Accelerated Learning Tips for Job Seekers

Whether you’re after greater career success or personal success, you need to be able to learn quickly. Get up to speed fast, as they say!

When you think about it, there’s probably no more important skill than to be able to learn fast. Especially in today’s society where things change and advance rapidly.

Imagine if you could learn almost anything in less than a third the time it takes most people. And not only learn it, but really know it and remember it. If you could do that, you’d be in pretty high demand.

Here’s a simple breakdown of how most people learn and remember things…

1. Reading something, expect to remember approximately 20%.
2. Hear a lecture, a tape or CD, you’ll probably remember about 30%.
3. See something like a chart, graph, or pictures, and you’ll remember about 40%.
4. When you speak or talk about a topic you’ll remember approximately 50%.
5. When you do something (hands-on), you’ll remember about 60%.
6. Combine learning information in multiple ways, such as see it, hear it, say it, and do it, and you will retain about 90% of the information you learned.

There are several reasons many people have trouble learning quickly, it’s often because they lack 2 simple practices. Number one is focus (an almost lost art), and number two is that they don’t incorporate multiple senses when learning. Here are two tips that will help you improve your learning speed and retention…

1st – FOCUS TIME: Focus is a discipline. All you need to do is find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed, a room, office, bathroom stall, your car, the library…Turn off the ringer on your phone (better yet turn off the phone). Turn off email and all other distractions. Then simply dedicate 1 to 2 hours to study a subject. It’s best to study in 20 to 25 minute increments, then break for 5 or 10 minutes. Study another 20 to 25 minutes and brake for 5 or 10 again, until you’ve studied for a full 1 to 2 hours. Force yourself to focus on study during this dedicated time. You’ll be amazed how much you can absorb.

2nd – MULTI-SENSORY LEARNING: After you pick a subject to study and set aside your focus time, try to involve as many senses as possible when learning new things. See the information; draw it out, use mind mapping. Record key points into a recorder or onto your PC. That way you will be speaking the key points, and you can listen to them later too! Do any hands on exercises you can do. If you don’t have access to specific equipment or objects you need to do hands on exercises, imagine doing the exercises in your mind, as if you are actually doing them! It’s surprising how much your imagination can help you perfect your skills!

Practice these 2 simple techniques and you’ll remember information much better, become an expert much faster, and cut your learning time by up to 60% easily.

To your success!

Mark

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