Think you suffer from ADHD? Did you just finish reading an entire book and not retain a damn thing? Do you take classes that seem to offer zero expansion of knowledge and wisdom? You’re not alone and the problem is probably related to your study habits overall learning strategy. Here’s a few incredibly simple techniques that can vastly improve your learning capacity.
But First, Let’s Admit Humans are Inherently Stupid
We humans like to assign a named disorder wherever a person doesn’t fit the ideal America hamster-wheel mold. Unfortunately, many adults get slapped with silly labels like ADHD for simply being unable to function in our dying corporate-worshiping cubicle-centric live-to-work society. The doctors that assign these labels are just humans, humans with an education, an education that is highly influenced by the needs of their corporate masters. Before accepting a label like ADHD, apply some common sense to your situation and seek out your own answers. Just because someone is labeled as doctor doesn’t mean they are infallible - we all share this inherent stupidity, but our egos will rarely admit it.
Short-Burst Learning Might be Your Answer
The Short-Burst learning process can be thought of as a series of learning doses that are separated by small breaks. The logic is pretty simple - if you find yourself losing interest, you take a break and restart when your mind has refreshed. You’re simply not going to retain information that you study in a disinterested state of mind. Even if you are interested, you should force yourself to take breaks because the mind is a sprinter, not a marathon runner. Let’s look at the two keys to implementing short-burst learning in your daily routine - planning and timing.
Put a Plan in Writing, but Don’t Type It!
Sounds crazy, but you’re 33% more likely to achieve the goals you write down on a piece of that weird stuff called paper. Taking advantage of this is essential for a solid short burst learning strategy. Let’s say you’re in a science class where you need to learn about about the causes of forest fire intensification. Your plan might look something like this, but on regular old paper:
My Learning Goals (Example)
- Learn Top 3 Causes of Forest Fires
- Describe How Climate Change is Affecting Forest Fires
That’s it. Write this down on paper before you start trying to learn these concepts and you’re setting yourself up for success. Now you’re on mission to search for answers, rather than waiting for the answers to just fall in your lap - which rarely happens in real life.
Burst-Out, don’t Burn-Out
Now that you your goals on paper, it’s time to break them down into short bursts. This is literally even more easy than it sounds. Here’s how you might do it step-by-step:
- Set a timer on your phone for 20 Minutes
- Try to learn what you wrote down earlier
- When the timer dings, stop and just chill for 5 to 10 minutes.
The human brain is like any other muscle in the body - it needs rest. You don’t go the the gym and do 500 hammer curls in a row, so don’t go into a learning environment and try to absorb knowledge for hours on end.
Proof is in the Pomodoro
The Pomodoro technique is a time-management trick that uses a timer to break up tasks into predefined intervals, usually 25 minutes. There are even a handful of apps that allow you to build your own custom pomodoro technique timers. So the next time you decide you want to learn something, you can supercharge it by building a custom pomodoro timer.
Making Humans Slightly Smarter
Our mission at Campushippo is to facilitate the most efficient transfer of knowledge possible. Breaking up learning objectives into short-bursts is one of the key aspects of our platform. We allow publishers to breakdown their learning content into “boxes” that can be easily digested by students. We understand that everybody learns at a different pace and want to deliver lessons that are effective among a wide range of learning styles.