Learning something new takes time, discipline and the will to know you can achieve, no matter what distractions and/or hinderance may appear. To know what truly works for you, take a look at the following points:
- What is your favorite type of content?
Ask yourself the right questions: Are you visual, aural, verbal, kinesthetic, logical, social or solitary? We all learn differently, but the best way to truly tap into your learning ability, is to first understand which of those learning styles, helps you to learn best.
2. When do you usually like to learn, for how long and when do you find that it is most effective?
The time of day can have an immense impact on your ability to consume information. Be aware of your concentration levels and how effective your response to tests are, during specific periods of the day.
You might find that you prefer to learn in shorter bursts, than take a large chunk of hours to study content. Once you're in-tune with your body clock, your learning will become more effective.
3. Make learning part of your daily routine.
On your commute to work, make use of the extra time by learning on your app. It's a great way to keep consistent and never fall-off with your study routine. Using apps, also eliminates the excuse of not having access to the right tech!
4. Structure your daily/weekly learning routine
A clear study structure that you apply to your existing daily or weekly schedule, will show you which mini milestones you need to reach and within how much time, you have to do them.
Bookmarking content is a useful way to go back to revise earlier content. It's important to include time in your schedule to revisit material, as this form of repetition will keep things fresh in your memory.
5. Focus on one task at a time
It can be tempting to want to learn a library's worth of topics, but the simple truth is, putting your focus in one place until you've finished that topic, is far more effective than juggling your attention around.
Go through one course, complete the assignments, then move on to the next one. If you do have to multi-study, ensure that you block certain hours for each topic.
6. Avoid all electronic distractions
Whether on your app or desktop computer, electronic distractions can slow you down and in some cases, completely ruin your train-of-thought. Make sure you silence your notifications and produce
7. Take a dive into deeper learning
Make use of extra resources and further reading, outside of what your course gives you. Expanding your understanding of a specific section of your training content, will make your an expert of the ins-and-outs, but this can only be achieved by going the extra mile.
8. Always ask questions to know more
Asking questions can sometimes feel like you're becoming a burden, or you're just not getting the material, but this is far from the truth. The best way to your yourself confidence and to improve your performance, is by gaining clarity, and asking questions when unsure is the best tactic to achieve this.
Also, being inquisitive means that you're seeing things from a different angle...something you didn't have before!
9. Exchange knowledge with others
It's important that you pass on what you've learned, to work colleagues, friends and family who could all benefit from the skills you've gained. It's also a great opportunity to test yourself, putting all your theory right into practice.
Social Learning is a big part of any major training curriculum, and should also be applied to those learning independently. Discussing the subject with your peers can help you to see things from a different perspective, and open your mind to new learning styles!
10. Utilise your social media network and connections
LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are fantastic for connecting with like-minded individuals, who share your passion for developing ideas, learning new things, and building relationships.
Talk to your followers and connections about what you're reading and what skills-based content they indulge in. They are essentially an infinite fountain of resources, who can expose you to different learning materials that you may not have been aware of.
Virtual and offline meetups will help you to build stronger relationships with each other, where you can support one another during your professional and personal growth journeys.