“Learning is not attained by chance; it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.” ― Abigail Adams
We all understand the need of having someone who can “really” help accelerate their child’s learning skills. Not using any jargons or make it sound unrealistic or just write for the heck of it, the reader is the best judge and can make the best possible use of shared suggestions.
So, let’s get started!
Accelerated learning or ‘leaning how to learn’ has been one of the latest terminologies which has gained popularity with the increasing cognitive awareness and inventions. Before any confusion hits you with the phrase, let me define in it for you in simple language.
Accelerated learning (A.L.) is one of the most advanced teaching and learning method in use today. It is a cognitive system for enhancing the child’s learning speed. It is based on latest researches on brain. It is one of the most convenient & economical processes of learning. It is quite contemporary in approach and popular with masses.
Its philosophy and effectiveness are based on the natural learning style of an individual. Purely organic for of learning, which helps in unlocking a child’s academic potential. It caters to actively involving a person to make use of physical skills, creativity, music, pictures, and painting leading to self-discovery of optimized learning.
As humans, we seem to believe that we have a limited brain, with a limited capacity for storage of knowledge. Conventionally, it is a human construct to think that in order to learn something new, we need to delete the old. This is not the case with contemporary learning. Science has proven that we have an infinite capacity to learn and this reminds me of a very interesting explanation given by American psychologist Paul Reber:
“The human brain consists of about one billion neurons. Each neuron forms about 1,000 connections to other neurons, amounting to more than a trillion connections.
If each neuron could only help store a single memory, running out of space would be a problem. You might have only a few gigabytes of storage space, similar to space in an iPod or a USB flash drive.
Yet neurons combine so that each one helps with many memories at a time, exponentially increasing the brain’s memory storage capacity to something closer to around 2.5 petabytes (or a million gigabytes).
For comparison, if your brain worked like a digital video recorder in a television, 2.5 petabytes would be enough to hold three million hours of TV shows. You would have to leave the TV running continuously for more than 300 years to use up all that storage.”
Dr.Patricia Porter, Ph.D., our patron at Vnaya has helped us on learning how to learn. If we teach a child as per their natural learning style, we will surely be able to help him/her in attainment of the desired goals in a much more efficient way.
Now what should one do to accelerate learning, here are a few practical tips:
Power of imagination:
Well, with too much inclination towards technical and utilitarian aspect of education, we have somehow underestimated the power of imagination. Yes, imagination is the basis to brain development, sharp memory and swift learning of concepts. Even in linear equations we start by taking an unknown answer as “x”. So, in order to memorize better we should be allowing our brain to exaggerate. It is a universe in itself. Making use of colorful pens and underlining difficult words, making funny sentences, will make us recall better, since it gets stored as a memory. So, in order to have it stored properly, we should be able to make a long relative story around it. It will help us tap into it later.
Creating a natural learning environment:
Let’s not underestimate that colorful pen holder or those bright curtains near study. We should allow children to have a fun place to study, keeping it relevant to academic setup with posters, colorful curtains, pens, music player, laptop, and printer and stationary. It should include stress busting toys and props like a Rubik’s’ cube, cushion ball, spinner etc, to help child relief stress. Let your child pick from these and make the best out of it. It will be a natural learning setup, giving vent to stress. An airy room with a good view helps in refreshing the child’s memory.
Chose what is interesting:
Well, interest always accelerates learning, without a doubt. Even if there is any topic which you find less interesting, one can always club it with interesting examples. If a teacher or parent can create a list of things that interest their child, then the lessons can be planned in such ways. For instance, if a child is find of high speed cars, and then the facilitator should create examples, case studies and other writing topics around the interest of the child. This method will allow the brain to automatically store the information and can enhance one’s memory.
An active mind resides in an active body:
Our body is a machine which requires consistent servicing and activity. We cannot function without it. Inactive body can slow down our blood circulation and which in turn is not good for the mind. Mind needs rejuvenation and activity. We should encourage physical activity like any game or a sport- swimming, basketball, and tennis, etc., to keep our bodies active. Just like refreshing a computer helps it work faster, a refreshed mind will also be able to retain more and that too at a quick pace.
Another important aspect to increase the power of learning is to meditate. Meditation increases the mental power making it calmer and free from stress. It helps in making a child become patient and understanding towards situations in life. This makes a better room for learning and memorizing.
To conclude, we would like to re-instate the under used mind and not tapping into the super powering aspect of accelerated learning. It is not only the need of hour but also goes a long way for an individual to lead a quality life. It will not only shape a better future but also the well-being, as a whole of the child. Human mind and spirit is invincible and it is time we trust and traverse the road less travelled and explore new possibilities for the new world order evolving each passing day!
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