The Science of Learning: Proven Methods to Jumpstart Your Knowledge Intake

About this article
Looking for learning techniques to help you work smarter, not harder? Check out this list of ten learning methods guaranteed to improve your knowledge intake.
View available schools

Brain

1. Make Flashcards

Flashcards are good for more than just learning your multiplication tables. In addition to condensing information in to easy-to-comprehend blocks, flashcards have been proven to be one of the fastest ways to commit new information to memory. Flashcards are especially good for visual learners and people who need to review information multiple times to commit it to memory.

2. Learn to Read and Write Critically

  • Free Critical Writing Course from Western Governor's University

Critical reading skills can help you to comprehend more of what you read. Critical writing skills help you produce well-constructed essays, academic papers, stories and other types of writing. Mastering both is guaranteed to make you smarter and better at whatever it is you do.

3. Learn to Speed Read

When done properly, speed reading can allow you to read faster without reducing comprehension. Essentially, you take in all of the right information and disregard irrelevant information at the same time. Accomplished speed readers can read up to 10,000 words per minute.

4. Master Mnemonic Devices

Mnemonic devices are memory tricks that help you recall information. Proven mnemonic strategies include but are not limited to: acronyms, rhymes, acrostics and chaining. Studies have shown that mnemonic devices permit the brain to hold more information for a longer period of time.

5. Write It Down

When we write things down we remember them easier. That's why people take notes, write to-do lists and transform ideas into the written word. Writing information down once or multiple times is one of the best ways to remember and visualize key facts.

6. Visualize It

Images, shapes, colors and other visual stimulants can be one of the most effective ways to organize thoughts and complete tasks. Visual methods can also be employed to learn new information faster.

7. Absorb It

Creating your own lectures and verbal notes and playing them back on a recorder or media player can help you absorb information without even trying. All you have to do is play the recording while you exercise, drive, sleep or relax. This works especially well for people who learn better with verbal methods.

8. Learn Latin

A larger vocabulary will make you better at reading and writing. If you want to increase your vocabulary, consider learning Latin. Knowing this language could help you increase your vocabulary by as many as 20,000 words.

9. Train Your Brain

Science has shown that stimulating your nervous system through exercise can make your brain function at a higher level. At least 30 minutes spent in moderate exercise (walking, swimming, biking, etc.) four to five times a week can make your smarter and help you think more clearly.

10. Take Care of Yourself

It sounds like simple advice, but the best thing you can do to jumpstart your knowledge intake is to eat well and get enough sleep. Eating healthy and sleeping is especially important for memory retention. Neuroscientists now believe that the proper amount of sleep and food can actually help to convert temporary memories into permanent or enhanced memories.

Popular Schools

  • Online Programs Available
    1. Saint Leo University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BA: Criminal Justice
      • BA: Criminal Justice - Criminalistics
      • BA: Liberal Studies
      • BA: Psychology
      • BA: Psychology - General
      • BS: Computer Science
    Associate's
      • AA: Criminal Justice
      • AA: Liberal Arts
      • AA: Business Administration
      • AA: Information Technology
      • AA: Cybersecurity
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Colorado Christian University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Criminal Justice, M.S.
      • Business Administration, MBA
      • Business Administration, MBA - Emphasis in Advanced Accounting
      • Business Administration, MBA - Emphasis in Health Care Administration
      • Business Administration, MBA - Emphasis in Leadership
      • Business Administration, MBA - Emphasis in Project Management
    Bachelor's
      • Communication Studies, B.A.
      • Criminal Justice, B.S.
      • Psychology, B.S.
      • Psychology, B.S. - Emphasis in Biblical Studies
      • Accounting, B.S.
      • Business Administration, B.S.
    Associate's
      • Criminal Justice, A.S.
      • Psychology, A.S.
      • Communication Studies, A.A.
      • General Studies, A.A.
      • Business Administration, A.S.
      • Health Care Administration, A.S.
  • Campus and Online Programs
    3. Full Sail University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science - Film Production
      • MS - Game Design (Campus)
      • M.S. - Entertainment Business
      • M.S. - New Media Journalism
      • Master of Fine Arts - Creative Writing
      • M.S. - Public Relations
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Sportscasting (Campus)
      • Bachelor of Science - Software Development
      • BS - Cloud Technologies (Campus)
      • BS - Creative Writing for Entertainment (Campus)
      • BS - Film (Campus)
      • BS - Media Communications (Campus)
    Certificate
      • Cert - Instructional Design and Technology
  • Online Programs Available
    4. The George Washington University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MSHS Medical Laboratory Sciences
      • MSHS in Immunohematology and Biotechnology
      • MSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences
      • MSHS in Translational Microbiology
      • Masters in Interdisciplinary Secondary Transition Services
      • Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Special Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners
    Bachelor's
      • BSHS in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management
      • BSHS in Medical Laboratory Sciences
      • BSHS in Biomedical Informatics
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • DBA - Management
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
      • EdD in Organizational Leadership - Health Care Administration
      • EdD in Organizational Leadership - Special Education
      • Ph.D. in General Psychology - Cognition and Instruction
      • Ph.D. in General Psychology - Industrial and Organizational Psychology
    Master's
      • M.S. Psychology with an Emphasis in Gerontology
      • M.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Human Factors
      • MA in Curriculum and Instruction
      • MS in Criminal Justice: Legal Studies
      • MS in Psychology: General Psychology
      • M.A. in Communication with an Emphasis in Education
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Business for Secondary Education
      • BS in Psychology
      • B.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance and Sports Psychology
      • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
      • BS in Early Childhood
      • BS in Elementary Education / Special Education (Dual Major)
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Purdue University Global

