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Science says this is the most effective way to learn (but you weren't taught it in school)

Most of us have been trained to learn using a method known as ‘blocking’. Each school day is divided into blocks of time, with a different subject assigned to each block, in which a single skill, concept, or strategy is learnt. While this may be the norm, research shows it may not be the most efficient way to learn. Jessica Stillman looks at how distributed practice and interleaving, which space out learning and vary the skills learnt in each session, may be far more effective. [Read the full ar...
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If you want to learn everything more effectively, you should know this note-taking skill

Students who write notes by hand generally outperform those who use their laptops for taking notes, according to research. While our digital devices are indispensable for accessing information and engaging in online learning activities, they are less helpful when it comes to learning effectively from our own notes. And this can apply just as much outside traditional academic settings. Michelle Owens explores how handwritten notes help you develop a stronger understanding of a subject and shares ...
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9 skills you should learn that pay dividends forever

Many people think their learning days are over once they’ve completed their formal education and mastered job-specific skills. And yet research shows that we should never stop learning, and the most important skills in life aren’t taught in school, says Marcel Schwantes. He shares here the most valuable skills to learn, and how the learning process itself will benefit you beyond the skills you acquire. [Read the full article on inc.com] 
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Rohn: Why you need to feed your mind

Research shows that reading books can have a tremendous impact on cognitive development. Apart from improving your memory and ability to focus, reading improves your communications skills and creativity as well as helping to develop your analytical skills. Over time, reading not only increases your general knowledge it can also raise your IQ. Here, Jim Rohn shares his views on lifelong learning and feeding your mind through reading, listening, talking and sharing. [Read the full article on succe...
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The 5-hour rule that turns ordinary people into successful ones

At some point in their lives most people feel they’re not making enough progress despite all their hard work. You might think the more productive you are the more successful you’ll be. By focusing only on your current work however, you’re unlikely to move forward. If you’re feeling stuck, follow in the footsteps of some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs who follow this 5-hour rule for long-term self-improvement. [Read the full article on lifehack.org]
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Get smarter in 2017. Here are 5 places to educate yourself online (for free)

There is growing evidence that the adult brain is more malleable than once assumed. Neurogenesis, or brain plasticity, is the brain’s ability to change by forming new brain cells, and altering function, in response to learning new things and this ability, rather than declining with age as once thought, continues throughout our lives. There are now many learning opportunities online, both formal and informal, with courses covering a wide range of subjects and at all levels from beginner to advanc...
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7 creative ways to learn a new language

Apart from giving your CV a boost and coming in handy for travel abroad, speaking a foreign language has numerous benefits for the brain’s cognitive functions. According to research, language learning can improve skills such as task switching, memory, perception and decision-making. It can even stave off dementia. And people who start to learn a foreign language as an adult can achieve the same level of fluency as young learners and still reap the same mental benefits. With this in mind, here ar...
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8 easy ways to learn a little bit every day

One of the traits highly successful people have in common is their dedication to learning. More than the pursuit of formal education and qualifications, lifelong learning is about voluntarily acquiring knowledge and skills for both personal and professional development. Apart from improving our employment opportunities, lifelong learning enables personal growth and thus enhances our quality of life, and it can be easily incorporated into the busiest life. [Read the full article on inc.com]
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