Learning Methods: 2 underestimated methods for learning bring your exam success to the next level!

Learning Methods

Are you looking for simple but effective teaching methods? Then you are exactly right here! For taking notes and making notes on campus and at school is well and good.Through Mind Maps, structural maps and preparing our notes we have worked out the inner workings of a theme.

Unfortunately, this knowledge is useless if we do not apply it and can communicate. Therein lies the true challenge: what we have learned to make elegant and precise to language.

In this article I’ll show you how you can use the verbalization and writing as learning methods. Have fun!

Verbalizing and writing as learning methods – Part 1

Why is it so difficult to find the right words?

Do you know that? You have to read the sense to understand everything well, flying over the lines, can follow the line of reasoning and thinking: “It all sounds logical.”Later you need to explain it to a friend and stockst suddenly: “How to begin? Reports I chronological or I start with the examples?

“Even while learning you paukst facts and think you have it understood. But then you will descend into the test, a note of panic: How do I formulate thoughts? What I need to explain first what later? You lose time. Other repeat constantly without saying anything concrete.

To understand something and explain something is not the same.


Our knowledge is not stored in a final structure in the head. It is associative, networked, multi-dimensional. Our brain is like a three-dimensional spider web, caused by electrical impulses in the thought. This knowledge is available in any solid form. The information is stored in different parts of the brain that are newly produced only through the process of thinking over and over again.

One can imagine that such a ball of wool, in which many threads are involved. If we are to explain the knowledge someone, then the start of the confusion is not much. The ball of wool must be back auseinandergefrickelt.

And so you have, if you verbalized something put things in order, prioritize and figure out the the other point of view.

Knowledge is being reorganized by speaking and strengthened as it were.

In addition, our thought world is mixed: There are dreams, mental images, ideas of movements, sounds, preconscious thoughts. All this can be put into words is difficult. Why are art and music? Because we can not take so well into words things like emotions, love, sadness.

Sometimes us is something “on the tongue”, but we just do not get it. This is exactly the state of the pre-knowledge. As long as it does not come out, it is not available. When we speak or write, we need to transfer all these forms of thought in words and sentences.

This translation process is often slow and cumbersome. Too slow to make it to immediately precisely the time pressure of the test. Why get your inner interpreters another job: your thoughts in a clear, transmittable language to dress. Often namely applies the following quote:

How do I know what I think until I hear what I say?

The Konkretisierungs effect when speaking

  • The intensity of thinking increases. When By speaking we must organize thoughts and provided with concrete terms. In order to be catchy – the loose form of knowledge is converted into a more solid.
  • We receive input and feedback .
  • By speaking contents in an order so memory contents are sorted and structured.Gaps in the chain of thought emerge.
  • The wow factor everyone knows: You can learn and learn and suddenly it falls a while talking like scales from the eyes: So that’s it! Why it works! Suddenly two individual concepts were connected by the thread of conversation in my head.
  • Because we have more energy and when passing Talk concentration applied to what has been said is burning intensely into the brain. You will secure, flexible, resistant to criticism profaned sovereign in testing.

“Let’s talk about it, honey!”

Clarify your thoughts, reports revealing findings, consider sample presentations to parents, siblings, friends. Who talks a lot with others, the formulating their own thoughts will become easier in the classroom or in the exam. In addition, the threshold, anything to say decreases.

Dare, what do you think, communicate loud! Shyness is misplaced in learning. Few questions are inappropriate, only nobody dares. Courage, it’s worth it. Point questions, ask for clarification of details:

  • “Did I understand correctly that X follows Y?”
  • “What is theory A as applied to B?”
  • “Can you see the two eras again dividing lines?”

A nice side effect for students: The one with the oral touch!

Verbalizing and writing as learning methods – Part 2

Why write thinking inspires

The ideal writing process is a fiction

Often the advice is an issue to think through thoroughly before you start writing.However, this is not realistic. Most of Durchblick comes only through the writing itself: For a comprehensive essay, I had to write at the beginning of my psychology studies, I had little time to familiarize myself with four theories.

