Accelerated Learning

What is accelerated learning?

Accelerated learning is using the brain more effectively to achieve a faster learning rate.

We believe that our brain learns at a particular rate, because that is how we learnt at school. In fact, the speed of learning can be increased by understanding how the brain learns best and fully utilising its abilities.

The brain is a complex network of fibres spanning thousands of miles.

If we layed out the entire length of the fibres then it would be approximately 90, 000 miles! That’s 8 times round the coastline, plus an extra 1,416 miles!

Learning happens at the junctions or synapses between the neurons.

Have you heard the phrase ‘sparks fly?’ That’s referring to the connections happening in the brain.

Every time you review something, for example: repeating someone’s name, different sets of neurons fire simultaneuously, which strengthens the pathways that connect them.

There are lots of things that we can do that will automatically accelerate learning:

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Accelerated learning techniques. Mind Maps – Using colour, shape and symbols to link pieces of information together. Memory Pegs – Creating a mental ‘hook’ to hang the information, this then acts as a reminder. Using both sides of the brain. Multi sensory lea

Which ones do you already use?5D Accelerated Learning

5 Star Learning is an approach to learning that builds on all of the above principles. It has 5 key aspects and it is symbolised by this flower:

To find out how I developed 5 Star Learning and my teaching approach read Journey of Learning

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Learn more about accelerated learning from the posts below

Epilepsy and Learning 2

The top 10 things epilepsy has taught me about learning Part 2 This is part 2 of the top 10 thing that epilepsy has taught me about learning. If you haven’t read part 1 yet, take a look here 6. … Continue reading

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Epilepsy and Learning 1

The top 10 things epilepsy has taught me about learning Part 1 I am a teacher, specialising in effective learning. I have epilepsy, a neurological condition that affects more than half a million people in the UK. It has shaped … Continue reading

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Improve your productivity with accelerated learning

Accelerated learning is not just for studying, education or learning a new skill, the principles can be applied to improve your productivity. In our modern technological world, it is quite common to be sat at a desk for long periods … Continue reading

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Memory techniques in teaching

This is a video of Jill Mansergh teaching how to learn (and teach) the 17 times table using a number line. It is a great example of using memory techniques in teaching. Do you know your 17 times table now? … Continue reading

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Accelerate learning by slowing down

It sounds like a paradox – how can you speed up by slowing down?   In some situations, it is a paradox. But for teaching and learning, slowing down can increase retention of the information and improve productivity and effectiveness. … Continue reading

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How to learn anything…fast

Recently, Josh Kaufman gave a talk for the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce). He talks about the principles in his book ‘The first 20 hours, how to learn anything..fast’. It is possible to go … Continue reading

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Tips for easily learning languages

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I love languages, and every day I meet someone new who is learning a new language or wants to improve in a current language. When you are in another country and you can speak even a few words of the … Continue reading

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Khan Academy

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A free world-class education for anyone anywhere. This is Khan Academy’s Mission. They are changing education for the better. Who is Khan Academy? Khan Academy is a not-for-profit organisation started by Salman Khan (Sal). Whilst in a full time job, … Continue reading

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Tension in the body

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When you are doing an every day task, like the washing up, do you ever notice tension in your body? Or have you been in the middle of something, then suddenly realised that you were frowning? If you are holding … Continue reading

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Metaphor Magic

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I love words, they can paint pictures in amazing ways.Whether it is through poetry, song or story telling, words can convey a multitude of emotions, feelings and characteristics of either the person expressing them or the place or object that … Continue reading

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