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

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

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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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. 

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.

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?

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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