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Learn Faster: Master any Skill & Learn Complex Information

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      Active Learning/Retrieving


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      Deliberate Practice/Deep Work


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      Take a Break/Diffuse Mode


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      Interleave Practice


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      Like I'm 5!


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In this class, I’ll be covering the most important principles to learn any skill and content in the shortest amount of time. You’ll learn how to apply these principles in your own learning process to see great results in the first few hours. 

When you commit to learning something, you have to dedicate time to it. But, dedicating more time doesn’t mean getting better results. The key is to make the most out of your time. And these principles are exactly what you need to become a learning machine.

Grab your favorite notebook, list all the skills you must be good at to be what you want to be, like a writer, filmmaker or doctor. Then, pick one skill and commit to learning it using these principles.

“Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.”

― Isaac Asimov


I hope you’re excited to learn things faster!

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Filipa Canelas

Content Strategist & Content Creator



Hi, I'm Filipa Canelas! I'm the founder of Able-Academy, a content strategist and author.

I Empower Businesses & Entrepreneurs to Build an Effective Content Marketing Strategy and Leverage their Content for Brand Awareness.

Content is my jam -- I've written 200+ blog posts, 50+ hours of video content, a 150+ page book on time management, and a LOT of social media posts.

I have been featured in Thrive Global by Arianna Huffington, the Authority Magazine & Billion Success. I've reached +40,000 people (just like you!), including professionals from NYSE, Airbus & Hitachi, just through the power of content marketing.

If you're frustrated with your content marketing strategy and are ready to accel... See full profile

