There are a
few things in life that are undoubted facts and one of them is that throughout
life, you will always be learning. No
matter what age, we all go through learning processes whether it is for our
businesses or careers, parenting, communication skills, relationships and even
for our hobbies. Yes more people will
have the urge and ability to learn more than others, but at the end of the day
– everybody is learning continuously.
it makes perfect sense to obtain good learning skills sooner than later. Having good study habits and some tools to
increase your ability to learn would make all the difference. The following are some tips and techniques
you can apply to any learning situation.
Ask Questions – Whenever possible, never hesitate to
ask questions whether you think they are important or not. I have been taught that the only silly
question is the question not asked. It
has been proven time and time again that the students who participate in class,
and the members who participate within groups in general, like online forums,
are the ones who gain the most knowledge.
Teach What You Have Learned To
Others – This is
something that I personally do all the time by writing articles of what I have
learned, just like this one. I am sure
you have been through the same process. Just think of a time when you were explaining something to a friend and
then all of a sudden the “aha” bell rang inside your head. You get the sense of feeling that what you
have just said (presented) makes more sense now, than it did before. This is because when you “teach”, you are
forced to think holistically. This means
that you are “relating” and interconnecting knowledge you already know; it is
basically the opposite of memorizing.
Learn To Speed Read – This is a process which I have
learned in the last few months and which is very easy to do with some practice,
but at the same time very effective. Most of us learn by reading, so what if you could read twice as fast, or
even three times as fast, as you can now? To speed read, you need to take a pen/pencil or use your finger while
reading. As you read you move your
finger or pen across the lines at a much faster speed than you would normally
read. Your eyes must focus and follow
the tip of your finger/pen, not on the actual words. By using this technique you are actually
removing that “inner voice” you hear, which is basically reading to
yourself. The faster you move your pen
across the sentence; your mind learns to read “chunks” of words at a time,
instead of reading word for word.
The way you learn plays a significant role on your retention rate. Your retention rate is what you remember
after you have learned something. To
explain things in more depth, we need to look at the “cone of experience” model
by Edgar Dale. This model implies the
you learn by only reading, you will remember approximately 10% of what you have
you learn by only listening (i.e. lectures, podcasts) you will remember
approximately 20% of what you hear.
you learn by only watching videos or images, you remember approximately 30% of
what you see and hear.
you learn by watching a demonstration, you will remember approximately 50% of
what you see and hear.
you learn by participating in a discussion or workshop, you will remember up to
70% of what you write and say.
when you learn by performing a presentation, where basically you become the
teacher, you will remember up to 90% of what you teach
This is a great video of the learning stages but also a conclusion of how we can learn more effectively:
As you can
see, learning by active means such as discussion and engagement, you will learn
a lot more than just by reading or listening, which is passive learning.