How to Be a Better Learner
Teach Someone Else
One of the best ways to understand a concept is to explain it to others. “To teach something, you have to organize the content in your mind, think about the most logical way to present it, and come up with analogies to help illustrate your points,” says Willingham. “That requires the kind of deep processing that helps you learn.” Try giving a 15-minute mock lecture on photo composition to your family in the living room or to a friend over a glass of wine. And suggest that your kids offer to tutor other children who need help; one study shows that students who teach others do better on tests. If playing professor doesn’t sound appealing, just pretend. Doing the prep work as if you were going to lead a class has similar benefits.