We all know the fact -Learning new
things is a difficult task. But if you are a student or a professional or
a businessman or entrepreneur you need to learn new things everyday. And
with the growth of Internet usage, information around us is growing at a
breakneck speed. We need to be aware of so many things, learn so many
things and be expert of so many different areas that it is becoming very
But think of it in a different way, if could digest all these easily
what will happen. You will be envied. Whatever you do you will excel at.
You will come out with flying colors from every competition. Your business
will grow. In your professional life you will get promoted.
But for all these you have to learn new things regularly and
What it will be like if there was a genie to show you the path and
give you the facts about how to be super success just by boosting your
power of learning new things.
Well not exactly a genie, you have an
tip-sheet which you can read and
learn the secrets. And now the
nice part, it is totally free.
I do not care what you want to learn, it may be physics or economics
or anthropology or all of the above. I do not care whether you are a
school student or college-goer or professional or a retired person. I do
not care what is your age, sex, religion or nationality. I can tell you
this book will help you like magic in your effort to learn new things,
whoever you are.
But few words
You will not get stories of other guys in the name of
You will not get background histories for pages after pages.
And it is not a two hundred page book in which you will be lost and
forget why you started reading for the first place.
What you will get from here is a set of techniques which you will have
to use to get result.
Have you ever wondered what time of day is best for
studying? Some people say it is better to study in the early
morning. And some say you should study at night
I can tell you from my experience that if you require
memorizing a subject you should study at night
before retiring. Because in that case your brain will
get rest after learning a new subject and recall will be
But when you are stuck suppose with a mathematical
problem. You should try to solve it in the early
morning. Because then your brain will be fresh from
sound sleep. And throw new ideas your way. But you
should note that having sound sleep the night before
is very important here.
Do not take heavy meal before study. Taking heavy
meal makes you feel sleepy (not an ideal state to
continue study). Because then blood circulates more
towards your stomach than your brain.
Reading while you stand on your feet makes your
reading faster. You can use this technique when time
After studying or learning something involving
physical activity go directly to bed and sleep do not
do anything in-between.
If possible, at times read aloud. Reading aloud
makes your reading speed slower. But you benefit
from it because more area of your brain gets involved
when you read aloud. While reading aloud you hear
yourself and the part of your brain assigned with task
of hearing gets activated. And records what you read.
Using multimedia in your study will also help you to
utilize more of your brain. You can use recorded
audio. You can get some video based course on your
subject. Students of some subjects can even play
some games which will increase their efficiency. For
example there are certain games which if played by
medical surgeons (or any body for that matter) make
their hand-eye coordination better, which is very
important for precision surgery.
These days highway drivers, pilots get trained using
simulators to minimize the loss of life and property.
Computer network engineers use affordable software
to analyze, model, debug computer networks.
So, possibilities are endless and very much affordable
(specially if two three student or enthusiasts join
together). You should just be aware of the
possibilities of using multiple media (i.e. multimedia)
that your subject offers.
If possible you should take training of public
speaking. It will destroy your tense feeling before a
group. And it will also teach you to think promptly
on your feet.
Take time for relaxing. Do not keep reading for hours
together. Take 10 -15 minutes break every hour.
Take break when you feel stuck with your topic.
When you read again after relaxing, you will find
new insight and be able to move on.
Do some kind of exercise regularly. It need not be
something heavy, even light exercise for 20 minutes
will do. You require this because a healthy mind
needs a healthy body to live.
You can join some dance class. Age is no bar here.
Beauty of dance is it is a good form of exercise and at
the same time a pure source of joy.
Do love yourself and accept yourself. Doing
something good (even as simple as getting good
grade) may be very tough if you do not love and
accept yourself. But here I do not mean that you
should be blind to your negative qualities. You
should just be aware of the negatives and try to get
rid of those (wherever possible) but you should not
despise or hate yourself for that. We are all human
beings; coexistence of negative with positive is the
norm of our society.
Read the lesson to be covered in class beforehand,
even if you do not understand everything. You will
be able to ask better questions to understand the
subject fully. And believe me you will be way ahead
of anybody else.
