Learning something new takes quite a lot of effort, particularly when you’re not required to do it. It’s very tempting to skip today’s lessons or training in favor of sleeping in, or binge-watching your favorite show. Here are a few tips on how to make your habit of learning stick.
• Make sure you’re actually interested.
Learning something new is already hard on its own. It will be more difficult if you’re not actually interested in, say, learning French, or playing the cello. If you’re going to spend a lot of time and effort into this new hobby, choose something you’ve thought of before and something you think you’d truly enjoy.
• Actually do it!
It’s one thing to learn the language on an application (although, that helps!), but don’t forget to actually speak the language with others whenever you can. The same thing goes for any musical instrument; practising the chords is effective, sure, but to truly make it stick, learn a new song (or a song you’ve known for a while but could never play). The more you do it, the more it sticks in your brain.
• Make new friends.
The thing that makes school easier is the fact that you have other people learning with you, and that translates to your summer learning endeavors. If you want to learn quicker, and more effectively, try looking for a community that’s interested in learning the same things you are. You’ll expand both your knowledge, and your social group.
• Set clear goals.
Let’s be honest, you won’t become a basketball superstar, a piano virtuoso, or be able to understand anime without subtitles in one night, or even in a week. Be realistic! Set clear goals for yourself (i.e. “Today, I’ll learn five new words”, “I’ll make twenty baskets from the three-point line”, or “I’ll be able to play the chorus of this song without looking at the music sheet”).
Your future self will thank you for taking the time and effort to develop these new skills, so keep at it! #JRPSummerCamp