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Helping You Learn to Learn

There are several things that you can do to maximize your learning

For older job seekers, it’s not unusual to need to brush up on various business skills – especially technology skills. And it’s not unusual when learning new technology to be so overloaded with information that very little of it actually sticks.

So what good was taking the course if you’re not going to be able to retain much of what’s presented? And how can you be certain that you’re getting a good return on your investment? (Even if the course is free, you’re still investing your time and energy into learning something.)

One of the best ways to maximize your end-result retention is to take the course (together or separately) with a colleague or your job-search buddy and compare notes. You will be more likely to pay closer attention and take better notes so as not to be embarrassed in front of your buddy. And vice versa.

That is what’s known as a win-win.

If you don’t have someone to take the course with, force yourself to review everything in the class with your spouse, significant other, or close friend. According to, if you just watch a lecture you could retain as little as five percent of the content. But, if you discuss the subject with someone else, your retention rate could be as high as 50 percent; and if you have the opportunity to teach it to others, now your retention rate could soar to as high as 90 percent.

Often times spouses and friends will ask, “What can I do to help you in your search?” If you discuss your class with them or attempt to teach them what was in the course, it certainly benefits you, but you may be helping them as well.

That’s another win-win.


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