Is There A Better Way To Learn?

It’s that time of year again when exams seem to take over your whole life. It’s not fun, it’s not pleasant, and it’s often not what you want to be doing with every waking moment. So what happens? You switch off. You procrastinate. You lose focus, energy, and interest. That’s when the stress catches up with you because you’ve left yourself unprepared and fearful of failing. Surely there has to be a better way of doing this?

Leaving all your learning to the few days or hours before your exam is going to drive you nuts. All of us have done it though. We’ve got into our revising rhythm and then realized we simply don’t have a clue what a topic is about or what a particular equation means. Exam stress can be pretty overwhelming. If you add to it with panic cramming, you could be setting yourself up to fail. The trick is to start early.

When you realize you don’t understand something you’re being taught, that really is the best time to stand up and say so. Everyone is unique, so we all learn in different ways. The teacher or instructor can’t cater to every single method of teaching. That means some of you in your class aren’t going to get the concepts being taught unless you can find another way of learning it. If you know your learning preferences or learning style, you can figure out the best approach.  

Finding a different way to learn is often the best way to fill in those gaps. Usually, teachers will give you information verbally as well as written down. They’ll check your understanding by testing you too. But you can still fall through the cracks. Fortunately, most teachers are happy to explain things in a different way if you ask. You could also try online resources when you read around your subject too. You might find games that can help support your calculus education resources. We often learn much better when the activities are fun and engaging.

Teaching others helps solidify our own learning. Try explaining what you know about your topic to someone else. If that person is a little younger than you, you might even need to simplify the basics and strip the information right down. This can be enormously beneficial to you as it secures your understanding and helps make that learning stick. Don’t forget, we often need to repeat or practice actions several times before they become fluent. The same can be said of memorizing facts and figures or understanding new concepts.

If you know you’re not quite getting it, do take the time and trouble to find other ways to learn it. If you leave it to exam time, you might not have enough time to grasp it. Worse still, you’ll be adding pressure and stress at this difficult time. When you know something well, you don’t need to revise as hard! To find the gaps in your learning, simply ask yourself if you could teach what you’ve been taught. Find other resources like games and quizzes to help you solidify your learning. Have fun with it!