There's more to come, but let's just take a little refresher of some of the points I've raised so far:
- Learning is a basic human skill. We can all do it. We do it all the time.
- Our learning is too narrowly focused. Consider a wider sphere of reference. Draw inspiration from other fields.
- Learning is hard work. It doesn't come for free. But you don't get a reward without an investment.
- Learn to learn. That's why I'm writing this series! The most effective learning is done on purpose and planned to maximise effectiveness.
- The left brain/right brain split We need to employ all of our available brainpower to make our learning maximally effective.
- Personality type affects learning style Understand how you best learn and exploit that to your advantage.
- Memory fades Unless you refresh your knowledge by using it, your memory of it will become unreliable.
- Memory grows Constant stimulation is required to maintain growing mental capacity.
- Mental state effects learning Cultivate a positive attitude towards learning. Otherwise you may as well not bother.
- Learning models Certain models can help us classify levels of expertise and plan how to gain it.
Shortly I will describe at some very practical techniques to help improve our learning capabilities.