Encoding

The first step in the learning process for any new information is encoding.  This is the process by which new memories are incorporated into the brain.  The most important rule to remember here is that you want new information to be as connected as possible to other parts of your brain.  This means that you should aim to use as much of your brain power as possible at once.  This is contrary to what most people practice when using rote repetition.  I call this process whole brain thinking/learning and it’s very effective.

Adapting to a better encoding process is something that takes time to adjust to.  That’s why I find it most effective to make a daily training regimen to follow fora  set period of time.  This is exactly what I created for my training system in a series of what are called neurobic exercises.  These exercises help to create new neural connections and pathways that build whole brain thinking.  There are many ways to practice this concept with different memory techniques.  Techniques such as the memory palace, linking, and mind mapping are just a few of them.

Recall

If you don’t want your new memories to be lost to the void, you need to review them a few times.  Elaborate encoding and whole brain learning dramatically shorten the time it takes to make a long term memory.  But especially as you’re just getting started, you need to practice active recall as well.  Spaced repetition is the most effective technique for accomplishing this goal.  It’s very simple to practice and you should definitely check out the links below to learn more.

Anki – Spaced Repetition Flash Cards

The Leitner System

Retrieval

The final step of the learning process is to actually implement the knowledge you are learning.  Information is great, but what use is it if you don’t put it into action?  You have to think creatively about how you can apply anything you learn to your business, career, or life.  So take out a journal and start writing down a few notes every time you finish reading a chapter or a book.