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Repetition works for some people: for me what I've found works best is finding someone in the class to study with. I'm also a nontraditional student, so that was sometimes awkward, but quizzing each other before quizzes and talking about the material with each other helped.
I have the same issues. Here is what I do. It can be time consuming, but it helps the information stick.
When I'm reading a book, I will outline what I'm reading on my laptop as I'm reading. Sometimes I will read a chapter or a section of a chapter first. Then I will go back and outline the chapter that I just read.
I only do this on section where I know I need to know the information well, like for an exam or something.
Hope this helped!
I can relate to you because I too love to learn and I feel that there is so much information out there that I want to get my hands on.
What you need to know is that everyone learns in different ways.
So what you need to discover is your preferred method.
I have personally found that reviewing works very well. I review my notes daily (and it doesn't even take an hour to do so). This way, I'm not forcing myself to memorize information; since I'm looking at the same thing over and over again on a daily or weekly basis, it eventually sinks in. Another method I use is to teach or discuss topics with other students. I spend every Saturday going over my notes with a peer. She's an exchange student, so I'm helping her better understand the material, while at the same time, I am reviewing and confirming my knowledge on the topic.
The best thing I can suggest to you is to take things one subject at a time. When you move onto your other subjects, you'll most likely begin to make connections and it'll also make new material easier to learn since you'll have some prior knowledge.
I hope this helps, and good luck!
Very Understandable. Everyone has different ways of grasping the material being taught/learned...
Have you thought of your studying environment, is it quiet enough for you, is it loud?
Where do you prefer to study? home, library, outdoors?
That may help you navigate first where to study where your mind could be cleared and focused on the material in front of you. I had to study for a comp exam in order to graduate and it was very intense. What I did was breakdown in categories what exactly to study, and believe it or not it worked for me! I hope this helps you! goodluck!
Usually when I had come across this problem, I would have to ask you what the problem IS! What I really mean is do you think your problem for this is retaining information or distraction? If it is simply distraction I found teaching my own self in a place where I can not be around thing which distact me!! For me this ended up to be a library! I would be able to apply myself but every time I lifted my head from my computer or a book to look around, I just saw other strangers looking into their books! But it sounds like your problem is retaining information right? For me I as well also came across this situation and found for me that UNDERSTANDING the information and how it will be used was easiest for me to retain it! I think if you understand how that information will be used it is easier to retain! For example - learning decimals in 4th grade off a chalkboard was just a bunch of numbers but understanding how that would be used to balance my checkbook or play with money would have been more helpful! Because you understand what the information will be used for and the easiest way to retain that!