In Every phase of your life you need to upgrade yourself to keep progressing and that can only be possible, if you set some goals either long term or short term, to achieve and put necessary learning endeavors to support that.
If you are looking to learn, a new language, a new coding skills, a music or any professional course for that matter, you need to fine tune your body, your time management, your approach so that it becomes favorable for you to persist through the phase of learning without giving up at the dipping point.
Though there is no full proof technique which can guarantee you quick learning as there are multiple factors to be considered, but still if you can follow this 5 basic principles you may be able to perform better in mastering the art of learning new things in quicker time duration.
5 Hacks To Help You Learn Better & Quicker?
- Apply Pareto Principle of 80–20:
The Pareto principle (also known as the 80/20 rule, the law of the vital few, or the principle of factor sparsity) states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.
Suppose you are planning to learn playing guitar, which requires one to master 1. Strumming 2. Hammer On 3. Pull-Off etc.. Complex things, your first approach should be to learn the chords first and spending 80% of your time mastering the chords & transition between them that will help you learn quickly & will produce better results. This approach also works well when you are trying to learn any new coding language or anything for that matter.
If you can break down the bigger goals to smaller milestones and spend most of your time mastering those small milestones you will be able to learn the skill in quicker time as 80% of the desired results are achieved by 20% of input we put efficiently.
2. Focus & Focus Hard? Use Pomodoro Technique.
In order to master the skills you want to learn, one thing which will be very critical is that you are doing it with absolute razor sharp focus. Minimal distracted state is what will be required. Yes in this age of mobility it is harder said than done, but you can manage it, if you follow, What we call a Pomodoro Technique.
As per Wiki:
The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s.The technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. These intervals are named pomodoros, the plural in English of the Italian word pomodoro (tomato), after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer that Cirillo used as a university student.
It means that you cut down all the possible distraction for a shorter period of time(25 min) and give your full attention to researching & practicing the task, this short burst of absolute focus will help you learn better. It is also recommended that you take short breaks(0f 5 min) in between to allow your brain to consume what has been fed.
If you can attune yourself to practice this technique with supreme consistency you will see that you are learning faster & remembering it better.
3. Learn By Doing More Than Reading More(or being wannabe)
I have personally experienced and observed that very often we spend too much time in browsing tutorial, watching videos, making notes and many times overdo these stuffs. The best approach is to pick one small tutorial , take one section of it and start getting our hands dirty by coding the stuffs. When I started writing I used to make a lot of mistakes(still it happens, but it has been minimized by writing more…) but that i managed to overcome (by doing more means) writing more.
If you want to do things, stop wanting, start doing it practically because 90% of our learning happens only when we start doing it.
It is better to get your hands dirty and make mistakes as it will help you learn faster.
4. Be Consistent: It Is Very Important That You Are Persistent With, What You Are Doing?
Doing is your best tool to learn, but you have to ensure that you are doing it with sheer consistency, learn in small stretches, but do it every day without failing.
I strongly Feel:
Being consistent leads to great results, 100% of the time.
One of the reasons why many give up learning new things in between is that they fail to be consistent in their approach.
As shown above in Transition cycle of change psychology (adopted from Hopson Model)
I have experienced that When you always start learning new things or set any goals, your energy remains high at the initial stages, but as the day passes by it starts to reach a dipping point , you start doubting yourself, It is at this stage many failures happens(you quit very often), winners always manage to get past this point because of their sheer consistency.
So be consistent and practice the art everyday and you will see that you are learning it in much efficient & effective manner.
5. Take Enough Sleep : To Sustain Your Learning Phases You Need Adequate Sleep, most importantly, you need to align & attune your body with your learning goals. Taking healthy diet, exercising regularly, taking adequate water along with good sleep leads to a healthy mind & soul to absorb what you are learning. Your brain needs sufficient rest to assimilate what you have fed into it and reflect upon it.
Ending With A Food For Thought:
Make your brain more receptive to what you want it to remember, by feeding it right and giving the right amount of time to digest it.
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Extending my sincere gratitude to all you awesome readers for showering all your love & constantly inspiring me to write more & helping me learn more eventually.