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5 basics of effective learning

Learning is an inevitable activity which starts right from birth. Active or passive we are always absorbing information and learning from our environment. Learning maintains an ever rising curve and happens throughout our lives.

We learn new things from people, places, experiences. Anything and everything we come in contact with, leaves an impression on our minds. The ideas or concepts we learn are sometimes pleasing sometimes confusing and sometimes very important and useful.

To keep up with the pace of the modern world it has become absolute necessary to learn and retain information is at a rapid pace. The human brain is processing exponential information like never before. Pick any activity to learn cook, to learn to drive, to learn to play music, to learn to make friends every time the mind is looking for effortless and successful ways of learning. Knowledge is the key to a successful happy life and learning is the door to the ocean of knowledge.

Below are outlined the 5 basics of effective and easy learnings.

1. Ensure happiness through out the learning period.

For a mind to learn and retain new concepts happiness is the key ingredient. Do not stress to learn or understand a particular concept. Remember if you are unhappy, or at discomfort or just in low spirits, then there is no productive learning taking place. Understand that the concept or subject is not being well received by the mind. learning a concept on an unhappy stressed mind is like trashing it. Teachers and mentors must always be mindful of happiness in their sessions and be creative and tactful wherever needed to ensure a successful transfer of knowledge.

2. Plan breaks or intervals:

Allocating sufficient time for breaks and intervals is vital for effective learning, breaks and time offs  helps to successfully grasp and retain the new concept. Not only plan only plan for learning time, and steps and procedures but also space time for post learning relaxation time. Relaxation time helps to detox the mind and remove the unwanted information collected in the learning session. It  refreshes the minds. Gives time for the new concept to retain in mind. Breaks help in building motivation to learn more.

3. Repeat the same concept over and over again:

Irrespective of the discipline be it sports, music, or academic repetition is unavoidable. Reading the same text, playing the same cord or practising a brush stroke over several days have immense advantages. It helps to build and lay down the foundation in the mind to learn the new discipline. It also helps strengthening the memory patterns and shifting the concept from short term memory to long term memory. Emphasising a concept for hours in a day and not revisiting again next day will, just go down the drain.

4. Recall or ask questions:

To understand and evaluate how far a concept is understood it is very important to allocate time for recall in the learning session. Active recall by asking questions helps to engage the mind in newly learnt concept and leave impressions on the mind. It helps to sustain the learning for a longer period of time. Recall helps to identify parts of the discipline which were are not understood in the recent learning session.

5. Eliminate procrastination:

Learning new concepts and discipline mostly activates pain and discomfort in the mind as it seems an unfamiliar task for the mind to perform. Most people procrastinate or give excuses to learn something absolute new or that seem alien to them.

Pain or discomfort generated by learning a new unfamiliar concept can be eliminated by convincing the mind that boring task is only going to last for a pre decided time or couple of minutes. And  they are required to give their best only for these couple of minutes. For the  limited time just focus on the steps involved in doing that task  rather than focusing on the output. The output could be defined as a particular music note, the standard of handwriting,  reading number of pages of a text book.

Focusing on the steps involved in doing the boring task rather than the output is hyper productive. Engage the mind to work on the unpleasant task  for a couple of minutes to establish comfortability with the difficult task. Gradually the pre decided times can be increased and slowly you can work your way to the output.

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Protect our children from ourselves

When you read this title protect your children from yourself it may sound funny and meaningless, it may also sound absurd to you what does this means protect from “ourselves”.? We are here to protect them from all sorts of dangers and unknowns. Protect from “ourselves”? Wired!! Yes dear parents from ourselves here you will read about those dangers we possess that we have to protect our children from.

In last few years the world is shrinking to become a nuclear family household. Unlike few decades ago family comprised of whole big bunch of uncles, aunts grandparents cousins and siblings living together under one roof. Which may at times sounded clumsy and noisy mostly. However in this kind of environment there was an opportunity of constant counseling and guidance available from other mom’s grandparents for the unmanageable situation at hand and a quick fix solution available. And was an opportunity of great learning and enriching experience for new parents and specially for mother’s dealing with all new sorts of challenges every day.
But these situations are things of the past we and are in deep oceans of life wandering here and there, to understand the best strategy to take care of our children.

So let’s come back to the concept of protection. And when we think of protection related to our little babies, toodles, and children of all ages the first things that strike our minds will be vaccinations, fire, sharp knives/blades heights and lot more. But there is one little monster monster whom we do not realize who lives right close to the baby and we never discover its presence. Those are our own emotional imbalances which lead to anger, depression, mood swings, fights and loud reactions. Yes we possess these qualities and when we are facing challenges and stress in our lives related to job, family, friends, finances or even if we happen to missed the train, bus, or any scheduled activity we tend to behave “Oh Damit” and it is the end of the world and we are taken over by agony and despair

At this movement the little baby/child not fully equipped to behave as whole grown up end up doing more mess all the times. And our reactions to these silly things turns out to be wired and bursting with anger and we behave monstrous, sad but true.
See, as I said there is a monster, now that the monster is discovered what can be done? How do we protect our children from ourselves. It is very vital and important for parents to understand and manage the emotional imbalances we possess at a very early stage in your role of being a parent. As this will prevent us from soying seeds of life long hatered between parents and kids which will be visible only after ages.

So here the solution, live today successful for an harmonious tomorrow.
We can change ourselves right here just tell yourself at that very point before you get trapped in the anger fatigue, tell yourself “protect your child from yourself”. There is no one around no granny, no aunt, no daddy to take over when you are switching personality. The baby needs pamper and love all the times.
We need to train our brains and understand the vital role of being parents at all times keeping this thought in mind “I have to protect my child even from myself”.
Remember how often we keep a constant eye on the little one even when he plays by himself and how alter we happen to behave when they slides into any of the dangers of fire, sharp knives or blades, heights or so and the first thing we say is “STOP”. Just this we must do to ourselves as soon as we get into the monstrous mode and we must say a courageous “STOP” to ourselves.

Of course there must be a remipand action for unexpected behavior and wrong doings but always in a structured and well planned way.

Remember the feeling when you held your baby for the first time in your hands. The greatest blessing of our lives are our children and the greatest joy is of being their parents. Let’s celebrate this, and protect our little ones.