Newsletter no. 5
IN THIS ISSUE:
What's that? What is necessary to
study on our own? p. 1
2. Golden rules of
3. Music swiches
me on. p. 9
Author: Georgeta Chiurtu
"A century you live, a century you learn."
" No one is born a scholar."
" No one is too young or old to learn."
"When a person loses everything, his
Self-learning is the action of becoming better by
your own effort. It is a combination of will,
ambition, self-discipline and energy.
Self-education is defined as the conscious and
complex human activity undertaken in order to
develop your own personality.
To climb the ladder of self-improvement
you need three important steps:
1. Introspect, ask the opinion of those
close to you.
2. Know what and how to do it.
3. Get out of your comfort zone and go
Self-learning means planning,
monitoring and evaluation of your own
In today's society the individual
himself moves faster, deeper than in
the last century. The current
challenges led to the imposition of
phrases such as: learning throughout
life, lifelong learning, self-learning,
School education is no longer sufficient for the whole
life of people. Learning to learn and continually
improving are conditions for lifelong learning.
People who permanently educate themselves build a
balanced personality, can identify and use information
sources, participate in society and educate other
members of the community to which they belong.
Self-directed learning is considered that best expresses
the freedom of the individual regarding:
- decisions on their own learning needs;
- needs and priorities in the interest of learning;
- motivation learning objectives;
- the choice of learning styles and strategies;
- assessment of learning outcomes.
Self-directed learning (self-training) implies the
- to know where to find the necessary knowledge;
- to know what you need to solve problems;
- to distinguish what is important from what is less
- to distinguish the forms of knowledge (empirical /
theoretical, based on experience / on revelation );
- to make necessary connections;
- to be able to recognize the limits of 3
The accumulation of knowledge and skills is the safest
investment far beyond financial and material
accumulations. Each new and useful thing help you learn
and, put into practice, will make life better.
You can climb the ladder of self-improvement on two
1.To be permanently sure that you still have something
more to learn.
2.Do not blame external causes for personal failures; in
other words to be pro-active.
Getting knowledge. A huge tree doesen’t
grow in one day.
Golden rules of selflearning.
Author: Agata Walter
Be focused during the lesson.
Complete your notes after
absence. Ask someone to
explain you the material you
don’t understand. Believe in
yourself.... Try to be calm –
if you are to stressed, you
Before you start....
1. Friendly space
Take care about your work environment:
tidiness in your room, fresh air, silent or a
quiet music, good light. No cellphone, no TV,
no Facebook etc. Only you and your
2. Friendly you
Take care about YOURSELF: don’t
study with an empty stomach.
Prepare something to drink (you
will not have an excuse to
interrupt your job...). Be rested!
"Powernapping” - the power of nap:
20 minutes in the afternoon (not
more!) help you to remember better.
Did you know that in Japan inemuri
– powernapping is guaranteed by the
3. Good planning – the key to success
One minute of planning saves 1 hour of work.
We know it’s hard to study systematically – but 30
minutes every day are more effective than 3,5 h
once a week! Do the list of things you have to
learn. Start from the „heavier” (difficult or
boring) subjects. Divide the material into smaller
parts. Plan your reviews!
I’m ready. How to learn?
1. Repeat please!
Repeat the material at least 3-4 times. Do it often
and aloud. For the last time in the evening before
the test or in the morning. Look at the diagrams.
It is much more effective to your memory to repeat
How to repeat?
First repeat with looking in your notes. Later try to
question yourself without notes. Do a short break and
repeat again. Stop repeating if you remember everything
without errors. Repeat the material after a month. And
you will see the progress :)
2. I understand!
Memorizing without understanding has no
sense. Try to understand the lesson. Do
not be afraid of asking if something
seems difficult to you. Ask your
parents, teacher, friends or find the
answer in Internet… Use dictionaries,
atlases. Try to find logic and order the
material you have to memorize.We
remember better when we understand.
Be active! Don’t give up! Your brain is amazing!
3. Find me and mark me!
First read all your notes or a paragraph in
the book. Then decide what is the most
important thing to remember. Mark it!
Be creative – Do „graphic” notes:
underline, draw, do charts, use colours,
arrows, frames, tables, pictures,
mindmaps.... Discover what helps YOUR brain
4. Break time
When you are tired, take a short break
(5-10 minutes). Go for a walk. Do some
exercises. Open the window. Drink a
glass of water. Eat nuts, fruit,
5. I can see, I can hear, I can touch
Use different senses: sight, hearing, touch.
When you learn, draw something, repeat it
aloud. If it helps you, walk while studying.
The more senses we use, the better we
6. Memory Techniques
Learn memory techniques (f.ex. funny stories) and use
them! In our next Newsletter we will write about
BE ACTIVE. FIND YOUR BEST WAY OF LEARNING!
THE MUSIC SWICHES ME ON
is recognized as one of the smartest
men who has ever lived. A little known fact about
Einstein is that when he was young he did extremely
poor in school.
His grade school teachers told his
parents to take him out of school because he was "too
stupid to learn"
and it would be a waste of resources
His mother did not
time and energy
the school's advice,
his parents get
. Albert became
Albert an easy, manual labor job as soon as they could.
good at the violin. Music was the key that helped Albert Einstein become
one of the smartest men who has ever lived. Einstein himself says that
the reason he was so smart is because he played the violin.
Scientists have long wondered if the human brain
contains neural mechanisms specific to music
perception. Now, for the first time, neuroscientists
have identified a neural population in the human
auditory cortex that responds selectively to sounds
that people typically categorize as music, but not
to speech or other environmental sounds. The finding
was enabled by a new method designed to identify
neural populations from functional magnetic
resonance imaging (fMRI) data. Using this method,
the researchers identified six neural populations
with different functions, including the musicselective
population and another set of neurons that
responds selectively to speech.
In general, responses to music are able to be
observed. It has been proven that music influences
humans both in good and bad ways. These effects are
instant and long lasting. Music is thought to link
all of the emotional, spiritual, and physical
elements of the universe. Music can also be used to
change a person's mood, and has been found to cause
like physical responses in many people
simultaneously. Music also has the ability to
strengthen or weaken emotions from a particular
event such as a funeral.
According to the American study there is a group of
neurons that respond when they are listening to
notes. In the auditory cortex there is a "set '' of
neurons that turn on and send their impulses only
when they are listening to music. The scientists
studied the brain activity and thanks to the use of
the functional magnetic resonance so they found a
kind of brain 'music box': an area that has evolved
specifically to appreciate a melody or a rhythm. So
you cannot listen to music only with your ears, but
also with your brain.
Music production and musical perception are a
peculiar feature of the human brain. Music is not
only an artistic activity, but a language for
communication, it evokes emotions and makes them
stronger. Music changes us! It makes us better,
more sensitive, more careful ... but now we know
that it also increases our brain!
The power of music to affect memory is quite
intriguing. Mozart's music and baroque music, with a 60
beats per minute beat pattern, activate the left and
right brain. The simultaneous left and right brain
action maximizes learning and retention of information.
The information being studied activates the left brain
while the music activates the right brain. Also,
activities which engage both sides of the brain at the
same time, such as playing an instrument or singing,
causes the brain to be more capable of processing