Did you know that beyond your physical brain, there is a second brain you can call upon? It’s called the Digital Brain. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, then let me give you a quick overview of what exactly a Digital Brain is.
Put simply, a Digital Brain is an app or a piece of software that allows you to quickly record and recall information.
I’m sure you’ll be familiar with some of these popular Digital Brain tools:
2. Spaced Repetition
the Spaced Repetition technique lays out a specific map for when and how to take in new information. I’ve used this technique for years, and I can definitely testify to its effectiveness.
Here are the key steps of Spaced Repetition:
Review Your Notes
Recall the Information for the First Time
Recall the Material Again
Study It All Over Again
3. Deliberate Practice
Is a technique of breaking down the skill you want to acquire into separate components so you master each individual part of the skill. This technique shuns the idea of practicing something needlessly over and over again.
Imagine for a moment that you want to start your own podcast. Deliberate Practice would mean breaking down the skills of podcasting into different sections.
To make Deliberate Practice easy to adopt, just do the following when you want to learn something new:
Break the information down into small, manageable chunks
Create a learning schedule
Get a mentor or coach
Continually seek feedback
4. Feedback Loop
One of the best ways of learning fast and mastering any skill you want is to use a little-known technique called a Feedback Loop — a process whereby a learner gathers information about their performance and leverages it to optimize the quality of their learning style or methods.
6. Speed Reading
Whether reading on screen or on paper, most of us spend hours every day reading content. If you’re a slow reader, then you’ll be at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to learning something fast.
Fortunately, there are some tried-and-tested techniques for speeding up both your reading and comprehension.
Check out these techniques for starters:
Stop the Inner Monologue
Also known as subvocalization or silent speech, inner monologue is an extremely common trait among readers. It’s the process of speaking the words in your head as you read. It’s also the biggest obstacle preventing you from increasing your reading speed.
The average reading speed is similar to the average talking speed (around 300 words per minute). That’s because most people are in the habit of saying the words aloud in their head as they read. So, to read faster, you must break this habit.
7.The Main Points First
If you’re reading a self-improvement book or researching a topic, one way to take in the information quicker is to scan through the material before reading it all the way through. This means reading the table of contents, the introduction, the first paragraph of each chapter, captions under diagrams, etc.
Slow readers tend to be infrequent readers. That’s because they find the process energy and time consuming. As the saying goes: Practice makes perfect!
When you commit to reading regularly (perhaps a book a month), then you’ll naturally find that your reading and comprehension skills improve. You’ll also enjoy reading and learning much more than before!
The above is just a taster of some of the techniques that you can easily adopt to boost your reading speed. If you want to learn more about this topic, take a look at these articles: