Learning Agility

5 Tips to Improve Learning Agility

We are living in a world filled with rapid change and uncertainty, where learning agility has fast become one of the most sought-after skills a person can have… But can we increase learning agility?

The short answer to this question is yes, but in order for us to increase our learning agility we need to train our brain to be more agile.

 

What exactly is learning agility?

Learning agility has been defined so many ways by so many people, but simply put, is the ability to learn from experience and quickly adapt to new situations. You might also say it’s the ability to learn, unlearn and quickly relearn.

Individuals with high levels of learning agility are able to reflect on their experiences, identify patterns of commonality and adapt what they’ve learned to a new situation.

 

Tips for Improving Your Learning Agility

Retrospectives: Whether you refer to it as a retrospective, debrief or post-mortem, conducting a regular reflection on how you are working is a great practice for individuals and organisations alike.Here are a few questions to consider for your retrospectives:
  • How did I perform?
  • What worked and what didn’t work?
  • What should I be doing more and less of?
  • What should I be doing differently?
  • What did I learn?
Retrospective should be regular, as they encourage participation, sharing of ideas and views. They should be focused on doing things better!
Journaling: Journaling provides a wide array of benefits, including; coping with anxiety and stress, clarifying thoughts and ideas, increased focus and motivation towards goals and enhanced memory recall and retention.Here are a few questions to consider for your journal entries:
  • What happened during…?
  • How did I react?
  • How did I feel?
  • How would I like to feel?
  • What did I learn? 
It’s important that you are completely honest with yourself when journaling, and that you make it a regular occurrence. Set aside 10 minutes a day!
Reading: Read. Read. Read some more. Reading helps to stimulate the brain, reduce stress, increase knowledge, improve concentration and build stronger analytical and problem-solving skills.Here are a few questions to consider asking after you have read something: 
  • What message was the author trying to get across?
  • What did I like or dislike about the article/comment/story?
  • How did this article/comment/story resonate with me?
  • What questions would I like to ask the author?
  • What did I learn?
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” — Dr. Seuss
Puzzles: Whether it be a classical jigsaw puzzle or Candy Crush, solving puzzles play an important role in enhancing our learning agility as they help to improve short-term memory, increase attention to detail, enhance our problem-solving skills and visual-spatial reasoning.Here is a collection of puzzles for you to consider:
  • Sudoku
  • Jigsaw Puzzles
  • Candy Crush
  • Scrabble
  • Rubik’s Cube
  • Tetris 
Puzzles help produce dopamine, a neurotransmitter that promotes a positive mood, better concentration, improved memory and good motor skills.
Stretching: No. I’m not referring to what you do before and after exercise, but the principal is similar. Stretching refers to pushing boundaries and taking risks where ambiguity and uncertainty pushes you out of your comfort zone.
  • Stretching requires experimentation and testing of assumptions.
  • Stretching helps break the psychological barrier around failure.
  • Stretching provides valuable learning lessons.
  • Stretching requires you to be open-minded.
  • Stretching helps build confidence.

 

Conclusion

We learn something new every day... The speed at which we learn and are able to adapt to different scenarios is dependent on our how we have trained our brain. The above tips are by no means the conclusive list, but will help kickstart your training regime.