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This is the simplest rule in learning. It is the most important rule. Yet it is the one almost everyone forgets, or doesn’t even know.
Never banalize information!
Never say: “I won’t use this?” Never say: “I’m just learning this to pass a test.” Never say: “Once I’m done with this, I’m going to forget it.” Because if you do, you’ll never remember it in the first place.
The Von Restorf effect tells us that unique or strange things are easy to remember. But more powerful than that is: relevant things are the easiest to remember.
Make learning it fun!
The best way to make something relevant, is to make it pleasant and pleasurable. People love joy. People love being happy, having a good time, seeing something funny. How often have you come out of a movie that you laughed at, and you’re able to quote your favorite jokes?
- Temperance —Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
- Silence —Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
- Order —Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
- Resolution —Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
- Frugality —Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing.
Your body is your brain. It may not seem like that, but from a computer perspective, it doesn’t much matter the processor if you have a hard drive with low I/O speeds, No RAM, fuzzy monitor, and a keyboard missing important keys, like the forward slash.
The mind and the body form a system, not to mention the fact that your “gut” is sometimes called your “Second Brain.”
Your overall health in non-brain areas affects your brain, your mood, your motivation. The number one cause of procrastination is: Feeling like crap.
The second essential habit to studying is having an exercise routine that gives you a nice shot of mood enhancing endorphins.
Mood improvement immediately after a single bout of exercise is well documented, but less is known about successive and longer term effects. … However, exercise seemed to have a much greater effect on positive than on negative moods. The favorable moods induced by each class seemed to have worn off by the following week, to be reinstated by the class itself. In the Callanetics class, positive mood also improved significantly over time. The Callanetics class involved “slower,” more demanding exercises, not always done to music. The Callanetics and Advanced classes also showed significantly greater preexercise negative moods in the first three sessions. However, these differences disappeared following exercise.
Generally speaking, daily exercise for 7-10 minutes is really all you need to keep fit and get the benefits.