Reflections on Education

Thursday, September 1, 2016

3 Practical Tips

Action - taking new actions. Step out of your comfort zone.

Don't be afraid of change. Cyclone Series

Your comfort zone is a state within you feel safe and in control. It includes any type of habit -everyday activities, that keeps you at gradually low anxiety level.

The learning zone is the area of innovation, exploration, and adventure. This zone is not a comfortable place, but it is a stimulating one. At your studies, it could be handing a project in a new way.

The panic zone is the area of discomfort and discouragement. You may be in your panic zone when you study something for an exam in the last minute. Like the comfort zone, you can't make progress in the panic zone.

We'll see 3 practical tips that are going to help you keeping in the learning zone, comfortably with no panic.

  • The Pomodoro Technique. The Pomodoro technique -twenty-five-minute timer- can be particularly useful in breaking up your response to cues. Focus intently for those twenty-five minutes and after the timer goes off, give yourself a small, fun reward. The Pomodoro technique avoids the potential distraction.
Don't miss the following absolutely amazing video on this technique.

  • Eat your frogs first in the morning. Do the hardest and most disliked tasks first, as soon as you wake up. Start with a task you dislike or one which you feel will be difficult. At the end of the day, you will be happy with how much you have achieved. This is an incredibly productive strategy. The reasons for it are a) you have more energy in the early morning, b) if you start with the task you enjoy, then you'll do the ones you dislike in a negative mood.
  • Clip art courtesy Microsoft Corporation
  • The importance of sleep in learning.  Sleep helps to renewal our brain and get rid of toxic products in it. It's like a housecleaning. Research suggests that sleep helps learning and memory. Too little sleep seems to be the reason for not thinking very clearly the next day and not focusing attention and learn efficiently. Sleep has three functions: acquisition - the introduction of new information into the brain, consolidation -the process by which the memory gets stable and recall -the ability to access information after it has been stored.
 Brain during sleep animation © 2014 Kevin Mendez

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