Tips to Learn Faster in the Workplace

I remember when I first graduated college and sat back and said, “Finally, I will never have to study a bunch of bull all day and night. The real world is going to be great!” WRONG. The fact of the matter is, in my experience, I study close to twice as much as I ever did in college. Today, Mandependence is going to give you some tips to help facilitate a quick and efficient real world learning process. You may wonder if there ever is a time where you reach a point in your life that you are not going to have to shuffle through new material, learning and developing an affinity for it. The answer is, “That is not going to happen”. Truthfully, as you get older you end up having to study more.

The rigors of your current employment entail you to not only continue what you are doing now but to progress and retain more information as times change in the work place. These tips themselves are designed around you pinpointing your learning style and exploiting it to help with retention and speed. Current medical studies conclude, that as you get older, your brain finds it harder and harder to make congnitive connections and develop new skills. I still think old dogs can learn new tricks - it just may take a little bit more patience. Try these the next time your boss walks in and asks you learn an entire sales brochure overnight.

Flash Cards- For the visual learner this could be a great equalizer. Once made, you can flip through them quickly and in many cases they are portable. The downside for flash cards is the amount of time it takes to make. If you need a lot of material memorized quickly, then this may not be the way to go.

Word Association- I use this all the time. In many industries you have nomenclature that can be dense to work through, even in the best of studying envirnment. I find that associating the word with something else helps to quickly retrieve what each thing is. A twist is to add it to a song. I once struggled in a Geometry class with congruent triangles. How did I remember it you may ask? I took AC/DC TNT and changed it to a CP-C-TC Congruent Triangles jingle. I have never forgotten it.

Audio Recording- This is directly from the old school college handbook. If you are an audio learner this is one of the most efficient ways to run through a large bulk of information. It is incredibly portable. The downside to audio recordings is if you have a short attention span you are going to spend more time trying different voices to use on the recording than actually making it.

The Teacher- Use it all the time. Take a subject matter and teach it to someone else. This is especially successful in a person-to-person environment where public speaking and presentations are important. By taking a subject matter and teaching it, you are molding the information to your speech and style. It helps you further explain and think through your thoughts. Also, this builds your own confidence with the information.

DIY- The Do-It-Yourself learner has to physically do it. If it is a math problem this is a matter of just straight repetition. Painstakingly, try different variations of the same concept till it is completely committed to memory. Although this one can take time, I find that the the DIY approach can have the longest retention span.

Don’t Stop Believing,

-Taters

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