So much to learn and so little time, luckily there are lots of learning techniques you can use to accelerate your learning and get much better, much faster.
First things first, get your brain firing on all cylinders with these clever learning tactics.
- Warm up your brain – just like your muscles before exercise it’s important to warm up and wake up your brain in order for it to function properly. Do quick mental activities like counting backwards.
- Create a learning agenda – structure your learning time to help you organise your mind, align your goals and reduce stress
- Use multiple learning methods – Using more than one learning method helps us retain more information. Read a passage, watch a video and do a quiz.
- Build up practical experience – boost or improve your learning by building up practical experience. Apply your skills immediately. If you are learning about a company process, practice it immediately.
- Do one task at a time – research suggest that multitasking can hinder learning, so focus on one thing at a time.
- Test yourself – take assessments and quizzes regularly. Studies have highlighted higher retention rates in those who regularly self test compared to those that don’t.
- Create rewards – rewards improve motivation, little incentives can go a long way. This is why gamification works. Split content into blocks and treat yourself once you complete a block.
- Space learning out – cramming simply doesn’t work. Studies show spacing out your learning and reviewing information periodically is better for retaining information for longer.
- Turn words into imagery – online course creators should consider this when creating courses. Learning experiments have shown that learners can remember images over large chunks of text.
- Talk about what you’ve learned – talking about what you have learned is the best way of reinforcing information. Talk to your colleagues about what you’ve learned and contribute in social forums.
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