Knowledge is a powerful tool that lives in the mind. It’s “information in context to produce an actionable understanding”. Being knowledgeable helps us excel in our studies, at work and in life in general. People use their knowledge to add value, take on competition and stand out from the crowd.
Being knowledgeable is admired and appreciated. It’s something that people work hard to become. We all want to be experts, but retaining information can be tricky. There is so much information thrown at us each day, but how do we turn this information into knowledge and how can we retain it in our brains? Here are three simple learning strategies to help you soak up knowledge.
Learning in more than one way helps to cement knowledge in the mind. Try to find multiple ways to take in the information, such as listening to a podcast, which involves auditory learning as well as reading. Try rehearsing the information both verbally and visually by describing what you learned to a friend, taking notes or drawing a mind map. There are many ways to access knowledge, and using them in conjunction can help to secure it firmly in the brain.
Teaching what you have learnt to someone else helps you to solidify new knowledge in the brain and discover your weak points. Firstly, translate the information into your own words and then find a way to share what you’ve learned. This could be through giving a presentation, writing a blog post, or participating in a group discussion. Studies have found that the average individual retains 90% of what was learned only when they teach others or practice the idea immediately.
If your brain is still struggling, useful tools like myReach can help to not only store knowledge but also build upon it. MyReach is a handy app that acts as a knowledge network, enabling you to easily save and share ideas. It allows you to save multiple information sources, from websites to podcasts, and find connections, helping you to solidify knowledge and understand it better.