The act of acquiring knowledge or skills through study, practice or experience. People learn new things every day, from their jobs, hobbies and their families to a new language or how to dance. The key to learning is not only gaining the knowledge, but also understanding it and memorizing it. A common way of learning is through teachers and tutors, but some people even learn while in prison. Learning can be influenced by many factors such as the environment, consequences and reinforcements.
Experiencing new things, like learning a new language, is great for your brain. It activates the substantia nigra and ventral tegmental areas of your brain, which release dopamine making you feel happy and satisfied. It can also help ease cognitive decline as you age and give you a sense of purpose.
When you want to learn something new, start by creating a roadmap for yourself. This should include the end goal, sections or ‘milestones’ of what you are trying to learn and a timeline for how you think you can achieve those milestones. This will help you stay motivated and allow you to see your progress.
Another tip is to learn in more than one way, such as listening to a podcast and reading. This will help you process the information at a quicker rate and make it more likely to stick in your mind. It’s also good to switch up the learning methods you use to avoid getting bored of the same routine. For example, you can try taking a different route to work or reading a book on the train instead of your usual podcast. learn