Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Top 6 Ways to Learn

I was going to say that although I am not a student, I enjoyed the blog posting at college at home on 57 tips. I think most of them apply to business (although tip 22 - don't skip class perhaps translates to don't skip work?). Perhaps someone should do a top 57 tips for business.

Like I said, I was going to say I was not a student but then I thought, I am a student. I pride myself on being a life long learner. Whenever I have a challenge, I head to the library (OK so I delegate and usually have my capable assistant, Pam, go) and get books on what I am finding challenging.

I even spend time learning how to learn faster. My efficiency tendency. The following at my top 6 ways to learn and my angle on how to do it efficiently

Top 6 Ways to Learn:

1 - Read books - take a speed reading course

2 - Read magazines - the same speed reading course pays off

3 - Listen to audio Books - I always do this while I do something else (like drive)

4 - Attend a seminar - I get the most value if I know what I want to learn when I go

5 - research online - I always use a pen and paper to make notes.

6 - ask a mentor/expert/friend - email can really make this efficient (I wonder if this is why no one is replying to my emails?)

Although I am a big believer in "knowing what you want to learn" - often the best and most impactful learning comes when you are not looking for it. Sometimes this is learning from experience.

"You can finish school, and even make it easy – yet you never finish your education, and it is seldom easy." -Zig Ziglar


At 10:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jim,

Would you believe a speed reading program on the computer to be as effective as taking a speed reading course? When participating in the course was it on a computer or did you read from actual books? I would love to be able to double or triple my reading speed but I have always been skeptical because I usually see it in an infomercial, and I dont buy into them too easily. It sounds like one of the smartest ways for me to become more efficient since reading is something I always seem to be doing.
Thanks for the tips.

At 1:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Always happy to hear someone is going (or sending an assistant) to the library.
Here's a saying I teach all my students, and I think works for learners and readers of ALL ages:

"The more you read the more you know.
The more you know the smarter you grow.
The smarter you grow the stronger your voice,
When stating your mind or making your choce."

At 4:41 AM, Blogger lifen said...

Hi Jim

I like your Top 6 ways to learn a lot. But i didn't know where to search course for fast reading. I also like to learn it and I always feel learning is interesting. Would you mind telling me where i can find it. You can send to my eamil
lifen168@mail.com. Thank you.



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