Learning is nothing more than your brain creating new wires.
How does this work?
Every single time you learn something new, your brain powers a connection from something you already understand. When this happens, the neuron wires in your brain –the information you already understand– create new wires to capture the new information. There is NO LIMIT to the number of neuron wires your brain can build! So, there’s no limit to the amount of information your brain can learn!
However, LEARNING is often confused with memorization.
When you memorize, your brain just circulates new information in your short-term memory. But, your short-term memory has limited space, like the memory on your phone. To store new information, it must delete “old information.” For example, have you ever memorized facts and figures for a test, then forgotten everything as soon as the test was over? That was your short-term memory making room for new things.
Learning, however, lasts forever.
Learning happens in long-term memory, when new information connects with another section of the brain… with something you already understand. So, next time you study for a test, I want you to try and incorporate as many brain functions as you can.
- Talk yourself through the material
- Write (not typing) your answers to practice questions or re-writing your notes
- Explain your answers out loud or to someone else
- Use examples from previously learned material so you are applying your knowledge
- Teach someone else!
You will be amazed at how much information you retrieve on the next test. If you need more ideas, check out the study tips on the Student Services bulletin board!