In this episode of The Habit Chef Podcast, you’ll hear why much of what we believe about learning is likely wrong. Special guest Timothy Kenny will explain how this happened and reveal which learning habits are most effective..
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Listen in, and you’ll learn:
- When our institutional learning habits were developed
- Why they don’t serve us well today
- What the timeless principles of learning are
- How we can easily and simply apply them
- One key learning “hack” that can make a significant impact in one step
Notes from this Episode
1. Our institutional learning habits were developed during the Industrial Revolution and aren’t a good fit for today’s economy. As a result, most of us graduate with bad learning habits.
- We learned to focus on short-term learning (for a test, for example) instead of real, long-term learning (like how to ride a bicycle, for example). We forget half of what we learn in 2 weeks and 90% in 2 months. School teaches Cram – Test – Repeat model.
- We were spoon fed our learning, instead of seeking it out on our own – as is needed now. Motivation is key to learning, remembering and putting into action what you learn. Click here for the excellent TED Talk on Why We Do What We Do.
- We likely weren’t educated in a culture of mentorship and taught how to have a healthy interest in others. Mentors can saves you months or years of going down the wrong path and can connect you to great people who can get you a better job or bring your business to the next level.
2. There are specific, proven methods and techniques for learning and retaining information. The most important principle is the power of spaced repetitions.
- The simplest way to ensure that your learning system includes spaced repetitions is to turn it into a project. For example, you could blog about your learning journey or design a course to teach someone else.
- Another effective way to get started with spaced repetitions is to take notes as you read, listen to a speaker, or meet with a mentor. In your notes, be sure to clearly mark items that you can take action on right away.
3. The most helpful “hack” is to find or draw a visual framework before starting a learning project.
- To get started, search Google Images for your subject and the words “diagram,” “chart,” or “mind map.”
- Study (or even memorize) the framework before you begin in-depth learning to ensure that your new knowledge is grounded in the appropriate context.
Get Timothy’s book: Accelerated Learning for Entrepreneurs. (That’s an affiliate link, meaning I’ll get a few cents for my Impossible Fund if you use it to buy the book. If you’d prefer, here’s a link without the affiliate.)
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Share the best framework you found from your Google Images search in the comments.
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