having tackled each of the prior chunks successfully that you will now have enough knowledge, understanding and experience to also tackle the difficult chunks with relative ease.
Learning is a process, however it must be a process that you control, and not allow it to control you.
4. Summarize What You Know About the Topic
This is a very simple and a very much overlooked learning strategy.
After learning a topic segment, simply take some time to either summarize your topic on paper, role play it, or record it. Identifying what you now know about the topic, will dramatically enhance your long-term memory and recall of the information under study.
Please do not forget about this process as it is of primary importance if you seek to accelerate your learning potential.
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