Won’t it be exciting if the pace of your learning could be accelerated?
It can be done if things are done in a step-by-step and clear manner.
There’s nothing astounding to it, but rather a steady approach of handling activities to get much of work done – quickly!
This means, you shape yourself to cultivate a mindset which favors productivity over everything else. You simply follow the right steps, cut-off the unnecessary obstructions in your learning, and hence complete your tasks in lesser time than they might usually take.
We don’t feel a need to mention here the mess that’s created while learning anything new – be it the confusion while grasping new concepts, pile of activities that wait to be finished, or the constant efforts that are needed.
Perhaps, you already know it pretty well.
Is this guide for you?
It’s for both beginners and the learned, so maybe for you, too.
The content isn’t confined to a certain audience. We have put our best efforts to make it work universally for a greater circle of readers.
This guide isn’t a manual containing a list of any technical details or computation complexities. Instead, it holds the right way of dealing with any skills to learn them faster, that’s all.
That being said, we assure you that these words are worth your time. Read on.
Here are the 23 steps for computer science students to learn anything faster
Follow what fascinates you
Nothing’s more exciting than working on what you love. The same is with things in computer science.
The trends keep changing. The jobs that were once considered to be hot just cool down, and some new jobs emerge from nowhere. The change is constant.
People will always be there to tell you about what might the next world-dominating thing capable of turning you into a millionaire, they’ll sometimes even confuse you more than helping you, but it’s your responsibility to find out what you really care about.
If you just dare to throw yourself to what you like doing the most, you’ll surely be less disappointed and worried about your future.
So take your time to find out what attracts you like a magnet, doesn’t make you bored, and what fascinates you each time you do it. If you really have found something that you love then dedicate yourself to it and don’t look back.
You’ll learn faster.
Start with a spark
Ever saw the gleaming faces of a children? They’re hopeful. You can clearly notice their liveliness.
Be like those children.
Get excited about the next thing you’re going to learn, let loose the optimist you’re concealing, and think of all the opportunities that are waiting for you. This attitude definitely helps over a dull belief.
This doesn’t have to anything with computer science in general, we know it, but this mindset definitely works.
Consider the benefits of the next thing you’re going to learn and get ready to plunge into something new. That’s the only way to prepare yourself for some good things that are yet to cross your way.
Keep your cup empty
Most computer science students possess a habit of making some prior assumptions about what they haven’t faced.
They scare themselves to hell by imagining how awful the next thing might be and dread themselves by considering how worse the future can be. Not only this but some of them also start spreading rumors, which makes the situation worse.
These assumptions create an inner resistance which prevents anything from entering into your head because you’ve trained yourself to not understand. So rather learn to keep your cup empty before learning anything new.
Connect the dots
A better way to deal with the habit of posing resistance (although it might sound paradoxical) is to connect the dots and find a link between what you have learned previously.
The concepts get into your mind faster when you grasp them based on your understanding and knowledge, and not assumptions.
Also, keep things easy, as repelling every problem doesn’t solve it. Give yourself some time to adapt to the environment, be patient while you pick up new achievements and learn as you go.
This attitude does less harm than the prior one which keeps interfering the learning process in some way.
Find a link between what you already know and what you need to learn. It can make it easier for you to grasp newer concept, so you’ll not need to start everything from zero.
Celebrate the tiny steps you take
Remember the joy of writing your first “Hello World!” program? Most people do.
The tiny steps you take inspire you to take the bigger leaps by giving you enough confidence. Your belief for doing strengthens with the actions you take which add-up to the account of your experience.
Soon you find yourself in a state where you embrace doing new things and stay prepared for facing whatever you might encounter.
Give yourself a pat on the back whenever you do anything new, do it each time. This impels you to take up new ideas flexibly until it becomes a habit.
Just hook yourself somewhere – that’s enough for a great start!
Once you become curious, you put yourself on a track where there’s barely any stopping. You don’t need anyone to remind you what you must be doing.
To be clear — everything starts running on autopilot.
Yes, you still have to learn and toil, but you do it willingly. You don’t do it because you worry about bad grades or the fear of not getting a decent job, but because you simply wish to know more.
Curiosity fuels most of the great things in the world, there’s no reason it wouldn’t work for you. So become curious about everything, question a lot, and observe what you do from various dimensions.
