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As you get better at focusing on the process , you won’t just find it easier to avoid procrastination – you’ll also enjoy learning more. Mental tricks are powerful tools that help you learn. The management specialist David Allen once said, “To a great degree, the highest-performing people I know are those who have installed the best tricks in their lives.” There are many simple but effective mental tricks you can use when learning. First, you can try putting yourself in a new environment. Figure out where you’re most productive. Some people need a busy coffee shop, while others need a quiet library. However, research has shown that having a special place devoted to working is particularly helpful for fending off procrastination. Mindfulness training is also a good idea. Mindfulness training is like meditation – it means ignoring distracting thoughts by letting them drift past without paying attention to them. You can meditate by doing things like counting down numbers. Focusing on counting relaxes you, and trains your mindfulness. Finally, try reframing your focus . Reframing your focus means shifting your attention from something negative to something positive. It helps you adjust your attitude. For example, if you have trouble getting up in the morning, don’t think about how tired you are – think about how good your breakfast will be. One of the most effective learning tricks is keeping reasonable, achievable to-do lists. This helps you gain control of your habits. So write a brief to-do list once a week, or even every day. You’ll be able to step back, look at the bigger picture, and set your priorities. Keeping a planner journal can also help keep you on track. And when scheduling your time, remember: “play” is just as important as work. Planning for “play” also helps you avoid procrastination, because it will take away your reasons to do it.
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Memorization techniques can make learning material meaningful, memorable and fun. We learn and recall information much more easily when the information is meaningful to us. This means your memorization process can become an exercise in creativity. Suppose you want to remember Newton’s second law: f = ma . This law relates force to mass and acceleration . The letter f could stand for flying, m for mule and a for whatever comes to your creative mind (apples?)! So if you want your mule to start flying faster, you have to feed it more apples . One of the best memorization techniques is creating metaphors . A metaphor lets you see how one thing is similar to another. For example, if you’re trying to understand electrical currents, it helps to visualize them as water. You can imagine the voltage as pressure on that water. Metaphors help cement ideas in your mind, because they connect them to structures that are already there.
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  • Winter '18
  • Jane smit
  • Psychology, powerful learning experience, Diffuse mode, diffuse modes

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