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How do I improve my cognitive skills and observation skills?

I need to activate my cognitive skills and observation skills for my studies. #engineer #teaching #teacher #professor #professional #studying-tips #college #career #career-counseling #life-skills

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Andrew’s Answer

Practice relating what you have learned to anything in real life. In time, you will have a better understanding of all most any subject. Example: look at the sky about to rain: think how cloud formed, how lightning formed, how much energy does it have, what is the probability of being hit by lightning -> what is the probability of winning a lottery ticket? -> how to manage money and get rich?...
Since I do not know which grade level are you in so I would not be able to make an example relate to your knowledge but let's try the following example.
Apply to a chemistry class you are learning about the reaction of Ozone. and you know that ozone layer of the earth, it was created by lightning zapping 3 molecules of Oxygen (O2) and create super high energy environment that glue 3 atoms of Oxygen to create a total of 2 Molecules of Ozone (O3).

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Nicole’s Answer

Hi Sairam M. I see that you posted this question a little while ago so I hope my answer to you (or others who may read this response) is still helpful.

What an awesome question!! It is my view that regardless of the career journey one takes, being as cognitive and observant as they can will lead to a sustained appetite for learning. I observe that you have #teacher in your tags. The teaching profession is one that admire a whole lot. Even though I chose the path of becoming an engineer, oftentimes, I see overlap between these two job types. Some of the best teachers/professors I have ever had were those that continued to expose themselves to learning new things. How they learned new things came from other "teachers" that maybe weren't teaching them in a formal setting, like a classroom, but were showing them a new idea and/or a new way of thinking about how to solve a problem. Speaking of solving problems, engineers do this all day long :). The successful ones do it by thinking of "out of the box" methods. Some times they draw on experiences that don't appear to have anything to do with the problem at hand but they find a way to find and filter parallels that show a different approach to fixing a problem.

In being either a teacher, an engineer, or some other profession, cognizance and being observant are required for successful outcomes. Specifically for engineering with a purpose, it is one thing to dream, but it is another to implement. In my view some additional ways to improve cognitive skills and observation skills is to expose yourself to entities that you are not familiar with. What are your takeaways and why? What is the first thing you see when you enter a room or change your visual settings? Why? For me, a game of scrabble from time to time also helps :).

I do hope you find this information helpful.

Best of luck to you.

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Alexandra’s Answer

There are two important components to developing those skills. One is practice. The other one is rest. I mention the second one because it is critical to give your mind a break through engaging in a hobby, meditation and just relaxing. You will have your whole career (academic and professional) to improve your skills. Of course, the more you work on communicating with others and trying to solve different problems, at work or in real life, the better you will get in terms of observation and cognitive skills. But a critical component of appreciating what you have learned is self-reflection and taking the time to unwind.