77 Ways to Learn Faster, Deeper, and Better

Browsing the Online Education Database I came upon an article that grasped my attention immediately, “77 Ways to Learn Faster, Deeper, and Better”. At this point in time I think I would like nothing more than this, how about you? My favorites are:

1. Shake a leg. Lack of blood flow is a common reason for lack of concentration. If you’ve been sitting in one place for awhile, bounce one of your legs for a minute or two. It gets your blood flowing and sharpens both concentration and recall.

11. Do walking meditation. If you’re taking a hike (#25), go one step further and learn walking meditation as a way to tap into your inner resources and your strengthen your ability to focus. Just make sure you’re not walking inadvertently into traffic.

23. Map your task flow. Learning often requires gaining knowledge in a specific sequence. Organizing your thoughts on what needs to be done is a powerful way to prepare yourself to complete tasks or learn new topics.

26. Learn by osmosis. Got an iPod? Record a few of your own podcasts, upload them to your iPod and sleep on it. Literally. Put it under your pillow and playback language lessons or whatever.

35. Motivate yourself. Why do you want to learn something? What do want to achieve through learning? If you don’t know why you want to learn, then distractions will be far more enticing.

49. Think holistically. Holistic thinking might be the single most “advanced” learning technique that would help students. But it’s a mindset rather than a single technique.

56. Be engaging. Lectures are one-sided and often counter-productive. Information merely heard or witnessed (from a chalkboard for instance) is often forgotten. Teaching is not simply talking. Talking isn’t enough. Ask students questions, present scenarios, engage them.

The next one really hits home for me:

68. Write about it. An effective way to “teach” something is to create an FAQ or a wiki containing everything you know about a topic. Or blog about the topic. Doing so helps you to realize what you know and more importantly what you don’t. You don’t even have to spend money if you grab a freebie account with Typepad, WordPress, or Blogger.

These are some of my favorites but in reality the rest are just as good. Go read the article, Hacking knowledge: 77 Ways to Learn Faster, Deeper, and Better and see for yourself.

I have personally read many of these things in accelerated learning books, but this is a nice list to sum things up. Do not be overwhelmed by the large amount of information in this list, work through it chunk by chunk.

Posted by in Accelerated Learning | February 23, 2007 | Digg | Del.icio.us | Stumble | Print | 13 comments

  • http://www.best-of-time-management.com/personal-development.htm Pamela

    It’s true that writing something about the topic will make you realize that you know something about it. Bloggers have this advantage. Others may not know it but they actually learned something from blogging.

  • http://www.alexshalman.com Alex Shalman

    It’s great, isn’t it?

  • http://dinnerpics.blogspot.com Sean

    That’s some great advice! Thanks.


  • http://www.alexshalman.com Alex Shalman

    Glad you enjoy, take a look around the most popular posts section for more goodies.

  • http://saniawyatt.blogspot.com Sania Wyatt

    I never knew about walking meditation. Thnx. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • http://www.alexshalman.com Alex Shalman

    Yea… it sounds dangerous, doesn’t it?

  • http://enhancelifethinktank.blogspot.com/index.html Sham

    With the WWW there are so… many resources to learn. The question comes up, what not to learn ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I guess its the same thing as reading books. Choosing the right one is sometimes the hardest to thing to do.

    Thank you for the link.

  • http://alexshalman.com/blog Alex Shalman

    I agree Sham… too many resources and too litle time… you have to be selective. Enjoy the link, and come back here often!

  • Mark

    Wow. I am so impressed with the style of your writing as well as how writing something helps me understand what i’m writing faster. If I understand correctly, I comprehend what I am writing right now AND I also know what I am forgetting. But, no one wants to know what I am forgetting. =)

  • http://www.alexshalman.com Alex Shalman


    I’m sure you’ve forgotten more useful information than some people learned. That’s what happens when you become a web design, stockmarket guru in highschool, right?

    Thanks for posting bud.

  • http://www.gettingrichsciencesecret.com John L

    Great information. Your point on motivating yourself to learn is very true. One have to be certain in his motive and intention to learn and thus achieving his goal.


  • http://moritherapy.org isabella mori

    “learn by osmosis” is one that has always worked very well for me. when i learned spanish, i ALWAYS had my text book with me. on the bus, in the kitchen and yes, in the bathroom. it was a great way to learn a new language.

    • http://www.alexshalman.com Alex Shalman

      That’s awesome, you are one focused woman!