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Master of Science - DNP Executive Leader
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
      • Master of Science - DNP Path (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
    Master's
      • MS in Psychology - Forensic Psychology
      • Master: Legal Studies
      • MS in Psychology
      • Master : Business Admin
      • Master of Public Health
      • MBA: Human Resources
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor: Liberal Studies
      • Bachelor of Business Admin
      • BSBA - Investment
      • BS in Liberal Studies Leadership
      • Bachelor: Nutrition Science
      • Accelerated MS in Finance Option
    Associate's
      • AASBA in Business
      • AAS in Legal Support and Services
      • Associate: Business Admin.
      • AASBA in Food/Hotel Management
      • Associate: Business Admin. - Office Mgmt
      • Associate: Criminal Justice
  • Campus and Online Programs
    7. College of Health Care Professions

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Dental Assistant-Certificate
      • Limited Medical Radiologic Technologist-Certificate
      • Medical Assistant-Certificate
      • Medical Coding and Billing-Certificate
      • Massage Therapy
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Queens University of Charlotte

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Communication - General
      • Master of Arts in Communication - Integrated Digital Strategy Concentration
      • Master of Arts in Communication - Undecided
      • Master of Business Administration - Finance
      • Master of Business Administration - General
      • Master of Business Administration - Healthcare Management
  • Campus Locations:
    9. Universal Technical Institute

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Collision Repair and Refinish Technology
      • Marine Technician Specialist
      • Diesel Technology
      • Motorcycle Technician Specialist
      • Automotive Technology
      • NASCAR Technology
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Business Admin - Applied Computer Science
      • PhD in Business Admin - Applied Computer Science
      • Doctor of Business Admin - General Business
      • PhD-TIM - Computer Science
      • Doctor of Business Admin - Management
      • Ed.D. - Sports Management
    Master's
      • M.A. in Psychology - General Psychology
      • MBA - Applied Computer Science
      • Master of Business Admin - General Business
      • M.Ed. - General Education
      • MS - Organizational Leadership: Criminal Justice
      • MSTIM - Computer Science
    Certificate
      • Education Specialist - Organizational Leadership
      • Education Specialist - Special Education
      • Education Specialist - International Education
      • Education Specialist - Early Childhood Education
      • Education Specialist - Curriculum and Teaching
      • Education Specialist - Instructional Leadership

Featured Schools

Saint Leo University

  • BA: Criminal Justice
  • BA: Criminal Justice - Criminalistics
  • AA: Criminal Justice
  • AA: Liberal Arts

What is your highest level of education completed?

Colorado Christian University

  • Criminal Justice, M.S.
  • Communication Studies, B.A.
  • Criminal Justice, A.S.

What is your highest level of education completed?

Full Sail University

  • Master of Science - Film Production
  • BS - Sportscasting (Campus)
  • Cert - Instructional Design and Technology

What is your highest level of education?

The George Washington University

  • MSHS Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • MSHS in Immunohematology and Biotechnology
  • BSHS in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management
  • BSHS in Medical Laboratory Sciences

What is your highest level of education?

Grand Canyon University

  • DBA - Management
  • M.S. Psychology with an Emphasis in Gerontology
  • Bachelor of Science in Business for Secondary Education

What is your highest level of education?

Purdue University Global

  • Master of Science - DNP Executive Leader
  • MS in Psychology - Forensic Psychology
  • Bachelor: Liberal Studies
  • AASBA in Business

Which subject are you interested in?

College of Health Care Professions

  • Dental Assistant-Certificate
  • Limited Medical Radiologic Technologist-Certificate
  • Medical Assistant-Certificate

What is your highest level of education completed?

Queens University of Charlotte

  • Master of Arts in Communication - General
  • Master of Arts in Communication - Integrated Digital Strategy Concentration
  • Master of Arts in Communication - Undecided

What is your highest level of education completed?