5 proven tips to learn anything fast as a student
The difference between two reading student and a deficit in one's result is the knowledge that one of them posses to be able to attain success. You can learn anything anyday anytime but how fast you learn it makes a difference. Whether it is for an exam, learning a skill or even learning a language, the person who can learn faster will always have the upper hand.
In this post, I will be showing you five powerful steps to take so as to learn anything with the speed of light.
1. Time vs Method
When learning something new, time can be on your side but you won't go far without a proven method. The number of hours spent on something is important but there's a difference in result where a method is applied.
Let's say two students are rushing to school. It doesn't matter how fast the first person walks, the second person coming after him in 10mins difference will get to school before him if he uses a school bus. Your method is the vehicle that will become the engine of where you want to go. With anything you want to learn, there will be dozens of available methods to follow, channels, websites and teachers. Find the method that best suits you for your purpose of learning.
2. The power of consistency
When learning something new, people do make the mistake of putting performance over process. There's a place of consistency that speaks in your result in the long run. For athletes, this is waking up every morning and training — no matter how groggy and sore you feel. For readers, this is reading 20 pages per day no matter how boring it feels. For students, attending classes daily no matter how stressful it is and uncomfortable you feel.
“Seventy percent of success in life is showing up.” — Woody Allen
Taking small steps may not sound sexy, but it has been the proven path to follow for anything you’ll want to achieve in your life and business.
3. Apply the 80/20 Rule
Pareto's law is a concept developed by Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto which explains that 80% of your desired outputs will come from only 20% of your inputs.
While the exact ratio varies from situation to situation, you’ll find that:
20% of people in your life will lead to 80% of your happiness
20% of your customers will drive 80% of your sales
20% of your learning methods will lead to 80% of your results
Put your energy to the things that will work and double down on them. If you're learning English for a presentation, instead of learning how to write, you should probably learn how to speak the language. Also, why should you give thesame value to someone who's paying you 5000 naira a month and someone who's paying you 50 thousand naira. You should give ten times more value to the latter.
4. Find a Mentor or a coach
There are five reasons you might quit in anything you do:
You run out of time (and quit)
You run out of money (and quit)
You get scared (and quit)
You’re not serious about it (and quit)
You lose interest (and quit)
Having a coach allows you to see the blind spots that you couldn’t see before, and guide you through the tough times that inevitably come when you’re learning anything new. This is why every top athlete or professional business men have a mentor or a coach. Your coach can be anyone who will help you achieve better in your field. It can be a teacher, a friend or a parent. The point is, you’re not going at it alone. And having someone that’s keeping you accountable can take you miles further than doing everything yourself.
5. The power of doing
As research shows, it turns out that humans retain:
5% of what they learn when they’ve learned from a lecture.
10% of what they learn when they’ve learned from reading.
20% of what they learn from audio-visual.
30% of what they learn when they see a demonstration
50% of what they learn when engaged in a group discussion.
75% of what they learn when they practice what they learned.
90% of what they learn when they use it immediately.
The practical way will win over arbitrary reading anyday anytime. It boils down to everything else. Think back to how you learned to play basketball, ride a bicycle, or swim. Instead of watching tutorial videos or reading a textbook on how to do something, the way to learn faster is to get into the trenches and gain experience through making mistakes.