This week, I wanted to share my experience in teaching myself how to learn anything – and how you can learn anything using the same 4 steps!
Obviously, there are many methods out there for learning new things. I’m not a specialist or expert on learning in general—but I am great at learning new skills and hobbies and often find myself interested in something new.
Below, you’ll find the exact steps I use to teach myself many of the things I’ve learned…
Ready to jump in?
First – Google it 🙂
For much of my life, “google’ing” something wasn’t a thing. But the bottom line is that you want to start with research.
By looking up something online, not only are you going to find out the basics of what you need to know—but you’re also going to learn what you DON’T know.
More than likely, you’ll discover things that you didn’t know you didn’t know…
(Read that again…still with me?)
While you’re not going to master a topic by researching online, you ARE going to learn the basis of your subject and discover a blue print for learning more.
After creating an outline for the process, begin learning what steps are involved. Teach yourself as much as you can and if you can get enough info from the google-machine, then practice what you learn.
Second – Get someone to SHOW you
Another step when considering how to learn anything is that you’ll only get so far doing research…
Get someone to SHOW you what it is you’re trying to learn.
Hopefully you know someone you can approach, but there are SO many resources online (Hi, YouTube).
Regardless of what kind of learner you are (tactile, auditory, visual), getting someone to show you basically involves all your senses—especially if you can find someone to work with you in person.
In my opinion, getting someone to demonstrate something I’m trying to learn is like a massive short cut. Not only that, but people who already have a grasp on what you’re trying to learn probably have some pro-tips of their own that they’re willing to show you.
Third – Find a way to make it your own
The next step in learning anything is finding a way to personalize whatever it is you’re trying to learn.
Why did you want to learn the thing you’re trying to learn? Put it into practice for yourself, make it work for you and if possible, try to get creative with it.
For example, I taught myself guitar when I was younger. I started out by doing some research. I then got someone to show me a few things. And then I learned a few easy pop songs to get me started.
But I really had fun with it when I started writing my own songs—which is why I wanted to learn the guitar in the first place.
Fourth – Teach someone else
Now that you’ve learned, practiced and made something you’re own, teach someone else. This helps you really master the new skill. This last step is usually what makes me feel like an expert in something.
I did this with the guitar as well. When I was in high school and then college, I taught beginner guitar lessons to both children and adults. Teaching something to someone else deepens your understanding of the topic.
When “students” ask you questions, you have to process how to respond, and this accelerates your mastery of it.
You don’t have to be an expert—you just have to be better than the next person who wants to get started in order to help them.
Conclusion: How to Learn Anything
In my adulthood, I’ve also continued to take classes online to better myself. I take a few classes a year about digital marketing, blogging, intentional living, videos and more.
One site I found that is a great mix of in-person and online education is Creative Live. They host live classes each week on a variety of (mostly creative) topics.
Many articles exist on learning new skills and learning them fast. While my 4 tips may not be the fastest—they’ve been effective for me *every* time.
So, what do you think? Are these tips helpful? What additional advice would you give for someone wanting to know how to learn anything?