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Learning is a never ending journey.
But there are certain ways to boost your learning ability by doing things the right way.
A broad group of educators and teachers discussed the topic on a Quora thread about the one piece of advice they’d give to students.
We narrowed it down to the following 9 pieces of advice:
Shut off all distractions.
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“When you are studying, shut off all distractions. Turn off music, don’t text, don’t check social media. You need to focus exclusively on the material in front of you.
If you are singing along with music, texting friends, and checking social media, you won’t learn anything. I have student come to me all the time who say they studied for hours but still don’t understand. The reason is usually distractions.” – Don Slish, professor, biologist
Search for a way to help the world.
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“Our society today is incredibly good at giving individuals the opportunities to change the world. With digital technology and modern communications, ideas and products can spread faster than ever before. With the right ideas and strong execution, any person can quickly help a lot of others on our planet.
So, ask yourself: If what you’re working on succeeds beyond your wildest dreams, would you have significantly helped other people? If not, then keep searching for something else to work on. Otherwise you’re not living up to your full potential.” – Andrew Ng, Chief Scientist at Baidu; Chairman/Co-Founder of Coursera; Stanford faculty
Ask a lot of questions.
“As a student ask a lot of questions. Understand why you are studying, what you are studying. Relate with your practical life. Get some real life examples. It is applicable for all studies. Do not memorize it blindly. Create a visual of the event. If it is physics try it out. Experiment it. At the worst what do you think is going to happen?” – Parthiban Pandiyan, an Assistant professor in Aerospace Engieering
Don’t wait for the classes to stimulate your interest; seek what is fascinating about them.
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“Most of the classes at the university are there because someone once thought that they covered material that is both important and fascinating. Your current professor may not think so. If that is the case, don’t give in to that lack of enthusiasm.
Look at the material, and try to deduce why someone once thought it was terrific. Approach it in that way. You’ll discover that the material is much easier to learn (you don’t have to ‘memorize’ things that are fascinating; you automatically remember them) and much more fun to think about.” – Richard Muller, Prof Physics, UC Berkeley, author “Now, The Physics of Time”
Network. Network. Network.
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“Far more important then all the classes you take, are the friends that you make. Make a lot of them! Never again will you be so closely associated with so many future successes. The friends you make in school are the managers, entrepreneurs, the drivers of tomorrow.
You will find that when it’s time to look for a job, or strike out on your own, that your network will not only be a safety net for you – it will be an absolute treasure trove.” – David Weisser, HR Disruptor
Don’t rely on your diploma too much.
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“Don’t rely on your diploma too much. While it might be relevant for your future, you might find your calling in an entirely different industry.
Keep on learning. Take on courses, read as many books as you can.
Work hard and smart. Be focused and don’t waste time. Time is the only ‘resource’ we have which we cannot get back.
Keep your word. Be on time, be respectful.” – Ramona Jar, Freelance coach at earn.pftoday.com
Don’t compare yourself with others.
“Every individual is unique and has its own purposes. Do not compare your life with others. Instead, compare your life with your past, have you improve yourself?” – Ghany Hanifan M, 5 years experience as a teacher
Set clear goals and a strategy to reach them.
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“Creat clear goals. You have to know what you want. When you know what you want, figure out how you will reach it. Use your gained knowledge to develop powerful strategy, by thinking deeply on the knowledge you have found.
Remember, strategy is not a plan. Plans are step by step action. Strategy is multi-faceted plan designed by knowledge to anticipate and react to any obstacles that may come along.” – Janis Butevics, 23 year old Entrepreneur, helping Millennials to choose their direction
Be open to learning from anyone.
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“Be open to learning from anyone regardless of age, experience, education, etc.. You might be pleasantly surprised.” – Penny Sullivan-Nunes