Learn to love what’s tough
Don’t claim that you can do certain work for a lifetime, no matter how much you love it.
You’re human, you get tired of doing the same things again and again, what you love to do might become boring sometimes, that’s when you need to hold on.
Ask any of the people who have been in their arena since years, they’ll tell you how hard they push themselves for getting things done. No one likes to always spend sleepless nights doing something they aren’t great at, or to labor just to make a living.
The process of learning is just the same – you cannot like everything, yet you need to embrace what isn’t so enchanting, and stick to your work because it’s important.
However, this problem of dealing with hard things can be simplified if you love what you do. You can always change your perspective and deal with what you shun from a different angle.
By doing this, not only you solve your problem by opening doors to learning new abilities, but also reduce the obstructions that block your learning abilities.
Get a smart company and ask for help
A smart company makes you smart. It’s obvious.
Staying amid intellectuals significantly affects your thoughts and habits. You’re benefited by their influence. Once you enter their circle, you cannot stay unaffected.
Most of the geniuses keep a positive atmosphere around them and possess high enthusiasm when it comes to learning, unlike the rest who complain, don’t act, and refuse to get their hands on anything new.
These people are the ones who usually keep themselves involved in some cool things and cannot sit still until they share what they learn. All you have to do is ask them, and they will open up to teach you.
Also, they’re great at solving problems and possess some additional talents which set them apart from others. Their company alone can be of great help.
This simple action of staying among a smart company can be a major factor in polishing your learning abilities.
Make reading a ritual
There’s one habit which is common among the most learned and successful people – Reading.
Reading won’t only help you in learning but also make you aware of several other areas which often stay buried somewhere in your college life, aren’t taught by your teachers, and neither are talked about by your parents.
Reading plays an undeniable role by giving your thoughts a flexibility and completely changing your way of thinking.
If not that, it keeps you updated with the latest trends which sets you apart from the ape-minded people who are totally alien to what’s happening in their field, it improves you personality by making you more open minded, and expands your vocabulary.
And how can it make you learn faster? Get the right books and read a lot. That’s it. What were you expecting?
Read as much as you can. Blogs, books, newspaper articles – almost everything.
Although reading novels and fiction won’t necessarily harm you (maybe lower your grades if you only read them), stick to reading much of the relevant websites and books which teach you about what really matters to you.
The people who raise their hands during a class are usually the most curious ones who wish to learn as much as they can, and they really do learn.
Questioning doesn’t make you dumb, and nor does it make you look dumb. But if you fail to ask enough questions, your doubts won’t vanish, and unfortunately you might remain dumb.
I you don’t get something, ask. Ask about what doesn’t get into your head. You cannot afford to stay an idiot by not questioning. That would be a huge mistake.
Questioning gets you your answers, and having those answers can be crucial in learning faster.
Analyze your needs and situation
Start with the end in mind, define your purpose, and stick to it. It’s simply silly to learn something if you’ve got no purpose to do it, because you cannot manage to go far without a purpose.
The first step towards learning anything is to know where you stand and what your current situation is.
You need to know whether you’re a beginner who needs to starts from zero or a professional who just needs to polish his skills, because your next steps depend on this.
Analyze your situation, specify your needs, and then act. This purpose will fuel your efforts till the end.
Make a well-defined plan
A plan might not necessarily assure your success, but it can certainly prevent you from going astray and save your time spent in confusion.
Make a clear outline of how you will achieve what you want to. If you’re planning to gain an expertise in certain field, then you should likely focus on the relevant things instead of taking up anything randomly.
A plan can be a lifesaver, especially when you’re decisive about what you want to do in future. Your plan will be your map for what you should learn, and help you to focus only on the important things.
Collect the right resources
There’s a difference between the effects of a knife and a chainsaw, right? A huge difference indeed!
Using the right tools alone can skyrocket your pace of work, instantly. Save yourself from the useless hassle by taking out some time to find the right tools for yourself. There’s technology to help you, the tools are better now, so why wouldn’t you use them? Use them.
Not only using the right tools will save your time and make you productive but also save you a lot of extra hard work which can made easier.
Make your goals precise
Unspecified goals don’t get done any sooner, and are a clear sign of indecisiveness.
You’ll keep delaying and postponing your goals till eternity if you don’t know what they are and how will you achieve them. If you already know what you must be doing, then take out some time to make your goals definite so that you can complete them within a certain duration.
