Newsletter No.5


Newsletter no. 5


1.Self-learning. Self-improvement.

What's that? What is necessary to

study on our own? p. 1

2. Golden rules of

selflearning. p.5

3. Music swiches

me on. p. 9

Self-learning, self-improvement

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

knowledge remain."

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

for it.

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,

self-training, self-discipline.

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

following competences:

- 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

can’t learn...


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

the material:

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

to remember.

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





Albert Einstein

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



the school

that Albert

to invest

was "stupid".

time and energy






the school's advice,










a violin

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



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