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Published on November 4, 2019

13 Ways to Be More Eager to Learn and Succeed in Life

13 Ways to Be More Eager to Learn and Succeed in Life

Every good thing starts with a desire or eagerness to do something. The same goes for your success stories. The more you keep pushing yourself to be knowledgeable, the clearer the way to success becomes.

Curiosity not only helps you in excelling at the professional front, but a study found that curiosity also improves memory and learning.[1] The study revealed that curiosity releases a chemical linked with motivation, dopamine. Dopamine could motivate you more than any words ever could!

Undoubtedly, without a genuine interest or curiosity to learn, you cannot expect yourself to be naturally inclined to learn new things. Eagerness to learn is where your success starts. Let’s not forget that Newton discovered gravity when he was curious as to why the apple fell on the ground rather than going upwards. Similarly, Alexander Fleming discovered Penicillin as he was curious to have a better germs killer. And the list is endless.

So, how to be more eager to learn and grow into a more successful person?

Here are 13 ways you can naturally increase your eagerness to learn and keep feeding your curiosity to stay on your learning goals.

1. Just Show Your Eagerness

Express your eagerness to learn more in your workplace. Take up every learning opportunity that is presented to hone your skills. You can also continue taking informational interviews and job shadows to keep your curiosity burning. Keep asking more questions and show that you are enthusiastic to learn.

Also, reflect your curiosity towards learning by attending seminars, getting certifications, and enrolling yourself in online courses.

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2. Stay Updated

Be it technical or general news, try to be updated on the current scenarios. Stay on top of the news as it can be fodder for all your conversations and could play a vital role in widening your network.

Keep an eye on the latest trends in your field of work. You never know when something new pops up and becomes the next big thing.

3. Don’t Stop Developing Your Skills

Make it your goal to update your resume with new skills now and then. If there is anything that can never be taken away from you, it’s your acquired skills and knowledge. With job requirements changing every day, don’t let yourself fall behind and keep learning to keep giving your best.

4. Look for Challenges

The best way to learn something new is to start doing something new. Don’t put off your personal or professional projects when you can do them now.

Challenge yourself continuously and look for ways that can help you evolve your career. Gain expertise in what you master. Taking up difficult tasks can unleash your capabilities and discover your strengths and weaknesses.

5. Learn Lateral Thinking

Thinking outside the box lets you look for answers that could lead to innovation and improved solutions. You never know when a single thought could prove to be a seed for something huge.

Don’t restrict yourself to conventional methods when it comes to learning and developing your skills. Find out what works for you and apply it to your life. This article may inspire you: The Power of Deep Thinking: Essence of Creativity

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6. Be Open to New Experiences

When you are offered something new at work, try to accommodate it. If it’s a new task with an unfamiliar technology, don’t hesitate to take it up. If it is something that you have not tried before – accept the challenge.

Trying out new things can be a great way to have new learning experiences.

7. Start to Be Interesting

Being genuinely interested in something makes you interesting as well. It also makes you endearing to the people who are willing to share the knowledge.

By asking the right questions to satiate your curiosity, you can show your passion for learning and start up conversations with people of higher authority with confidence.

Your strong sense of curiosity shows you as truly who you are. Your ventures get the extra appeal from your mentors or leaders when it shows its ability to continuously evolve.

8. Gain Initial Knowledge

While it is quite common to be curious about something you don’t know, what keeps you more curious is when you start learning it. Having an initial knowledge of any subject will let your curiosity flow in the right direction. You will know what questions you need answered. And this also makes way for focused learning.

9. Ask Questions

Put yourself in a place where it is easy for you to ask questions. An environment that is welcoming of curiosity is a great one for intelligent minds to thrive. Remove any barrier that could stop you from being curious.

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Here’re some techniques to help you ask questions: How to Be Amazingly Good at Asking Questions

10. Surround Yourself with the Right Contacts

You are an approximation of the people you mostly spend time with. It is inevitable that your close circle has a definite influence on your behavior and life paths. Hence, it’s important to collect wisdom from those who are around you and thus by surrounding yourself with the right people, you can stay curious and keep evolving.

Here’re some examples of the people to surround yourself with:

  • One person with more experience in your future goals.
  • A peer who excels in skills and accomplishments that you don’t, someone whom you can reach out to.
  • Someone younger but is on the same road as you are.

Having the above three kinds of people in your circle is not to compare yourself but to have open-minded individuals who can share their knowledge and experiences you need to keep pursuing your goals.

11. Find More Meaning to Life

Not being curious can make your life monotonous and boring. When you have the drive to find meanings to all things around you, you become naturally curious.

