According to this article from the Guardian, “most of us have more than enough brainpower to master a new discipline, if we apply it correctly – and the latest neuroscience offers many strategies to do just that.”

The article elaborates a bit on “desirable difficulties”, the idea of deliberately creating a slight feeling of frustration as you learn, which leads the brain to process the material more deeply, creating longer-lasting memories. 

The following strategies will help you overcome difficulties in learning, especially in memorising: 

  • Pre-testing and failing productively in such tests
  • Teaching the topic to someone else
  • Mixing up topics
  • Combining studying with physical exercise
  • Trying learning in different settings / places
  • Allowing your brain to “do nothing” from time to time. 

Read the interesting full article here