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Learning is more than just reading

Consciously absorbing and repeating information

For something to stick in your memory, it needs to be consciously absorbed and repeated. How well that works depends on various factors:

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Type of learner

Using all the senses

There are different types of learner and each type absorbs content particularly well via a specific channel. It is important to bear in mind, however, that the more senses are involved in the learning process, the better you will retain the material and the more successfully you will learn. You should therefore make sure that all your senses are used:

  • Auditory (listening): reading aloud, reciting summaries, giving presentations aloud to yourself, explaining, answering questions
  • Optical/visual (seeing): absorbing the subject matter pictorially in the form of images, sketches, graphs, drawings, mind maps
  • Haptic (doing): putting the subject matter into practice through your own actions
  • Cognitive (intellectual): silent reading and intellectual engagement with the text and key concepts

Performance

Making use of the different phases

Nobody maintains the same level of performance throughout the day. We all have our ups and downs. If you know how you generally perform at what times, you can plan your daily activities accordingly. It is important to include recovery phases after phases of high performance.

  • If possible, carry out your most important and difficult tasks during phases of high performance.
  • It is best to use phases when your performance level is lower for routine work (reworking, writing up fair copies, looking things up, etc.).
  • Do not plan breaks and leisure time in phases of high performance.

Planning

Planning

Planning includes setting goals and deadlines for yourself in writing. This will not only increase your own motivation, when you can tick off tasks you have completed, but you will also know in your own mind what needs to be done and can free your brain from having to think “What was it I was going to do again...?”, for example. Often there is simply no time to learn everything perfectly. Focus on the key elements (e.g. the subject matter that is relevant for an exam) and have the courage to leave things that are not essential aside.

Set yourself deadlines!

What, when and how?

Set yourself priorities, and think about:

a) What tasks need to be done? 
b) In what order should these tasks be tackled? 
c) What level of perfection do I need to achieve?

Working environment

Increasing your learning performance

How well you learn is also linked to how you feel. The following factors create an environment that is conducive to learning:

  • Ergonomics of the working environment: room lighting, computer settings, correct sitting position.
  • Indoor climate: regular supply of fresh air, room temperature and humidity.
  • Absence of noise: switch off all sources of noise so you can maintain your concentration (e.g. radio, household appliances, mobile phone, etc.).
  • Privacy: make sure your family and friends know when you are learning and do not disturb you (go to the library to learn, for example, where it is quiet and you can learn without being disturbed).

Learning rhythm

Adopt a structured approach

A consistent rhythm helps learning become second nature and helps you concentrate on your work. Follow the steps below when you are learning:

  • Introductory phase: first spend 5 minutes thinking about what you are about to work on.
  • Learning phase: work on the subject matter intensively for around 40 minutes.
  • Recap phase: repeat what you have learnt for around 5 minutes.
  • Break: then have a 10-minute break and allow what you have learnt to “sink in”.

Motivate yourself to learn!

Success is infectious

AKAD LernmotivationThe greater the success you have at learning, the more motivated you will feel to keep on learning.

  • Use all your senses when learning. This will boost your learning success.
  • Learn whenever you want
    Learn when you are at your most productive.
    Learn when you have the time.
  • Deliberately create space for learning.
    Learn wherever you are.
    Learn where you feel comfortable (e.g. at home, at the library).
    Learn when you're sitting on the train, in breaks, anytime you're waiting for something or someone.
  • Set you own short-term, manageable targets.
  • Awaken your interest in the subject matter.
  • Think positively and enjoy the subject you're working on.
  • Reward yourself for the work you've done.

Exam Training

From the basics to the details

Break down the learning

When revising for an exam, break down the learning into separate phases.

  • In the level acquisition phase, work on the basics.
  • In the consolidation phase, systematically learn the details to go with the basics.

Don't forget: go to your exams feeling rested and relaxed, and make sure you schedule a break from learning after an exam

Exam training

An integral component of preparing for an exam is exam training. Like an athlete, you will be trained for the all-important 'contest' so that when you line up at the starting post, you will be confident and proficient. Because proficiency only comes through practise, internal exams and qualification procedures take place on a regular basis.

Viva voce exams

In a viva voce exam, it's not just your knowledge that counts, but also your appearance and how you conduct yourself. So make sure you follow the key basic rules:

  • Arrive on time for your exam.
  • Maintain eye contact with the examiners.
  • Observe good manners and conventions of etiquette.
  • Pay close attention to the questions.
  • Answer questions in a structured manner.
  • Have a conversation with the examiner.
  • With open questions, begin in as general a manner as possible.
  • Don't wait too long to answer a question; instead, try to find a place to start.
  • If you are unable to answer a question, say so to the examiners.
  • Make sure you leave a good final impression, e.g. by thanking the examiners for the discussion and addressing them by name as you say goodbye.