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.