A curious mind is more satisfied as it knows there is more to life than existing. You will keep finding new ways to enjoy and experience life.

Never settle. Keep expecting bigger things from life: How to Live a Meaningful Life: 10 Inspiring Ideas to Find Meaning

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12. Take Action to Stay Motivated

Set a goal and be motivated to commit to accomplishing it. You can draw up work schedules or learning schedules to keep you on track. The sense of pride and satisfaction you get from accomplishing something adds all the flavor you look for in life.

Don’t give up on yourself and stay motivated to keep tasting the sense info accomplishment. The more driven and motivated you are, the more naturally curious you will be.

13. Get Better at What Makes You Happy

A core need for a healthy mind is confidence and self-efficacy. This comes from your conviction on your abilities. When you learn out of your own interest, it shows you new ways to get better at something and makes you confident and maintain good self-esteem. Your achievements and accomplishments cement this feeling.

Final Thoughts

Learning, as an adult, makes it easy for you to behave well in social situations. The constant drive to mastery is fuel to progress. It stimulates your creativity and helps you see the world from a different perspective.

Knowledge gives you the ability to see connections you may have not noticed earlier. Your curiosity boosts your creativity and your creative solutions will keep getting you curious to attain higher levels of perfection.

That said, learning, unlike any other activity, requires active participation and trains your mind and body to live to its fullest potential. Try not to let go of any learning experience. Always keep your curiosity mode switched on!

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Last Updated on March 31, 2020

How to Know Which Types of Learning Styles Work for You?

How to Know Which Types of Learning Styles Work for You?

One of the biggest realizations I had as a kid is that teaching in school could be hit or miss for students. We all have our own different types of learning styles. Even when I was in study groups, we all had our own ways of uncovering solutions to questions.

It wasn’t only until later in my life did I realize how important it is to know your own learning style. As soon as you know how you learn and the best way to learn, you can better retain information. This information could be crucial to your job, future promotions, and overall excelling in life.

Best of all about this information is that, it’s not hard to figure out what works best for you. There are broad categories of learning styles, so it’s a matter of finding which one we gravitate towards most.

What Are the Types of Learning Styles?

Before we get into the types of learning styles, there’s one thing to know:

We all learn through repetition.

No matter how old you are, studies show that repetition allows us to retain and learn new information.[1] The big question now is what kind of repetition is needed. After all, we all learn and process information differently.

This is where the types of learning styles come in. There are eight in total and there is one or two that we prefer over others. This is important because when reading these learning styles, you’ll feel like you’d prefer a mixture of these styles.

That’s because we do prefer a combination. Though there will be one style that will be more predominate over the others. The key is finding which one it is.

Visual Learning

A visual learner (also known as the spatial learner) excels at deciphering anything visual – typically maps and graphs.

If you are this type of learner, you likely excelled at geometry in math class but struggled with arithmetic and numbers. To this day, you might also struggle with reading and writing to a degree.

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While visual learners are described as “late bloomers,” they are highly imaginative. They also process what they see much faster than what they hear.

Verbal Learning

Verbal learning, on the other hand, is learning through what’s spoken. Verbal learners excel in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Because of that, they are likely the ones to find thrills in tongue twists, word games, and puns.

They also thoroughly enjoy drama, writing, and speech classes. But give them maps, or challenge them to think outside of the box and they’ll struggle a bit.

Logical Learning

Not to be confused with visual learners, these learners are good at math and logic puzzles. Anything involving numbers or other abstract visual information is where they excel.

They can also analyze cause and effect relationships quite well. Part of that is due to their thinking process being linear.

Another big difference is their need to quantify everything. These people love grouping information, creating specific lists, agendas or itineraries.

They also have a love for strategy games and making calculations in their heads.

Auditory Learning

Similar to verbal learning, this type of learning style focuses on sounds on a deeper level. These people think chronologically and excel more in the step-by-step methods. These are likely the people who will watch Youtube videos to learn or do something the most.

These learners also have a great memory of conversations and love debates and discussions. Chances are likely these people excel at anything oral.

Also as the name suggests, these individuals have great musical talents. They can decern notes, instruments, rhythms and tones. That being said, they will have a tough time interpreting body language, expressions and gestures. This also applies to charts, maps and graphs.

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Social Learning

Otherwise known as the interpersonal learner, their skills are really unique. They don’t particularly excel in classrooms but rather through talking to other people.

These are the people who are excited for group conversations or group projects. Mainly because they are gifted with coming up with ideas and discussing them.

They also have a good understanding of people’s emotions, facial expressions, and relationship dynamics. They are also likely the first people to point out the root causes of communication issues.

