The National Training Laboratory has found that people retain only about 10% of what they read, but nearly 90% of what they teach. This is known as the Learning Pyramid. The pyramid suggests that the most effective way to learn is by teaching others.
If you’re looking to retain more information, here are three actionable tips:
- After you've read something share what you've learned with a friend or colleague. That's what this blog here started as - a way for me to accelerate my learning as I'm going back to school.
- Teach someone else - As mentioned earlier, teaching someone else is one of the most effective ways to learn. Find someone who is interested in the topic you’re learning and explain it to them in your own words.
- Encourage sharing at home - As you sit around the dinner table, go around the table and ask each person to share just one thing that they have learned that day.