How do I learn difficult information?

Do you also associate September with a new chapter in your life, with the beginning of something new or with another great opportunity? That sounds crazy but I always have this feeling.
I thought a lot about my blog, about what I would like to change or develop here. And as a person who adores self-study and organization, I decided to add a new category on my blog. I call it “Study tips”.
This year I start my classes (I will write about it in my “Back to school in France” article a little bit later). Yes, it happened to me in my late late twenties. So, I would like to share with you my study tips, how I organize my day and how to be more productive or stay focused.

Let’s get started!
To begin with my wise tips 😉 I want to say that every person is capable to learn any information. We just need to do an effort. Believe me, I am a proof of that. If you don’t mind, I will tell you a little story.
Actually, I have never been good at maths and counting. To say the truth, in my head there are only letters and there is no place for numbers. I knew it since my primary school. I was one of the best pupils in English, writing, reading, but maths was a real catastrophe for me.
Though, I was always curious how people do that so easily. I decided to train myself a little by doing some maths and logic problems, and I had that strange feeling in my brain that it works but in a different way. It was like some scratching or something. OK, I’m kidding! It is only in my imagination. Nevertheless, I was capable to solve some of that problems.
Some months ago, I decided to start my studies but in a completely different field. It will not be connected with languages. And a quite big part of my studies consisted of counting. Yes, I love challenges! So, I need to learn the budget of enterprise, the investment, the profitability and so on. And yes, it is a lot of maths!
I don’t want to be a complete dummy, so I’ve already started to learn a little. To help me with that, I use Pomodoro method. It works great for me and I hope it will work for you too.

The Pomodoro Method.

So why do I speak about tomatoes? I assure you, it is not culinary classes. It is a great time management method that will help you to stay more focused and to learn better.
This method was created in the 80s by Francesco Cirillo. At the times when he was a student, he used his kitchen timer in the shape of a tomato. That is why we call this method Pomodoro (in Italian tomato).

Its idea is the next: you decide what you have to learn. You study 25 minutes, then you take a 5-minute break, then you restart 25 minutes and then you take your 5-minute break again. After four work intervals, you take a 15-minute break. During your 25 minutes, you have to be focused only on your work. Switch off your phone, forget about your social media or whatever you use and think about the information you learn. Only if you have an idea or something, you can quickly write it down on a sheet of paper and continue your studies.
You will see that after some time you will understand what you learn and the learning process will be more effective. For me, it works well as I’ve already done two huge chapters. Even if you think like me, that it is very complicated and you will never understand that – just try!

By the way, if you don’t have any timers you can download an application, like Clear Focus: Productivity Timer, Brain Focus, Time-Tracker and so on. But remember that the most effective way to learn is to use a real timer and not the application.

And how do you learn difficult information? Do you have any tips? 

2 commentaires

  1. Hi Olga,

    I love tomatoes. An interesting method I’m going to try for my writing. Thank you.

    For my language studies I (try to ) make sure I can at least hit a few of the basics in the early days. So in a few languages I can say easily: Hello/ Goodbye, How are you?/I’m fine Please/ Thank you/ Your’e welcome……
    After that I hit the verbs quickly to get the basics in my head fast, without much analysis as to WHY!
    This means I like to know early on in a new language how to say :
    I am…/I’ve got/I want/ I need/ I go /I´m going…… with a few nouns to make lots of combinations.
    I test myself in a few different languages when I’m waiting in queues, on the bus/train etc. just as i might have recited times-tables as a child in class (many years ago!)
    I think it exercises my brain, if nothing else.

    Yes, I ‘talk in tongues’ (quietly) to myself all the time.

    If i do this about five times a day, in boring moments, instead of picking up phone and checking social media, I find I feel I’m making progress.

    Regards. Marie.

    1. Hello Marie, thank you for your comment. I find that your method of language learning is very useful! The most important that it works for you. I also test myself when I am waiting in queues by trying to recall the words and phrases I’ve learnt before. I am also happy to hear that I am not alone in talking to myself 😀 Language learners, we are crazy 🙂

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