Learning a new skill is like solving a puzzle; the best way to do it is to break it down into parts that can be more easily understood and put these pieces together until you have the complete picture.
Most problems and puzzles tackled as a whole can be overwhelming, but they can also be learned by breaking them down and using five simple steps to build each piece back up again and before you know it you have a new skill learned.
Step One: Taking Notes
The first step is being taught the information you need to either learn the skill or use it in real-world situations.
If you are learning a new language, this can be not only what each word means but how you use it in a sentence. If you are learning to knit, it could be the way you hold the needle and loop the thread.
Take simple bullet-point notes and ask questions if anything is not immediately clear.
Step Two: Watch It Being Done
The next step is to watch the skill being done by a teacher and see how all of the information you noted down comes together.
For a new language, this is where the words are used to ask a question to someone or start a conversation. For knitting, this could be watching someone put together a basic pattern.
Step Three: Try It Yourself
With the help of the teacher, try following the teacher’s instructions and what they are doing. It can sometimes take many attempts to get it right, but once you do, try it again until you feel comfortable. The more you try, the better you will get.
When learning a language, this is speaking a sentence or holding a conversation until you feel comfortable pronouncing the words.
With knitting, it is about putting together a basic pattern the way the teacher showed you.
Step Four: Take Feedback
A good teacher will tell you if you are learning the skill the right way, which is the way that can not only complete the task set but develop the ground where you can learn even more skills on top of it.
Everyone can get better, and taking whatever the teacher says on board will help you get better at the skill.
Step Five: Repeat And Apply
Try again and see how much you have improved and when you feel comfortable, try to apply what you have learned.
Start a conversation in that new language, or make a basic design on your own initiative, and see not only what you have learned but what you can still learn.
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