Learning_Strategies by marcusjames


Learning Strategies

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Start using a few basic learning stategies and you'll be able to study
less while learning more.

learning strategies, learning, problem solving

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A few basic learning strategies can help you in your carreer or business.
They also can make you the person who always has something interesting to
say. You CAN learn more efficiently. Just use a few of the following
techniques until they become habit.

<b>Create Anticipation and Curiosity</b>

You learn more effectively with curiosity and anticipation working for
you, but how do you create this state of mind? One way is to end each
learning session with a question or two clearly in your mind. This
creates the sense of anticipation and curiosity that will help you next
time you study. It's like a TV show going to a commercial at an
interesting moment in the program. You want to stay tuned, to see what
happens next.

<b>Prepare To Learn</b>

When you want to learn new material, expose your mind to it as soon as
possible, before you even feel "ready," or have time to study. The first
stage of learning is the part where you look at new ideas and say, "huh?"
Do this quickly, however, reviewing everything for a few minutes, and
your unconscious mind will start "incubating" the new concepts, and
finding some way to organize them.

<b>Relate What You Know To The New Knowledge</b>

When you sit down to study new material, relate it to what you already
know. Compare and contrast things, saying to yourself, "That's like...,"
or "How is that different from..." Autoresponders were new to me when I
started my newsletters, but the concept sunk in and motivated me when I
thought, "It's like someone doing all my addressing and mailing for
pennies a day." This prompted the important questions, and I was ready to

<b>Use Your Imagination</b>

Changing your perspective is one of the great learning strategies. For
example, study with the idea in mind that you will be teaching what
you're learning. As you study something, imagine how you'll teach it.
This is a powerful way to get a good grasp on new information.

Also imagine how you'll use what you are learning. There's so much
information, and so little of it is the truly "important stuff." But by
imagining how you'll use the new information, you tend to automatically
focus on the things you really need to know.

<b>Take Breaks</b>

You can learn more   by working less. The research shows that we remember
best what we study   first and last in a given session. So, by taking
breaks, you create   more "sessions," and increase the number of firsts and
lasts. Move around   during your breaks, as this can also keep your mind

<b>Finding Time</b>

What if it took no extra time to learn a new language, take a negotiating
course, or study something new and interesting? Start using the dead-time
in your day, the time sitting in your car, or on the bus, or in a waiting
room. Almost any public library has hundreds of books on tape, and you
can even instantly download books on the internet.

This is one of the most under-utilised and easiest learning strategies.
If your job is 25 minutes away you spend 200 hours per year sitting in
your car going to or from work. Could you learn something useful if you
had four hours per week of audio instruction for a year? The only extra
time it takes is a few minutes to stop by the library.

Of course, almost nothing works just by reading it. Why not scan the list
above and start using one or two of these learning strategies right now?

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