Hello everyone, this is Michelle at Revela and we’re going to talk real quick about making learning stick. How do you take information that you’ve just recently listened to or read and actually take action? Apply it? One of the things that we have implemented through several of our programs is that it’s a journaling process. Through various research, and as you can see up here I’ve got several different authors referenced, looking at what are the things we can do that take information from our short-term to our long-term memory. From fluency, something we’re just learning, to mastery.
So there are three key things I want to leave you with today. I’d like you to think about Carol Dweck and your attitude. She talks about growth mindset vs. fixed mindset. When you think about a growth mindset, that’s that belief that we have the ability to learn new skills, to improve and develop our skills, and to continue to grow and learn. Having that mindset in my mind it’s about being curious. Always wanting to learn from someone. When you first go into any environment where it’s very purposeful about learning, it’s about going in with that growth mindset. That positive attitude that there’s information that’s going to challenge how you currently do something and help you be better. One is going to be your attitude.
The second part is going to be active retrieval. Active retrieval is the journal piece component that I brought up earlier. When you have a journal, the goal is as you’re listening and or reading, is to stop at certain points and jot down: What was your most important idea? What stood out to you? Get that in writing. Put it in your own words. The second piece is, what would you see yourself doing? It’s more about visualizing. Whatever it was the best idea or your takeaway. What do you see yourself doing with it? That visualization. Then revisiting every day. What was my best idea and what am I going to do with it today? Even going back and practicing and really reflecting throughout the day. Did I do what I said I was going to work on? If I want to start doing this, did I actually do it? Did I think about it? Did I start doing it? You can even get into a scoring component. When thinking about active retrieval, it’s taking something you’re learning, putting it into your own words, and actually visualizing what you’ll do and start doing it.
The third component is elaboration. Elaboration is when you start telling others. You start talking about it. Another piece that we’ve implemented in our programs years ago was they [participants] will go back and talk with their managers about what they’re learning, what their best ideas are, and what they see themselves doing. They’re talking about it with them and now it’s almost like a teaching component. They’re taking something that they’ve learned, put it into their own words through that active retrieval, and now they are teaching someone and elaborating and putting it into their own words. That component is really important in helping us think about it. It’s first in mind. The more we talk about it, the more we remember.
So, how do you take something that you’re just learning and actually take the material that you’re reading or the sessions that you’re participating in and apply it to what you do? Making learning stick. Create stickiness. Have a growth mindset attitude, have active retrieval, take something you can write down and put it into your own words, visualize what you see yourself doing and start doing it, and then the last one is elaboration. Actually talking about it with others and teaching other people. So the next time you’re at an event that you are learning something new or you’re in a meeting or you’re just working side by side with a co-worker and you identify something that you want to start doing, try practicing those three things.
What are you going to do?
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