In all likelihood, everyone on the planet is familiar with the phrase “knowledge is power,” and we all tend to intuitively appreciate this fact when it comes to the emphasis we place on education with regards to children.
Education and learning, however, should by no means be viewed as things that simply happen in a classroom, for a certain period of a person’s life. Rather, they should be ongoing processes that allow a person to learn new languages, acquire new skills, and explore dynamic interests, over the course of their lives.
Whether you are interested in getting more learning done personally, or are looking for ways to more effectively teach your kids, here are a few tips to simplify the learning process.
Emphasize daily routines and consistency, first and foremost
It’s easy to get overly caught up in big targets and milestones when striving to learn a subject in detail – whether that means regularly passing a variety of tests, or achieving academic “challenges” such as having a full discussion with a person in another language.
While these milestones can be invaluable in the learning process, however, the only practical way of learning in depth – and of holding onto the knowledge you acquire – is to emphasize the significance of daily routines and consistency, first and foremost.
There is little point in cramming for an exam, passing it, and then forgetting everything you studied within the next 24 hours.
In order to simplify the learning process, simply assign regular daily rituals, timeslots, and procedures to the matter of learning the subject.
Utilize online tools, courses, and resources for a more dynamic learning experiences
These days, online learning platforms, tools, courses, and assorted resources allow for a far more dynamic and interesting learning process than was virtually ever on offer in the past.
In order to simplify the learning process, and to make it more fun, engaging, and accessible, utilize these resources as much as possible, and take full advantage of the work other people have put into crafting systems that allow for something like a “replacement classroom experience” from the comfort of your own home.
That might mean studying a course on a platform like Coursera, or it might mean using a digital flashcards system to help you streamline your own revision process.
Create positive emotional incentives for consistency and achievement
The learning process is always going to be easier and more manageable, if you have positive emotional incentives for consistency and achievement – and negative emotional incentives for failing to stay on top of things.
There are a variety of digital tools out there today that can help you to track “habit streaks,” as well as others that allow you to sign up for “commitment contracts” in order to inflict a financial penalty on yourself if you fail to stick to your targets.
In either case, a creative system of (reasonable) “rewards” and “punishments” can help to remove a lot of the uncertainty and procrastination from the learning process, and can keep you more focused and clear headed.