5 Ways to Learn and Master New Skills
- Create a tutorial. When you are trying to learn a new skill putting yourself behind the teacher’s desk will improve your level of learning. Teaching someone else what you know tests what you actually know and reminds you of what you thought you knew. Being the teacher forces you to check your facts and make the necessary corrections a lot faster than being in the role of the student absorbing the information. It reminds of being on the trivia shows or game show where you are pressure to perform. Practicing for an audience will only help you in the long run. The added bonus is, once your finished your powerpoint slides or tutorials you can use them in your own blog or course to share in the future. You are learning a skill and teaching someone at the same time.
- "Keep your eyes on the prize". Mastering a new skill can take some time and energy on your part. When you feel like giving up or feel too tired to work on the skill the next day, think about the reason why you started. Think about the rewards and benefits. You will be one step closer to your goal. You will have added skill that other people around you don’t have in your work group. This could mean you are closer to getting your dream job or make you more beneficial to your company. Adding skills can only help your resume and improve your life. The competition only seems to get stronger each year, so keep the hunger you had for learning when you were in school.
- Find your learning “style”. A large majority of us learn a new skill better by demonstration or watching other people demonstrate the skill. Figure out if you learn best through audio, books, videos, or hands-on. Using the “style” suited to you will cut down on your learning time and make the skill easier to master. You could also try the immersion method I created for writing a story. If I have a story set in a foreign country, then I immerse myself in the food, language, and culture. I listen to movies, music, watch movies, and read in the culture or setting of my story. I learned something new and I was doing my research at the same time. Those of you not writing a story in a foreign land, you could listen to audio or podcasts on the way to/from work.
- Take a break. Figure out the steps you need to take to master what you want to learn and break them down into bite sizes. Keep your exposure time to smaller segments. Watch a few shorter videos or read one section at a time. Jumping in all at once may not be the best method for some people. In fact, it can be overwhelming. You should feel energized, not drained by what you learn. If you are, then you may want to rethink the skill you chose. Remember, take bite sizes instead of swallowing the hole meal. Your mind and body will thank you with a satisfactory smile when your day is finished.
- Follow an expert. Save time by asking or following an expert who already knows the answer. They started out in the same place you did - a beginner. The experts just took the necessary steps to acquire the skill and didn’t quit after a week. People like Tim Ferris, who wrote about mastering a new skill, went straight to the experts for their starting point. Why would you want to learn a skill from someone who’s never tried? Find someone to model yourself after, and take their advice. You can always fine tune it to fit your schedule and needs.
When you inspire and teach others to do the same task better than yourself, then you have become the master. ~ Mahieu Spaid
Author & Artist at mahieustudios.com