Never Clever? BY: Yuzo

Introduction

Textbooks get stuffed inside your bag after a long day as you slowly weave your way out of the crowdy crowds at school. When you get home, you dump all of your textbooks on your table and sigh. School is finally over. However, that is when you realise that you have even more work to do! Do you ever come home from a long day of school just to realise that you have even more work to do? Have you ever came home just to find out that you have a whole giant piece of essay or even a whole speech to memorise? Or have you ever wondered, why am I struggling in school so much? Is there a way to memorise information faster? Are adults necessarily always smarter than kids? Or simply just, How do I become a better learner? Well, guess what? You will never be stressed out again when it comes to school work because that giant piece of essay piled up on your desk is soon going to become a piece of cake to memorise. Do you want your learning world to be more efficient than before?

Train Your Brain

Have you ever wondered, are people born smart, or can they become smart? IQ tests, also known as the intelligent quotient tests, are one way of measuring your smarts. According to www.huffingtonpost.com, 50% of people have IQ scores between 90 and 110, which is the average IQ. 2.5 percent of people are mentally deficient/impaired (under 70 IQ), 0.5% of people are near genius or genius (over 140,) 2.5 percent of people are very superior in intelligence (over 130). Now, because most people belong in the first category, you too have a high chance of belonging being considered ‘average’. Fortunately, the same study showed that once those people have the basics, if they work hard, they can work their way up the mountain of intelligence. So even if you’re in one of the categories that doesn’t equate with a genius, you can work to be just as smart. All of you have to do is build a solid foundation and then continue to learn. Basically, you could be the next Steve Jobs or Oprah Winfrey!

Memorise to Analyze

The first skill that is critical to your learning is memorising information rapidly, because this helps you analyse information more efficiently. Memorising information rapidly would cause your brain to absorb information fast and furious. According to www.lifehack.org, If you go around the room and ask a handful of people how to memorise things quickly, most of them will probably tell you repetition. Now, part of that is true, but ONLY doing repetition is not enough to build up your memorisation skills. There are many different ways to memorise text faster, but different learners have different ways to memorise information. If you are an auditory learner(person that learns the best by listening), the best way to memorise information is probably to record whatever your memorising and listen to it over and over again. This helps you create a “deeper mark” in your brain. If this is not working for you, then you are probably an experiential learner. If you are an experiential learner, which means someone who learns the best by experiencing, or doing something. The best way to memorise text is probably to write it down. This helps you familiarise with the information you are trying to memorise. After writing it down a couple of times, you should slowly start to familiarise with the information. Keep on doing this until you have everything memorised. This will increase your ability to memorise information in a short amount of time.

Teach the Speech

You might also find it useful to teach the information you’re trying to memorise to someone else. According to www.lifehack.org, the most effective method for me when I was in school was to teach the information to someone else. You can do this in a variety of ways. You can lecture the knowledge to someone sitting right in front of you (or the mirror, if you can’t convince anyone to sit through it) and explain everything extemporaneously. If what you’ve learned needs to be recited verbatim, then do this in front of someone as well in order to get a feel for what it will be like to recite the text to the intended audience. This method is especially useful if you are doing a speech in front of an audience, because by doing this, you get to sort of experience what it will be like when you are actually doing the speech. So teaching others does not only help others, it helps yourself as well.

Split it, Don't Quit It

Let’s say you have a very long text to memorise, then you should compartmentalise the information into sections. According to www.lifehack.org, Separate your notes into sections. This is ideal for visual learners, especially if you use color coding to differentiate between subjects. This will help you break everything down and start compartmentalising the information being recorded in your brain. Try to split it up into only 3-4 sections, because that is the maximum amount of units an average human brain can memorise. If the text you’re memorising is really way too long to memorise. Then even though it would be harder to memorise when you split it up into even more sections, you can still try to memorise the text even though it would be a lot harder. Your brain would prefer to memorise many small groups of information, than a big chunk of information.

Stress Less

Although all these methods are great, there are some things you have to be aware of. According to the website www.lifehack.org, stress has a significant detrimental effect on memory formation. If any strong emotion is present during an event, the neurons, a specialised cell transmitting nerve impulses(google.com), active during this event, produce strong connections with each other. When the event is recalled, the neurons will more easily and speedily make the same connections (which can be disastrous for those suffering from PTSD or drug addiction withdrawal). These memories also tend to be warped or focused on extreme details rather than the greater context of the scene—another way self-awareness can promote healthy memories. So if you find yourself getting stressed a lot when memorising text, you should take a break, because stressing less is critical to memorisation.

Caffeine is Mean

Caffeine is mean… If you have a really important speech, essay, etc… to memorise, then try to avoid caffeine by avoiding things such as tea, coffee, etc… According to Asapscience, caffeine builds up (adrenaline-a hormone secreted by the adrenal glands that increases rates of blood circulation, breathing, and carbohydrate metabolism and prepares muscles for exertion) in your brain which only temporarily makes your brain energetic. Once the temporary energetic feeling wears off, you would have more adrenaline, which causes you to want to drink even more caffeine. You shouldn’t drink caffeine because caffeine will cause your neurons and synapses, a structure that permits a neuron (or nerve cell) to pass an electrical or chemical signal to another neuron(google.com), is essential to memorization. So stress less, and stop drinking caffeine. Caffeine is an evil element that you have to avoid, it puts you on a crazy roller coaster ride that is endless. Don’t let caffeine invade your life, or else… Make sure to drink less or even no caffeine in order to improve your memory, because caffeine is mean. Here is a video that will explain more about caffeine, and how it works in your brain: https://youtu.be/4YOwEqGykDM

A Smart Start

Most people would think that adults are WAY smarter than kids. However, this isn’t always true. For example, 4 years olds are actually better at solving novels than most adults! Also, kids are more aware and care more about their surroundings than adults. Adults only perceive to notice things that are relevant. You might not know this, but kids learn the characteristics of a language the most by interacting with adults. In other words, things such as televisions can’t “replace” adults. Also, lack of experience with other kids can contribute to cognitive procrastination. So it is significant to let your kids interact with one another. So it is actually possible for a kid to be smarter than an adult? Shocking right?

Conclusion

As a conclusion, you should always remember that, “If you are not willing to learn, not one can help you, if you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.” If you are never clever, make sure to train your brain, memorise to analyse, teach the speech, split it, don’t quit it, stress less, and remember that caffeine is mean. So I hope you will truly become a better learner…

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