A learning strategy isn’t a studying skill. Studying skills are great, but before a study skill can be of real benefit, you need to practice the art of learning by applying a four-part learning strategy.
If you dissected the process of learning something new, you’d see a process something like this:
- Take in information
- Process information
- Store and recall information
- Use Information
Those are the steps your brain goes through when you learn something new. My four-part learning strategy focuses on those four steps. I call the four parts:
Focus concentrates on maximizing your receptiveness to new information. Armature gives you a building structure to make sense of the new information. Hooks help you store and recall information. Deliberate thinking is what you do after you learn something new, creating unique and creative information.
Try an experiment. Focus on how you focus. Pay attention to what kinds of information have the most effect on you. Is it what you hear, or what you read? Do you need a quiet place to concentrate, or do noisy places work better? Do you grasp things more quickly when you study alone, or with a group? Do you need to restate what you’ve just learned in your own words or do you like to jump into action and use the new info?
Figure out what works best for you and use it to your advantage. But, you don’t have to settle for just one “best” method for optimizing your focus because your brain is flexible enough that you can develop your ability to focus on other kinds of stimuli.