How to Learn and Master Any Skill Twice as Fast, According to Science
... space out learning over a longer period of time, and it randomizes the information we encounter when learning a new skill.
Interleaving causes your brain to intensely focus and solve problems every step of the way, resulting in information getting stored in your long-term memory instead.
For example, instead of learning one banjo chord at a time until you perfect it, you train in several at once and in shorter bursts.
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Traditionally, we’re taught to learn using the “blocking” strategy. This instructs us to go over a single idea again and again (and again) until we’ve mastered it, before proceeding to the next concept.
But several new neurological studies show that an up and coming learning method called “interleaving” improves our ability to retain and perform new skills over any traditional means by leaps and bounds.
Try planning when and what you want to cover in a lesson in advance.
Go back over the basics to practice older material.
Keep track of your progress to stay motivated.
Trying skills from new angles and failing a lot helps you break out of your comfort zone.
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When we are learning a new skill, practicing is key, but what's more important is the way we practice and the variation we bring in the practice.
Making the conditions slightly different while practicing improves our skills faster.
The modification between two practice moves needs to be subtle, not drastic.
Try practicing differently, making small but smart changes, spacing the practice sessions.
A waiting period internalizes your practice. It makes you evaluate the results, focusing on what works and discarding what does not work. Constant modification and refinement, along with a 'cooling-off' period sets the skill properly.
Learning a new skill can be tough. Those of us trying to master a new language, learn a musical instrument, or take an online course, will find that when the initial enthusiasm dries up, things mov...
Most learning techniques with lots of theory and colorful infographics do not assist in making the information stick in our minds.
There is a need for ‘desirable difficulties’ which exercise our minds and translate into long-term retention of knowledge.
.. or a Q&A session primes the brain to absorb the information afterward, and failing to answer it initially is part of the game.
The brain needs to know that it doesn’t know.
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