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Want to learn new things? These 16 simple steps will help you to learn any subject or activity faster and better. Follow them accurately to become a quick learner!

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16 Ways to Learn Anything Faster and BetterEvery person, be it a student, professional or a retired veteran, are learning every day. Though separated by ages and inclinations, all of them acquire skill and knowledge in their own field. A student tries to play guitar, a professional tries to become familiar with new software while a retired person tries to learn how to poach an egg which he couldnt master throughout his busy professional life. But for many of us, there are many things that we want to learn but dont have the time. In this age when information is readily available, we all have the scope to learn things which we want. The only variable is the time that people spend in learning them.

Our mind always soaks new information. These 16 useful tips in chronological order can help your mind to learn or acquire any new skill or knowledge quickly. Shorten your learning curve by following these useful hacks!1. Exercise Regularly

A healthy body is always able to remember and memorize different skills rapidly. Doing regular exercises, lifting weights or simply jogging on a treadmill has a host of physical benefits. Moreover, it also helps to improve the learning capabilities of a person. A research study has found that cognitive processing (the ability to think distinctly) improves significantly after a simple 15-minute exercise session.Bonus Info: Whenever you feel that your thoughts are muddled, try taking a break and head for your gym! If it is not available, go for a simple walk.2. Eat Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids

Scientists have proved that Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (PUFAs) especially Omega-3 fatty acids improve brain functioning. These fatty acids directly help in enzyme production and enhances metabolism. Regular intake of PUFAs makes the memory centers of the brain stronger. They are also effective against all developmental disorders. Bonus Info: Fishes like Salmon, Tuna are the richest dietary sources that provide all forms of PUFAs. However, if you are strictly vegetarian, then you would be delighted to know that peanuts, pumpkin seeds, Chia seeds and Flax also provide substantial PUFA content.3. Get Sufficient Sleep

An interesting research has found that students who have sufficient sleep in the previous night perform better in the grammar exam. Adequate sleep is necessary for normal functioning of the brain, providing discerned judgments and understanding any complicated idea better. There are many people who sacrifice their sleep when they need to manage extra workload. However, they lose all their energy and every work that they do with their red eyes turn out to be of inferior quality.Bonus Info: According to various studies, researchers say that a 7-8 hours sleep is compulsory for every person. Try to strictly maintain a regular sleep and wake-up schedule and avoid taking caffeine before you go to bed. 4. Drink Adequate Water Everyday

About 70 percent of the human body is comprised of water. Drinking water is much more important than everybody thinks. Water is very much important to keep the body hydrated and the normal functioning of the brain depends on the abundant supply of water. Any person who maintains and drinks plenty of water is able to think faster and experience greater clarity. Not only that, a study has found that water also helps a person to become more focused and intensifies creativity. So, it is important to carry a bottle of water wherever you go! Bonus Info: Studies have proved that a person with 1 percent dehydration tends to have 5 percent reduction in their cognitive functioning. So it is necessary to take at least two liters of water every day. Fresh fruits are also good and healthy supplier of water to the body.5. Practice Meditation or Yoga

Life is full of anxieties. A person with high anxiety and stress level always underperforms than a person with calm mind. It has been scientifically proved that yoga and meditation helps to reduce depression and tension from human lives. Regular yoga or meditation enhances concentration and discipline. Those who practice it every day report fewer errors in perception or cognition. Bonus Info: It is better to keep some spare time in the morning for meditation or yoga whichever is comfortable to do. Within a single month, you will notice a change in yourself. Today, even United Nations recognizes the importance of Yoga. Starting 2015, every 21st June will be celebrated as International Yoga Day.6. Take a Hobby

Every person should have a hobby of their own which should be very different from the usual work that they do. Picking up something very different allows the brain to relax and makes the person smarter. Always try something that interests you and on which you can put your concentration. From engaging oneself in the favorite sport to travelling in different places, they act as stimulating activities which help to improve the functioning of the brain. A research conducted by a University has found that hobbies are equally effective on people above the age of 65. They have also shown signs of developed cognitive functions. Bonus Info: Other than keeping you youthful and free from worries and stress, hobbies always help to enrich your perspective. Your hobby becomes your connection with other people with cultivated thoughts and you start seeing the world with refreshed eyes.7. Set Up an Agenda

It is important for every person to set definite and realistic goals in life. The word realistic signifies some achievable target that the person wants to accomplish. Students, professionals or any other when they decide to learn anything must do so with a proper planning. You should arrange your time by including breaks in the schedule. This relaxation time is known as the spacing effect which is important and known to improve learning abilities.Bonus Info: Though most people need to do multiple tasks at the same time, still it is better if you can provide your complete time to learning depending on your priority. When you do a single task at a time, you have better chances to reach your goal quickly. 8. Check Your Motivation

A person learns a new skill from their passion or from their own need. So, before beginning the task it is important to ask oneself Why am I learning this? and What importance does it have? It has been found that people always learn better when the information or the skill has a certain level of usefulness to them. In other words, any skill that you choose to learn must interest and excite you or you can lose all your motivation in the middle of the task. Bonus Info: People lose motivation due to various reasons. It may be lack of time or they can run out of money, some people get scared or they are not serious about the task while some just lose their interest. It is important that you consider all these factors before you jump into the new expedition.9. Get Entertained

It is already mentioned that it is important to allocate sufficient time for relaxing during the process to avoid complete burn out. It is also better to spend the relaxation time with some source which will entertain you or in other words make you laugh. On the basis of preferences, some people choose to spend this time with their friends while some just sit back and enjoy the evergreen Tom and Jerry cartoons. Bonus Info: Various studies have shown that a simple act of laughter is sufficient to reduce the anxiety level. After a giggling session with friends, every person has shown improvement with their problem solving skills and innovativeness.10. Find a Friend

Learning anything can seem to be an uphill task when a person tries to accomplish it all alone. Therefore, it is always prescribed that the students or any other person learning something new should do it in a group. If it is not possible, you should try so that at least one of your friends accompanies you with the task. When you have another person with you, it not only increases your focus but it also helps to maintain accountability.Bonus Info: When a person works with his/her peers, they can help each other in the times of their individual need. It has also been noticed that in these situations all the friends maintain a healthy competition among themselves which in turn accelerates the momentum.11. Find the Right Environment

Right surroundings have a profound impact on the learning process. It always helps positively in the learning process. In general, the ambience needs to be clean and quiet. But the learner can add or choose anything that complements the environment. Though everyone is supposed to choose a comfortable place, you are advised not to lie in the bed. Any place where your concentration would not be disturbed can be selected as a place to learn new things.Bonus Info: It is also important to keep all distractions like smart phone, MP3 players and TV away from your reach. These things always disturb the concentration level. Some people love parks while some choose library when they need to learn something. 12. Develop Metacognition

Metacognition is referred as thinking about thinking. In simpler words, it is not only concerned with understanding but also about how you understand it. Always question your first impression about the subject and try to evaluate what you are learning is accurate or not. So, it is a reflection of the present knowledge and shows the key areas where you would need to make the adjustments. Bonus Info: Metacognition is a developed theory which has attracted theorists since the ages of Greek civilization. Today, it helps everyone, right from struggling students to experts. They can monitor their own work and direct their own learning by following the process of Metacognition.13. Remain Unafraid of Failures

A group of researchers in Singapore have found that students who tried to solve tough mathematical problems without any external a

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