Are you a quick learner? If yes then you must have these habits for sure. If not, don’t be sad, just develop these few habits in yourself and then you can be a quick learner too. Some people have the ability to grasp things more quickly, for some it is indeed a time-consuming process. Anyone can improve their learning speed and efficiency with a few tips. Here are the top 5 habits of quick learners that can help you to be a quick learner.
1- Taking notes:
Taking notes is an essential part of a successful life. It helps our brains to analyze information in a better way. Remember in school when our teachers always suggested remembering a test or a topic by writing and practicing it so may we can learn better and get good grades in exams.
Making notes helps us to:
- Organize our thoughts
- Visualize new ideas
- Retain vital information
It is an effective way to remember things. According to research people who made notes learn better and retain information to high level than people who learn verbally. Making notes is the major habit of most successful persons.
For example :
1. Bill Gates (American Business magnate)
2. George Lucas (The Star Wars director)
3. Tim Ferriss (Entrepreneur and Author)
Several reasons to Make Notes as it helps us :
1. Make links between related thoughts and ideas.
2. Capture simple thoughts or ideas that could be lost.
3. Engage with the content.
4. Allow us to illustrate our notes to suit our personal style.
So keep a NotePad/Diary and pen with yourself whenever going for an important business meeting or a class. Notes are important.
” The best leaders are the best note-takers, best askers, and best learners.”Tom Peter
I go through dozens of notebooks every year and write down everything that occurs to me each day, an idea not written down is an idea lost. When inspiration calls, you’ve got to capture it.Richard Branson
2- Reads a lot:
Books are the best friends of home they said it for a reason. The best habit you can develop in yourself is reading books. Reading books, can give us a vast amount of knowledge, new vocabulary, different perspectives to see things, etc. Gaining knowledge makes you feel confident about the subject and invokes your interest deeper into the topic. It’s one of the habits that can make you a quick learner easily.
The one who reads books has better understanding than the one who doesn’t read books. They are more capable of understanding serious situations. Don’t be too hard on yourself, take pleasure in reading. Read books with small breaks. Books aid your sleep naturally and involve your brain into knowledgeable things before sleeping.
Advantages of Reading books :
1. It gives us different perspectives and ideas to think and analyze different situations.
2. It enhance the brain capacity and provides you a vast knowledge. 3. It improves memory and concentration.
Steps to develop the habit of Reading :
Read 20 pages Daily :
You must at least read 20 to 25 pages of books to develop the permanent habit of book reading. It may take an hour. Read books with small breaks. Read books for half-hour than take a break. After a break you may continue the reading.
Make A Time Table :
Select a time slot to read books every day according to your daily routine and work.
Skip Policy :
Don’t read that stuff you don’t need or you don’t have any interest in it. Skip it and move one.
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.Charles W. Eliot
All great leaders are good book readers. Books give us different visions, perspectives, and different views to deal with things. Reading keeps you updated about current affairs. It tells us what is happening around the world. A person who possesses all these skills only through reading will encourage others to do the same and gradually leave a reflection of his own on the crowd. Habits like this can make you a quick learner.
That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.Jhumpa Lahiri
Reading as a habit will give you plenty of benefits. You can be a quick learner by adopting this habit. It is the second most important habit of quick learners.
3- Teachs others :
According to research, 70% of people retain knowledge when they teach someone else. Teaching others is the most effective way to learn or remember things for a long period. When we teach others, we are also doing the revision of topics that make our concepts more clear. The ultimate test of your knowledge is your capacity to transfer it to another. So, how well we transfer it to others, it reflects back as to how good we are as teacher/learners. We can teach our friends, siblings, and anyone who wants to seek knowledge.
Teaching others gives you the following advantages.
1. Retain information for a long time.
2. Make your communication skills good 3. Increase your confidence.
4. You feel proud of yourself after teaching others.
5. By teaching others and sharing knowledge you are helping others. So, You are on the right track.
“In learning, you will teach, and in teaching, you will learn.”,Phil Collins
So by teaching others, we can be quick learners too.
4- Good listeners :
The habit of listening to others keenly leads you towards a quick learner. So whenever you are sitting in a classroom or business meeting etc listen to the lectures carefully , it will help you to understand better. It provides you valuable information and different perceptions to understand a situation so always listen carefully.
A good listener is totally focused on the speaker with an open mind. Listening is more than having good communication skills. It is about having an attitude, or a general spirit, of honoring and seeking another person’s perspective and a genuine interest in getting to know them.
What are the qualities of good listeners?
- Good listeners always pay attention to the person who is speaking.
- They keep eye contact with the speaker.
- They listen to the speaker carefully and write down the important points on notes.
So be a good listener first than you will be able to learn quickly.
Advantages of Being A Good Listener :
1. You seek new knowledge, every second, information by listening to others.
2. By listening to others your vision will get a boost up to learn certain things. For example Foreign policy of Pakistan, Current situations prevailing in other countries, etc.
5- Taking Frequent Breaks while studying :
5th habit you should adopt to be a quick learner is short breaks. According to research taking breaks while studying can bring a positive effect on learning. You can take a break after studying for an hour. It’s important to choose the right type of activity for your study break so that you can return back fresh and focused, ready to get back to your books.
What we should do in break time?
- Have A Snack
The best thing we can do in break time is to eat something. By eating we can get more energetic and attentive. It will boost our energy.
The right kinds of snacks will improve your concentration, boost your ability to focus, and make you more productive e.g almonds, fruits, chocolates, etc.
- Have A Nap
Having a nap for a short time works well. After waking up you will feel like a refilled fuel tank of a vehicle ready to continue its journey. The best length of time for a nap is 20 to 25 minutes while studying. the best thing you can do is to put an Alarm on your phone. So you can wake up at time and continue your studies.
- Take a Walk
Go outside for a walk, get some fresh air you will feel fresh. It might be the last thing you feel like doing if you’re tired of studying. From fresh air, you get good positive vibes. You may take a walk on your house roof or streets.
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