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Basic principles in learning a new skill

BY: Deena David | Category: Education | Post Date: 2009-10-23

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A skill is an activity that cannot be performed without adequate training. Skills are very important for all of us in our work. To learn a skill can be easy if the skill requires less time to learn. When the skill is more complicated, it not only needs more time for learning, but also requires more motivation.

This article gives a few basic ideas to learning a skill.

1. Begin with a visual picture in your mind of what you want to learn. Observe another person performing a skill.

When you have a basic idea of the skill that you need to learn, it becomes that much more easy to become a master of the skill. If an individual is not able to understand the basics of what he or she has to learn, then it is not easy to learn the skill. When you see another person performing a particular skill, the activity becomes very simple and easy to perform. This is the basic principle in learning a skill.

2. Use verbal language to help direct your movements when first learning a skill.

When you use language to guide you when you learn a skill, it becomes deeply ingrained in your brain. You are also able to associate words with activities. So the verbal language plays a very important role in learning a skill. This is another basic principle when a individual learns a new skill.

3. Practice the skill as a whole rather than in small parts.
(Example : Medical procedure, typing)

The common notion that people have is to learn things in small bits and pieces. It may be best for certain activities like studying a lesson, but when it comes to learning a skill, it is best to learn the skill as a whole instead of bits and pieces. Also when you practice the skill, it is best to practice fully. This will give more confidence and help you to perform better. This is another important principle in learning a skill.

4. Practice often at regular spaced times.

Practice makes a man (and of course a woman) perfect. So this is the next important principle in learning a skill. Practice the skill you have learnt at regular intervals to be able to perform well and master the skill.

5. Evaluate and analyze what you are doing or have another person to check for accuracy. Correct errors early.

When you learn something, it is best to have an expert analyze the skill so that you can understand the mistakes that you are making. This has to be done very early so that your brain does not learn the faulty skill. When you correct your mistakes and perform the correct skill again and again, the skill becomes a routine activity and after a certain period of time, it becomes an automatic activity.

These are the basic principles of learning a skill. Anyone learning a new skill can follow these principles to be able to be a successful learner and perform the skill with confidence.

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About Author / Additional Info: I have completed my Masters Degree in Paediatric Nursing. I am a writer with a passion for writing. I have been writing for some blogs and other sites. Comments are welcome at the following e mail address: deenaanddavid@gmail.com

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