The Best Way To Learn A New Skill Fast

Why this counter-intuitive process is one of the fastest ways to learn.

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How Teaching Can Help Us Learn

One of the fastest ways that I’ve ever learned to master a new skill is to start teaching it as soon as possible. I’m using the term “teaching” broadly here, to mean any method of instructing others: from conducting a lecture to writing an essay explaining what you learned.

The Benefits of Teaching

There are several reasons that teaching is such a powerful tool for learning:

  • You can learn an immense amount from your students, particularly if you’re teaching a live class.
  • Forcing yourself to explain concepts in simple terms will help boost your own comprehension of the material.
  • New concepts will become more ingrained in your memory through repetition: you’ll be exposed to them once as you learn them, once as you prepare a lesson, and once as you deliver it. Editing and revisions can add even more exposure.

Where to Teach

For many concepts that I’ve learned, I’ve had the benefit of being able to teach in live classrooms, but this option isn’t always available (particularly during a pandemic).

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I’m a lawyer and teacher from North Carolina. I write about sobriety, mental health, running, and more.

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