Accelerated Learning Techniques
How you learn is as important as what you learn and that is what Accelerated Learning is all about.
Creative and Inspirational teachers have always known this and that is how they motivate their students. See our
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Here are some interesting figures for all you students and teachers out there.
10 percent of what they read,15 percent of what they hear, 80 percent of what they experience.
According to Global Village in Action from "On The Beam" New Horizons for Learning
Research was carried out at the United States National Learning Lab in Maine to see how effectively students learn. The results below are known as the Average Retention Rate. Teacher talking to a class (5%)Student reading a book (10%)Student watching an audio visual presentation (20%)Student watching a teacher demonstration (30%)Students taking part in a discussion group (50%)Students involved in an activity related to what the teacher wants them to learn (75%)Students teaching others (90%).
The following is a good example of an accelerated learning technique used by teachers to motivate children to learn.
Teaching a group of kids the 9 x table.
Get the kids to hold both hands up, at arms length, palms facing inward and spread their fingers. Using the fingers they will be able to see the answer. For example, 3 x 9 = 27. When they bend the 3rd finger on their left hand they will have two straight fingers on one side and 7 straight fingers on the other side of their bent 3rd finger. 2 and 7 is 27.
You would be surprised how many teachers still don't know that excellent Accelerated Learning Technique. This is not their fault because in the main teachers are trained to teach subjects and not methods of learning.
Another great accelerated learning technique is Mind Mapping which we have devoted a full page to and where you can find a free download, video tutorials and articles for your school or college
An interesting view of Accelerated Learning from The Learning Revolution
In our view, two "subjects" should form the central core of schooling, each integrated into all other studies: learning how to learn and learning how to think. This first means learning how your brain works, how your memory works, how you can store information, retrieve it, link it to other concepts and seek out new knowledge whenever you need it - instantly.
Some of these specific techniques are named "accelerated learning," "super learning," "suggestopedia," "whole-brain learning" and "integrative learning." But it's unfortunate that such labels imply complexity. The best learning systems are simple. Better still, they are fun. Generally they have this in common: they encourage you to use all your "intelligences" and senses to learn much faster: through music, rhythm, rhyme, pictures, feelings, emotions and action. Overwhelmingly the best learning methods are similar to those we use as infants.
To learn more about accelerated learning this is possibly the best book ever written on the subject. When we first came across this book it blew us away. The Learning Revolution sold 10 million copies in 12 months. This accelerated learning book is written in such a way that you read all the left hand pages first to get a profile of each subject and then you read all the right hand pages to get the content. This book is a must for every teacher and the great news is you can read it for free here
The Learning Revolution
And, you can purchase it here
Thinking skills are also easily learned, and proven methods include Edward de Bono's Lateral Thinking, Alex Osborn's Brainstorming, Donald Treffinger's Creative Problem Solving, Robert Fritz's Technology For Creating, Stanley Pogrow's HOTS (Higher Order Thinking Skills), Dilip Mukerjea's Superbrain and Calvin Taylor's Talents Unlimited. Again, the best techniques are simple, fun and effective.
Interesting Articles on Accelerated Learning
Introduction to Speed Reading
Learning our speed reading methods is easy and financially beneficial in life. Even if you are just learning for pleasure, you can read an entire book in under an hour. Anyone can double their reading speed with very little effort - it’s that easy. Others can increase far beyond that! Save your money. Don’t waste $200-$1000 or weeks of your life on learning a full scale speed reading course.
SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVING YOUR READING SPEED LEARN TO CONTROL SUBVOCALIZATION:
When I first learned to read, I was taught to sound out letters, then syllables and finally words. Then I read out loud to the class and Mrs. Langbein. As I got older I began to read to myself, and soon I could read the words silently in my head. That’s .... Subvocalizing. It’s much slower than just reading. Because one can only speak at about 200 words per minute if from down south, or maybe a bit faster if from up north ... so if you subvocalize every word you’ll slow down your reading considerably. To prevent subvocalizing use a CD or cassette tape of nature sounds through headphones while you're reading. Sounds strange ... but it works.
THE MOTIONS OF EYE TRACKING:
Uniform and coordinated eye motion is vital. When you try to move your eyes in a straight line without a guide (like a moving light), they tend to move in a tottering and unsteady fashion. Many other tests abound, but the bottom line is your eyes are basically untrained for the coordinated motion required for accelerated reading. Also. . . your eyes move smoother when there is something to follow.
One of the reasons you’ll use the finger tracking method to guide your eye movements when reading, is that it prepares you for the coordination methods used in our Speed Reading in Only One Hour Method. You’ll stop back-tracking, regressing and back-sliding to re-check what you’ve read and thought you missed.
VARYING YOUR READING SPEED
Your brain operates at different speeds. When you’re critically thinking, you’re at one brainwave speed. When you’re daydreaming you’re at another. When you’re asleep you're at still another. Your brain also accepts data at varying speeds. You won't consistently read at only one brainwave speed.
