You can learn by doing immersion which is by far the best way to learn anything and as research shows it turns out that humans retained 10% of what they learned from reading, 20% from audio-visual, 50% from a demonstration, up to 70% from a practice, 90% from an immediate use. Therefore, to remember how you learned to play soccer ride a bicycle or swim instead of watching tutorials or reading a textbook on how to do something, the way to learn faster is to get your hands dirty and gain experience through making mistakes.
Learn with persistent actions. Unfortunately, many of us give up before or during a learning action. Seth Godin calls the dip Gordon says that although it’s important to know when to quit, many potential winners don’t reach success because they quit before the dip. According to Gordon there are five reasons you might fail to follow. You run out of time. You run out of money. You get scared. You’re not serious about it. You lose interest. Psychologists have also studied what’s known as the transition cycle when we experience the opportunity to learn something new, we enter what many people call the honeymoon phase. This is where we experience releases of dopamine. In other words, we’re hardwired to appreciate and seek out novelty because it makes us feel good. Once the honeymoon phase is over. We experience the dip and our progress begins to Plateau or diminish. This is when most of us quit. The reason why this is important is that if you can predict the dip is coming when you’re learning something new, it’s easier to fight through it because you know deep exists.
You must get enough sleep. The action of sleeping plays a big role in our ability to learn new information and skills. When we are awake new situations and stimuli can prevent new memories from consolidating in our minds but when we are asleep we’re better at creating new memories. One study from a German research lab found that sleep helps our memory formation most if you know you will need the information later. In fact, some scientists believe the brain can actually change its own structure and organization. This is a theory called the brain plasticity theory. It suggests those all-important structural and organizational changes in our brain take place when we are asleep. Without adequate sleep we have a hard time learning something new because our brain doesn’t have the opportunity to review and absorb the new information. When you get enough sleep while you’re learning a new skill, you’ll be able to consolidate those memories faster and make fewer mistakes overall.
So to recap break down the skill and use the Pareto principle practice. The 20% that will give you 80% of the results focus deeply when practicing the skill and use multiple Pomodoro sessions. Learn by immersing yourself and actually doing the skill you’re learning watching or reading is not enough be persistent and follow through the deep where majority of people will quit. Finally, get adequate sleep to help your brain store all the information and prepare you for the day ahead.