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Learning Is a Learned Behavior. Here's How to Get Better at It.

https://hbr.org/2018/05/learning-is-a-learned-behavior-heres-how-to-get-better-at-it

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Learning Is a Learned Behavior. Here's How to Get Better at It.
Executive Summary Many people mistakenly believe that people are born learners, or they're not. However, a growing body of research shows that learning is a learned behavior. Through the deliberate use of dedicated strategies, we can all develop expertise faster and more effectively. There are three practical strategies for this, starting with organization.

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Learners are made, not born

Learners are made, not born
Through the deliberate use of practice and dedicated strategies to improve our ability to learn. But many people mistakenly believe that the ability to learn is a matter of intelligence, an immutable trait like eye color. 

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Effective learning=organizing your goals

Effective learning=organizing your goals
Effective learning boils down to a type of project management. In order to develop an area of expertise, we first have to set achievable goals about what we want to learn. Then we have to develop strategies to help us reach those goals.

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Thinking about thinking

Thinking about thinking

Metacognition (thinking about thinking) is about being more inspective about how you know what you know. It's a matter of asking ourselves questions like: Do I really get this idea? Could I explain it to a friend? What are my goals? Do I need more background knowledge? Or do I need more practice?

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Learning benefits from reflection

Learning benefits from reflection
We need to let go of our learning in order to understand our learning. It usually takes a bit of cognitive quiet, a moment of silent introspection, for us to engage in any sort of focused deliberation.

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