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1. Introduction: hi and welcome to this class, actually, but and I'm addicted to learning you, Thanks. My hunger to learn made me seek ways to make the process more effective. Intuitive. I read books and research studies on the science of learning, and I actually put into practice what I learned to see exactly which things did work in which ones didn't in this class recovering the most important principles to learn any skill or any piece of information in a short amount of time, you will learn how to apply these principles in your own learning process, and you will see results in the first few hours when it commits to learn something, you have to dedicate time to it. But dedicating more time doesn't always mean getting more results. The keys to make the most out of your time and these principles are exactly what you need to become a learning machine. Grab your favorite notebook, enlist all the skills you have to acquire in order to become what you want to be like a writer, a doctor or a filmmaker. Then pick one skill and commits to learning it, using the principles I'll be covering on this class as Isaac as the most said self education is I firmly believe the Onley kind of education there is. I hope you are excited to learn things faster. Conventional wisdom is wrong most of the times when it comes to learning. So I do believe you're going to find something valuable here. See you inside. 2. Active Learning/Retrieving: Hi. And thanks for being a part of these class. When you read a book or an article and you highlight it, you're basically becoming familiar with the material. Even if you read it. A lot of times you're basically Onley getting a little bit off fluency only material. But fluency is not the same thing as mastery. If you are then tested on the material you red and highlighted, you might remember a few things, but you haven't mastered yet. This happens because you're taking a passive approach instead of an active approach, which is the most effective. Fluency is literally the enemy of learning because it is an illusion. It makes you believe you actually know the material when in reality you're just familiar with it. If you want to learn a new skill or master a keynote presentation, ideally, you want to master these things. If you want to be a fiction writer, you might want to study all the great authors and take a lot of courses on fiction writing . You are basically familiar with fiction, right? But if you don't take the time and energy to practice what you just learns, you will ever become a fiction writer. The most effective way I found to learn any skill or any piece of content is to actively put what you learned into practice. This is called active learning or acting. Retrieving this means picking the guitar in playing around a few chords that you just learned on the Internet or applying the writing principles in your next block. Posts are creating a logo for your company to put in practise the skills you just learned on YouTube or putting down the book on leadership and actually applying the information you learned. It's much easier to find information on the Web, watch YouTube videos or read books. Then it is to practice. When I wanted to learn more about photography, I became obsessed with watching YouTube videos about the subject and online classes. But I realized I was putting too much emphasis on the cognitive stage of learning. I was not applying the things I was learning. I was just consuming the contents, and I basically was becoming familiar with it. But I was not mastering what I was learning. If I wanted to learn photography, I had to pick my camera and actually take a few photos, and that's what I did, I can tell you I learned more in one afternoon with my camera that I did watching dozens of YouTube videos with this. I'm not saying that learning the basics is not essential because it is otherwise. You want to really know where to start, but this will only give you a certain level of proficiency that it's not enough to perform any skill or to remember any contents. In practical terms, you won't be able to actually show you have a skilled if you don't put the time to practice it. If you want to learn chess, it is not enough to learn dozens of moves for not actually hurting them into the game. So he was playing, and you must try to retrieve the movements when you're actually playing, because that's where the skill is. You have to make yourself retrieve what you learns in the cognitive stage of learning and see if you can actually remember those things and apply them into the real world. This is the same thing as doing tests or quizzes before an exempt you effortful EU, retrieve the information from your brain and test your knowledge to see if we actually get or you learn. This is the most effective way to learn anything. To expose yourself to the material or to a skill to see if you actually learned anything. It is the same thing would stank. You should closer notebook and try to retrieve some of the information you read to see if you actually know what you learned. Try to put the material you learned into your own words and saying the material out. Retrieving this information or saying out loud he's not the same thing as re reading the same paragraphs over and over again. Re dreaming takes more energy, focus and effort, but in the end you will acquire a deeper level of understanding in the shortest amount of time. Also, when you test yourself, you will see exactly which are your weakest points, and then you can work on them. It's really uncomfortable, but science shows it's the most effective way to learn anything. When you just yourself, you have a mechanism that provides you instant feedback, tells you if you can do it or can't. So now you know exactly to which parts you should dedicate more time to If you want to start deploying this practice, click pause and try to retrieve some of the information I covered on the video. It is an excellent way to test how well you just listened or learned what was being set. And don't forget to actually apply what you've learned went learning and use kill or a new piece of information. 