10 Ways to Learn More Effectively

Posted on May 20, 2010


Continuous learning helps one adapt to technology changes. These tips should help with your own learning.

  1. Frequency trumps duration. The mind learns through regular repetition, as such a single cramming session is less effective than regular study.
  2. Learn actively rather than passively. When reading, remain fully engaged by asking why certain conditions exist or what what you could change to create different results? Questions such as these help reinforce learning.
  3. Find a personal connection. When you personally relate to what you are trying to learn your retention will be greater.
  4. Leverage what you know. Think about how what you are learning relates to something you may already now. Drawing relevant analogies is a great way to pick up new concepts.
  5. Use the knowledge. If you do not use it you may lose it. Applying what you learn is the best way to retain and reinforce things that you learn.
  6. Teach what you have learned. Those who learn teach to ensure that they not only know the material but are able to explain it as well. Preparing yourself to teach helps you master a subject by requiring you to revise material and handle questions that shed new light on what you have learned.
  7. Have you work reviewed. Peer and expert reviews provide additional pointers, ideas and corrects mistakes you may have made.
  8. Set realistic goals. Setting goals provides a time frame within which to learn your material, making the goals realistic ensures you banish any possible discouragement along the way.
  9. Write notes as you learn. Taking notes keeps you actively involved and reinforces material through the learning process. Writing about what you learn requires you to verify your material and is similar to teaching, except it does not share the interactivity of working with others.
  10. Break things down. Complex material is often easier to pick up if you break it down into smaller parts.

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