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How do I learn better?

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Simon’s Answer

Take notes or do something active during or after learning. If you are only reading, watching, or listening passively, you’re missing an opportunity to link the new knowledge to the memory of what you were doing. After learning something, practice retrieving the knowledge from your memory. The more times you try to recall what you learned days or weeks later, the easier it gets to remember it.

Ask questions if you don’t understand something. Ask for help from other people too, whether it’s someone to teach you, someone to study with, someone to keep you accountable to study, or someone you can teach your knowledge to in order to practice it.

Get to know your own learning style. Try different techniques and pay attention to what gets you the best results. Does promising yourself a reward motivate you or distract you? Have you tried the Pomodoro Technique? What times of day are you best able to focus? When do you apply or practice what you learned?

Lastly, use your passion. If you are naturally curious or enthusiastic about a subject, it tends to be easier to dedicate yourself to learning about it.

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J’s Answer

* Take notes
* Find ways to practice the skill or knowledge that you are trying to learn
* Be comfortable with making mistakes - when you make them figure out why you made the mistake and what the right answer/approach was
* Relate information that you are learning to something tangible in your life
* Expose yourself to the same information in multiple ways: listen to it, write it, say it aloud!
* Re-review the material
* Teach someone else what you are trying to learn
* Have conversations with other people trying to learn the same material and ask questions

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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Kacidy! I think everyone has a different learning style, some individuals like to write, some like to use visual presentations, some like to talk things out or read. There's a VARK questionnaire I attached below that could give you insight about your learning styles. I personally like to read, take notes, then make notecards (more for harder or fact-filled classes that I believe reviewing with notecards instead of notes would be better), and also talk things out and make sure I understand everything. Definitely try different things and see which one fits you more, I highly recommend reading and listening to lectures however, I think these two things are especially helpful with advanced classes like in college or graduate school.

I wish you the best!

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Sheila’s Answer

Hi Kacidy:

There is no right or wrong way to learn better. Each person has their own unique style and way of learning. I agree with the comments already posted and would like to add a few more tips without repeating. If you are a visual learner, take screen shots with your cell phone. If you need audio, record the session so you could go back and replay it. Take notes whether on your phone or hand-written. This is a good way to reinforce what you heard. Research the areas that you don't know (Google, YouTube, Udacity, LinkedIn, etc.). And lastly, consider finding a mentor. I wish you much success on your journey. Best of luck to you!

~ Sheila

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Gina’s Answer

I love listening to podcasts, searching articles, networking on LinkedIn... and just talking to other coworkers and colleagues in my industry.

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Judy’s Answer

Read! Read everything you can get your hands on. Read about things of interest to you. Read about the lives of people you admire. Go to the library and just browse. This is the best way to learn about your world and things that might peak your interest.