January 5, 2024

Learning goes beyond school!

Learning is an ongoing process that goes beyond school. It allows us to improve in various aspects of life, such as sales and customer communication. Learning a new programming language allows us to expand our technical skills. In addition, automating new skills allows us to become more efficient in various tasks. Moreover, learning helps us become better at our favorite sports.

No matter what your dream is, achieving it requires acquiring new knowledge and skills.

Learning is the most important thing you can learn!

Acquiring knowledge is one of the most valuable skills you can develop. We are in an era of exponential growth, where what you learn today may be irrelevant tomorrow. Every day offers new possibilities and opportunities. Therefore, it is increasingly important to learn new skills quickly and enjoyably.

Learning can be difficult!

Today we delve into:

The latest science around neuro-plasticity:

  • Neuro: your brain is made up of billions of neurons
  • Plasticity: changing the "pathways" in your brain

We hope we can make learning more enjoyable and easier for you!

Tip 1: Be attentive and awake

Attention is essential for effective learning. Here are concrete actions you can take:

Take 30 seconds to focus on where you are going to learn, whether it is a book or a computer screen. This increases the production of dopamine, a substance that stimulates attention in your brain. When we engage with something that genuinely piques our interest, this substance is automatically released.

Tip 2: Generate repetitions!

Every time you practice/repeat/read you generate new neuron pathways and automate your knowledge.

  • See how difficult car driving was at your first driving lesson and how easy and smooth it is now.
  • You made a fat neuron autostrada by repeating.

Tip 3: Embrace and appreciate mistakes!

Mistakes play a crucial role in the learning process. Making mistakes and discovering them yourself (through self-evaluation) leads to the release of extra dopamine, which increases attention. These experiences help strengthen neuronal connections in your brain. So be grateful when you make a mistake! It means you are learning!

Tip 4: Relax, rest and sleep!

Although focusing on something increases our attention when absorbing information, something magical happens when we momentarily LOSE focus.

Recently, scientists have discovered that during rest periods, whether short or long, your brain generates extra repetitions. These rest periods are the basis for processing information.

Relaxation versus deep rest!

Although scrolling on your smartphone, gaming or talking are considered relaxing activities, they still require a certain amount of focus.

During these activities, you are absorbing information. You are "learning" (social skills, gameplay, the information on your feed).

However, the type of rest scientists refer to in "superlearning" is deeper rest.

Tip 5: Random short rest breaks

  • Take random rest periods of 30-60 seconds during your learning sessions.
  • During these breaks, try not to focus on anything specific
  • Pay attention to your breathing and consciously calm your breathing.
  • Give your brain space to recover and process, it will do the rest!


Tip 6: NSDR (Non Sleep Deep Rest)

NSDR stands for Non Sleep Deep Rest, a method that is very effective for improving learning.

Here are the steps:

  • Reserve 10-20 minutes somewhere during the day, after your learning session, to lie down and rest with your eyes closed.
  • Choose a low-intensity activity, such as yoga, meditation or simply relaxing.
  • During this rest period, try to let go of your thoughts and focus on your breathing.
  • Scientists have found that this technique produces dramatic improvements in the learning process, because your brain continues to strengthen neuronal connections during the rest period.
  • In addition, this type of meditation or rest is also scientifically proven to be successful in reducing stress.

By applying NSDR regularly, you can both improve your learning performance and reduce stress.

Tip 7: Sleep

A good night's sleep is essential for thoroughly processing what you have learned. Scientists have found that sleep in the three nights after learning has a significant impact on processing.

Thus, to make the best use of superlearning, it is important to go to bed on time and get enough sleep. Make sure you give your brain the necessary rest and recovery time so that it can effectively consolidate and integrate the information learned.

Superlearning summary

In this blog post, we discussed various techniques and tips to promote superlearning. Here is a summary of the key points:

  1. Pay attention to your learning session by focusing for 30 seconds before you begin.
  2. Generate repetitions to reinforce the information learned.
  3. Expect and accept mistakes as a valuable part of the learning process.
  4. Visualize your learning, ask questions and measure your progress to stay actively engaged in learning.
  5. Relax, rest and get enough sleep, as this contributes to the optimal functioning of your brain.
  6. During your learning session, take a minute to close your eyes and unwind.
  7. Later in the day, set aside 10-20 minutes for Non-Sleep Deep Rest, where you relax and unwind with your eyes closed.
  8. Ensure quality and sufficient sleep during the night to optimize the processing of learning.

By applying these superlearning techniques, you can improve your learning experience and absorb and process information more effectively. Remember, a healthy balance between learning, rest and sleep is essential for achieving optimal learning outcomes.

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