3 Ways to Develop New Skills

We never stop learning things. If at any point in our lives, we left learning in the past and we can relax, life will find a way to knock some sense back into us again. We’ll face a problem we can’t solve without learning something new. We’ll want to pick up a new hobby. A new job will require us to learn something and implement it.

Developing new skills offers more benefits to people than they might realize. It’s not just that it’s keeping them competitive in the job market or saving them money when they do their plumbing. Learning skills can help our brains stay healthy, too, and it helps us grow and recover from injury. And if you’re looking for ways to learn a new skill or two, here are a couple of things you might try.

Find Good Instruction

To say that convenience is the only benefit of online education would be underselling it by a lot. However, it’s important to point out that, for many people who are too busy with their jobs or have other circumstances that prevent them from going to college regularly, taking courses online can be incredible.

You can choose to enroll in a course or two, sit a couple of online workshops, and who knows – you might even decide to get a whole degree online. What’s important is that you choose classes and modules that offer plenty of instruction that will guide you through developing a new skill. You can also turn to informal places of learning, such as YouTube, or even websites specialized for skill development and sharing. You might find that they lack integrated programs, however.

Don’t Forget to Learn by Doing

It can be all too easy to forget that the reason why you enrolled in a course wasn’t to e-meet new people. You surely didn’t watch hours of online instructional videos just to be able to comment on them, either. Whatever you’re doing, and whatever skill you’re trying to acquire, will go down much easier if you learn by doing it.

This will require you to invest a bit more time, but that’s something you just have to figure out. Find room to take on an internship, or to volunteer, or to find a side-gig, or an apprenticeship, or any other arrangement that allows you to implement the skill you’re looking to acquire under the watchful eye of someone who already knows it. The harder a particular thing is to learn, the more time you’ll have to do it.

Try to Teach What You’re Learning

Within reason, you should find someone to whom you can show your progress and who might benefit from learning the things that you’ve conquered each step of the way. Teaching will force you into making a mental inventory of what you’ve learned, and it will make you put it into terms – or demonstrate it – in a way that someone who knows nothing about it will understand.

You’re relying on a principle that to truly master something, you’ll need to break it down to terms that are so simple that everyone will be able to understand them. It works with skills, too – teaching someone else will help you process your knowledge, but also look at it from a different angle. It will, once again, activate your brain and consolidate what you’ve learned. So get ready to acquire some know-how, and then share it with the world.

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