Thursday, December 07, 2006

Hacking Knowledge: 77 Ways to Learn Faster, Deeper, and Better | OEDb

This is one of the more intresting articles I've read recently.
Hacking Knowledge: 77 Ways to Learn Faster, Deeper, and Better OEDb

Listing everything from Health to Learning Aids, there are a lot of ideas and concepts here that we as designers normally don't think about.

Some examples:
1. Shake a leg. Lack of blood flow is a common reason for lack of concentration. If you've been sitting in one place for awhile, bounce one of your legs for a minute or two. It gets your blood flowing and sharpens both concentration and recall.

Perspective and Focus
13. Turn out the lights. This is a way to focus, if you are not into meditating. Sit in the dark, block out extraneous influences. This is ideal for learning kinesthetically, such as guitar chord changes.

Recall Techniques
15. Listen to music. Researchers have long shown that certain types of music are a great "key" for recalling memories. Information learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled simply by "playing" the songs mentally.

Visual Aids
20. Learn symbolism and semiotics. Semiotics is the study of signs and symbols. Having an understanding of the symbols of a particular discipline aids in learning, and also allows you to record information more efficiently.

Verbal and Auditory Techniques
27. Cognitive enhancers: binaural beats. Binaural beats involve playing two close frequencies simultaneously to produce alpha, beta, delta, and theta waves, all of which produce either sleeping, restfulness, relaxation, meditativeness, alertness, or concentration. Binaural beats are used in conjunction with other excercises for a type of super-learning.
28. Laugh. Laughing relaxes the body. A relaxed body is more receptive to new ideas.

This is just a sample of the 77 way out of the box ideas. I look forward to seeing how I can use some techniques with my learners..

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