How to Be a Better Learner
Keep It Entertaining
Your kids have a built-in motivator: fear of flunking—and subsequent loss of TV privileges. For adults, it’s easy to give up when the endeavor gets too boring or onerous. “Lack of motivation is the number one barrier to adult learning,” says Willingham. His advice: Stay inspired by making things enjoyable. If you’re curious about art history, ditch the dry textbook and sign up for a docent tour at a museum. And reward yourself for the time and effort that you’re investing. If you practice translating Latin poetry for an hour, treat yourself to a pedicure or a favorite snack. “Learning will inevitably feel like work sometimes,” says Willingham, “but it should be fun, too.”
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