If reading a newspaper you’ll be scanning for specific details. If reading your favorite romance novel, you may want to read slower to make the juicy love themes melt your heart. If you can read at 1200 wpm, that doesn't force you to read 1200 wpm all the time. We highly recommend varying your reading speed. And to take another analogy. Just because your Lexus can drive at 180 MPH on the getaway doesn’t mean you should drive that fast downtown or in a school zone.
Soon you’ll be able to read much faster. You’ll also have the ability to choose your own comfortable speed reading pace. You’ll know what speed is best for every reading task.
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF:
All new thought psychotherapy, motivational therapy and sales motivation tells people that in order to succeed -- they must believe in themselves. Once you have learned and practiced the methods in Speed Read in Only One Hour you can progress to reading faster than 1,000 wpm. But that requires a belief system change which might be difficult to adapt to if you are not persistent. It takes a leap of faith plus a belief in yourself. If you're stuck in the motor-reading habit of reading word-by-word, repeating every word silently to yourself, you might get stuck in the belief that this is the only way you can read. Please don’t lie to yourself.
Your eyes have phenomenal photographic (eiditic) powers and range of scope. Your brain is a computer operating at very high speeds. Although you might be clearly focused on one thing, your peripheral vision can still absorb the neighboring information and store it for later recall. Training yourself to expand your peripheral vision will expand your ability to take in several words simultaneously. You’ll double your reading speed quickly. These exercises will dramatically extend your peripheral vision in a minute or two.
THE POWER OF BATCH PROCESSING:
When learning speedreading your brain processes data rapidly, similarly to when you are flying down the highway at 75 mph and you spot a road sign on an overpass. You do not read it word-by-word; you glance and immediately know! You read it in one chuck using batch processing. Even when reading books you can process batches of words and pictures or input chunks of data. You already have the capability for high speed reading. But first you must learn the technique, and then you can make a simple adaptation to do it on demand.
WANT TO READ FASTER?
These clues should help you start off as a speedreader. Speedread America has developed Dr. Jay Polmar’s series of exercises into a self-taught program Speed Reading In One Hour.
for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.speedread.org
Dr. Jay Polmar is a retired university instructor, and educational therapist. He's taught over 8,000 students to improve reading, study skills, and motivate them to achieve success.
Since 1977, Dr. Polmar traveled from Florida to Hawaii to teach courses on speed reading and study skills.
Now retired, he has written more than 30 books to help others succeed in life.
Advantages of Accelerated Learning. What are they?
The benefits of online learning are undeniable. Students can take classes at their convenience, allowing them to keep up with their regular jobs or family responsibilities. They can pursue degrees in a variety of fields, even if they live far from a traditional brick-and-mortar campus. And advances in technology have made it easy for students to take part in interactive, multimedia lessons and live chats that simulate the classroom experience. There are even online resources such as cyber-libraries that provide online students with all the tools they need to succeed.
There is one additional benefit of online learning that hasn’t been discussed as frequently, however. It is the benefit of accelerated learning.
Most online learning programs are designed to convey a vast amount of material in a limited time frame. At schools such as AIU Online, Colorado Technical University and the University of Phoenix, students who already have an associate’s degree can complete their B.A. studies in just over a year. Earning an MBA may take even less time. To help students retain everything they have learned, courses are taught on an accelerated schedule. Instead of taking several courses at the same time, as is the norm on traditional campuses, students zero in on one key component at a time. Courses generally last about six weeks, so students are able to focus intently on that material.
Because course material is divided up into discrete blocks that are taught one at a time, students don’t have to deal with distractions from any other courses going on at the same time. They can put all their energies into learning about the topic at hand. In the real world, where work is often project-based, this ability to delve deeply into a particular subject becomes a valuable tool.
Studies also show that a compressed learning schedule actually improves memory retention. A summary from The Learning Revolution, by Gordon Dryden and Dr. Jeannette Voss, provides examples of this seeming paradox. For instance, in one study, American soldiers were taught German in either a 12-week course or an 18-day accelerated course. Surprisingly, those in the shorter course gained a better ability to read and speak German.
In traditional semester schedules, students often complain that by the time the final comes around, they have forgotten what they learned in the first weeks of class. With the accelerated schedule that is typical of most online programs, there are unlikely to be any such complaints. The material is always fresh in the student’s mind. Shorter classes also mean that students are more likely to remain interested in the material throughout the course. Longer courses can sometimes cause students’ interest to flag.
The accelerated course structure of online learning also means it’s easy to review key concepts, because the course material is available 24 hours a day. Concepts are also reinforced via a variety of delivery methods. One idea might be the basis for a chat room discussion, a multi-media presentation and some online reading material. The more often students encounter key concepts, the more likely they are to remember them. In addition, if a student does not understand a concept, he or she can quickly and easily make contact with the professor or with other students, via email or class message boards. And since students can study course material at any time that’s convenient for them, they can spend more time on more difficult concepts while breezing through the information that is easy to them. Accelerated learning is particularly well suited to adult learners, who tend to pick up certain concepts faster, thanks to their real-life experiences.
The online learning model offers a plethora of advantages. Its accelerated format helps students earn their degrees more quickly, of course, but it also gets them more deeply involved in the learning process, holds their attention longer, and helps them retain information better. Clearly, accelerated online learning creates an environment in which students can do their best work.
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