3. Deliberate Practice/Deep Work: in this video, I'll be talking about deliberate practice or deep work. Ideally, you want to practice outside your comfort zone. Practice outside your comfort zone. You have to challenge yourself and does you challenge yourself? Your skills will level up to meet the level off the challenge. You don't want to be independent zone where the challenge is way too high for this kills you currently have in this book talent. He's overrated. The author proposes a model of learning in the middle. We have the comfort zone, and then outside of it, we have the learning zone. Ideally, it's where you want to practice. And outside the learning zone, we have the panic zone. Not a good one to be. When you are in the learning zone, challenging yourself a little bit, you're practicing deliberately or you are putting deep work into practice, but you can't do it for an unlimited amount of time. It takes a lot of effort and energy and focus to be able to practice deliberately. But two hours of deliverance practice outperform five hours of learning inside your comfort zone. If you keep practicing and doing the things you already know, you're basically not learning anything. Yes, you might be improving your technique, and sometimes that's important. But you want to spend most of your time stretching yourself a little bit because that will accelerate to the process of learning any skill. A great tip is to practice any skill when you have the most energy. Usually these happens in the morning. That's why I choose to dedicate the first few hours of my morning to achieve the most challenging tasks. Usually writing, learning and you scale or staying. You can't practice deliberately when you're depleted of energy, so make sure you use casual. You're practicing sessions early in the morning. By doing this, you can be sure you'll be learning the most in the shortest amount of time. But now you might be asking, How can I practice deliberately to explain that I want to bring the concept of deep work that applies perfectly to the process of learning any skill or any piece of information? Deep work is the opposite of shallow work. Shallow work looks like this. You tryingto learn a skill while checking your phone, eating a cookie or talking on the phone deep work. On the other hand, looks like deep work. You're only performing one task that is your only priority at the moment. No distractions, no social media, no email, no people around. Just focus in one thing for a certain period of time and then take a break at a certain level. You, I think. Come on, just answering a text message will take me 10 seconds. It's not that replying toe. A message will basically take all my energy and focus away it. In fact, it'll loans, but it becomes a bad habits, and soon every three minutes you'll be taking your phone and answering your message. And then at that moment, you really will be wasting your time and energy. I basically have that bad habit of every three minutes checking instagram, checking my email and my text messages. And again, it's not that one message will basically completely destroy your session. But the thing is, every time you do it, you're reinforcing the habit and you're reinforcing a terrible habit. Thankfully, it's not difficult to get rid of this. Simply put your phone away in another room in another place and work when you are working or practice when you're practicing and learn when you are learning. I'm assuming you want to improve and make progress really fast, so you should be excited to dedicate your hours smartly to your learning sessions. You don't want to waste countless hours and see no progress. What you really want is to make the most out of your time. That's the most important thing as called, the report said. Human beings, it seems, are at their best when immersed deeply in something challenging. 4. Take a Break/Diffuse Mode: when you're practicing or learning, you're using your focused mode of thinking, but what do you take your break? You don't stop using your brain right? In fact, when you take a break, you enter another level of thinking. That is what Barbara Oakley calls the fuse mode, thinking the fuse mode of thinking is basically when you are not trying to focus on anything in particular, it comes when you take a break from your work from practicing from learning from something else you can't always be learning. In fact, you have to take breaks and breaks actually are very valuable and important to the acquisition of any skill. When you live away from the learning experience, your brain is still continuing toe work subconsciously on the problems you are soling before. So when you come again to practicing or learning, you will be able to have new insights that your brain came with when you were not focusing on that. When I'm studying and I can't solve a problem, I take a break when I come back to trying to solve the problem. Usually I have a new perspective and you insight, and sometimes I can actually solve the problem or other times I can come up with different solutions, and I make myself closer to the to the in solution. By distancing yourself from the focusing mode, you're basically allowing your brain to come up with different solutions that you can't think about when you are focusing. Sleep is perhaps the most common and valuable way of taking your break. During sleep, your brain consolidates the learning you did during the day, and we need will strengthen the neural pathways. So you're learning will be more permanent in your brain, and you will be able to practice more effectively the next day. But you can also take a break and enter to the fuse of thinking when you're walking, meditating, taking a shower, exercising all those activities. I basically implement breaks during my day consistently. This means studying for 45 minutes and taking a 10 minute break, practicing for 30 minutes and then taking a 10 minute break. By doing this, I allow my brain to figure things out. We vowed to be consciously focusing on them. Not only that, but I actually restored my levels of energy and focus, which is crucial, of course, as you can see I plan my learning sessions based on time and not on outcome. I don't commit to learn an economic principle in one day. Instead, I commend to spend 30 minutes tryingto learn that by doing this I don't create expectations , and I don't give myself the opportunity to feel miserable If I can't really learn something in the time I established, what matters is making progress. It's dedicating time to a certain thing and not exactly finishing and learning everything in one day. In the long run, what matters the most is making progress every day and not trying to learn everything in three days and not practicing for two weeks. 