4 Ways to Utilize Technology in Informal Education

informal education technologyBefore academic institutions were established, informal education already existed. It takes on different forms and now, more than ever, proves to be a good way for any individual to learn. But first, we must define this concept.

Informal education basically covers every aspect of learning that doesn’t take place in a normal school setting. Homeschooling, or unschooling, is one of the most common forms of informal education. Going to far-flung areas where the youth can’t go to school is a common way to practice informal education in many third world countries. But for this article, we’ll be tackling a type of informal education that’s not given that much thought. Continue reading

10 Effective Ways to Keep Your Brain in Shape

brain in shapeHow to make your brain work more productively? Here are 10 popular ways to keep your brain sharp.

1. Physical activity

Physical exercise does not only keep muscles in tone, but also has a positive impact on the overall health of the brain, because intense movements improve the blood supply to the muscles and brain. Exercises when the head is below the heart are particularly effective (such as yoga postures).

2. Drinking water instead of coffee

Many studies show that a morning cup of coffee does not stimulate brain activity but on the contrary, makes people dumber! But if you replace it with a glass of water, the feeling of cheerfulness will be much longer. Drinking water on an empty stomach activates the entire gastrointestinal tract, and, in contrast to the hot, strong coffee, it doesn’t irritate mucous membranes, which in turn gives a sense of cheerfulness. Continue reading

6 Simple Ways to ‘Charge’ Your Brain

enhance brain functionGet up early

Going to bed and waking up early is the first rule. The brain works best is in the morning, according to a study conducted by researchers of the University of Sussex. For example, if you are taking a test or writing an exam, the results are more likely to be better by 5% before noon.

Chew gum

Chewing gum not only freshens breath , but also improves the functioning of the brain. Chewing increases the heart rate, which helps enrich the brain with oxygen and glucose. Saliva enhances the memory function, releasing insulin, which stimulates memory receptors in the brain cells.

Vitamin B

Vitamins B are very good for the brain function. Vitamin B6 enhances the long-term memory, and B1, B2 and B12 help produce and rebuild brain tissue. You can get B vitamins by adding Continue reading

10 Tips from a Person Who Knew 17 Languages

language learningKato Lomb, despite holding a chemistry degree, was one of the first simultaneous interpreters in the world and could fluently translate into eight languages, and in general knew and worked with 16. It is amazing that in her time there were no audio CDs with the voices of native speakers, Skype tutors, or language schools… So how did she manage to learn so many languages?

In her best-selling book “How I learn languages”, she revealed ten simple rules for language learning:

1. It is necessary to practice a foreign language every day. It is like the gym: if you want to have impressive muscles, train them regularly! Dedicate at least 10-15 minutes a day to reading or repeating new words and phrases. Continue reading

8 Practical Self Improvement Tips

self improvement tipsMany people today understand the need for constant self-improvement. Personal growth is crucial to career growth and self-development. Continuous learning new things helps you grow, and improving yourself allows to better understand the meaning of life and get more enjoyment from it.

Naturally, this process is endless. Indeed, the flow of knowledge is endless, and the human potential is limitless. Accordingly, good results can always be better. In order to make the path of self-improvement optimal, you can use tips of professionals in the field of self-development, some of which are simple, and some require a little effort. Continue reading

Top Ten Ways to Enhance Your Memory

enhance memoryDo you know why children easily learn new things? Because they are constantly training their brain. Memory is a very powerful tool, but it becomes weak if it is not used for a long time. What do you do to make your brain stay active and productive?

We offer you 10 ways to improve memory and personal effectiveness.

1. Learn something new

Think on what you would like to learn and start. It may be a new hobby, such as painting or horseback riding. Try yourself in writing a poem or a fairytale. Do something you have never done before, and let your brain actively participate in it. Continue reading

10 ways to enhance your brain power

enhance brain powerIf you are one of those people who are looking to increase their creativity and productivity, then this list of activities and ideas is for you. Probably, you might have already tried some of these things before, but perhaps some other ideas from this list will surprise you.

1. Learn a foreign language

Mastering a foreign language is a fairly complex process, which we often encounter in childhood, when our brains are still developing. To re-create a similar development of your brain you can try to learn a new language. This will Continue reading

Learning of foreign languages enhances the brain

language learning brainLearning of a second foreign language is particularly beneficial not only for one’s curriculum but also for the brain, according to a new scientific research, which comes to confirm previous studies claiming that knowledge of foreign languages ​​is a beneficial form of education of the brain, which enhances concentration, attention, memory, etc.

Researchers from the Northwestern University of Illinois, who published the study in the journal of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), concluded that bilingualism affects the brain and fundamentally alters the way the nervous system reacts to sounds, as shown by the laboratory experiments. Continue reading