TEACH TO LEARN
One of the surest techniques to retain what you have learned is to reach out and teach another person. This memory skill we are sharing is in alignment with the key principal of coming from service in life to create a positive path to personal growth and excellence in life. Contrary to much of what we’ve learned that we keep score of our success by how many toys and dollars we take in, success in life is really a matter of how we master the art of sharing value with others.
We all have something we know and do well that we can teach others, and doing so we make ourselves bigger expanding our presence in the world and sharing our authentic selves. You may not feel like you’re an expert or teacher but there is something in you that brings you joy that makes you feel alive and therefore something likely that you do very well.
That is your gift. It’s not a gift from the Universe to you, it is your gift from the Universe THROUGH you! By sharing what you do and love and feel is at the core of your personal and professional life with others, you open yourself to an abundant world that is very rewarding. When we come from sharing and caring and being our true selves we open not just our own hearts and minds to learning and growing, we open previously unseen doors and windows to opportunity and abundance!
Therefore, make it a habit to teach others what you know just as we can and should seek to give to others what we wish to receive. Teaching people is a powerful means of giving and learning as this helps you to retain and remember what you have learned. Find study partners to work with and divide up the subject matter to be learned and teach your chosen segment to your study partner. Help them to understand it and doing so you’ll gain a much deeper longer lasting understanding of the subject matter.
Use lists and create outlines of the information you’re studying and use them to teach your study partner or student. Use other tools like flashcards to teach the subject matter. Use and teach memory mnemonics like rhymes to associate key points of the material to a memorable melody.
Some people are visual learners they’ll do best with charts, diagrams and flashcards while others are auditory learners who will do best with recitations and audio mnemonics like the ABC’s song we all learned the alphabet with as children.
Pay attention to the language the person you’re working with uses to describe things as this is often a clue to the style of learning they do best with. For example if someone tends to say “that’s clear to me” or “I see what you’re saying” their brain works in a visual learning manner. If someone says things like “that rings true to me” or “that’s clear as a bell” it’s often an indication of their being an auditory learner. Once you’ve determined the main style of learning of your student or study partner you can tailor your teaching methods to suit them and you’ll get better results.
There are plenty of great groups on Facebook full of people looking for help in just about every possible subject. Be a mentor! Be a contributor. Help others learn what you’re learning.