Learning Strategy 27: Planning for Learning 

Robert Harris
Version Date: December 21, 2015

Description

To be successful at just about anything, you have to be intentional, deliberate, and organized. Planning is the key. And when it comes to learning, the more intentional you can be, the more efficiently you can learn. This is especially true for assigned learning--for school, job training, refresher courses, required units to maintain licensing, and so on. With these, there is sometimes a tendency to put off learning when the content doesn't look very interesting.

Here are some best practices that will make your learning easier and stickier. You might think that there are too many, overly specific guidelines. Don't worry if you can't match all of them or match them exactly. And if you find that a variation actually works better for you, feel free to use that variation. (However, find out for sure what works best; don't just assume.)

Physical Setup

Location. Find a location that is

Location Tip: A local public library, or the school or university library usually  provide good study environments because they are quiet, peaceful, and climate controlled. The air conditioning in many libraries provides enough fan noise that it creates a blanket of quiet around you.

Desk or Table. Study at a desk or table that has

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High Performance Learning

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Learning Strategy 27: Planning for Learning
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About the author:
Robert Harris is a writer and educator with more than 25 years of teaching experience at the college and university level. RHarris at virtualsalt.com