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Learn to learn ! Yes, but how ?


Learning means “taking, grasping”. That is, “to grasp by the spirit”. It’s about understanding. We will discuss the conditions for autonomy in learning and conclude with some good practices.

Learn to search for everything you don’t know on Google

We have gradually forgotten the days when we had to go to the library to acquire knowledge. Since then, the Internet has arrived and we have experienced a paradigm shift. New knowledge access practices have emerged and the Internet has become an essential source of information.

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We have moved from a world where everything we didn’t know had many values to a world where knowledge is available from our smartphone

As a result, people’s power has increased considerably, but bad habits have remained persistent. Indeed, despite the technical means at our disposal, many avoid searching by themselves and give up. This is a pity because most of the answers to our questions are somewhere on the Internet.

Learn to have self-confidence

Self-confidence is about overcoming shyness. It is essential to progress. In entrepreneurship, you have to make decisions and face the unknown and difficulties. It is a risk taking that requires going out of your comfort zone.

Success is conditioned by the degree of self-confidence

The risk is more or less high depending on the type of business you want to create. For example, the entrepreneur of a franchise will take less risk than the one who wants to create a new concept. Also, the unconvinced entrepreneur will have difficulty convincing others. Barriers that can be overcome thanks to many methods and support from personal development to find this self-confidence.

Learn to be motivated and find your routines

To be disciplined, you must first be motivated. Without motivation, there is no discipline. It also requires defining objectives and breaking them down according to the complexities of the problem to be solved. In this way, you build a vision of the steps to be taken. When you enter a new field, it’s like meeting a wall, no matter how hard you try to cross it, all you can do is hurt yourself.

If you reduce the complexity of a problem by removing brick by brick, you will gradually manage to cross this initially impassable wall

Routines, yes, but you have to keep them! It is better that they are simple and have few. It is difficult to keep your routines if they become constraints.

Learn to never stop learning

It is essential to continually learn to enjoy yourself. Curiosity is part of the desire to learn. It helps to develop creativity, decision-making, critical thinking, knowledge of opportunities, etc. It is a life-saving component of learning.

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Never stop learning because life never stops teaching

Teaching is a good learning method because it strives for excellence. Indeed, discipline requires a good understanding to correctly answer the questions asked by students. But teachers or experts are confronted with their ignorance when they find themselves outside their field. They become students again.

Learning through the eyes of neurosciences

It is a discipline that aims to explain how the human brain works. This is a rather difficult task because the brain is a complex organ composed of billions of neurons.

Neural plasticity makes the human brain an organ that adapts throughout our lives

This science has identified the 4 pillars of learning :

  1. Attention : In other words, concentration. It requires staying alert and filtering useful information. The teacher or textbook is responsible for directing attention so that students are not lost. And finally, it is an executive control to inhibit any ineffective behaviour such as wanting to perform two tasks at the same time. These three conditions prevent the dispersion of attention.
  2. Active engagement : The brain does not learn by remaining passive. But paradoxically, the more difficult the learning conditions are, the better the attention.
  3. Feedback : inevitable for learning, Failure is fertile in new opportunities. That is why it should not be sanctioned. Neuroscience thinks the cortex would learn from his predictions. That is, it would process its errors to improve the following predictions. A system of iterations in 4 steps: prediction, feedback, correction, new prediction.
  4. Consolidation of learning : All learning requires a conscious effort at the outset. But gradually, the brain will achieve automation by releasing the prefrontal cortex so that it becomes available again. Finally, sleep plays an important role in consolidation. Neuroscience has discovered that by allowing a person to sleep for a few moments, performance measurement is improved. During sleep, the brain puts in order the new information it has received.

Some good practices

  • Taking notes : It is always easier to memorize in time with notes. More like a notebook because the leaves are flying and getting lost. In the days following the end of the training, it is important to take your notes again to classify them and order them on a certain number of skills. The same will happen in your head or at least you will be able to quickly find the information. However, there are a few people who can have exceptional auditory memory. If this is your case, then you are not necessarily concerned by this practice.
  • Ask yourself a lot of questions : Reworking information makes it easier to learn and memorize. If you can’t remember something you learned, then it indicates that you haven’t assimilated it properly. It is a technique that has the merit of making you deepen your subjects.
  • Making metaphors : This is an exercise in imagination where the use of images is very effective. Memorization is made easier because it appeals to emotions rather than reason. You have already read one earlier in this article. You may have read one earlier in this article. Remember what I wrote. To solve complex problems, I used the image of removing brick by brick the wall you want to cross.

And what are your techniques for learning ?


Dehaene Stanislas “Les quatre piliers de l’apprentissage, ou ce que nous disent les neurosciences” Paris innovation review, published on November 7, 2013, online article :

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