Thursday, December 25, 2008

7 Strategic Tips for Smart Learners: Learning how to learn

Are you a slow learner? Do you wan to improve your learning skills? Are you looking for the best solution to a learning problem? Ream and apply my 7 strategic Tips for Smart learners. And here we go...

Strategy one: Prepare to Learn.The first step to learn is to prepare. To use your memory effectively you have to prepare yourself mentally. In fact, with learning any skill, your intention, attitude, and motivation are fundamental to success. Learning preparation must include your ability to have the right tools, face challenges, have study environment, handle health and stress and time management. They are fundamental and are worth all the time you can put into them!

William A. Ward Quote: "Recipe for success: Study while others are sleeping; work while others are looking; prepare while others are playing; and dream while others are wishing."

Strategy two: Explore how you learn best. Always bear in mind that there is no best way to learn. As a person who seeks knowledge, you learn by building on the knowledge you already have. 70% of a lifelong learner's knowledge is thought by himself/herself. It is important to understand and maximize your learning potential, explore how you learn best, and use this knowledge to your advantage. And the best way out is to discover your learning style. Are you a reader, a Listener, or a Doer? There must be an inventory that can categorize how you learn best.
Mark Victor Hensen Quote: Thought and ideas are the source of all wealth, success, material gain, all great discoveries, inventions and achievement."
Strategy three: Understand how your brain works.Mr. Mike Awuah reflects, "The major tool we need to learn is our mind." I am convinced that the brain work on principles. So "It is natural to forget then to remember," and "It takes repeated efforts and exposure to information to learn thoroughly." Get rid of the habit of studying for a very long time i.e. over 2 – 3 hours without taking a break. Take the advice of Sharon K. ferrtt, "When we perceive information with our senses, important information is processed into short-term memory and eventually into long-term memory. By using memory strategies and techniques, your long-term memory can improve." In my opinion, the best memory techniques contribute a series of shorter study sessions which is definitely preferable for students or employees who are determine to achieve higher goal.
Abraham Lincoln Quote: "Always remember in mind that our own resolution to succeed is important then any other one thing."

Strategy four: Practice what you learn. As the famous saying goes, "Practice makes perfect." Good learners are those who constantly practices what they learn. I personally discipline myself to write an article on every important subject I learn. This habit have helped me to retained almost 50% of what I learn in class, from speakers and reading. It works!The motivation of writing this article was inspire form Mr. Mike Awuah when he thought on the theme: "Principles of Learning," during an inspiration section of the Hud Group monthly youth meeting at the University of Ghana, Legon. When Mr. Awuah esthetically spoke, I jotted in my notebook, "Learners become better at what they practice. Adult learn best through practice and participation. It is good to learn but wiser to review what you learn at least five times a month.

Aristotle Quote: "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but habit."

Strategy five: Take Control. You are 100% responsible. Learner really value knowledge and information so they are fully responsible to focus, think about it and create new ideas. I previously read, "One of the reasons people may not succeed in school or in their careers is a lack of willingness to make the necessary effort." You are special –Don't quit. If success does not come quickly, examine the real reasons for not succeeding. Taking control over things you learn is base on your ability to keep handling failure and focus. You are to discuss what you have learned with someone, teach it to someone, ask question, write it (take action-note), visualize it. Test yourself, use multiple sources, make flash card, etc. Most importantly, talk your problem out, eat well, get plenty of exercise and rest (your health says a lot about you), and create a balance of work and play.
Rob Gilbert Quote: "losers visualize the penalties of failure. Winners visualize the rewards of success."

Strategy Six: Team Up. Being part of a team or study group is a reflection of who you are and how well you work with others. You will be able to ask questions, suggest and understand your lesson and duties. The motivation to attend lectures regularly, participate actively in class room, review study materials frequently and practice what you learn will better your chance to do better.It may be difficult to be controlled, supervised, or given order. Successful learners change their perception and begin to look at instructors, advisors and supervisors, as part of their learning process. They deserve your tolerance and willingness. Establish your team relationship based on respect; it is possible that most team mate will go extra mile to help you if they know who you are and if you show interest and willingness to apply yourself. Spend your time to gain!
Peter Druckek (Management Theorist) Quote "A worker needs one thing only: Learn how to learn."

Strategy seven: Read Widely. Readers are Learners. Are Learners Readers? Excuses are many. For the past five years, I have not entered college or university. I do not find excuses either. Rather, I am making proper use of my time by sitting in my room reading and writing. I am an example of reading because every word you read in this article is written based on my curiosity to read widely. Reading has given me ideas and improved my writing. Read novels, classic literature, biographies, and newspapers and get on the Internet. Read other students' papers or employers' proposal and exchange papers with your study team. Make use of the 21st centaury' books!Reading widely enables learners to be certain or positive of their purpose, goals and objectives. Your skill level, vocabulary, ability to concentrate, handle distractions, and your state of mind all improve your learning ability to recall what you must achieve whenever you read. The more you read the better you become. Andrew Gide (a writer) said, "To read a writer is for me not merely to get an idea of what he says, but to go off with him, and travel in his worm company,"
Nathanael A. Laryea Quote: "Poverty is optional, prosperity is a choice, but wisdom is a need to all mankind."

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1 comment:

Samuel Whodokweh Jacobs said...

It was great reading your blog and I pray that you are going to make great things come to life through your GOD given skills.

Samuel Jacobs