How to Become a Better Learner

Practicing Learning and How to Become a Better Learner

Erik Learning, Personal Development and Lifestyle, Thoughts of a Mastermind 2 Comments

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The past two months, March and April, I’ve picked a topic, and wrote posts exclusively on that topic.

For March, it was a series all about entrepreneurship, where I reflected on my entrepreneurship experience and looked to take readers from “Wantrepreneur to Entrepreneur”. April is Financial Literacy Month in the United States, and as a result, I wrote all about personal finance: why money matters, how to become debt free, touched on some wealth building strategies, and revealed my spending habits.

These series force me to do my research and dive deep into a topic, and in May, this month, I’m going to continue on with another series.

This month, I will be focus on the skill of learning, and do a deep dive into how to become a better learner.

But that’s not all… I will be applying what I’m learning in real time and look to improve a certain skill of mine (I’ll tell you what that is in the next section.)

Becoming a Better Learner

Self improvement is something I’m fascinated with, and a topic and skill I’ve been working on for the last 5+ years.

My favorite quote exemplifies why I work on myself:

“Your level of success rarely exceeds your level of personal development, because success is something you attract by the person you become.” – Jim Rohn

I’m going to be successful because each and every day I work a little bit towards my goals. I don’t watch TV, don’t play gaming systems alone (I will with friends once and a while), and I’m conscious of my time going out.

While the effort is there, I can still work to become more efficient.

I dive into a lot of new topics because I want to expand my horizons and knowledge base. If I’m looking at something new, I need to figure out the best way to go about it and to speed up my time to proficiency.

Enter learning how to become a better learner.

Learning about Learning?

How to Become a Better LearnerI know – it sounds bizarre that there’s actually a science to becoming a better learner.

Why should you care about learning how to become a better learner?

I’ll give an example from something I doing at my 9 to 5: learning web development.

When I first started, I had no idea what I was doing. HTML? CSS? What are these things? And they work together in some magical way?

Slowly but surely, over the last year, I’ve learned how to build the front-end of a website. Now, at work, I’m learning React JS and putting that into practice. Since I already knew some Javascript and the fundamentals of HTML and CSS, learning React has been a little easier to pick up, but there’s still so much to learn.

What if I could speed this process up 10%? What about 100% faster? Wouldn’t this be nice?

That’s why learning how to learn is important: you can speed up your time to proficiency, and get to doing great work (instead of banging your head against the wall and struggling to continue to figure out what’s important and what’s not important).

What You Can Expect this Month

This month, I’m going to show you the way to becoming a better learner.

I’ve never dove into this subject and this will be a learning experience for me as well, but at the end of the month, I will have 11 posts all on the topic of learning.

I’m still planning out the actual content schedule, but there are many ways for you to become a better learner.

Some of them include (which I’ll be writing a post on each of these):

  • first, getting a high level overview of the topic or task at hand
  • taking a step back periodically from reading, listening, or viewing, and reflecting on what you’ve just consumed
  • experimenting with what you’ve consumed
  • building and creating something

Practicing What I Preach and Becoming a Better Piano Player

Show me, don’t just tell me.

Anyone can put up anything on the internet these days.

I can write all about learning and how to become a better learner, but all of that is wasted knowledge if I don’t actually apply it in my life. (it’s also bogus if I don’t practice what I preach!)

That’s why I’m going to be practicing what I preach and become a better piano player this month.

Erik, what??!? Piano?

Yes, piano 🙂

And the best part is.. I’m going to record it for you and make it personal. No more hiding behind the keyboard – now I’ll be in front of the keyboard! (piano pun intended)

Below is the first video. It’s a 10 minute clip where I talk about this monthly series, benchmark my piano skills, and say again, why you can do whatever you want in life: (3 minute mark for piano playing, 9 minute mark for conclusion)

Concluding Thoughts on Learning How to Become a Better Learner

Becoming a better learner is an area I have not dove into in the past, and will be very new to me.

At the end of the day, I want you to become better and want you to succeed beyond your wildest dreams. You can win, I can win, we both can win – it’s the essence of the abundance mindset.

After setting a goal, learning is the first step towards success. Let’s learn together on how to become a better learner, and after this month, we will be on our way to achievement and accomplishment.

It will certainly take a lot of effort to make this content as good as last month’s content, but I’m definitely up for the challenge.

Readers: what is your learning strategy? How do you speed up the time to proficiency in the new skill? What is something new you’ve started working on?

Erik

 

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Comments 2

  1. Hey Erik,

    I love learning! My personal strategies include reading every day on a good variety of topics (I read 5+ articles from the major newspapers, as a “news junkie”), and watching YouTube videos when I want to learn about a specific field or a particular skill. I also like constantly switching tasks and topics, because I find it helps keep my attention from drifting.

    Looking forward to the series!

    Cheers,
    Miguel

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      Hey Miguel, thanks for stopping by! Devouring information is a great way to stay in tune with things 🙂

      Thanks for the comment!

      Erik

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