Oprah Winfrey famously said, “Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom.” While many people have attributed this quote to more formal systems of education, the fact is that we’re all enmeshed in the school of life — it’s just part of being human. No matter where you’re at in your career, there is always ongoing formal and informal study. Whether it’s adapting to the latest software update or completing professional development, knowing more about how you learn and synthesise information can position you to be miles ahead of where you want to be.
We argue that the concept of ‘studying smarter’ is a metaphor for much more than getting through a course. In fact, many of the skills we develop in formal learning environments carry over to our workplaces and even our passion projects or hobbies. When we understand how our minds work, we’re much better positioned to get the most out of everything we do. Further to this, the foundation of learning we’re coming from can actually be more important than the teaching of the content. Studies show that after one hour in a learning environment, retention of information decreases by at least half anyway!
From here, it’s imperative that every person actually puts more focus on their individual traits, habits, and aptitudes to design their own pathway towards better learning. This kind of critical approach actually frees you up to get even more out of the work you have to get chasing your goals to see you working smarter, not harder. To build upon this topic in more depth, Study Medicine Europe shared this infographic to help show you, ‘How To Study Smarter By Discovering Your Learning Style’. They’ve done the legwork of investigating the science of learning and then made recommendations for transferring these techniques to tasks for enhanced productivity. Read on for the full graphic below!