If you need to present some topic related to your
subject (or any subject for that matter) before your
class or any other forum first prepare your
presentation then practice delivering it before a
mirror. It will make your actual presentation lively.
At your residence if you need to study in a group see
that the group is not having more than three members.
Preferably you should study alone in a distraction
free, well lit and well ventilated room.
Do not study when you are tired. When you're tired
your brain will not work properly. In that case you
may have difficulty in understanding your subject
and this way you may form a wrong idea about the
difficulty level of the topic. Plan and manage your
time properly. If you read this article fully and apply
the principles laid out you will never require studying
when you are tired!
If you use computer for your
study or project work
make sure your posture is correct.
Take regular backup of your files if you keep your
notes, reference materials etc in your computers Disk.
You should be overly cautious if you depend on your
computer for your study because computer failure
before exam can prove costly.
When you read or write, position yourself in such a
way that light comes over your left shoulder. This
way when you write your writing hands shadow will
not annoy you.
(Here it has been assumed that you are right hander.
If you are not you should make appropriate changes).
Avoid reading in moving vehicle. Your eyes will find
it difficult to focus and will get tired fast. If you
really want to utilize your travel time think of
recording your lesson. You can do it using your own
voice. Or you can use various software available in
the market like TextAloudMP3 or ReadPleasePLUS.
Then you can easily use any portable MP3 player and
carry the sound around.
To master a flowing writing style, just copy for 10
minutes daily, a masterpiece of a good modern writer
in your notebook. Note if you read the masterpiece
you are not going to improve your style of writing.
You must copy the work of a good writer in your
notebook for acquiring good writing style.
When you learn something, new neural connections
are created. But these connections or pathways are
not permanent. Revision makes these pathways
strong and helps you to retain the learned subject for
years in your memory.
Keep a notebook and write salient points while you
study. Research shows you will retain more of the
material studied if you do this (even if you do not
touch the notebook again).
Practice building vocabulary. A rich vocabulary will
also facilitate speed reading. Keep good dictionaries
of various subjects in your collection (like dictionary
of computer terms, dictionary of geological terms
etc). If you can spare some time every week reading
these topical dictionaries your vocabulary will grow
with your general knowledge.
Remember paying close attention to the subject is not
enough. You should make logical association with
your existing knowledge base and experience.
Before reading a book, read the contents section first.
And after that read the detailed content section and
start reading the book only after that. In this way you
will form a general idea of the matter that is covered
in the book. This will improve your comprehension
of the subject matter.
When writing examinations make sure lines are
having enough space in between. This simple thing
will make your written answers more legible even if
your handwriting is still the same. And more legible
answer means better grade.
Use a method of notebook numbering which will
facilitate management of notebooks. Frequently it has
been seen that notebooks have a tendency to misplace
themselves so follow a system to keep your notebooks
Memory can be divided into two general categories.
Short-term memory and long-term memory. Here I
explain for you how this affects your study.
When you first learn something it gets recorded in
your short-term memory. And unless you revise the
lesson with a short period of time (usually around 15-
20 days) it goes out of your memory. If you try to
revise after that period everything will appear
almost new to you. But if you revise that within 15 –
20 days window it gets recorded to your long-term
memory. Once recorded in your long-term memory
it stays there for years.
For good outcome of your study efforts make the first
impression very carefully. Here I explain what does
If your first impression is wrong then no amount of
revision will help you. Revisions will strengthen the
To avoid this you should keep in touch with your
teacher or some expert of your subject.
And if your subject provides opportunity of
application of learned principles (if you study Physics
you can solve problems, if you are learning computer
programming you can write a program and run it) by
all means make full use of it.
If you're working with material which you need to
retain for a long time just write everything after
reading. Writing makes you rethink the subject. And
more neural pathways are created as writing requires
coordinated action of many part of your body.
If you can not write without opening the book write
with your book open in front of you.
How you distribute your revision exercise is also
important. You should schedule your 1st revision
within 3 weeks and 2nd revision within 3months.
