Learning is at the core of preparedness — we’ve said many times that knowledge weighs nothing, so the more survival skills you can learn and master, the more ready you’ll be when the time comes to put them to use. If you’re serious about learning these skills, you’ll need to study them like you’re studying for the toughest test of your life, because survival might end up being just that.

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However, as you’ll probably remember from your school days, studying usually isn’t easy. It requires focus, determination, practice, and consistency. Fortunately, there are techniques that can be applied to make your studies easier, whether you’re prepping for a trip into the wilderness, an urban disaster, or an important presentation at work.

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The following infographic from WriteMyPapers discusses 25 ways to learn faster, as supported by the findings of psychologists and neuroscientists. Some of these are rather obvious, like taking regular breaks, but others are more surprising. You might think doing yoga between study sessions is a little silly, but there’s scientific evidence that indicates it improves memory and cognitive function. So next time you come back from a day in the backcountry, you’ll have an excuse to meditate on the couch and eat a chocolate bar.

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