5. Interleave Practice: Let's say you are learning how to use Adobe Photoshopped. You've been trying to design a logo for the past couple of hours. Should you continue doing it, or should you move on to try designing the car? Well, science shows that learning is more effective when we inter leave the process of learning anything. What does this mean? Well, instead of trying to learn the same thing for hours, you should makes things up, so don't practice the same chord all afternoon. Instead, practice two or three and inter leave them during the hours you're dedicated to practicing . Don't sold the same type of math problems all day internally, of different types of problems and topics within the same day. Again, this all comes down to the difference between fluency and mastery. When you spend hours and hours and hours repeating the same thing, you're just becoming familiar with it. It's way more effective toe interleague, different things during a certain period of time. Is it more difficult and more challenging? Yes, for short, So don't focus too much on what's eating. Instead, focus on learning and mastering the material, or any skill you want to learn as sank is that difficulties? Trend in the mind as labor does the body. Another great way. Twitter. Leave your practice. I used to use spaced repetition If you decide to dedicate four hours every week to practice and use Q. You should not practice four hours in one day and then zero hours in the others. Instead, split those four hours into shorter sessions every day by practicing every day, even for just half an hour. You're interrupting before getting, and so you're creating a bigger level of mastery. Not only will you learn faster, but you're also going to remember things for a longer period of time. You'll basically be moving the information from your short to your long term memory. This advice can be applied to any skill or even a habit you want to start. It is better to exercise 20 minutes every day. The needs to exercise for three hours in one day in zero in the others. It is better to meditate every day consistently for 15 minutes. Then it is to meditate for one hour in one day and zero in the others. Remember to space out your learning sessions so you can make the process more effective 6. Like I'm 5! : I love the principal off. Explain me like I'm fine. I love this because I truly understand the power test over the learning process. When you start seeing progress into skewer learning, you basically become really excited and happy. I call it an ego booster. It's so gratifying to feel the progress and to be able to do something more. This is a great moment, and it is a big source of motivation to continue to put the work. But there's an extra step I like to take when I reach this level. Basically, you grab the things you already learned, and you try to explain it to someone else, like they were five years old. Really explain into a friend or family member or on social media, but you have to break what you've been learning into very concrete's swell and easy steps to understand, so that anyone reading or listening toe watch you're saying could actually propose things into practice. This exercise is helpful in two different ways. First, if you can't break it into really small and concrete actions, perhaps you haven't really learned yet. This helps you to understand if you're just familiar with the material or if you already learnt it, it also helps you to retrieve the information, which reinforces the learning experience. So it's a to England. Teaching is also a learning technique because it takes time and effort to break something complex into smaller steps. The second reason why do principle of explain like I'm five is important is because you're basically becoming a role model for someone you're sharing. We bothers the process of acquiring and use hell, and you can be a great motivator for other people to take action. You can be a positive motivator off their change and growth as they can to immerse themselves in the process of learning a skill. They really commit yourself to helping others in the process and you'll be helping yourself to as a side note, make sure you connect the things you are learning with the things you already know. For example, connect the practices of being any traffic leader with emotional intelligence, which is something you already know and learned in the best. When you connect information that you've already mastered with information did you haven't mastered yet, you're basically strengthen the neural pathways and it will help to reinforce the learning experience 7. Mindset: I'll start this video with something that Carl Black said in her book Mindset. Is it ability or Mindsets? Wasn't Moser to musical ability or the fact that he worked to his hands were deformed, was it darlin Scientific ability or the fact that he collected specimens, not stop from early childhood? It's really easy to get lost in the details of the learning process, but mastering a new skill requires you to believe in your ability to figure things out and learn things along the way. Your mindset affect the whole process of the learning experience. Carl Dweck in her book covers the difference between a fixed and the growth mindsets. Having a fixed mindset basically means you believe you only have what you were born with. You only believe in talent in geniuses, and you don't really believe in hard work. When you have a growth mindset, you still believe that talent plays a role, but still there's a lot of room for improvement. You might not be the most talented person learning new languages, but you know, if you immerse yourself that you will be able to learn a lot of things cultivating a growth mindset, which is the belief you can learn anything. If you put the time and effort into it will allow you to make progress in anything much faster. Remember whether you think you can or you think you can't. You are right. On the other hand, the fixed mindset focuses on the fact that because you were just born with it, you don't need to do much about it. How is the fixed mindset going to help you to learn and use killed? Exactly. Eat won't. If you really believe your abilities are fixed, there's not much you can do if you find yourself giving up on the process of learning is killed. Remember that every master that skill faced thousands of challenges during the process. Actually, those skill masters faced more challenges than most people because they voted themselves into the position of failing so they can actually one day succeed. It's really easy to believe that Michael Jordan, Steve Jobs or Mostert were born with that level of skill and look. They might be born with some natural talents, but without effort and daily practice, they would never, ever be what they become. Your first attempt won't be the greatest thing. You've been out there, but your 100 attempt will be better and