We are going to present various strategies to process information and learn something new. Be aware that by practicing these techniques in a learning situation, you are exercising many regions of the brain. You might feel rusty in the beginning, but remember that as you practice, the activity shifts into other areas of the brain, and you become more efficient as you become more practiced and relaxed. You wouldn’t want to exercise only one area of your body, so be sure that you practice all the following techniques in various types of learning situations and exercise all of your brain. Also be sure to discuss and practice these techniques with your friends and family and exercise those linguistic, intrapersonal, and interpersonal skills.
Information processing describes an active method for learning something new. You must make the new information meaningful for your brain so that the ideas will become important enough to make their way to long-term memory. In this chapter, you will learn how to work with information so that you can better remember it.
You can assess your current information-processing skills before reading this chapter by taking the pre-assessment that follows. Then, after reading about how to learn more efficiently and practicing your new skills, you may reassess your processing ability with the post assessment at the end of this chapter.