How do you learn to apply new skills when you are already pushed for time with lots to do?
This is a question I get asked a lot. The issue for many people is that if you don’t make time for growth and development you will stagnate but finding the time is not always easy. I was recently asked the question specifically about new study skills and that is a great place to explain the general point.
First here is the email; Mariusz asked about the Hypnotic Modelling Learning to Learn Course
“…I am doing mathematical sciences course in college. Current (third) year is very intensive, lots of new material and even more of it from previous years required to pick up “in fly” – and understand it and apply it as well.
Just am wondering, how quickly could see result of your methods? I have exams at the beginning of December and would love to have first honours in each of them.
Thank you for informations,
How long is a piece of string?
There are roughly ten hours of content to watch. But the issue is not watching the content but actually using it.
Everything on the course is designed to be used as soon as you have seen it. So right at the front end of the course you will learn some basic ideas about study periods, memory and getting into a resourceful learning state. This will make a difference right from the start.
Soon after that you will start learning how to deal with negative emotions and changing limiting beliefs for empowering one. For many people this makes a significant difference.
The final couple of hours is all about modelling and some of the applications that you can use that skill for. Obviously for Mariusz modelling a fantastic mathematician would make a big difference. And even if he doesn’t have a real live mathematician to model we still have a strategy to be able to create models that will help him dramatically increase his ability to learn and use the maths from his course.
The trouble with any new skill is that it does need learning and embedding. But everything is in small chunks and designed to be used from the very start.
A Practical Answer to Learning New Skills
My practical answer to Mariusz is to suggest a planned approach.
I am making some assumptions to make this example easy to follow. Let’s assume Mariusz currently spends his study time over three sections. That at the moment let’s say that time is split between reviewing current lectures and learning new knowledge, revising older material and practising problem solving or answering exam questions.
I would ask Mariusz to take a percentage of this time to studying the Hypnotic Modelling Learning to Learn Course. I would suggest maybe 30 minutes minimum but certainly no more than 25% of his overall study time. I would then take that 30 minutes to learn something from the Learning to Learn Course, most of the videos are under 30 minutes but you might have to break a couple of the larger ones down.
Once you have been through the video you could immediately apply the knowledge to studying your other course. By doing this you can directly apply what you have learnt and notice what difference it makes.
In this way you can make a dramatic difference to your programme of study, apply the Hypnotic Modelling Learning to Learn concepts as you go and do it all without having to take time away from the main subject that you are learning.
The Key Point
The key on a more general note is to recognise the difference between knowledge, understand and application. Then by breaking your learning into these sections you can more rapidly integrate and learn new skills. The crux is to hit the right sequence. As a rough idea you might look at this way:
- Benefits from learning this skill
- The theory, concept and understanding of what this means to you
- Applying the skill; first in your imagination, then in a practice setting, and then in a safe real world environment, and finally in the real world
- Feedback loops to adjust the way you are applying the skill to develop your ability.
Obviously not every stage applies in every situation but there is enough here to give you a start to think about the right sequences for you.
The Common Pit Falls
Where people normally fall over in their approach to learning skills is in chunking and sequencing. Here are a few examples of what I mean:
Start from a General Approach and then Get Specific
You cannot concentrate on your pedalling skills until you can ride the bike to some degree.
Once You have the Outline Break the Skills into Manageable Chunks
Learning to sell consists of a number of stages and you can break the process down to practice each stage separately once you have the general idea e.g. introductions, fact finding, presenting benefits, objection handling, closing. Each stage can be taken in isolation and developed.
Make Sure You know what You are Practicing
Playing and performing music are different skills sets albeit there is some overlap. A performing musician will practice technical skills, performing skills they will learn pieces of music and then develop them for performance. Each of these requires different levels of thought, skills and practice. The biggest mistake that novice musicians make is mixing up the difference between play, practice and performance.
In the same way, if you are studying for an exam you should not only learn the material you should learn to answer exam type questions you should practice answering those questions in exam type conditions.
Make Sure You Get the Order Right
There is not point practicing answering in exam conditions until you have the knowledge. In the same way, make sure you can play the piece of music before practicing the performance.
Apply the Skill as Soon as You Learn the Skill
The best way to embed any skills is to just use them straight away. So Mariusz has a real advantage in having his maths course to apply all this learning with.
Get Quality Feedback
The likelihood is that when you start to use a new skill you will fail with it. And this is something to celebrate. You are expanding your knowledge, ability and flexibility…you can only do that by stretching yourself and that means accepting that you may not always get the best result.
The important thing is getting quality feedback so you can correct things as you go.
One Final Point
If you are a trainer, coach, teacher or student of persuasion reread this article looking at the way I chunk and sequence the information. Feel free to comment below on what you found and we can discuss some of the more covert aspects of this article.
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