How to grind effective – a brief intro

Inborn skills, gifts, and talents may become mediocre myths, at exams. We either have the talent, gift, and inborn skill to “cram”, or we end up doomed to unfulfilled dreams of prospect.

Important: we never literally cram.

(Try my way with grammar, if you please). :)


Prague book tunnel; click to enlarge.

In Prague, people made a book tunnel. Some describe it as a well of wisdom. The tunnel has been made of old copies. Mirrors give the illusion of it never ending. It is about 5 meters or 16 feet altogether. To me, it tells to choose own matter.



Important: we think what really matters to us

We do not learn “to entertain the Muses”. We give priority to what we could stay doing for living, and we work on it, at least a little, every day.

Important: we always think it over

Human memories are not artificial intelligence. We do not limit the time for skill to our learning time. We think about our matter, walking, washing or cleaning up.

We practice our memories and try to be as independent of notes and storage devices, as possible. This will pay at exams.

Important: we control our focus

We learn on trains, at railway stations (seriously), with the radio or television on (do not have to be loud). We will soon realize we do not really receive the radio or television audio, though we are aware of its presence. Our focus in silence is going to become stronger.



Most important: we organize our

We can look at an object and try to think absolutely nothing. We are going to notice that our inner processes bring on associations. We can direct these processes, especially for language study. Travelers in Grammar have some practice. Visualization also helps. See the integrated symbolics.


Important: we use keywords

We make cursory notes. We may make brief recordings. We can focus on speech parts, choose noun or verb structures. A word or two, from time to time — we see later if we “get ourselves”. In our thoughts, we can come up with keywords for possible test questions. It can be a pleasant surprise only, if we discover that real tests are not as detailed. ;)


Important: we relax

We never take “happy pills”. Artificial chemistry always competes against the natural brain messengers that make memories. Herbal teas are good: chamomile, melissa, or mint. We can listen to music, when we learn and work. We do at least a few exercises, to stretch out.

Good luck!  

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