Accelerated Learning Techniques: 10 Ways to Learn Anything

Do you want to learn another language? Would you love to acquire new skills, but write them off as “too difficult” or “too time consuming” to pursue.

By using accelerated learning techniques, you can rapidly learn skills that normally take months, years, or decades of study. In this blog post, you’ll learn 10 accelerated learning tactics that you can apply to learn any skill, language, or technology.

One of the most important aspects of acquiring new skills is having the right type of mindset.

Break difficult ambitions into smaller, achievable goals

When learning new skills, people often confuse ambitions with goals. “Learning how to speak Spanish” is an ambition – something one aspires to do. “Learn the 100 most frequently used Spanish words” is a measurable, achievable goal.

The key to enhancing your learning capabilities is being able to break down all of your ambitions – whether they’re related to business, language, or health – into a series of small, measurable, and achievable goals.

From programming to fitness, break large goals down into smaller steps and you’ll find they aren’t as difficult to achieve as you think.

Use the 80:20 principle to focus on vital information

Have you ever heard of the Pareto principle? It’s a simple rule that says that 80% of your results will come from 20% of your work. It’s mostly used in business (80% of sales, for example, coming from 20% of customers) but it can be applied to anything.

In English, 20% of words make up 80% of written language. In music, 20% of chord progressions make up 80% of all pop songs. Accelerated learning requires that you focus on the vital 20% and avoid wasting time on the less vital 80% of the task.

Learn how to block out distractions and single-task

Real estate investor Gary Keller has a wonderful quote about multitasking: “You can do two things at once, but you can’t focus effectively on two things at once.” It’s often far less productive to multitask than it is to focus on one task at a time.

After you’ve broken your goal down into small, achievable steps, you need to focus on one at a time. Block out distractions – from YouTube to emails – and spend all of your energy working on one task at a time for maximum productivity.

Practice new skills as you learn them to improve memory

It’s far easier to learn a skill when you can practice it easily. For example, the basic steps of playing pool – calculating the angle and striking the ball – are very simple, but without a cue in hand to practice with, remarkably difficult to master.

The key to retaining information is practice. As soon as you’ve learned the basics of a new skill – from PHP to Spanish vocabulary – put them to use by creating practical tests for yourself.

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