How I hack my learning curve

I have a passion for learning. I constantly seek new opportunities to enrich my knowledge and learn new things. The initiative and drive I have for absorbing knowledge has taught me how to efficiently learn and persist concepts in short periods of time.

The learning curve of a human defines the rate at which an individual perceives and develops an understanding of information. Engaging with relatively new information can be quite challenging and difficult. It is through these learning experiences where we learn to analyze our strengths and weaknesses. It is essential to have a deep understanding of your learning style in order to maximize your learning experience.

In general, I consider myself a very analytical person. I love analyzing data and making predictions based off of what I perceive. This allowed me to develop an overall understanding of my learning style. As a student, I have been constantly placed in a monotonous learning environment. I discovered my inability to properly learn new material in a classroom based setting. The methods used are inefficient and do not adhere to the ingenuity and uniqueness present in every student. The realization of this diversity influenced me to discover my true learning style and capabilities.

I have gradually learned a variety of techniques that have been a catalyst for the development of my knowledge. When approaching new information, I attempt to instantly apply and relate it to previous knowledge. Learning a mathematical theory may relate back to previous theories I know or even computer science concepts I’m aware of. It is essential to traverse your mind and attempt to enforce understanding through the relation of previous knowledge you have learned. The awareness of this concept while learning teaches you a new style of perceiving information. It is essential to critically analyze the current knowledge you are learning and apply it to what you already know. Knowledge can be represented in horizontal layers; it stacks over time. In essence, I visualize my knowledge in nodes. While learning, new nodes connect to previous nodes. The result is the awareness of a relational knowledge base present within my own mind. It is important to visualize and understand this concept.

Node to node learning visualized

Confidence has been a huge factor in my successful learning endeavors. Learning to be confident with your abilities enforces your motivation and courage while learning. I find myself constantly jumping into information that is way above my head. The reason to this is solely my confidence and desire to learn. Through positive reward and the satisfaction of learning complex concepts, I have learned to enjoy challenges and take them as a learning experience. Every learning challenge presented to you is a chance to engage with new thoughts and ideas. These experiences develop your mind and knowledge rapidly.

There are two factors that really stand out to me. The base of your learning ability is extremely dependent on these two factors. In fact, these are required for any effective learning experience of mine. Any information I actively learn must peak my interest, and support my visions. I have learned to live by that rule. In the classroom, I have been presented information that is in no way relevant to me — so i simply don’t attempt to learn it. I follow this rule relatively tightly, but balance my mind with knowledge of the world around me. In reality, you need the interest to truly engage in information and embrace it.

It is commonly known that a small percentage of what we learn is actually retained in long term memory. The retention triangle provides a visual representation of this.

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I live by the rules of this triangle. Upon the attempted learning of a new concept, it is essential to apply your newly developed knowledge. This can be achieved through daily records of your progress or discussion with peers. In order to enforce knowledge, you must be aware of its presence. I recommend keeping a daily entry describing your learning experience. Explain the concepts you learned, and how they relate to what you already know. Keep track of your knowledge over time and examine your capabilities. The acknowledgement of your unique learning abilities will provide positive reinforcement and strengthen your confidence.

I believe that there are no limits while learning. The key is to believe in yourself and unlock your mind to the knowledge of the world. Always believe in your capabilities and have an understanding of yourself. I have unlocked my mind over time. I learned to counter steep learning curves and surpass them.

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