How to Learn Better
Study Habits Through Hypnosis By Dr Georgina Cannon
Can you imagine that studying can be fun and that learning
can lead to a life-time of pure joy? It is possible to
change your beliefs and experiences about studying and get
turned into learning. How?
Hypnotherapy can help you develop and use effective study
habits, motivate you to study, and help you enjoy studying.
Research has proven that the ability to focus, even for
short periods of time, is essential to learn. The average
attention span for one task is around 20 minutes. But to
retain information, the focus for that 20 minutes must be
Students who are seeking a way to change or enrich their
study habits should focus on the following points:
1) Memory is trainable. Start training it to retain longer
and become more aware by using a combination of memory games
(remember exactly what the person is wearing, who just
passed you on the street or how many people were standing in
the cashier line at the last store you went to, and what did
the cashiers name tag say?
2) Memory is context triggered. "The body works best when
consistent familiarity becomes the norm. For instance with
sports or dance, repeating the same thing consistently in
the same place confirms the action, we call it muscle
memory. When in fact it is the muscles responding to the
mind memory automatically through familiarity. Study in a
physical place which is set up similarly to where the exam
will take place - i.e. at a desk with a chair (not laying on
the bed, in the garden or sprawled out on the floor!). If
your body is in a consistent position for studying, it will
increase your chances for recall.
3) Memory is also "state dependent". Ideally, when studying
you need to keep the same focus and enhanced attention you
have when taking a test. The way to ensure that happens is
to set up the mental state ahead of time through hypnosis
training, so that you go into a slightly altered state both
when studying and when taking the tests. Hypnosis enables
deeper concentration and activation levels while studying
and the ability for recall.
4) Study for regular periods of time. The brain retains more
when we learn in small manageable amounts. So study for
20-30 minutes, then take a 10 minute break. Then another
20-30 minutes, then take a 10 minute break.
5) Your place of study, should, of course, be quiet with no
6) Finally, understand the power of your subconscious mind
to retain information and use it! Learn how to go into an
altered state to maximize your study habits and become
efficient and effective with your study time.
Dr Georgina Cannon, Director of the Ontario Hypnosis Centre
in Toronto, suggests that the two most insidious traits that
inhibit learning are low self-esteem and lack of motivation.
She says that if too many desires compete for time and
attention it is impossible to focus on the learning goal,
and the desire to learn loses strength and becomes
ineffective. When she works with a client to improve
learning or study habits, she sets priorities and works
through the subconscious mind to strengthen the focus. Dr
Cannon says, 'Once you've learned self-hypnosis, it can stay
with you for the rest of your life and helps you achieve any
goal you set your mind to.'
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Dr. Georgina Cannon, certified
master clinical hynotherapist, is an international
award-winning teacher, lecturer and Director of the Ontario
Hypnosis Centre in Toronto, ON. Dr. Cannon is recognized by
many in the media as "The Source" for expert opinion in the
field of hypnotherapy and issues around complementary wellness
treatments, and she regularly meets with medical and wellness
professionals to enhance their knowledge and awareness of
hypnosis and the dynamic healing potential of soul, or past
life journeys. For
more information on Dr. Georgina Cannon please visit:
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