It’s easy to think of educational resources as some sort of psychological IV for learning purposes. A lot of people think that you just need to go to a website and somehow someway, you absorb all this information.
All these videos seem so intellectual, academic, and amazing. They think that as long as they watch one scholarly video after another, all that knowledge will go from the mind of the speaker, through their wireless connection, to their own minds.
That kind of thinking makes for great plotlines for science fiction novels and movies, but it’s not exactly a winning strategy, as far as actual practical education is concerned. The bottom line with online resources and learning and general, is to how to figure out how to learn as quickly as possible.
A lot of people don’t even get around to this. They think that learning is going to just happen automatically if they show up at the right place, bring the right books, and they’re feeling the right range of emotions.
Well, you’re assuming too much if that’s what you think. Most of the time, it doesn’t work that way. Make no mistake. Learning is an art. It is also a skill.
Until and unless you view learning from this perspective, it’s going to be very hard for you to learn in an optimal way. Don’t get me wrong.
You’re still going to learn. You’re going to be able to pick up a little bit here and there, but it’s definitely not going to be so efficient that you are properly compensated for the time, effort, and focus you invest in any kind of online learning project.
How do you learn as quickly as possible from online sources? Here are my tips. These are the things that I do. They pay off tremendously for me.
I am confident that thy can work for you as well provided that you customize them to fit your particular set of circumstances as well as your personal learning style. A little bit of customization can definitely go a long way, as far as your results go.
Step #1: Assume that you can learn
I know this sounds pretty basic. In fact, it may seem obvious, buy you really can’t assume anything. You have to assume that you can learn online.
This means that you have the capability to learn. This means that you are assuming that you are at the right place to learn. This also assumes that you are looking at the right stuff for you to learn.
Step #2: Look for patterns
When you are listening to something new, please understand that there is no such thing as a completely new phenomenon in life. Everything else is a rehash, a spin, or a rendition of something that went before.
At the very least, the new thing that you are experiencing or watching has elements of things that you have experienced before. You have to rely on this fact because this is a fact.
This was true yesterday. It’s true today. It will continue to be true long into the future. Take advantage of this fact.
Since there are elements of things that you already know when you are consuming new information, look for those things. View them as guide posts. View them as initial mental scaffolding that you can build a new building around.
Do you see how this works? Don’t think that you are learning something new. If that is your attitude, it’s too easy to fall into the trap of believing that since this stuff is so new, so foreign, and so unknown to you, then, by definition, it is okay to feel intimidated.
If you start thinking along those lines, don’t be surprised if your ability to pick up the information and incorporate it to the things you already know deteriorates. You’re simply too intimidated to make sense of the material. Do you see how this works?