This in an excerpt from this book
One of the most important skills that we have never been taught in our schools is “learning how to learn”. Most of us have progressed most of our lives without this essential knowledge. Even if we have been told that highlighting, summarizing, rereading etc. are the basic techniques that help us learn; we have never been taught any proven, solid or research backed techniques. All of these are merely handed down thru generations and due to the rapidly evolving nature of knowledge these days; these techniques have proved almost unproductive.
Contrary to popular belief ‘learning’ can be an acquired skill and like in all other walks of life; it requires practice and patience. With today’s rapidly changing global environment; knowledge is constantly evolving, unfolding and increasing. It is vitally important to stay abreast with the latest developments in one’s field to even just ensure a mere survival. Getting to the top, however, requires constant effort along with a coherent, target oriented and focused approach. ‘Learning’ skills can hone your mind to consistently stay sharp and can facilitate you in capturing as well retaining all that is required for longer durations of time. This in turn will manifest itself as increased personal efficiency and much more enhanced productivity.
Mastering the ever-evolving knowledge spectrum requires consistent effort and hard work. There are various tactics that have been researched by experts to be of importance in developing knowledge skills. With the help of these skills, no matter how tough or alien the subject may be, any individual can enable their mind to effectively learn about it. Learning and retaining information are two different things. Effective learning ensures long term information retention. It also enables quick retrieval of learned information whenever and wherever its required. Therefore, ‘learning how to learn’ is an imperative requirement for all.
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