Learning a new skill is never easy. First off, you have to find the courage to go ahead and do it. It is understandably a daunting thing trying to learn something new. But once you’re over that hurdle, what next? How can you effectively go about learning the skill properly? How can you make doing so affordable, and take up the right amount of time? Here is a guide to a number of different ways to you can go from learning a new skill to mastering it in no time!
Get a mentor
Try and find a mentor; somebody already working or practicing in the skill you wish to learn. If you want to learn how to write poetry, how about writing to some of your favorite poets? If you want to know how to dismantle cars and put them back together again, ask a local mechanic if you can be a casual apprentice. Be direct in your approach; beating around the bush will only waste their time. Don’t be disheartened if a few people reject you at first. This is totally normal. It is far more likely to be down to things like their own schedule or workload than you.
eBooks are a fantastic source of knowledge and information. Unlike normal books, which only a few lucky people get to have published, lots more people have access to ebook publishing. This is because they can take the publishing into their own hands! These writers have a previous, real-life experiences that they can share with you. Tradebit is one place where you can source and download eBooks of this nature. When choosing one to help you learn your new skill, read the blurb carefully. That way you will know you are getting exactly what you are after.
Take a class
Unless the class is free, taking lessons in your new skill may be too expensive for some. However, the benefits are obvious. You can really focus yourself on the task at hand, and will have a real opportunity for regular learning. It is also a great place for meeting new and like-minded people, and even a few friends.
By teaching yourself, we don’t just mean grab do a bit of learning here and there. It means setting out what is effectively lessons for yourself. Make a schedule, and have ‘lessons’ at the same time every week. Stick with it for the same amount of time each session. So, let’s say you want to learn piano, but don’t want to pay for private tuition. Every Tuesday and Thursday night, practice for two hours at a time. This level of discipline will have you learning in no time!
Go back to school
It could be that the skill you want to learn is one that you lead to a career? Maybe you want to be that car mechanic we mentioned above. Or perhaps you’ve always loved the idea of becoming a midwife, for example. To pursue these things, and learn these skills, you’ll need to go back to school. Don’t let this scare you though. Part time courses are becoming more and more common, and you may be able to find funding also.