Do not avoid practical aspects. If your subject gives
you an option of practical by all means do all the
practical. If you read history go to various places of
historic importance (preferably related to your
syllabus). You get the point.
If you study physics or chemistry solve various
numeric problems of the subject other than regular
lab work. If you study electronics do solve various
circuit problems on paper in addition to lab projects.
Solving practical problems on paper is very important.
Having difficulty in recalling something? Deep
Breathing may come to your rescue. Here I discuss
why & how.
Deep breathing helps you by supplying extra oxygen
to your brain and body tissues. Deep breathing relaxes
your whole being.
It is a very simple process and produces almost
instantaneous result. All you have to do is taking
20 slow and deep breaths to feel the magic.
Whenever you feel tense, overpowered by situation
use it. When you find difficulty in recalling
something use it.
For example you are speaking to a gathering and you
never have done so before you will almost certainly
be tense and forget your lines. Using this technique
will see you through in such situation.
Many people have successfully used this technique
before a difficult examination. By all means give it
In this tip I give you a super power strategy to handle
difficult to comprehend subject.
First go through the study material. Just don't try to
understand anything. After finishing that, read the
When I came to know about this small technique
from one of our teacher I tried this on the very same
day and it worked like magic. It works best when
used with 2 to 3 paragraphs at a time. First read two
or three paragraphs without concentrating on the
details at all. The less you concentrate the better.
Then read the paragraphs with concentration. You
will have almost no difficulty to understand the
material. Though others may find the same
paragraphs difficult to understand.
After finishing with the 1st set of paragraphs you
can read other paragraphs of your book employing
See you need nothing more than your book (whatever
be your subject) to test this technique. Why don’t you
do it right now?
Learn speed reading. You will be doing more reading
within much less time (we all can increase our
reading speed). And at the same time your power of
comprehension will grow. Because while speed
reading you will automatically ignore various small
distractions. Speed reading enhances your memory.
So your benefit is manifold.
If you ask me to give you simply one secret in this
article I'll tell you the following sentence.
“Consider a certain task is easy and it becomes
Read the above sentence as many times as you
can because if you can commit it to your memory and
do as it says it will change your life.
I have personally used it many times in many difficult
to handle situations and it never failed me.
Start applying it from this very moment as nothing
more is required to use it than your desire.
When studying or working on an assignment try to be
in a happy mindset. You are more intelligent and
effective when you're happy. Yes! You better believe
Learning to simulate happy mindset will help you in
your effort to learn new things. Here I give you the
techniques for simulating happy mindset whenever
Think of a time from your past when you were really
happy. It can be any thing like your birthday party of
last year or your latest visit to local zoo. Picture
those happy moments and you will be filled with joy
Your task is to practice reliving those happy
moments and be happy. After you practice it for few
weeks you will not require the elaborate process.
Then you can be in happy mindset whenever you
require, bypassing conscious thought about past
When you reach this state, use this happy mindset
before starting your study session.
Try this and you will get some truly amazing result.
A small creative visualization session before starting
your study can help you a lot. Here I explain what
visualization is and how to use it for your benefit.
You can use creative visualization to get whatever
you want and that includes better grade in school and
college, super learning power for learning new things
for your business or professional life. Or whatever
your heart desires.
Visualization is a technique which is nowadays being
used by top athletes, professional managers and
medical practitioners. It helps one to utilize full
power of his or her mind.
How this technique works nobody knows fully but it
is fact that if it is used, it works.
Before going farther I will ask you to open your mind
and throw away your disbeliefs. How visualization
works is a real mystery. But doing it and getting result
is very simple even a four-year old can do it.
The process can be summed up in just two words
Relax and Picture.
By Relax I mean to do visualization you have to relax
your body and mind.
And by Picture I mean in your minds eye you need to
see the picture of your future as you like it to be. You
require to do this in your relaxed state.
For example if you want to lose weight you can view
yourself in your minds eye to have normal body
weight. You can imagine yourself taking part in
various sporting activity which requires physical
If you want to increase your learning ability, you can
visualize yourself doing very good in your class, in
your business or in your professional life. You can
visualize that you are being praised by your peers.
