Learning and learning to learn well, will always be one of the most valuable skills in your personal and professional life. My point is to start building these skills as soon as possible, preferably when you are still a student.
Most powerful tips on how to learn more, how to learn well and how to learn effectively:
1. Make Notes
Without a solid foundation there is no way you can expect to build new skills and form new habits. My first tip therefore is to adopt a note-taking habit. You need to develop the habit of consistent and effective note-taking.
Practice speed-reading to read smarter and faster, while improving your comprehension. Keep your eyes moving at a steady, perhaps increasing, pace without stopping at every word and definitely without ever rereading a single phrase. This trick alone should double your reading speed very soon.
3. Think and work on paper
Pen and paper have now become most underrated productivity and learning tools. My advice is to always think and work on paper. It will get things off your mind and make room for more creative thinking. Use your own shorthand and notational system to highlight important facts and actions in the material you’re learning. Forget about trusting your mind or your computer, think and work on paper to learn better and effectively.
4. Allow your brain to absorb new stuff
Everybody has a certain learning rhythm. Some learn best in the early hours of the morning, others learn best late at night. Figure out your rhythm and and use this to maximize your learning ability. However, you must frequently give your brain time to absorb the new stuff that you are learning.