In order to learn any type of new material, you need to take an effective approach. The best way to do this is to understand how your brain processes new information and how you can avoid the types of distractions that prevent you from retaining knowledge. Here are a few quick but effective ways to learn more efficiently.

1. Make sure that your classes fit your schedule

You’ll have a tough time learning if you’re juggling your classes with other priorities. Consider looking for free online courses and plan out your study time as effectively as you can. Try to keep a few hours in your day clear for study and try to avoid “cram” sessions, which work temporarily but rarely translate into long-term knowledge.

2. Use a study style that is appropriate for the material and subject

For instance, flash cards won’t be much help if you are learning math or grammar. Look into the subject and make sure that you are progressing through the material in a logical way.

Try to decide whether each subject requires memorization, comprehension or physical practice (e.g. doing dozens of sample math problems to get a good sense of the process). Use the right study techniques and you’ll pick up the material much more quickly.

3. Study consistently

If you are serious about learning a subject, you cannot study occasionally. You need to learn something about each subject each day, which can be difficult if you have a few days off between classes or if you have other responsibilities. Try to plan your days effectively and devote some time to reviewing old material and processing new material. If you can study consistently, you’ll learn much more quickly.

By using the right study techniques and learning your material in a healthy, effective way, you can pick up knowledge quickly and avoid a lot of frustration. Regardless of what you’re learning, when you study the right way, you’ll minimize your stress and drastically improve your chances of retaining your new knowledge.