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Learning v. Short Term Memorizing

Remember the nights trying to cram an entire study guide for a midterm or exam?

How many of the things we “studied” do we remember to this day? It’s interesting to see how many things we simply memorized for a short period of time compared to those we learned “by heart.”

The process of trying to learn is not exactly an easy task. Whether we prefer making flash cards, answering questionnaires, dedicating lengthy hours in a library desk or many other methods, we all study and learn differently.

Here is a the first part of a compilation of factors that contribute to our long term learning process that establishes an advantage for learning as opposed to just memorizing information over a short period of time:

  1. Level of Interest- Often, the subjects we like the least are the ones that give us the most trouble. Having the notion or hidden voice that tells us we could easily be doing much more interesting activities instead distract us and it gets in the way of our learning process.
  •  A solution to preventing our levels of interest to interfere with our education can be committing to the class or subject and even have a slight change of attitude.
  • For example, we don’t have to like the class but coming to the realization that we have to take it and making the best of it by learning from it can give you an advantage. 
  •  Think of things positively and even if “we will never, ever use this in our careers or daily lives,” you can make small talk about the information you do learn.

2. Fun factors– How much fun we have while learning is closely related to the level of interest that influences our learning experience. Educational apps in the market take advantage of this factor to make the mLearning or eLearning applications a visual and stimulating tool that gives us a head start between learning or just memorizing the new information we are given.

  •      Bringing the “fun factor” to eLearning and mLearning platforms is perhaps one of the main appeals that technological advances in education have to offer.
  •       Group studying often works in terms of success for students because the interaction, support, exchange of ideas and more with other students can end up being a fun experience that helps us remember and understand better.

So even though these two components or factors are sometimes taken for granted, you will notice that the things you do know that you’ve learned over the years have had a lot to do with them.

Stay tuned for the following three factors we believe influence your learning skills against just retaining details and new information for a shorter time.