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1. Ditch Your Learning Style

1. Ditch Your Learning Style

Do not be so focused on your learning style. Studies show that learning styles have very little effect on our ability to consume information. 

The myth is still very prevalent today, but it is less about how we learn and more about what we are learning. 

The key is to interact with the information using multiple sources. Use books, videos, podcast and blogs to consume information. 

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2. Make it More Meaning for Yourself

All the information you are absorbing when learning something new must have some meaning to you. If not, it will be forgotten very quickly. 

So, in every bit of knowledge you consume, try to make it relatable to your everyday life. For example, instead of memorising a formula, think about how you could use it to help manage your finances. 

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3. Learn by Doing

3. Learn by Doing

Most of our learning for anything starts when we practically apply what we know. This way we grow in understanding and are able to teach others. 

So, do your best to invest time in building new habits to put to practice what you have learned. 

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4. Study the Greats, and Then Practice

Step 3 works best when you use this step. Try looking at those at the top of your field and comparing what you know to them. Think about how you can apply some of the things they do to help your performance. 

Then, go back to step 3 to practice some more. 

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5. Teach What You Learn

Try your best to explain to others what you learned that day. You will know if you understand it if you can break it down to a simple level.

Do this by giving good examples to help the person you are teaching understand it quickly. 

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6. Spend More Time Practicing Things You Find Difficult

6. Spend More Time Practicing Things You Find Difficult

To excel in any skill you need to push yourself out of your comfort zone. This is known as deliberate practice. 

Try taking time out of your day to practice the things that do not come naturally to you, and you will see how quickly you grow. 

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7. Take Frequent Breaks

The brain has two modes, those are focussed and diffused. Both are equally important and essential for learning. 

You can practice the Pomodoro technique to make the most of the brains two modes. You can do this by working for 25 minutes and then taking a break for 5 minutes. After 4 sessions you would have completed 100 minutes of work with 15 minutes of breaking. 

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8. Test Yourself

Testing is a great way to know if you can recall all the information you have been absorbing. Like teaching others, it helps solidify the information you have and shows a level of competence in the subject.

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9. Find A Mentor

Mentorship is perhaps the quickest way to take your skills to the next level. Look for an expert in the field and reach out for their help. 

Reach out by highlighting what you offer rather than what you wish to gain. This will ensure the mentor is more interested in assisting you.

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10. Be Curious

10. Be Curious

Finally, try your best to seek after questions and answers which have not been found yet. This way you will remain intrigued in the field and it will help you feel as though you are contributing to it. 

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