Brain Training: Can We Improve How We Learn?

The brain is an amazing organ that can do way more than we think it can. We know that its capacity for learning is great, but what if we don’t know how to learn in the right way?

This is something that researchers around the world are studying. Does it have to take us many different tries to remember a fact or learn a new skill? Many researchers believe that the brain can actually change how it learns so as to learn better and faster. They call it neuroplasticity, and it refers to formation of new neural connections in the brain. The following is a list of some of the ways that scientists say new neural connections may be formed and learning may be improved.

1. Focusing on one thing at a time

In many ways, it’s difficult to learn when we are trying to do many things at once. For example, it’s almost impossible to study for an exam while you always watch television.

2. Learning a story instead of just facts

Trying to memorize the vocabulary words for Spanish on flashcards may work for a while, but the best way to learn vocabulary and other facts is to put them into a story.

3. Meditating to reduce stress

Meditation and mindfulness have recently been in science news for the effects it has on reducing stress and therefore helping people to concentrate more. This makes them better at learning and using various skills.

4. Learning the same thing in different ways

Many scientists study the way that listening to information, then writing it down and reading it again can actually help you retain that information better than if you only chose one way of digesting it.

5. Filtering out distractions

It is much easier to learn and acquire new skills and information when you don’t have screaming children, blaring TVs and lots of people around. When distractions are taken out of the equation and again, people can focus on one thing at a time, learning is easier.

6. Learning by doing instead of just studying or listening

Sometimes, you can only read and study so much. Learning by doing is often a much more effective way to process and retain new information.

7. Trying brain exercises and teasers

Brain exercises and teasers may be helpful at teaching the brain to go after new problems from different angles. Try crossword puzzles or online brain games.

8. Reading more and watch TV less

The television is a great form of entertainment, but reading has been shown to take up more of the attention of the brain, and as a result, this helps you focus and learn better.