How to teach modern students to learn

Teachers, are often so obsessed with the fact that the lesson is short and the program is extremely busy that we focus on how to squeeze

How to teach modern students to learn

Simple tricks and interesting tips!

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Teachers, are often so obsessed with the fact that the lesson is short and the program is extremely busy that we focus on how to squeeze in the lesson as much as possible.

Yes, the program material is extremely important! However, in the quest to give as much knowledge as possible to our students, we sometimes forget that we have to teach our students something more important: learn to learn! After all, any information heard is forgotten, and the ability to organize yourself to acquire knowledge independently - skills that form a successful personality!

From the opposite

What prevents students from learning successfully? If we analyze the key factors, we can highlight the following:

  • fixed thinking;

  • inability to structure information;

  • low concentration;

  • bad memory.


Here are some effective tips to help you deal with these obstacles.

Overcoming the syndrome of fixed thinking

According to Carol Duek, the world's leading researcher in the field of motivation and self-development, successful people are distinguished from ordinary people not by their level of intelligence, but by their type of thinking.

Yes, people with a fixed mindset believe that everyone is born with certain talents, inclinations and intelligences that are unchanged throughout life.

In contrast, individuals with a growth-minded mindset believe that anyone with a normal level of intelligence can master any knowledge and skills. Success directly depends on the effort and time. Interestingly, the latter, even with lower IQs, are superior to people with a fixed mindset.

Explain to students that if you take even small steps, but constantly, you can surpass those who seem to have a certain talent from birth, but do little to develop it.

Techniques for successful systematization of new information

To study anything, you need to memorize the theory. And to master a large amount of information, it must be structured accordingly.

Teach students to "eat the cow in small pieces." You can complete a difficult task or successfully solve any problem only by understanding the sequence of actions, what and how to do. So, if students need to master a large amount of information, teach them to break this task into small daily tasks that are quite clear - parts of the whole.

Remind me of the Pareto rule. Its essence is as follows: 20% of the effort brings 80% of the result, while the far 80% of the effort is only 20% of the total achievement. So, having mastered the rules or understanding the meaning of the laws, you can quickly understand the details of anything.

Get used to writing down the main thing. This not only develops memory, but also develops the ability to distinguish the main from the secondary.

Create smart cards together. This is a visualization of anything like a neural system - first the key elements of anything are highlighted, and from each of them are already created different levels of branches. This technique allows you to understand the relationships in the system of anything and clearly understand the main and secondary elements.

Practice the Mark Twain method. This is a graphical visualization technique in which the whole array of information is divided into 5 parts, in each of them the brightest moment (event, fact, problem question) is selected and schematically drawn. Therefore, the whole array of information is based on only 5 schematic images.

Techniques for the development of concentration

Success depends on effort. Teach students to plan their time and not be distracted.

  • This Allows you to effectively alternate the time of mental load and rest without being distracted. It is necessary to divide training time into several segments, duration of each 25 minutes, then rest of 5 minutes. After 4 stages of training you should take a break for 30 minutes. For easy time control, you can use a special application that can be downloaded from Google Play.
  • Eisenhower's method. This technique will allow you to correctly determine the priorities and plan the order of tasks. Each of the four columns records the tasks for the day. Tasks are performed according to their priority.

Techniques for memory development

You need to constantly train your memory! There are many tricks, we offer some of the most effective.

  • The law of comprehension. This is a method of conscious learning. To remember anything, you need to ask and answer the question "why?" consecutively 5 times. Each time answering a new question, students master the causal relationships.
  • Law of action. Practical application helps to remember more than 75% of the acquired knowledge, while passive listening - no more than 5%.
  • The law of repetition. To memorize any information, it must be repeated at least 4 times according to the following principle: the first time - immediately after listening / reading, the second time - after 20 minutes, the third time - after 8 hours, the fourth time - no later than one day after the last repetition.

You can learn to learn at any age. Help your student™s master one of the key skills of every successful person as early as possible!