Life gives us an opportunity to learn every day.
How To Be An Effective Learner ?
The people we meet, the books we read, the discussions we have, the challenges we face…
There is always something new to learn.
Learning helps us deal with our challenges better, solve problems faster, come up with solutions quicker.
But most people miss out learning anything new because they are not looking, not trying, not observing, not absorbing…
Here are seven actions that will help you learn better
1. Feed your mind well
Read books, magazine, articles, essays and blogs regularly. Focus particularly on those that are related to your field of work.
More you expose yourself to new ideas, different opinions, the better will be your quality of decision making and thinking.
2. Make notes as you read
Objective of reading any book or article should not be to complete it quickly. Focus instead on absorbing the knowledge being shared, learn new things. Make notes as your read as this is a powerful technique to retain information that’s being read.
3. Re-read at regular intervals
It’s better to read, re-read just three to four books a year and absorb, implement key ideas than it is to read ten or twelve books a year and not remember anything.
4. Share what you read
To improve your understanding of what you have read, discuss it, debate it, question it and share it with others.
The more thought you give to what you have learnt, greater will be the retention of knowledge
5. Ideate on your notes
How can you use what you have learnt to improve something at work or in your personal life? Can you combine two ideas for a better one?
Can you adopt something? Can you come up with something completely new? You will never know until you sit down and ideate on your notes.
6. Spend time with good thinkers
Meet, listen, learn and absorb. There is always someone who knows more than you do.
7. Cut down television time
It’s called the idiot box for a reason. The less time you spend in front of it, the better.