Many of the ideas discussed on this Wiki relate to learning new skills, such as mental arithmetic or memory techniques. Learning new skills takes lots of time and practice, so it's worth looking for ways to learn as efficiently as possible. This page aims to summarise key principles that you can use to speed up learning a new skill. Many of these principles are applicable to a very wide range of skills - learning a musical instrument, learning to calculate, learning a language, learning a martial art or sport - anything where we need to "program" our brains with something new.

Key principles are:


This is an initial stab at summarising key principles of optimising learning. I'd be interested in finding more information on this topic - I'm sure there must be thousands of scientific studies in this area of psychology that could be used to back up (or maybe refute!) the ideas I've put above. -- ThufirHawat, September 2008