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Tips To Help Learn A New Skill

Being able to learn a new skill can get difficult when as you get older. Unfortunately, our brains are no longer the sponges they once were when we were children. Instead, we’re likely to only retain as much information as possible and for some, we’re even losing it. But that shouldn’t stop you from learning something new!  Still with me here?  Check out my tips for wanting to learn a new skill!

Find Your Learning Style
Everyone has a different way of learning and yours might be different for someone else. That doesn’t mean either way is incapable of perfecting that skill. The two types of skills are usually visually learning or the hands-on approach. Many of us will like to listen to the instructions on how to do it first before trying it. They may also like to have visual queues and to see it being done before doing it. Others may prefer the hands-on approach and this usually consists of doing that skill without having to watch or listen to it first. They’ll just learn on the go. Again, neither way is wrong but it’s important to find your preference.

Practice Makes Perfect
We get better at things the more times we do it. For example, learning a person’s name for the first time. We may meet them a few times and after a couple of interactions, your brain will remember their name. If you’re looking at how to learn piano chords then a musical challenge may require you to repeat those notes and the positioning of your hands over and over again until it’s perfected. Practice definitely makes perfect and you may not get good at something unless you’re doing that action repeatedly.  Remember to give yourself grace during this learning process! 

Get Help From Others
Getting help from others is a great way of learning a new skill, particularly if they’re someone whose perfected it or is perhaps an expert in it. When learning a language, it can be hard to practice on your own and when you get to that point where you want to have a conversation, it can be difficult to do that on your own. So it certainly might be handy to have someone around who can help you with learning and speaking to you in the language that you’re trying to master. That tends to be the way that people learn a language, particularly when they’re trying to speak it naturally. Integrating yourself with the community of a language might help to. Never be afraid to ask for assistance!

Take A Break And Do Tests
When learning a new skill, you can frustrate yourself if you’re trying to learn it by spending hours on it without a break. A break is a good way to reset your brain and help you to refocus. Follow this up by doing tests every so often in order to challenge what you’ve learnt and put it to use.

Being able to learn a skill when you’re an adult is not often so easy, so reward yourself and give praise when you do! 

Much love, and happy learning!