learning

Take 30 Seconds After Learning Something To Note Important Points

Most of us are learning new stuff every day. That could be from lectures, meetings or even just a good podcast. If you want to really ingrain that experience in your mind, writer Robyn Scott suggests writing down a short, 30 seconds note.


Lingua.ly For Android Teaches You New Foreign Language Vocabulary

Android: Previously, we’ve featured Chrome extension Lingua.ly that allows you to learn new words in a foreign language. Lingua.ly’s new Android app not only provides a similar service, but allows you to build your own personal vocabulary collection.


Understanding The Difference Between Memorisation And Comprehension

Whether you’re studying for an exam or trying to teach yourself something new, there is a stark difference between memorising what you’re reading and actually comprehending the subject matter. Both are useful tools, given the right circumstances, but when is it best to use one method over the other, or a combination of the two?


Ask LH: Can I Learn How To Play An Instrument Online?

Dear Lifehacker, I’ve always wanted to learn how to play the guitar, but I can’t afford private lessons. Plenty of people have told me I can learn on my own with online tools, but I have no idea where to start. How would you suggest I learn how to play?


The Best Online Lectures And Talks To Boost Your Brain

If you have a little time to spare, there are lots of interesting, informative and actually useful talks and lectures all over the web that you can enjoy for free. The best can teach you a new skill, inspire you to do something new, or just expand your horizons. Check out this list of the best ones for a lunch break or commute home.


Memorise Long Numbers With A Sentence Or A Song

If you want to remember a phone number, more digits of Pi or any other long string of numbers, here are two mnemonic devices to add more meaning to those numbers. They could aid your ability to recall information in a snap.


The Truth About Speed Reading

Speed reading has long been a skill peddled by supposed experts, and a slew of cheap apps claiming to teach the technique have put it back in the spotlight recently. So, let’s take a look at the claims of speed reading and if it’s really possible to read 1200 words a minute.


Learn To Speak A New Language Fluently In Six Months

Get on the fast track to accomplishing one of your bucket list items — learning another language. Chris Lonsdale’s TEDx talk offers five principles and seven actions that will help anyone learn to speak a new language fluently within just six months.


This Course In Behavioural Economics Explains Why We Do Stupid Things

Humans often act irrationally, making decisions — sometimes important ones — that contradict our best interests. This kind of irrational behaviour is at the centre of behavioural economics, and this free, online eight-week course by TED speaker, author and Duke Professor Dan Ariely will introduce you to the topic.


Game Maven Teaches You How To Code While Making Games

There’s no dearth of resources for learning to code these days. Add to your collection Game Maven, which walks you through writing the code for three casual games (in the spirit of Asteroids, Angry Birds and Mario Bros).