Viola Rose
Elementary Education
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Adult Education
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I want to know everything: how to get the most out of self-education.

I want to know everything: how to get the most out of self-education.


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Simple and proven techniques that will help you experience less stress, move faster towards your goal and remember more information.

Define a goal
To know where to go, you need to see a goal. The more clearly you articulate it, the higher the probability of success. If you are taking a foreign language course, do not set yourself the goal of "tightening the language", formulate it differently. For example, "pass IELTS in six months" or "watch the first season of a real detective in a foreign language". Maybe the essay helper will be able to help you in some way. To stay motivated, create your own "wish card" - a panel with pictures and photos that illustrate your dreams and goals.

Make a plan
It is better to break the long way into many small segments. Write down in detail what you may need in the learning process, if you do not have time for homework will come to the rescue, highlight what actions you need to do every day, what you are going to do once a week and so on. Start the day by checking the plan and making a to-do list for the near future. Don't change plans in the process, but don't be discouraged if something goes wrong.

Come up with motivation
Set intermediate goals: for example, prepare a presentation for friends at the end of the second week of training, write a detailed post on social media about what you learned from the class. This will not only give you new impetus, but also help to put the knowledge gained in your head. After passing a difficult exam or credit, reward yourself with a trip to the movies or a day off.

Take breaks
Exercising for several hours without rest, you are more likely to acquire not new knowledge, but stress, lack of sleep and nervous exhaustion. Pause every half hour. Try to go outside at this time, walk. Social media and other sources of information can be an additional source of stress, try not to overuse them.

Use additional resources
Despite recent studies that have proven the low effectiveness of audio and video courses, they can still be used as an alternative source of information. Look for interesting speakers, pay attention to non-standard presentation, choose lectures in a foreign language - this will double the benefits of classes and help you better remember what you have already learned.

Train others
In 1969, the American teacher Edgar Dale discovered that the most effective way to learn something is to teach it to others. Try giving an impromptu workshop for friends, sharing new information with your little brother, or retelling what you read to a friend. The material that you explained to another in your own words will be learned by you forever.

Yes, you heard right. Recently, the British Journal of Nutrition published a study that confirms the important role of omega-3 fatty acids in the learning process: they improve memory, positively affect the ability to reason and, in general, have a good effect on physical well-being. Omega-3s are found in nuts and fatty fish (tuna, salmon, etc.).

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