Consider a skirt or trouser with an elastic band at the waist. The elastic is so strong and stiff that when worn, it makes the wearer uncomfortable and creates marks on the skin. What would be the best solution?
First, you could ignore and bear it with the hope that with time it will loosen up. Or you could stretch it on a pseudo-waist that is bigger than the waist of the wearer to loosen it. Which one would you choose? In the first instance it would take a longer time and the wearer will go through days and months of discomfort anytime that skirt or trouser is worn.
The second instance however is faster and saves the wearer all the trouble. This is just the way out brains work. At the start, the brain has very low capacity and can take only little information at a time. This is when we are kids. We struggle to understand seemingly simple ideas and situations which an adult will grasp in just a micro-second.
But then again, haven’t they stretched their brains so that its capacity has increased? That is what we should do with our minds. Stretch it so it can take more. In our educational system, there is increasing and deeper knowledge even about a single topic as you go higher.
For example, our biology teachers in Junior High School taught us that plants require sunlight for photosynthesis. Then we got to Senior High School only to discover that there is a phase of photosynthesis plants undergo even when there is no sunlight…deeper right?
For a student to understand this, it will need an increase in the capacity of the brain. The fastest way will be to use bigger knowledge to expand it. Reading especially story books and books on interesting yet not strictly academic topics can do this expanding much better. It opens the student’s mind to wider ideas and expands his/her mental horizon. Such a student tends to understand better in class because his/her imagination has been triggered by these books and is able to grasp clearly the theory being taught in class.
Even better is how the student is able to retain what is taught and what he/she studies – good retentive memory. It works like a dog being trained to go after a bone.
At first, the dog wouldn’t understand the language. However with time and effort as well as dedication on the part of the trainer, the dog will be able to understand. Train you mind to recall things by reading. Do not use the already abstract class notes to train you memory. Use simple story books, upgrade to magazines and newspapers and as you make it a point to recall these each time, your retentive memory grows.
Be an all-round person also, by reading books outside academia that will equip you with skills such as public speaking, cooking, management, investments, team play and many more which are valuable.