If you are a student who wants a few hacks to learn more smartly, here they are.
LET YOUR TUTOR KNOW
If your teacher is holding fort on a topic that most students in your classroom are already familiar with, it’s time to kill boredom through familiarity. Just approach the teacher with a group of friends and ask her to make it more interactive or take the classroom teaching to the next level since the students are already familiar with the topic. But what about slow learners, you ask? Well, the practical application of it is any day far more exciting than a boring class on any subject, familiar or not. This approach will bridge the communication gap between the students and teachers as everything will be done in coordination for maximum retention and learning. For example, when the teacher realises that the students already know what she was going to talk about, she could straight away get into the application of it or go more in-depth on the subject to make the students understand it way better than they had previously envisioned.
DO IT YOURSELF
Sometimes, when you realise that the teacher isn’t good enough or teaching you things that you already know, it’s time you upped the game and learnt it yourself – the internet is at your command. With free online courses, it’s the best form of education that the student ordered. What’s even better is that in case you don’t find the course you are looking for, you can google and learn about the subject yourself rather than get a certificate in it. One more thing. When you enter your classroom with prior knowledge of what is going to be taught, applying the science behind it becomes way easier. Preparation never hurts, so you can consider the classroom teaching as a revision session.
BECOME A MENTOR
When you know you are better than the average Joe in the classroom, but want to up your game, become a tutor to someone who is a slow learner. When he asks you confounding questions, you will become that much smarter. And when you teach him, you will be revising along the way, further cementing what you’ve learnt. It works both ways. The learner and the learnt are benifitted simultaneously. And you get good karma points too!
Sometimes, if you are passionate about a subject, why not write about it on your personal blog. Keep it public or private, but write. This way, not only will you be able to remember the subject for a longer time, things get clearer as you pen it all down. Writing it all out is like imprinting the knowledge you’ve learnt in your brain’s memory chip.
Don’t ask what your teachers are doing for you? Ask what you are doing for them. If you are super brilliant, why not become the teacher’s assistant and help them organise events, conduct exams and manage the classroom? If you want to know your full potential, why not take up the IQ test on MENSA and see it for yourself. It will give you hints on what you are good at, which could decide your future course of action. But remember one thing. No one should decide what you do in future. It should solely be based on what drives you.
Also published on Medium.