I’ve been looking for ways to work on my memory issues because it interferes with the process of learning which I adore. During my research I came across a course called Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects headed by Barbara Oakley and Terrence Sejnowski. Since I’ve completed week one I must say that the work load is quite light and it’s such a short course that I strongly suggest giving it a whirl. In it you’ll learn how to tackle procrastination and why it occurs, how our brains work when it comes to learning and hopefully learn how to learn more effectively. In just week one I’ve seen a huge improvement in my ability to absorb and retain information by simply using the The Pomodoro Technique® along with flash cards and exercise. If you want more information Barbara’s book A Mind for Numbers has even more useful information along with her own history of struggling with the sciences. It’s quite inspiring.
Some useful apps:
- Clockwork Tomato – My favourite pomodoro timer
- AnkiDroid – A cross platform flash card creating app. You also have to option to download decks submitted by other users.
- Brainscape – Another flash card app. Currently only available for iOS and Web. They have high quality premium and free card sets.