The Best Ways To Learn A New Skill

To learn a new skill is a lifelong process. We pick up new things every day, and even if you’re not aware of it, you’re better at something today than you were yesterday. But let’s say you’ve become interested in a new hobby and you want to get better at it – what are you supposed to do?

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Well, as long as you commit to doing a bit each and every day, you’re going to get somewhere! But whether you like to improve your cooking, or you’re keen to be a killer artist one day, there are some ways to practice that are better than others. And remember, as long as you do want to learn, you’re going to. So let’s help you speed up the process a little bit; here are 4 things to keep in mind when it comes to learning a new skill.


Set a Schedule

You need to practice your new skill, and that means you need commitment. And if you don’t regularly set aside time for this practice, you’re never going to learn. Which means you need a schedule – when are you free to do 15 to 30 minutes of the skill you’re determined to pick up? After work, of course, but before you cook dinner? Maybe after the kids have gone to bed? When do you usually have spare time? This is a prime way to fill it!

Remember, it’s Not Just the Theory

Reading up on a new skill is a good way to get started, but you should always plan to go beyond this. You have to do more than simply sit there and consume the theory – those youtube videos on how to read piano notes aren’t going to do it all for you! You’ve got to try it out yourself, as you’ll soon find yourself able to depend on muscle memory. And the more you physically practice, the faster you’ll become an expert.

Teach Someone Else

As you’re learning, trying to teach someone else the knowledge you’ve picked up is a great way to reinforce it. Say you’re currently learning to knit; if you’re in the middle of trying out a new stitch, giving someone else the needles and instructing them on how to do it proves if you’ve got a handle on it.

Try Out Different Learning Styles

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The way we learn differs from person to person. Some people are more hands on than others, and some people like to sit in lectures and note everything down. And the way you like to learn new knowledge might not be the only way you can! You may have various learning styles, but you won’t know until you try them all out. Check out the types here and then try them out in turn – you might pick up the skill faster than you ever thought possible.

To learn a new skill is tricky, and that’s by nature. But you’ve got the chance to master it if you simply choose to commit, especially with the tips above.

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