Learn Something New in 30 Days or Less
If you've always wanted to learn something new, find out how you can do it in a lot less time.
Once we get past the New Year's weight loss and financial goals, it seems that what people most want to do is learn new stuff. We're generally put off or give up easily because we think we don't have the time. Actually you just need to give up a little bit of your TV watching or internet time to become good at most things. So what are some of the most popular things that people want to learn? Much to my surprise people want learn cooking, another language, knitting, playing the guitar, touch typing and coding. I've included some resources to get you started on a few of these.
You Can Learn Something in 30 Days
Matt Cutts: Try something new for 30 daysVideo / ByMatt Cutts
Are there things that you've always wanted to do but never got round to - why not try it for 30 days. Matt Cutts wrote a book, gave up sugar and biked to work during his 30 day challenges. As his challenges became more difficult he also noticed that his confidence grew, and instead of the days, weeks and months just flying by, they became more memorable.
How to Learn Anything Fast
The First 20 Hours - How to Learn AnythingVideo / ByJosh Kaufman
The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything ... FastBook / ByJosh Kaufman
Josh Kaufman has tested his 20 hours method by learn programming, yoga, touch typing, windsurfing and the ukulele. His four major steps for rapid skill acquisition are; deconstruction of a skill, learning, removing barriers and practising for at least 20 hours.
How we Learn
How to Remember What You ReadVideo / ByHowcast
If you're going to be learning something new, you'll probably be doing a bit of reading. Here are some tips to help you retain what you're reading. For a start you can stop highlighting - it does not help you remember facts. Instead write down what you would want to remember while verbally repeating it to help commit to memory.
The Science Behind How We Learn New SkillsArticle / ByThorin Klosowksi
Don't try and cram all your learning over a few days. Shorter periods of learning over a longer period of time is more effective. When we learn is also key, it seems that learning before bed time helps with information retention, as does applying your new skills everyday.
Learn a New Language
DuolingoApp / ByLuis von Ahn
Learn to Cook in 24 Hours
Jamie's Ministry of FoodBook / ByJamie Oliver
In keeping with the idea of learning stuff in as little time as possible, here's some help from Jamie to turn you into a competent cook in 24 hours. This book is aimed at the reluctant cook, those who would rather have a take-away or pre-prepared meal. There are step-by-step instructions as well as guidance on the equipment you will need for each recipe. There a lots of basic/starter recipes which you can then add to and build on to create something amazing. There are also some twenty minute dishes which are worth ditching the take-aways for.
Learn How to Play the Guitar
Play Ten Guitar Songs with Two Easy ChordsVideo / ByAndy Crowley
Knitty Gritty: Knitting for the Absolute BeginnerBook / ByAneeta Patel
When learning knitting what you need are pictures, pictures and more pictures - this book does that very well. It truly is a knitting book for the complete novice. You start off with the requisite chunky scarf and before you know it you'll be reading knitting patterns like a pro and creating baby booties and fingerless wrist-warmers.