Research demonstrates there are ways to learn new skills and concepts with ease and speed.
Whether it is a new technology, a foreign language, or an advanced ability, staying competitive means frequently learning new things. Nearly two-thirds of Australian employees have taken a course or sought further training to advance their careers; they report an expanded professional network, new job or different career path.
Being a quick learner can provide you an even greater advantage. Science proves there are several ways that you can learn and keep something more efficiently. Here are three:
1. TEACH SOMEONE ELSE (OR JUST PRETEND TO)
If you teach someone else the material or task you’re attempting to grasp, you can boost your learning and recall more as well. The anticipation changes your mind-set so you participate in more effective approaches to learning than those who just learn how to pass a test.
2. LEARN IN SHORT BURSTS OF TIME
Dedicate 30-50 minutes to learning new material. Anything less than 30 is not enough, but anything more than 50 is too much information on your brain to take in at once. As soon as you’re done, take a five to 10 minutes off before you begin another session.
Remember that the brain is a muslce and changing your habits develop a muscle memory that can help you master a new skill faster. Micro learning sessions make harder concepts easier to master- The time in between is time to digest.
3. TAKE NOTES BY HAND
It may be faster to type down notes on a laptop, but using a pencil and paper can allow you to learn and understand better. By taking notes by hand, you listen more actively and can identify important concepts. Using a laptop, however, leads to distractions such as email or social media notifications. Using pen and paper simply removes that temptation.