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Take a break, preferably something physical (gym, martial art class, etc...) or at least utterly unrelated to your current problem. A coffee break is good, so is eating a piece of fruit. Leave you brain to work on the problem in the background so to speak. Then grab your voodoo doll (or more commonly a duck) and explain to it what your are trying to do and ...


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Not "the best way", but a very useful resource I found some months ago: Vocabulary.com. In a few words: it is a system that allows you to exercise vocabulary. It tries to guess your level based in the answers you give, and so it shows you the words you should not know yet, and when you fail your answer, it remembers them in order to show later again. It ...


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A solid foundation in computers and more specifically in software development allow people to ramp up on new projects and technologies rather quickly. Principles remain the same from language to language, it's more or less the syntax that changes. It sounds like you might still be learning these foundations, and that takes time. Once you've got 'em down (a ...


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Having been on the instructing side of academia for a while, I students all learn differently. It takes a lot of nerve to even write a personal account of what you are thinking about. Blogging takes that to another level. One of the hardest things to learn in any subject is how to intelligently expresses and explain your beliefs. Keeping a journal, ...


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Spaced Repetition Software Spaced repetition is a learning technique that incorporates increasing intervals of time between subsequent review of previously learned material; this exploits the psychological spacing effect. Alternative names include spaced rehearsal, expanding rehearsal, graduated intervals, repetition spacing, repetition ...


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There is a good technique listed on Wikipedia- "Rubber duck debugging" It says that you can solve your problem by explaining your program to a yellow duck. While you're speaking and explaining your problems [to a duck, so you have to be very convincing], you may identify the error and think up the solution. This technique works well if you're stuck. It's a ...


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You have passed the first level of the Dunning-Kruger effect: The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which unskilled individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly rating their ability much higher than average. This means you are lucky enough to be in a position to actually learn something about the framework you're studying. It's ...


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I'm a college student who finds it very easy to be distracted. List your distractions, get rid of them. Use the bare minimum on your desk that's necessary for note taking, do not use your cell phone at all. Remove any distraction from your view by simply sitting in the front of the class. Sometimes, it's better to not sit next to your friends during ...


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How do you learn everything? You can't. There is simply too much knowledge to learn everything. But... it sounds like you want to learn how to learn, which can be done! A good place to start would be the learning questions already asked here. The rest depends on what you want to learn. Khanacademy is a great resource for a large variety of topics: ...


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I learned my first real language, C, with infrequent access to the internet and very few books. Getting stuck was invariably a part of my learning process, perhaps the most important part at times. Sometimes, it's good to struggle. This was before the web as we know it came to be known in mass consumption. When I got stuck, I'd go do the most menial things ...


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Well, the way I do it is I accept the fact that I could be roughly equally productive in a huge number of fields, and that any of those fields would give me pleasure, feelings of reward, keep me interested, etc... so here's what else I consider to rule out some subjects: Will you able to make money with it and how much, or would it just be a hobby for you? ...


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First, I'd suggest looking at some "How to Win Friends and Influence People" suggestions: Fundamental Techniques in Handling People Don't criticize, condemn, or complain. Give honest and sincere appreciation. Arouse in the other person an eager want. ... Twelve Ways to Win People to Your Way of Thinking The only way to ...


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The first thing to realise is that ultimately most people don't really want to change. They may feel unhappy with the way things are - but when it comes down to it the effort required to change feels greater than the perceived benefit that they will get from the work. You would need to switch this perception around for them. You can do this in one of three ...


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The reason for this is because some people use technology rather than learn it. Learning the nuances comes later when knowing the finer details is wholly necessary. They may be more pragmatic and perhaps top down thinkers who work from the highest level goal, organise it into subtasks and then have much simpler tasks to solve, which is just a matter of ...


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I will speak about my personal experience. I improved my English skills by watching TV series and films, but I was already at some stage in my English learning. I had a good knowledge of English Grammar and some vocabulary. But this way of learning is not going to give good results until it is given enough time, for example weeks, and in a continuous way, ...