Others are coming to you for your suggestion for
your guidance etc.
I think you get the point.
In context of doing visualization, I would like to give
you some tips.
One. Though there is so right or wrong time for
doing visualization. You will get better result if you
visualize before going to bed at night.
Two. Cast away your doubts. Do this ritual every
night before going to bed. And you will see the
Three. Do not think over how it works. Because
nobody knows exactly how it works. All I can tell
you it does work.
If you want to know more there are various good
books and courses which you may find useful.
Do not avoid any apparent tough topic of your
subject. Some area may appear tough if you do not
learn the prerequisites. Take care to learn the
prerequisites. The tough area will dissolve
automatically. If you cannot find the prerequisites
yourself consult your teacher or an expert of your
Never bypass lessons or chapters. Habit of bypassing
lessons and moving on can be very costly as future
lessons may appear very tough. And then you may
not have time to come back and read the bypassed
lessons. And finding which bypassed topic exactly
you need to read and learn may be even more
Everybody is not alike. There are people who learn
better visually and at the same time there are people
who learn better through auditory path or tactile path.
These are known as modalities. The main modalities
are Visual, Auditory and Tactile.
Here I tell you how knowing your modality can help
you to learn new things.
If you are made aware about your strongest modality,
you will be able to organize your study efforts utilizing
your strongest modality. And if you do that your
return will be sizeable.
Here is a simple test to find out your modality. If now
I ask you to remember what you did yesterday
morning at around 7 O’clock. You start remembering
various things. Just observe how many visual pictures
cross your mind. How many sound you can hear. And
how many tactile experience your memory consists
of. If visual images outweigh other two then you are
a visual person and will learn things better using
visual stimuli. If your memory is formed mostly with
sounds then your auditory modality is strong and you
can expect better result if you utilize your strong
auditory capability. And so on.
If your auditory modality is strong then you will get
benefit from recording and listening to your lesson.
You will also get good result from discussing your
subject with your teacher and fellow students.
If you are of visual type then getting a video course
(if available) on your subject in addition to reading
your text book will give good return.
And if your tactile modality outweighs other two you
will do better where there is ample scope of doing
Never hesitate to ask for help. Ask for help from your
teachers, fellow students. You can get a new
understanding of the topic at hand from your
discussion with others.
Be fully involved and enjoy the process of learning.
You should have clear reason for learning. That
reason should be something you desire and not
something your parents, neighbors or your spouse
Give full attention to the diagrams, figures of the
book. Do not ignore them. Many people do this
costly mistake and end up with wrong or ill formed
idea of the subject matter.
At times ignoring an attached diagram can make a
topic impossible to understand. Beware of this
Whenever possible create your own diagram,
flowchart, Venn diagram, pie chart in your scratch
pad or note book.
This will make your learning process very easy and
make you more involved in the process of learning.
Be interested in the subject matter. To generate
interest do following things.
Approach the subject from various angles not through
the text book only. Read other related books, journals
etc. Become a member of a society of professionals
relating to your subject. Attend meetings, seminars
on your topic of interest.
Maintain the practice of learning new things. Do not
stop learning after your college days are over.
Learning new things regularly will keep your mind
Surround yourself with people who are more
successful, more efficient than you. Spend less time
with people with lesser abilities than you. It may
require great effort on your part but let me tell you
the returns will be even greater.
While trying to master a new subject you may face
overwhelm at the thought of vastness of the subject.
This overwhelm stops many from setting highly
achievable goals and working towards it.
This specially happens to the people who have left
college for 4 – 5 years or more. The following
strategy will certainly help you big way.
Just stay with the subject, do not think of its vastness.
With time passing familiarity will grow and you will
master it at the end. Do not forget the magic mantra
“Thinking a task to be easy makes it easy”.
We have finished our journey of exploring the
methods which when followed will bring dramatic
change in your life. You only have to start using the
All the Best and Happy Learning.
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