Have you ever tried to learn a new skill but quit before you had any real success? Don’t be discouraged if this has happened to you. Mastering a new skill takes a lot of effort. Many people struggle to remember what they have learned. This causes their learning to be slow and painful.
You’re not alone if you want to learn but are having trouble. This guide will find many proven methods to learn any subject quickly.
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Why don’t you learn fast
After years of watching people at work and college, we have discovered three reasons people fail to learn quickly and efficiently. Try to identify any of these learning barriers.
- Struggle for Starting Learning Something From Scratch
It’s something you have probably seen. Sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start when you want to learn a new skill.
Perhaps you wanted to learn how to play chess but weren’t sure which way to go. Because you didn’t know the best way to learn, you either stopped trying to learn the 2-player strategy game or tried different sources: books, videos, and friends.
The problem is that this scattered approach can make it difficult for you to focus, and you’ll undoubtedly be given contradicting advice.
You might also not receive the latest information by asking for help or consulting books. You might not have heard of some of the incredible online programs for learning computer chess.
- Struggle To Recall What You’ve Learned
For a moment, think back to the time you were in school. It’s possible that you learned things from teachers many times only to forget them weeks, days, or even minutes later.
This problem persists from education to the workplace. How often has it happened that important information was said in meetings, but half the attendees forget about the details after the meeting ends?
After such negative life experiences, it is no surprise that older people are less willing to learn new things.
- The Struggle to Put What you’ve Learned into Practice
This is one of the main reasons people don’t learn new things. They learn theory all the time but never apply it in practice.
Let’s take, for instance, how people learn how to ride a bike.
Most times, your parent or an older sibling will instruct you on how to ride a bicycle. You really learn when you try to ride a bike for the first time!
The same applies to most things. You won’t make much progress no matter how many tutorial videos are shown on a particular subject. You will not be able to move forward until you learn the skill you desire.
- Don’t Get Too Confused When You Learn A Lot of Difficult Things.
You can lose enthusiasm quickly if you choose the wrong course or teacher. This is especially true when they make things too difficult at the beginning.
Learn a language.
If all you did was force yourself to memorize grammar rules for weeks, it would be a major stumbling block in your ability to learn. But if the teacher made learning the language exciting and enjoyable, you’d love to learn more, and your confidence will grow. Of course, you can still learn the grammar and vocabulary slowly.
- No matter how hard you try, it is impossible to see the way.
Sometimes you might have thought: “No matter how hard I study or revise my material, I still don’t know what to do with it.”
This is an extremely common problem.
People often make it worse by trying harder to learn and practicing less. This is counterproductive because it doesn’t take enough effort and time to learn.
Good news: There are many proven methods to learn quickly, effectively, and easily. This is what I call smart learning. Let’s look at what this approach is all about and how to use it in your daily life.
- Digital Brain
Did you know that there is another brain than your own physical brain? It’s known as the Digital Brain. I will give you an overview of the Digital Brain in case you are unfamiliar.
Simply put, a Digital Brain refers to a program or software that allows you quickly to recall and record information.
I’m certain you are familiar with these digital brain tools:
- Apple Notes
- Google Keep
Instead of relying upon your memory when learning something, you can turn the information over the to your Digital Brain. This will allow your mind to focus on other tasks and reduce the stress associated with trying to remember everything. For example, instead of remembering the week’s weather, you can easily access this information on your phone, tablet, and laptop.
Use your Digital Brain to free your mind for more important tasks.
- Spaced Repetition
Spaced Repetition works in a similar way as you will see if you click on this article. The more you come across certain bits of information, the less you will need to refresh your memories. You think it sounds easy? You’re right!
Spaced Repetition provides a roadmap that outlines when and how to receive new information. I have used this technique for many years and can testify to its effectiveness.
The key steps of Spaced Repetition are:
- Review your Notes — Take down notes within 24 hours of receiving the initial information. Next, review them. Take a look at your notes during the review session. Then, take a moment to reflect on the key points.
- The First Time You Recall the Information — After a day, you can try to recall the information without reading any notes. The information might also be useful when you are on a walk, or just sitting down and relaxing.
- Recall the Material Once More — Next, take a few days to recall the information approximately every 24-36 hour. These recalls don’t need to be extensive. Instead, you can do them while standing in line for a latte, or while walking your dog. Although you can still look at your notes if necessary, it’s best to limit this.
- Re-study the Information — Once several days have passed since your first attempt to learn the information take out your material and re-study it. This will allow you to reprocess the concepts and help cement the information in your head.
Spaced repetition can really make a difference to your ability and speed in learning. Spaced repetition can actually make the difference in your ability to learn quickly.
- Deliberate Practice
Deliberate practice allows you to break down the skill you wish to master into its components. This technique avoids repeating the same thing over and again.
For a moment, imagine that you are looking to start your podcast. Deliberate practice would involve breaking down podcasting skills into sections.
Perhaps you will need to learn the technical aspects. Then, you may want to focus on your content as well as your voice delivery. If you are interested in increasing the number of podcast listeners, you will need to develop basic marketing skills.
It would be difficult to learn all of this information in one go. You can learn one thing each day and quickly become a podcaster.
Deliberate Practice can be made easy to use by following the instructions:
- Divide the information into smaller, more manageable chunks
- Set up a learning program
- Hire a mentor
- Always seek feedback
Deliberate Practice is an excellent way to learn faster.
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- Feedback Loop
Learn fast and master any skill with a well-known technique, the Feedback Loop . This is where a learner gathers feedback about their performance and then uses that information to improve their learning style.
A feedback loop is composed of three stages:
- Use to practice what you’ve learned.
- Measure – Here you are gathering information about your performance. This stage is often overlooked or performed ineffectively by learners.
- Learn . This is where you evaluate your performance, make adjustments and apply/practice again.
Feedback loops can make an important and positive impact on how you learn. This could be the key to turning your learning failures into learning successes.