Learning to Learn

The BE FAST Method

B - Belief

If you don't believe you can or if you believe you can't, you're right.

Avoid mental blocks by believing you can do better.

Simple imagination exercise involving a lateral hand stretch:

E - Exercise (as your body moves your brain grooves)

Neural elasticity comes from a healthy body. An active lifestyle pays off.

A nice similitude between working out:

and learning:

F - Forget (beginner's mindset)

A common roadblock for learning is not adopting a beginner's mindset. If you think you already know something well enough you're less likely to pick up new information about the subject fast.

Your mind is like a parachute. It only works when it's open.

Forget what you already know about the subject.

Forget about anything that's not urgent and important. You can't multitask. If your brain is thinking about 4 different things, you're not fully present – so you won't learn.

Forget your limitations.

A - Active (learning is not a spectator's sport)

Learning is more effective when you engage: ask better questions and take better notes.

You learn by creating information and being active in the process.

S- State (all learning is state dependent)

Information combined with emotion becomes a long-term memory.

Therefore it is paramount to be in a superior mood when learning.

Fun fact: a lot of people don't remember what they learned in school because the umbrella emotion for most of them was boredom.

Improving state:

Instead of being clever during the class, aim to be bewildered by the new information.

T- Teach (when you teach something you get to learn it twice)

Learn with the intention of teaching it to somebody else.

Pretend you had to give a presentation of what you've learned today: