Learning is defined as a relatively permanent change in behaviour that occurs as a result of experience.
With the plethora of online learning platforms and contents, the gap between what we know and do is widening. statistics have shown that 65% of those that register for a MOOC course never complete them. The challenge then is to know how to learn, or practically apply the acquired knowledge to see results.
Such learning is called synthesis – and this is the highest level of learning. To reach this level however, there a 3 fundamentals to consider:
- Break down what you want to learn into small bit size that is easy to understand and apply.
- Start going through the resource, one step at a time and see how these small incremental steps fits into the larger picture.
- Maintain consistency. Do it everyday. For best results, set out a particular time of the day and duration. You want to devote that time to learning and practicing this new skill, or applying this knowledge.
Remember that as you try to learn something new, you may experience some level of discomfort because your brain is carving new neural pathways, and may try to protect you from stress. On the contrary, that “stress” is what you need to experience another level of comfort.
Consistency will create a permanent path in your brain cells, and help you recall your new skill.
As you engage in the learning process, you may discover newer ways of learning that matches your personality. Although many learning formulas have been developed over the years, the one you developed through practice will serve you better.
These principles work irrespective of the subject matter.