“14 Ways to Acquire Knowledge”
4. Get if from yourself
5. Walk around it
12. Put in order
~ James Mangan
A 1936 guide to learning that still rings true.
“What must be done, will be done.”
~ Emilia Lahti
I’m really interested in the Finnish characteristic of sisu, which Emilia Lahti defines as a “psychological strength capacity enabling individuals to power on when they feel they have reached the limits of their perceived mental or physical capacities.”
“After being exposed to new information, someone who experiences a good night’s sleep will have better recall of that information than someone who stays awake the whole night through. The apt apprentice listens well, sleeps soundly and repeats. She strengthens her memory (or her skillset, or knowledge base), by not only acquiring new information but consolidating it, so that it can be built upon in the future. ”
~ Robert T. Gonzalez
Learn something and then consolidate it by taking a nap.
Video interview with Stephen King from 1982. Really takes one back in time with the old school appearances and it’s interesting to hear Stephen King’s perspectives on his career and college experience.
“[…] in general, memory issues in younger people may be different from those that plague older individuals. For younger adults, stress may play more of a role, and the ubiquity of technology—including the Internet and wireless devices, which can often result in constant multi-tasking—may impact their attention span, making it harder to focus and remember.”
~ via Medical Xpress
According to this study, 14 percent of 18-39 year-old adults had memory issues, a much higher percentage than expected.
For adults, typing may be a fast and efficient alternative to longhand, but that very efficiency may diminish our ability to process new information. Not only do we learn letters better when we commit them to memory through writing, memory and learning ability in general may benefit.
~ Maria Konnikova
This links with other research that found students learn better when they take notes by hand rather than typing them on a keyboard.