How Can You Improve Your Learning Process?

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Whether you are a student struggling to retain the information you study or you’re trying to learn a new skill to improve your future work prospects, learning new things can be fun and equally demanding.

Once you decide on a learning path to take, you want to ensure that you’re making conscious efforts to enhance how you retain and apply relevant information. Casually consuming voluminous information isn’t equivalent to active learning so let’s discuss some tips that can help you improve your learning process.

What Does Learning Mean?

Learning means acquiring skills or knowledge, coming to know or finding out about something. From this definition, we see it is pretty much an active thing, getting to know something doesn’t just happen by mere wishing.

It’s like being handed a beautifully wrapped gift. you have to stretch out your hand to receive it, unwrap it, and then proceed to use it. Learning blesses you with the gift of new knowledge, skills and abilities. So, now that you’re familiar with the term, how can you improve your learning process?

Tips to improve how you learn

Below are 5 tips that can help you be a better learner:

  1. Relearn Unlearn Repeat
  2. Learning is a continuous process, it’s not a one time and last forever experience. During the process of acquiring and demonstrating knowledge, you may make mistakes, miss up information or absorb outdated data. In such cases, just discard the wrong and relearn the correct info, no hassle there.

    Rather than beating yourself up for failing to remember the right thing, learn it again to improve your chances of getting it right in the future. Relearning may be in the form of asking questions, going through notes or reading an article online to remind yourself of something. Don’t hold on to wrong or outdated information simply to prove a point or win an argument, be open to correcting yourself and learning new things.

  3. Forgot Something? Look it up
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    Unless you are in an examination hall where your memory is being tested and you are not allowed to take a quick peek at your books or Google, try to look things up when you can’t recall them. Forgetting things is kinda inevitable. When you do, don’t struggle for too long to remember, just look it up.

    It is kind of like relearning, you go through information that you came across in the past. Doing so can further strengthen your memory and improve your retention. Google is my best friend when it comes to looking things up or learning new things, YouTube is always there for me too. So the next time you are fairly uncertain or unsure of something you feel you should know, look it up to confirm or learn again. There’s no shame in that.

  5. Teach others
  6. If you ever studied a subject in school to give a presentation in class, you may find it easier to recall such a topic during an exam or test (If you did study for the presentation that is). To further strengthen your learning, teaching others is the way to go. Applying the knowledge or skill you learn by explaining it to others, perhaps a group of friends or classmates can help you retain the information.

    How do you express your knowledge? Do so in your own words, expressing how you understand a concept. You can write posts for a blog or create a podcast to share information you learn that can be helpful to others. Online platforms, groups and communities like reddit, facebook, twitter that allows you to share value with others. These platforms also offer the opportunity for you to learn from others by gaining varying perspectives which will help expand your understanding of the topic being discussed.

  7. Get practical experience when necessary
  8. So you want to be a web developer or a content writer, a basketball player or a pianist. You surf the internet, browse through materials and probably read all there is to know about these areas. Now, that is going to prove useful of course but spoiler alert, it will not be sufficient enough to reach your actual goal, I’m sorry. There are things that require practical learning beyond just reading texts.

    Being a content writer will involve writing often and not just reading, being a basket player? Well, you better practice how to get clean shots. Same thing goes for being a pianist; you require regular practice with a piano. So, do your research, learn from those who are ahead of you in your field of your interest. But, when it comes down to it, be prepared to do some work because that is how learning works.

  9. Avoid multitasking
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    People may think that performing two or more tasks simultaneously makes you more productive. Well, if you belong to this group, I’m sorry to burst your bubble but that simply isn’t true. By not focusing on one activity at a time, you learn slowly and you are also less efficient than you would be if you just fixed your attention on a single task. This is not to say you cannot be efficient in all your interests or activities. Let’s say you are a student, a designer and a writer.

    You can devote time to studying, rehearsing dance routines and designing. Trying to design and study simultaneously may not be as productive as focusing on either one of the tasks. Multitasking may hamper your speed of learning and efficiency especially when the activities aren’t similar. Focusing on a single task proves to be more effective.

Parting words

Learning is an integral part of human existence and evolution. Whether you are a student or not, everyone has interests and curiosities that tickle their fancy. With the tips above, you can make your learning process even more effective. Thanks for sticking to the end. Happy learning!