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How to Learn Effectively

Updated: May 20, 2020

If you have heard my past episodes on my podcast, you know that I am all about growth and learning because that is how my life took a turn when I started to be intentional in my growth.

In this post, I would be sharing with you how to learn effectively, in other words, how to retain the information that we have learnt. Retention of information is vital because you never want to waste your time learning a skill and end up forgetting about it! How many times we attended a course, taking notes massively and thought all is in our brain and end up forgetting about it after a few months? I am guilty of that!

First, you will need to identify your own learning styles. There are a few models out there but today I am touching on the VATK/VARK Model

Through all your years of studying, have you discovered your learning style and use that to effectively aid you? You have probably seen your friends drawing fanciful mind maps and thinking that would help you but realised it made you more confused when you attempt to draw yours. Following are some websites to access your learning style and I highly encourage you to discover yours today.




Now that you know your learning style and you are on your way to take up a course, read a book, enrol in some courses. How do we retain information that we have learnt? This is what we call learning retention.

In this diagram, we see a learning pyramid and the effective ways to retain information. This diagram is not created by me but this is what I have learnt when I took up my Advanced Certificate of Training and Assessment.

Does it shock you? When I learnt this, it was a great revelation for me that by sitting in a lecture only allows us to retain 5% of information! There are times where I will opt for audio books and audio podcasts but unfortunately that accounts to 20% of my learning retention. After discovering that teaching others contributes to 90% of information retention, I never ever want to have anything lesser.

How do I teach others? I find opportunities to share with my friends and families on what I learnt. I may be extreme by treating my husband and my 3 year old son as my student and teach them what I know. And some of you may have guessed it, this is the reason why I started my blog and podcast because when I teach/share what I have learnt, it will be retained in me. Now I have shared with you on learning retention through this podcast, I am confident that I will still be able to tell you that teaching others is the best way to retain information 20 years down the road.

What are you waiting for? Find a platform to educate others on what you’ve learned and be amazed how much the information is retained in you.

When you learn, teach. When you get, give. Maya Angelou
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