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So, we did our part. The rest is up to you. These tips are a
starting point; listen to your brain and ﬁgure out what works
for you and what doesn’t. Try new things.
Here’s what YOU can do to bend
your brain into submission
Slow down. The more you understand,
the less you have to memorize.
Don’t just read. Stop and think. When the
book asks you a question, don’t just skip to the
answer. Imagine that someone really is asking
the question. The more deeply you force your
brain to think, the better chance you have of
learning and remembering.
Do the exercises. Write your own notes.
We put them in, but if we did them for you,
that would be like having someone else do
your workouts for you. And don’t just look at
the exercises. Use a pencil. There’s plenty of
evidence that physical activity
can increase the learning.
Read the “There are No Dumb Questions”
That means all of them. They’re not optional
sidebars—they’re part of the core content!
Don’t skip them.
Make this the last thing you read before
bed. Or at least the last
Part of the learning (especially the transfer to
long-term memory) happens
you put the
book down. Your brain needs time on its own, to
do more processing. If you put in something new
during that processing-time, some of what you
just learned will be lost.
Drink water. Lots of it.
Your brain works best in a nice bath of ﬂuid.
Dehydration (which can happen before you ever
feel thirsty) decreases cognitive function.
Talk about it. Out loud.
Speaking activates a different part of the brain.
If you’re trying to understand something, or
increase your chance of remembering it later, say
it out loud. Better still, try to explain it out loud
to someone else. You’ll learn more quickly, and
you might uncover ideas you hadn’t known were
there when you were reading about it.
Listen to your brain.
Pay attention to whether your brain is getting
overloaded. If you ﬁnd yourself starting to skim the
surface or forget what you just read, it’s time for a
break. Once you go past a certain point, you won’t
learn faster by trying to shove more in, and you
might even hurt the process.
Apply this to something new you’re designing, or
rework an older project. Just do something to get some
experience beyond the exercises and activities in
this book. All you need is a pencil and a problem
to solve... a problem that might beneﬁt from using
HTML and CSS.
cut this out and stick it
on your refrigerator.
Your brain needs to know that this matters. Get
involved with the stories. Make up your own
captions for the photos. Groaning over a bad joke is
still better than feeling nothing at all.