Intrapersonal Learning

The reverse of interpersonal learning, these people prefer learning alone. These are the people who love self-study and working alone. Typically, intrapersonal learners are deeply in tune with themselves meaning they know who they are, their feelings, and their own capabilities.

This type of learning style means you love learning something on your own and typically every day. You also have innate skills in managing yourself and indulging in self-reflection.

Physical Learning

Also known as kinesthetic learning, these people love doing things with their hands. These are people who loved pottery or shop class. If you’re a physical learner, you’ll find you have a huge preference in using your body in order to learn.

This means not just pottery or shop class you enjoyed. You may also have loved sports or any other art medium like painting or woodwork. Anything that involved you learning through physical manipulation you enjoyed and excelled at.

Though this doesn’t just apply to direct physical activities. A physical learner may also find that they learn well when both reading on any subject and pacing or bouncing your leg at the same time.

Naturalistic Learning

The final learning style is naturalistic. These are people who process information through patterns in nature. They also apply scientific reasoning in order to understand living creatures.

Not many people may be connected to this one out of the types of learning styles primarily because of those facts. Furthermore, those who excel in this learning end up being farmers, naturalists or scientists.

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These are the people who love everything with nature. They appreciate plants, animals, and rural settings deeply compared to others.

How to Know Which One(s) Suit You Better?

So now that you have an idea of all the types of learning styles we have another question:

Which one(s) are best for you?

As a reminder, all of us learn through a combination of these learning styles. This makes pinpointing these styles difficult since our learning is likely a fusion of two or more of those styles.

Fortunately, there are all kinds of methods to narrow down which learner you are. Let’s explore the most popular one: the VARK model.

VARK Model

Developed by Neil Fleming and David Baume, the VARK model is basically a conversation starter for teachers and learners.[2] It takes the eight types of learning styles above and condenses them into four categories:

  • Visual – those who learn from sight.
  • Auditory – those who learn from hearing.
  • Reading/writing – those who learn from reading and writing.
  • Kinesthetic – those who learn from doing and moving.

As you can probably tell, VARK comes from the first letter of each style.

But why use this particular model?

This model was created not only for discussion purposes but for learners to know a few key things — namely understanding how they learn.

Because our school system is focusing on a one-size-fits-all model, there are many of us who struggle learning in school. While we may no longer go to school, these behaviors persisted into our adult lives regardless. While we aren’t learning about algebra or science, we may be learning new things about our job or industry. Knowing how to best retain that information for the future helps in so many ways.

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As such, it can be frustrating when we’re in a classroom setting and aren’t understanding anything. That or maybe we’re listening to a speech or reading a book and have no clue what’s going on.

This is where VARK comes back in. To quote Fleming and Baume:

“VARK above all is designed to be a starting place for a conversation among teachers and learners about learning. It can also be a catalyst for staff development- thinking about strategies for teaching different groups can lead to more, and appropriate, variety of learning and teaching.”

Getting into the specifics, this is what’s known as metacognition.[3] It helps you to understand how you learn and who you are. Think of it as a higher order of thinking that takes control over how you learn. It’s impossible to not use this while learning.

But because of that metacognition, we can pinpoint the different types of learning styles that we use. More importantly, what style we prefer over others.

Ask These Questions

One other method that I’ll mention is the research that’s done at the University of Waterloo.[4] If you don’t want to be using a lot of brainpower to pinpoint, consider this method.

The idea with this method is to answer a few questions. Since our learning is a combination of styles, you’ll find yourself leaning to one side over the other with these questions:

  • The active/reflective scale: How do you prefer to process information?
  • The sensing/intuitive scale: How do you prefer to take in information?
  • The visual/verbal scale: How do you prefer information to be presented?
  • The sequential/global scale: How do you prefer to organize information?

This can narrow down how you learn and provide some other practical tips for enhancing your learning experience.

Final Thoughts

Even though we have a preferred style of learning and knowing what that is is beneficial, learning isn’t about restriction. Our learning style shouldn’t be the sole learning style we rely on all the time.

Our brain is made of various parts and whatever style we learn activates certain parts of the brain. Because of this fact, it would be wise to consider other methods of learning and to give them a try.

Each method I mentioned has its merits and there’s not one dominate or superior method. What method we like is entirely up to our preferences. So be flexible with those preferences and uncover what style works best for you.

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Reference

[1] BrainScape: Repetition is the mother of all learning
[2] Neil Fleming and David Baume: VARKing Up the Right Tree
[3] ERIC: Metacognition: An Overview
[4] University of Waterloo: Understanding Your Learning Style

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