How to learn anything faster

Whether it is learning how to play guitar, how to speak without notes, or a foreign language, there is no doubt we would like to be able to learn faster. So how do we learn faster? I came across this podcast and I loved it because as you may know I am big believer in simple structures that are easy to understand and repeat – and that is exactly what Jim Kwik gave me in this short podcast. Personally, my favourite suggestion is the last one he mentions about teaching.

Podcast Name: Kwik Brain with Jim Kwik

Episode Name: Learn ANYTHING Faster

Episode Length: 11 minutes

Episode Link: Click Here

Date: 27 March 2017

Or for those who prefer to read, below is a short summary we have put together for you…

In order to learn anything FAST, Jim suggests the below acronym framework to help you

Forget

Jim suggests in order to learn faster we need to forget about three things:

1. Forget what you already know about the subject – people don’t learn faster because they feel like they already know it. Your mind is like a parachute it works best when open.

2. Forget situational things. Your mind is not capable of focusing on multiple things at once. If your attention is being split it will reduce your ability to learn quickly. If you want to learn fast then eliminate the distractions.

3. Forget about your limitations. Approach learning with a growth mindset and believing that anything is possible. Remove limiting beliefs – “If you fight for your limitations you get to keep them”

Active

A lot of people don’t learn well because they are passive learners. Your brain does not work based on consumption it learns based on creation – what you get out is what you put in. Learning is not a spectator sport so think about how you can be more ACTIVE in your learning by taking notes, asking questions, get involved in the process.

State

All learning is state dependent and you are in control of your state – ALWAYS. Jim believes that information combined with emotion becomes a long term memory. If you cast your mind back to your school days when you had to remember the periodic table of the elements – most people wont be able to recall what they knew because they learned in a bored state. But if you believe information combined with emotion becomes a long term memory then you should approach learning with emotions of curiosity, fascination and joy in order to improve your ability to recall that information in the future.

Teach

My favourite – Learn something as if you are going to teach it to someone else. If you need to give a presentation to a group of people tomorrow morning does your level of attention and engagement increase? Of course. You will ask better questions and take better notes. So learn with the intention of teaching someone else.

For more information on Jim’s teaching you can go to his website here

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