Everyone can study through any sort of text and learn the principles it is trying to teach. But how many of us can read through a text book just once and then go out and apply in real life what we’ve attempted to learn? I’d argue that you’d be hard pressed to find people who are that good at translating textbook materials into real life practices without serious direction.
What if you were given that focus before you began reading? What implication does that make? My thought is that you’d gain a more practical application to the material you’re attempting to learn. You’ll find greater depth of understanding through creating immediate application with the material as you read.
An example of this is when I was reading through a free eBook (Four Steps to Creating Content for a Social Media Community) offered by Radian6. The eBook gives great advice about creating and managing a longterm social media strategy for your organization. As I read, I discovered that I was more engaged in the reading as I applied what I was learning to my own social media community. The principles of each section became firmly planted in my mind.
I believe the more you allow yourself to engage in your studies, whatever they may be, you’ll find great understanding and success as you immerse yourself in immediate application.
What strategies have you learned that improve you mastery of a subject?