To learn things fast at this time we live in is a super-power. And your learning abilities can directly influence your earning abilities and also it increases your chances of you reaching your goals and improve your life.
It’s essential now to learn how to learn things fast because – no matter your career- everything is constantly changing and evolving and without the skills to learn fast you will become outdated and would not be able to keep up(especially if you are in tech industry).
According to Wikipedia, Learning is the process of acquiring new understanding, knowledge, behaviours, skills, values, attitudes, and preferences. The ability to learn is possessed by humans, animals, and some machines; there is also evidence for some kind of learning in certain plants. (Imagine even plants learn).
Learning is the core foundation of personal growth, and it’s a habit that everyone should have, to achieve improvement in every aspect of one’s life.
Before we talk about how we can learn anything fast let us see some of the benefits:
Anyone can learn how to be a fast learner as long as you put your mind to it and put in the work.
It’s like an exercise you can train yourself to learn anything fast and the good thing is that the more of your brain you use the more you will have to us
If you study the lives of great men and women that achieved extraordinary things on earth, You will notice a mindset and approach they possess towards learning, which is, they are committed to live-long-learning; they learn constantly, which makes them masters of their games.
And this mindset is something we all should have because it opens our mind to new experiences and learning will not be seen as a hard task but an adventure.
Even when we face challenges or failure we will see it as an opportunity to learn from it and move on since we are lifelong learners.
And it makes the process of learning fast effective because learning is your lifestyle.
DO NOT MULTITASK: learning is not an easy task; It requires absorbing new information, concepts and ideas. And studies found out that our brain performs better when we are focused on one thing.
If you focus a magnifying glass on a paper under the sun for some minute you will see the paper will gradually start burning, our mind is even more powerful than that when you focus on what you are learning – you become one with the object and learn faster but no fire. (Lol).
Actually, there is nothing like multitasking; it’s called switching of tasks back and forth and that hurt our productivity especially if we are learning new concepts or skills.
So just remember that: the quality of input determines your quality of retention.
2. TAKE SHORT BREAKS: A study published in the journal Cognition concludes short breaks help keep your attention span on track.
When you are learning something you would focus on the material for a certain period of time and when you do not take breaks you might become fatigued and lost motivation because of the boredom and tiredness
The Pomodoro technique helps with productivity and time management.
3. Always reflect on what you’ve learnt: New information and concepts don’t just stick to the mind except extra work are done like reflecting and thinking about what has been learned.
The constant reflecting and observations of the new information make it sticks – Repetition aids retention.
Reflection also includes testing yourself on the subject and asking yourself questions and providing the answer. Also going back to correct yourself on the concepts that are still over your heads. This process cements the knowledge.
4. IMPLEMENT: Learning includes both inputs and outputs. Inputs are the reading of books, taking courses, attending seminars, webinars and listening to podcasts – it’s basically the intake of information.
While outputs include the reflection, implementation and sharing(teaching) of the concept. So many people focus, mainly on the input and do little or no output but it doesn’t work that way. You actually need more of the output.
“For true mastery, you need to focus more on the OUTPUT, rather than the INPUT“Nishant Kasibhatla
learning is incomplete if what has been learnt is not implemented. For the reason for learning in the first place is to implement and practise it.
For example, no amount of books you read on how to ride a bicycle will teach you how to ride a bicycle without actually implementing the lesson on a bicycle.
So also in graphic designing, programming, writing, skating, driving, digital marketing, and all other professions.
THE GREAT AIM OF EDUCATION IS NOT KNOWLEGE BUT ACTIONHebert spencer
5. Share(Teaching): this is one of the best ways to learn anything fast. It’s effective because you can’t teach what you don’t know just like you can’t give what you don’t have.
So it forces you to really know the concepts.
When you teach you to get to know the concepts or skills more and more.
There are different ways you can do the outputting(implementation and teaching) like teaching what you’ve learnt on a blog(like me now) or a youtube channel or even if it teaching a non-living thing(just don’t do that where people will see you otherwise you might end up in psychiatry hospital) and make sure it’s in your own words and understanding.
Like physical exercise, we all can train our brain muscles to learn anything fast and effective. Our mind is the most powerful tool but it wouldn’t work for us if we don’t do the work.
Remember we take in information and we have to put the information to use and that is what will guarantee the information or skill to stick in your head.
If there are any other points that you feel should be added to these ones please comment it in the comment section below.
adapted from this video