do 1000 attempt even better. So continue to learn and don't give up when things don't go as you expected. We like to think of our champions and idols as superheroes who are born different from us. We don't like to think of them as relatively ordinary people who made themselves extraordinary. It's easier to think you were not born with it. He takes responsibility from your shoulders. But how much grated could you become? If you actually focus on the things you have to improve, No matter how many times you fell, there's always an opportunity to learn, has Thomas Harrison said. I have not felt I've just found 10,000 ways that don't work, even if you do have a tendency to have a fixed mindset. If you're watching this class, I'm pretty sure you believe you can make progress because you can. There's Eriksson, who has been conducting research on the science of top performers for 30 years, says that the only gift we all have is adaptability. We all have this gift, but the top performers choose every day to act on that gift notice. It is not only about practicing, it's also about challenging yourself every time you practice so you can make progress every day. In this book, the notion of hard work and talent is also really well explained. The author focuses on the idea that hard work in the long term is more effective than being really talented at the beginning. If you want to become an elite performer, you have to dedicate thousands of hours. No matter if you're talented or not. This isn't just say that you have to be a master in every skill. I'm totally OK with being just a little bit better than most people. In most skills. The key here is to understand that you always have to dedicate time and practice if you want to become better at anything. Those great performers you admire dedicate thousands of hours. They were not born top performers. They did something to become that way, and that thing is called hard work. And again it doesn't matter if your goal is to become a top performer or if your goal is just to become a little bit better at a certain skill, you still have to dedicate time and energy to anything you want to learn. And you have to believe you can make progress and you can become better. Just because you're not through that something in the beginning does not mean you should give up on it. Maybe Mostert have a lot of talent, and he was born an environment that promoted music. But still he practiced. Still, his hands were deformed. That is no question that hard work is perhaps the most important factor and in fact is the only one you can control. Take advantage of this, work hard and believe you can improve because you can. 8. Creativity: There's something I want to bring to this class that completely changed the way I approach learning or studying. It's called creativity, which I consider to be something that we all have the opportunity to explore in our daily lives. What I'm learning something and I start to get frustrated or bored or annoyed for a long period of time. I know that creativity is missing in the process. In fact, it's not the lack of creativity in the process. It's the lack of my efforts to bring creativity into the process. I truly believe creativity is something you do. And when I stopped bringing creative insights to the learning process, I suffer in my skill level, Suffers Dio Richard Feynman said. Study hard. What interests you most in the most indiscipline, irreverent and original manner possible? My goal here is to challenge you to bring creativity into the process that are thousands of ways to making it more fun and appealing. This includes traveling to a new country to immerse herself in the language or writing for cavalry words in your mirror so you can learn you things piling pressure, teeth, playing guitar songs in a family dinner or taking portrayed of your dad while he's washing his car. These are always that enable you to continue developing this kill you want to learn while making the process interactive and fun. There is no right or wrong. What matters is finding you creative ways to learn what you want to learn. And I find creativity particularly valuable when I reach a certain level of frustration is very common to feel stuck when learning a new skill. And the most important thing is to continue practicing and putting efforts but bringing creativity to the game. He's also a great way to stop feeling stuck. So bring some ways to make the process of learning anything more fun and share them in the class project. Learning should not be boring at all. For me, it's one of the most rewarding activities to spend my time on swallow. Tharp is a choreographer, and she wrote the book, The creative Habits, which taught me a lesson that I've been applying in my life ever since. The lesson is exactly the title of the book. Creativity is a habit. As she said, creativity is not just for artists, it's for business. People looking for a new way to close a sale. It's for engineers trying to solve a problem. It's for parents who want their Children to see the world in more than one way. I would just add that creativity is for all people who want to learn something. You. It will help into understands and master the concepts faster and more intelligently. But you have to make it a habit consciously, inconsistently. Bring creative ideas to the process of learning, and you will see yourself much happier in the whole process. As Wallace said, venturing out of your comfort zone might be dangerous. Yet doing anyway is because our inability to grow he is directly proportional toe inability to entertain the uncomfortable. 9. Conclusion: we reached the end. Thank you very much for watching this class. I'm glad you took the time to focus on yourself. And in your skills. You are no able to apply these principles in your life and become better at any skill way faster. Really? Learning new skills is the way of reaching your goals in making your life better is for the class project. Please name a few of the skills. You really want to learn skills that spike your curiosity skills that basically will help you in the future. Just name a few of them. And if you have any questions, use the discussion of this class and I will help you out again. Thanks for being a part of this community and watching the things I've posting here you for interested? You can always check my other classes. And I see you there. Thank you. 10. FB Group: Hi. Just a quick video to tell that I recently created a Facebook group that you can now join to be part of a community of people who are interested in personal development in constant growth. See you there.