Although you haven’t got any deadlines, you are obligated to complete your purpose as soon as possible.
Specific goals instantly get you to work by showing you what you must be doing next. Once you’ve set a mark for yourself, you don’t need to wander in search of ideas or spend your time thinking, but just get to work on what’s already lying incomplete until you finish it.
Don’t be ignorant
Pretend like nothing’s going to happen, and you’ll already have taken your first step towards misery.
Unless you don’t get serious about what you’re doing, your chances of success remain questionable.
What you achieve depends on what you deserve and do, which indeed depends upon how much seriously you take what you do.
You need to be aware to keep yourself mindful in the ever changing and chaotic environment. Because if you don’t, the consequences might be ruinous. It might get too late and you won’t even get a chance to correct yourself.
Maybe that was too much, yet, all that’s said above actually matters.
If we had to give just one piece of advice, then it would be this – rely on yourself.
You can’t always wait to be taught by others or expect to be spoon-fed like a child. Someday you’ll step out of your safe house and do everything on your own.
In the world where no one is there to take your care, your existence depends on how much prepared you are to tackle what’s on your way.
If you’re already used to the situations in which you’ve done things much by yourself and have dealt hands-on with some problems, then you’re less prone to being doomed.
How do you define productivity? Productivity isn’t just about doing work but getting results.
The illusion of work is fatal. It makes you feel like you’re busy doing something important when you’re not. Although you might think that you’ve got a lot to do and you’re buried below a workload of ten tons, you’re actually just justifying your improper work habits.
Productivity is necessary to avoid being trapped in this illusion of working. When you aren’t being productive, you’re doing only the useless things like wasting time, daydreaming, distracting yourself with random stuff or google searching your usual problems within every ten minutes.
Play around with what you learn
There’s no better way to learn things than experimenting with them. Behave like a mad scientist, do different things to your PC and explore your tools (but please don’t blow up the PC itself or format the hard disk).
Practice differently to remember for a long time. That’s how you learn faster.
Doing what others ask you to do is alright, but you’re likely to remember your own thing than what some other person taught you.
Push beyond your limits
Don’t stop after you’ve mastered a couple of skills. If you ever get satisfied with what you’ve learned then your situation might get troublesome in future.
You job is to learn ceaselessly. There’s no end to it. Learning is a part of surviving which has to be carried with you as you progress.
If you’ve accomplished the goals you had aimed for, then set some new ones and work on them, but don’t stop learning.
Don’t restrict yourself to a tiny circle of skills, push yourself a bit, take up new activities, and get involved in what’s necessary to upgrade yourself to a new level.
The biggest struggle while learning anything new is consistency.
It takes less effort to start than doing the same thing each day, consistently. What matters in the long is whether you can hold on to what you’ve started in spite of how badly busy you are and the obstructions that stop you.
Prioritize your tasks. Focus on less. Develop new habits. Find ways to be consistent.
Finish what you start
Cast away your excuses, and just finish what you had started somehow. Anyhow.
In the end, that’s what matters above all. Whether you work like the Flash or behave like a sloth, you have to kill the job you take up.
You don’t need someone to remind you of your responsibility or to torture you. Just be sincere towards what you care about and surrender yourself to it until it’s finished.
Perhaps it’s the most disliked step.
Practicing is about dealing with your problems in the real world instead of just theoretically imagining them.
When you make up your mind to learn a new skill, be prepared to get your hands dirty. Do it joyously.
The reason why some people have flawed and incomplete skills is because they don’t practice enough. They push away the real work.
The boring old truth still holds true – the more you practice, the better you get.
Sorry – no other way out.
‘Do it and forget it.’
Isn’t it a common attitude?
It isn’t your fault if you don’t ever look back at a task after it has been done. But, you should.
It is quite essential to keep up with the skills and hone them again and again. If not revised properly, they fade away as time passes.
You don’t need to start all over again.
Have a quick look at what you had learned, practice it a bit, and get to your current work. That would be enough to keep the concepts fresh in your mind.
It’s the simplest step since your mind will work for you by recalling all that you had once learned.
This keeps what you’ve learned fresh in your mind and prepared you for what you still have to learn.
Tell us what do you do — when tons of tasks overwhelm you and learning seems hard?
Are there any specific steps you take? We’d love to listen.
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