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Here you'll find everything you need to know about learning. We'll share tips and tricks that will make your studying easier and more fun.

Pauli Raivio·March 16, 2023·5 min read
How to learn large chunks of information effectively

How do you study effectively when you need to learn a large chunk of material, such as a history course in high school or one or more books for an entrance exam? There are two ways to understand and learn wholes: either you first understand the elements that make up the whole or you first outline the whole…

Pauli Raivio·March 13, 2023·6 min read
How to take good notes when studying?

Taking notes is almost a necessary step in effective and active learning. Note-taking takes time, so efficiency and selectivity are crucial. Everyone has their own style, but here are some general principles to help you get the most out of your scribbles. It's worth taking notes because: When you write in…

Pauli Raivio·March 11, 2023·5 min read
How does memory work?

In the novel A Study in Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes reflected on memory by comparing it to an attic that slowly fills up with the tools, things, and furniture we collect along the way. According to Sherlock, a wise man collects only what is useful and relevant to his work. But he says it's pointless to learn…

Pauli Raivio·March 8, 2023·11 min read
How to prepare for entrance exams - 5 tips

If you want to get into the college or university of your dreams, an entrance exam can be one of the most important exams you ever take. You want to be prepared. But no matter how motivated and determined you are, it's not just the amount of work you put in that guarantees success. More importantly, it's the…

Pauli Raivio·March 2, 2023·5 min read
How to beat exam nerves - optimize your performance in an exam or test

Even if the outcome wasn't very important, you're almost always nervous about a test or exam. Tension is a perfectly natural reaction when we unconsciously feel threatened or are in a situation that requires extra resources. Of course, a test in school does not pose a physical threat, but the level of…

Pauli Raivio·February 26, 2023·7 min read
How to improve your concentration?

It's very easy to plan to study for two hours every day for the next five days, after which we will be ready for an exam. With these plans, studying is always focused and uninterrupted. We get a lot done and even progress faster than our target pace. Great! But reality is almost always far from this utopia…

Pauli Raivio·February 19, 2023·6 min read
Spaced repetition is the cornerstone of effective learning

Does the following series of events sound familiar: You are going to study for the exam for a total of 10 hours and the exam is in five days. You plan your study schedule so that you study for 2 hours every day and get an A on the exam. In reality, on the last night before the exam, you wake up on YouTube, ad…

Pauli Raivio·February 16, 2023·6 min read
What kind of goals will improve your study performance?

Almost all of us have goals toward which we strive, either consciously or by letting them act as a background motivation. Some goals are more vague dreams, while others are well-defined, concrete, and measurable. In your studies, it is worth setting goals, at least for the subjects that have the greatest…

Pauli Raivio·February 12, 2023·7 min read
How to improve your reading speed

One of the more traditional and still by far the most used way of learning is reading. Every learner has probably wondered at one time or another whether it would be possible to complete a reading task more quickly. After all, speed is efficiency, and who wouldn't want to be efficient? So can you improve your…

Pauli Raivio·February 9, 2023·8 min read
Best ways to study for a test or exam

Most learners have a good command of the methods of receiving and acquiring information. In practice, this means reading or in some other way passively going through their study materials. Stumbling starts at the point when you need to do something with the information, for example, apply it in an exam. The…

Pauli Raivio·February 3, 2023·9 min read
10 tips for more effective studying in 2023

It's the beginning of the year, so of course it's only right to promise to do better and be a better person than last year. There are also plenty of ways to make studying more effective and easier, and it's worth at least looking into them. Best of all, if you get your new routines right, you can actually get…

Pauli Raivio·January 29, 2023·6 min read
Comparison of the most effective learning techniques

What is the best technique for studying? What is the best way to get the best grades and the least amount of work? Unfortunately, there is no simple answer. The best learning techniques are often individual and their use is situation-specific. For example, you should study mathematics in a completely…

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