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Day dreaming is a sequencing of ideas or thinking. I would advise you to start this when you are alone. It surely benefit you, however, always cross check what you are thinking.. and best place is google. :) It is due to lack of interest that you start day dreaming. When you are in classes, meetings and presentation. Prepare yourself and generate interest ...


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There is no any secret. Look, our life will be over some day. I think, we must live. Not just exist, but live. If you have a dream, if you do want something, you'll "burn". You will work to realize your dream. And doing this, you'll be happy. You'll find yourself. But if you get up every morning, have a breakfast, go to work/school/institute, have a lunch, ...


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Things that involve physical conditioning are better done for shorter periods but more frequently. If you go out and lift weights once a week for 4 hours, not only will you not build more muscle than if you split the lifting up over several days, you will be extremely sore the next day and may not even be able to finish the marathon session due to muscle ...


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I would recommend that you make sure that every important item has its dedicated spot. For my keys and my wallet this is a kind of place mat on my desk. Every time I arrive at home my keys go there along with my wallet. If the keys aren't there, they are in my left pant pocket or the left pocket of my jacket. For other things there are document drawers ...


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Where do you currently keep data you wish to see? For me, spaced repetition is critical to internalize anything. I put a lot of stuff on flashcards that magically goes to my phones, tablets, and interwebs. I still have to consciously spin through my flashcards, but that's become a habit while standing in line, waiting for a long build process, other ...


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Practice executive functioning regularly to improve the function. Every half hour when the bell tolls, put everything down, get a good stretch, and ask yourself: "What am I going to do for the next half hour?" This is a great recovery system for people who have a tendency to go on tangents, and it builds self confidence because people generally make good ...


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Instigate curiosity. Make them ask. I usually use this as a personal technique to share a new idea. It gives me time to think of good arguments. "I've got a great idea!" "Cool. What is it?" "Yadda yadda about the basics and questionable changes." "But what about questionable change ? Won't this compromise something important ?" "I ...


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Depending on your goal, there are a number techniques. And while they may not be easy/fast, you can enjoy the learning. In all cases, you want to mirror the way a native speaker would acquire the skill you're looking for so that the learning can be deep and your usage natural: Are you looking to sound more natural when speaking or writing English? Read ...


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This is all because of the interest level my friend. we can all remember the pretty girl's name but will forget the guy's name standing just beside her in a day. this is purely due to the interest and focus factor (we may also recall every word she says because the focus was pinpoint, we didn't rote her words in our mind) Secondly the girls name will began ...


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There are a few resources relating to Nootropics, and wikipedia is as good a staring place as any - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nootropic . There is also Reddit, which is linked to above and a further subreddit would be http://www.reddit.com/r/nootropics The Immortality Institute has a large selection of members who use nootropics and are very ...


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So as a slightly out-there response. Consider the idea of starting/editing the wikipedia page about the subject - it turns out that this makes you not only engage and think critically about the material (when you're reviewing and modifying other people's content), but also to synthesis the facts you have managed to eake out of the more complex texts (when ...


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I think there are elements of truth in all your points. I don't really think information is pushed out, it is just less current. There is a layering technique I have seen used to great effect, and which I try to use, which assumes 3 layers of memory: immediate, short term and long term. If I do something once, I can probably do it again straight away, as ...


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Five solutions for improving attention and concentration (and hence the ability to restore it): Regular high-intensity physical exercise Will boost your energy level, stress capacity, ability to concentrate, mental determination, productivity, and plenty of other factors. Certain stimulant drugs (methylphenidate, amphetamines, etc.) Can be very ...


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Try to apply what you learn by implementing a small project, don't just read. Have a project in mind and you read a book, you will internatilize the concepts better. If you don't know what to develop, I can give you a few ideas, I am running out of time :)


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I used Think and Grow Rich to reach my goals. And then I forgot about it. Napolean Hill's main theme, in my humble opinion, is holding one dominant thought, in your mind, until it comes true in reality. Dominant thought plus your belief in it will make your dominant thought come true. I used it to get to university when I was younger. I was told that I was ...



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