by Melanie Greene


Learning can happen in formal settings, such as on training courses, or through e-learning or coaching, or simply as a day-to-day process. You might be

  • Studying towards a formal qualification
  • Developing a particular skill or area of knowledge
  • Just wanting to maximise your learning in order to continuously develop yourself.

This topic covers ways of making learning easier and more enjoyable. Partly this comes about through understanding which type of learning techniques to apply to each particular subject. If you are memorising something, for example, mistakes are dangerous because it is all too easy to learn the error instead of the correct fact; on the other hand, if you need to understand something, mistakes can help to broaden and deepen understanding.

Knowing how to learn is as important these days as what you learn. We all need to know basic learning skills such as how to use planning and learning logs so that we make the most of our experience, how to accept and make the most of feedback and, above all, how to recognise our own learning style preferences and expand our learning methods to complete the learning cycle, making ourselves into successful learners.

In times of change learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.

Eric Hoffer