Impossible to build an argument structure of the text, because I had not processed the complexity of the issue! By the time pressure, I had to start writing: So I copied all the notes in a “master document” and began to cluster the various theoretical modules to sense units. I printed the text often, these content blocks pushed back and forth until I had a structure found that seemed logical.

With each revision new questions came.There were eye-opening effects, knowledge was strengthened. I could identify vulnerabilities, and supplement details.

I puzzelte together a text image without knowing how the image should look. This groping in the dark was painful. I vowed: never again!

For always – be it in my thesis, when writing my first book, even with shorter texts – I never managed to be the just what school, university and counselors teach the ideal writing strategy: organize 1. thoughts and determine key messages and 2. this write off continuously. As much as I tried it, the amount of new information about calling me every time anew. Accordingly, I felt bad again … until I the best grade obtained for the essay!

I was faced with a paradox – something I had to have made intuitively. I decided to go to the phenomenon on the track and explored in my thesis the learning effect when writing. The conclusion in the near future:

Writing is an underrated learning medium

It is easier to express than to formulate this handy in a text talking a thought suggested. Only once you have done that, the idea is fully developed. The concrete effect is through writing exacerbated:

  • Who writes, takes time, energy and stamina. This forces to focus on important points.
  • We write more slowly than we talk and have more time for deep thinking.
  • Writing relieves the memory. Capacity is free to check the written down.
  • We can look at our thoughts distanced strengthen at important points or restructure.


The letter provides a mirror of their own thoughts. By comparing two knowledge representations – the internal structure of the head and the visible external knowledge structure – we can check whether what we wanted to express, with the matches what we have written.

Are there differences, is scheduled to run again, written, updated and evaluated. So long, matured to thoughts and the two forms of knowledge are coherent. Therefore texts need several revision rounds.

So you use writing for learning

Self-reflection . Observe your writing process and whether the writing helps you thinking: What spontaneous insights come to you? Do you use the chance to rewrite the final text again, or you dokterst around only on the surface?

Thoughts book . Write a learning journal, and in the main findings of a lecture, a day or a compartment firmly. Only takes a few minutes. Write until nothing new is added. Revised later this attempt and select key messages.

Brainwriting . Take 15 or 30 minutes to think about writing: Hold on everything you can think about a particular topic. These may be ideas, scraps of thoughts, memories.

Clarify a question . . Through specific questions, such as “How can you explain the concept XY?” | “What is the difference between X and Y?” | “How does Z?” Gets a direction writing. Draw a small structure sketch or simply write it off.

Do not forget afterwards to draw conclusions and to answer the question. I used this method many times when I was not getting anywhere in my doctorate. So I ( “What’s complexity in advertising?” | “How can one structure ranges”) voluntarily papers on specific issues written.

Back to the roots . I do not mean that you should resort to stone slab, hammer and chisel, but pen and paper are just better to think than the computer! On paper, you can arrange or draw ideas visually. This effect is enhanced by the mechanical movements when writing: handwriting is better than typing on the keyboard reminded because there each letter is encoded with a unique gesture.

Thought raid . The best ideas come in the most unusual situations: in the park, on the way back from sports or drink with friends. Unfortunately, one often forgets good thoughts as suddenly as they came. Be therefore always armed with a small notebook and pen!

The thoughts exploratory writing – as described here – has two nice side effects :

    • In the short term : often succeed in these writing sessions really good formulations and there are creative ideas that you can incorporate directly into the paper or exam.
    • In the long term : you practice writing. In studies we write too little and exercising this skill too little! As you write only for you, you can hide the perfectionism and express your thoughts in simple words. You’ll trained in dealing with the written word. So, people who regularly write diary, fewer inhibitions when writing.
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