How to Retain Information When Learning Something New

January 24, 2018

New year, new skills! If you’re like us, you probably set goals each year to develop a new skill or learn a new concept; however, it’s much easier said than done. Setting the time aside to master a craft can be hard and that’s why it’s essential to make the best use of your time.

When learning something new, whether you’re in school or at work, it is essential to take the necessary steps to retain the information.

Take lots of notes
– Make it messy. Don’t spend too much time making your notes pretty. Write down as much information as you can, then go back and fill in the blanks if you missed anything.

Ask lots of questions
– It’s true, there’s no such thing as a silly question! Ask until you feel comfortable enough to move on to the next topic.

Have a group discussion
– Learning in groups can be fun! If you’re in a classroom, discuss the topics you learn with your peers. At work, talk to your co-workers about new concepts over coffee.

Teach someone else
– Explain the information you’re learning in your own words to someone new. Teaching someone can help solidify your knowledge in the concept.

Take breaks
– Mental breaks will allow you to be focused when you need to. Get up, walk around, grab a coffee, and then come back to the information with a fresh mind.

Put the material into practice
– Try to relate the information to something you already know. Practice makes progress!

Make it fun!
– If you can, try using visual or audio aids. Maybe there’s a webinar or podcast about the topic you’re learning. Engaging your senses can give you an all-encompassing learning experience.