If you were always wondering why you are so damn sensitive, this blog post is for you. First of all, you really are special by being a highly sensitive person, possessing many gifts and talents. But unfortunately, you are rarely understood, because only around 15 % of the population is highly sensitive. And many times you can be seen as a weak, shy or fearful person when you are too sensitive. Those are not the qualities attributed to successful and assertive people. Nevertheless, when you understand yourself better and know how to manage your sensitivity, it can become your greatest source of power. Reading this blog post you will learn how to thrive as a highly sensitive person.
Two of the most efficient learning tools are flashcards and mind maps. While flashcards are great for practicing recall (the mother of learning), mind maps are an excellent tool for building semantic trees of knowledge, connecting core ideas and remembering key facts more easily. Both tools are scientifically proven to work perfectly and they are fun to use, you just mustn’t be lazy with getting the most from your intellectual potential. The core idea of mind maps when it comes to learning is that they don’t only help you learn the individual dots (or the so-called knowledge chunks), but also to connect the dots in the right way. What am I talking about?
Flashcards are an extremely effective and popular way to learn (they’ve been used since the 19th century). Flashcards are a set of cards where every card has a question written on one side and the answer on the other side. You choose a card, read the question, try to recall as much as possible (it’s called active recall), and then you compare your answer to the correct answer written on the back of a flashcard. You can use the question-and-answer format for any kind of information and subjects you are trying to learn – from new words, to formulas and other specific types of information. The decks can be in physical form (on cardboards) or in digital form using appropriate software. People most often use flashcards to learn new languages, but you can use them for studying almost any topic you want.
Your brain is the most important asset you have in life, especially in today’s creative society. Smart is the new sexy, they say. That’s why you want to get every drop of potential out of your brain. The best way to achieve that is to optimize the use of your limited mental resources. Unfortunately, you can’t increase your IQ (although there are many different opinions about that), but there are absolutely several ways how you can get to your cognitive and creative maximum and become smarter. And that should be enough, since most people sadly live way below the potential they have. The first thing you can do to become smarter in a way is to employ the best learning techniques and consequently optimize the use of your long-term memory. The second, equally important, way to get your brain working at full speed is to optimize your working memory.
The closer I was to graduating, the harder it got for me to study (and writing a diploma thesis was an even more painful thing to do). Somewhere in the middle, I even convinced myself that I don’t care about formal education. Nevertheless, I just couldn’t firmly decide to stay a dropout forever. Throughout all those 10 years I was paying tuition fees, individual exams I only applied to, but never showed up, and so on. Consequently, graduating got me depressed, or pushed me into a severe emotional flashback to be more exact. Because for me, graduating was obviously a big emotional issue.