How to learn something new

Summary:

  1. To do this for real you need to take action!
  2. Stick it in your iphone calendar.
  3. Recall the stuff from memory first!

Although we don’t have switches in our backs that control our behaviour there is a useful analogy to learning. Have you ever been on a training course or read a book and left feeling inspired to make a real change in your life? Maybe you do this for a while and things are great. Then daily

life gets in the way, your switch gets re-set and you slip into your old habits. When you do any sort of learning remember to include time to review and sustain the gains that you make so that you don’t slip backwards. The ideal intervals for reviews after the leaning period, as described by Tony Buzan are:

  • 10 minutes (reinforcing the learning straight away makes for a strong foundation)
  • 24 hours
  • 1 week
  • 1 month
  • 3 months (by this time the information should be locked in long term memory)
  • perhaps 6 months as little refresher.

The great thing is that the more you learn and maintain, the easier it is to learn new things. The new knowledge can link and associate to the old.

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