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Learning strategies

Learning strategy # 1 Recognize that old knowledge is irrelevant

One good reason to dive head first into self-initiated learning is that much of what you were taught is already obsolete.


Example: Recognize that people want to be more than only consumers / buyers. Recognize that people want to be involved, to help out, to co-create.


Learning strategy # 2 Set learning goals

Studies consistently show that people with clear goals outperform people with vague aspirations like “do a good job.� By setting goals, people can manage their feelings more easily and achieve progress with their learning.

https://hbr.org/2018/05/learning-is-a-learned-behavior-heres-how-to-get-better-at-it https://www.jstor.org/stable/258875

Instead of saying to yourself that you want to “read more” or “learn new things”, be specific. Example: Read for more than 20 minutes per day 5 days per week.

https://hbr.org/2016/01/how-to-make-learning-more-automatic https://hbr.org/2017/01/make-learning-a-lifelong-habit

The clearer you are about what you want to learn, and the types of people you want to learn from, the more likely you are to find the right community for you.


Learning strategy # 3 Read

What do you like to read?  A newspaper app?  Blogs you subscribe to?  Postings from people you follow on www.linkedin.com?  Tweets from people you follow on www.twitter.com?


To read better, 1. make connections to knowledge you already have about the topic. 2. make predictions about what you expect to discover as they read. 3. identify what you find most important. 4. reflect on what you have read and draw your conclusions.


Learning strategy # 4


People, who learn well by observing, like to, for example,  watch photos on www.instagram.com,  watch videos on www.youtube.com.


Learning strategy # 5 Draw

Drawing information improves memory of the information by nearly double by challenging the person, who draws, to explore an idea in different ways.


Learning strategy # 6 Try ideas out.

Even if we cannot predict what is going to happen, we can, for example, 1. collect signals to find out what is changing around us. 2. use knowledge we have to determine what may happen. 3. test ideas which relate to opportunities that arise. 4. learn new skills that help us create value from opportunities. Adapted from https://hbr.org/2016/01/the-biology-of-corporate-survival

Kolb showed that adults can’t learn merely by listening to instructions. They must also absorb the new information, use new information experimentally, and integrate it with their existing knowledge.


If you practice a slightly modified version of a task you want to master, you actually learn more and faster than if you just keep practicing the exact same thing multiple times in a row. Example If you want to get better at writing / blogging, try to use different blogging software, for example www.blogger.com, www.wordpress.com, and www.medium.com https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/02/12/how-to-learn-new-skills-twice-as-fast/

Some learn best by looking at graphics or reading. Others would rather watch demonstrations or listen to things being explained. Others need a “hands-on� experience.


Learning strategy # 7 Talk

People, who talk to themselves, learn 3 times more than people, who don’t. 3 questions to ask yourself:  What did I just read?  What does it mean?  Why does it matter? https://hbr.org/2017/05/talking-to-yourself-out-loud-can-help-you-learn http://prezi.com/flzebtpl3lpj/the-12-ways-of-learning

A great way to learn is to teach.


Learning strategy # 8

Follow a structure or follow no structure

Student A Needs structure, for example  specific directions,  a series of steps,

Student B Wants to do things in his or her own way.

http://prezi.com/flzebtpl3lpj/the-12-ways-of-learning/ http://sxills.nl/lerenlerennu/bronnen/Learning%20styles%20by%20Coffield%20e.a..pdf p. 22.

Learning strategy # 9 Learn individually or learn with others

Student A Prefers to mostly learn individually.

Student B Prefers to mostly learn with other people.

http://sxills.nl/lerenlerennu/bronnen/Learning%20styles%20by%20Coffield%20e.a..pdf p. 22.

Learning strategy # 10

Mix up your routine

Try using a different tool when you work tomorrow. Also, try sitting somewhere else than you normally do.

Adapted from https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/02/12/how-to-learn-new-skills-twice-as-fast/

Learning strategy # 11 Think

To get the most out of learning experiences, reflect on them immediately following an activity.


What have you learned from the experience?


What were the reasons for that mistake you made along the way?


What could you have done better?


Research participants who did an arithmetic brain-teaser and then reflected on their strategies for solving it went on to do 18% better in a second round than their peers who hadn’t set aside time to reflect.


Learning strategy # 12


When we laugh, we relax. As anxiety decreases, our capacity to retain information expands.


The heightened emotion that humour evokes doesn't just make it easier for us to hit upon insights we otherwise wouldn’t - it also helps us remember them.


Learning strategy # 13 Discover your values

If learning is to persist, managers and employees need to also

reflect on their own behaviour. Why do you do what you do? What values drive your behaviour?


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