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March 19, 2024

How to Improve at Learning New Skills

Embarking on the journey of learning new skills is like navigating unexplored waters; it takes courage, persistence, and a willingness to try new things. For students and graduates alike, becoming proficient in new skills is incredibly important.

But it’s not just about trying something completely unfamiliar or taking a new course. Learning new skills can be tough, like breaking bad habits, but there are ways to make it easier.

Generally, architecture students already have a number of skills. It could take the form of photography, art, interior design, or even film and media. Studying architecture is like a mix of all these skills, along with designing spaces. However, learning to design spaces is a process that involves trying different things and studying different architectural styles or ways of building. Skills can also open up new career opportunities if you get really good at them. For example, when I started this blog, I had to learn new skills like managing social media and creating content. Having these extra skills made me more valuable to my employer because I could do more.

Learning new skills is different for everyone. Some people pick things up easily, while others take more time. The important thing to remember is that you don’t have to be perfect at a skill right away. It can take a long time to get good at something, and that’s okay. Instead of trying to be perfect, it’s better to think about how you learn best.

When it comes to learning new skills, there are a few different ways to go about it. One way is to turn it into a habit. Habits are things you do regularly without really thinking about them. If you want to turn a habit into a skill, you must do it regularly over time. For example, you could make a habit of sketching for 15 minutes every day. Making it easy to do your new habit can help too. Instead of making it complicated, keep it simple.

Once you’ve turned your habits into skills, you can showcase them in your portfolio. For example, if you’ve practised hand drawing a lot, you can include some of your drawings in your portfolio. Another important part of learning new skills is managing your time well. You don’t have to rush, but setting goals for yourself can help. You can start small, like using a timer or scheduling time in your calendar. It can be hard to find time for new things when you’re busy, but learning a new skill can be fun and rewarding if you make time for it.

Practicing regularly is also important. You don’t have to be perfect, but the more you practice, the better you’ll get. Sometimes, hobbies can turn into useful skills without you even realising it. For example, if you enjoy making things, you might already have some skills that could be useful in your work. You can learn new skills at any stage of life, whenever you’re ready. It’s okay to start small and take your time. Learning new things should be enjoyable, not stressful. So if you’re thinking about learning a new skill, go for it! Take it one step at a time and see how it goes.

 

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