“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”Benjamin Franklin
There is no alternate to learning. Every day, every moment, every minute and every second, you’re observing, experiencing and learning many things.
“Never stop learning.”― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
So how can you learn so many things in such a short time? How to learn faster and better?
Studies suggest that adults use only 10% of their brain but with proper training one can reach even more . Just imagine how far we could go by utilizing 50% of our brain! So learn the tricks and hacks of learning anything faster and better.
Break down the skill into different parts
If you break down the skill into small parts, it’ll let you know which is the most important and which is less. The more you break the skill, the more clear it will be which part you need to learn first.
Say, you’re learning how to play piano. So break down the skill into parts like- learning the music chords, proper finger placement, learning scale, finger picking and so on.
Now, which is the most important part for you to play on the piano? Obviously finger placement and learning the common cords. Then you’ll be able to play a ton of songs.
Reach out to experts or mentors
In today’s world, outreaching has become easier and faster. When you’re learning on any topic, reach out to an expert or look for a mentor who can guide you down the proper road. The fastest way to be good at something is to reach out to a person who’ve already got the result that you’re expecting.
According to Tony Robbins, a motivational speaker and the author of “Power Talk”:
“It doesn’t matter what your age, gender or background is — modeling gives you the capacity to fast track your dreams and achieve more in a much shorter period of time,”
Do you know 80/20 rule?
Are you familiar with the Pareto’s Law? It explains that 80% of your desired outputs come from 20% of inputs. This is what we meant it 80/20 rule or Pareto’s Law.
20% of learning methods lead to 80% of your results
20% of your customers will drive your sales up to 80%.
When you’re learning something, you’ve so much thing to learn, and thus you’re jumping from one place to another place. But first, fix which one is your main focus? And learn accordingly.
Case: If you’re learning Spanish for communication in a foreign country, don’t start learning how to read and write. Again, don’t go for the grammatical mistakes rather learn how to communicate which is equivalent to 80% output of your result.
Two-thirds of your time for practicing
You need to balance between researching and practicing. I admit that you need to learn and research. But practice makes you perfect.
For example- you’re spending most of the time reading how to do the driving, but you’re not holding the steering and taking direct action. Hence, your learning will not be faster or better or more effective.
You can gain experience only from the scratches, not from the research work.
So the perfect ratio for the practice and research is stated by Dan Coyle, the author of ‘The Talent Code’ and ‘The Little Book of Talent’. He suggested the rule of two-thirds. One-third for studying and two-thirds for direct action.
He further said:
“Our brains evolved to learn by doing things, not by hearing about them,”
If you try to learn how to be a good cook, spend 30% on studying and 70% on direct action and testing yourself. So focus more on practicing for the desired faster output.
Compress and summarize
This method is called the ABC method. It means Always Be Compressing. This was the keystone of the best-selling guide ‘The 4 Hour Chef’ by Tim Ferriss’.
Try hard to compress all the information in one to two pages and again turn them into the image if possible.
We receive everything as a form of an image in our brain, not by words. So try to create an image of your information. Pie Chart, graphic chart, mind map, etc. will help to visualize your knowledge in a nutshell.
Set deadlines for every work
If you keep the work for tomorrow, it will never come in your entire life. So make a deadline for every bit of your work.
Did you hear the Parkinson’ Law ever? If you gave reading on “productivity”, you might be familiar with this law. The law is
“Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.”
Can you remember how you used to end your paper writing all semester in your university? Everything was done before the “Deadline.”
If you want the Parkinson’s Law in your favor, make a deadline. Then you’ll complete it more efficiently.
Want to put pressure on for a shorter period of time? You go through different tricks and hacks like- time management tricks, the Pomodoro technique. This will ensure distraction-free work with short breaks in between each time.
Method to beat hours
Techniques and tactics can beat your valuable hours. Choose a suitable method for you which makes your learning process easier and faster.
For example- you’ve started learning vocabulary. There are various methods to remember like
Mnemonics, flashcards, puzzle words, vocab apps on mobile, vocab test online, vocabulary games, etc.
For every kind of work, there are different strategies. From an online source, you can grab various tricks. But choose a method which is easy for you to consume. Not every strategy is for you.
In this way, you can beat hours and learn anything faster.
Use multiple sources for learning
If you learn something from different sources, then it becomes more rigid in our mind. This is because different media stimulate different parts of our brain. So when different parts of our brain are working together, we can absorb more knowledge quickly with a better impression in our mind.
Therefore, instead of reading books or articles only try a podcast, videos and different mobile apps, etc. for the solid pillar of learning.
Say “No” to multitasking
Now multitasking has become a guilty pleasure to all of us. Out of 100%, only 2% can work properly. Others are simply doing the wastage of time.
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To be more clear, when you open multiple tabs on your computer what do you observe? Every work is getting slow, right? This is the same case that happens when you do multitasking. It simply destroys your learning in the proper way let alone faster.
From the study, it’s found that it takes a minimum of 25 minutes to return to the task after distraction. So you can see a huge loss of time and your learning process is getting slow.
Steps to a healthy mind
If you want to learn anything faster and better, you need to keep your mind healthy and sound. You need priming of your mind. For that, follow the steps below:
- Daily Workout: doing cardio improves your learning and memory. From one study, it’s seen that memory and the ability to think to improve after 15 minutes of exercise.
- Meditate: Meditation doesn’t only release stress but improves concentration, memory and impulse control.
- Sound sleep: Getting sound sleep is crucial for proper brain function, reaction time and good judgment. People with sound sleep can learn much faster and better.
- Drink water: The reaction times, mental processing and responsiveness increase with hydration. Hence drink lots of water daily and eat lots of common fruits with good sources of water.
- Eat PUFAs: It’s Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids. These are mainly omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for brain function and controls brain’s memory and learning centers. Salmon is a good source of omega-3s. Meet free PUFAs including – peanuts, chia, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, etc.
- Laugh: Be with the people who make you laugh. From the study, it’s seen that laughing is one of the solutions to creativity and problem-solving.
That’s all for now.