Are you thinking about learning a new skill but have a fear in doing so? Maybe you don’t think you have the ability or time. How do you go about it? Keep reading to find an easy approach to learn ANY new skill!
What Skill do YOU Need?
The thought of learning a new skill is sometimes more daunting than the actual learning process.
Firstly, decide what you want to be able to do. What skills do you want to acquire? Think of this as you ‘the learner’ identifying your target performance level. If you have a clear idea of how good you want to become, it’s much easier to find specific practice methods that will help you get there as quickly as posssible. Maybe you want to learn how to use a piece of software, maybe you want to learn how to play the banjo?
One Step At A Time
Once you have identified your required target performance, the next step is to break the skill down into smaller skills. Most skills are really lots of small skills grouped together and by breaking down the skill into managable parts, it can make learning a far less daunting task. For example, you might look at an accomplished banjo player and think you would never be able to do that. But remember, they had to learn also. They were not able to pick up the banjo and play so eloquently without first breaking that main skill, ‘playing a banjo’, into smaller skills ‘learn a chord’.
Practice Makes Perfect
To ensure you have full competence in the overall target skill, practice the most important smaller skills first. For the banjo example, practice perfecting individual chords without focusing on learning an entire tune. A few of the small skills will always be more important than others, so it makes sense to begin by practicing the things that you feel are most important to you. By focusing your early practice on the most important parts of the skill, you’ll see a dramatic increase in your performance after a few hours of practice. So go ahead. Take the challenge – you can do it!