How Can You Manage Your Time When You Need to Learn Something

How can you manage your time when you need to learn something?

For many people, adding time for learning into your schedule can be daunting.  Attending classes can already take up two or three hours plus travel time.  And the homework can take up to 3 hours per 1 hour of  class time or more depending on the topic and the necessary research.  Sometimes the schools can tell you the radio of study time to class time – some courses, of course, are more time consuming than others.

The first step is to assess whether or not you have the time already available.  If so, where will you fit the classes and studying in? Write it down.   If not, what will you have to give up in order to fit it in?  This way you can make the necessary arrangements before classes begin.

The second step is finding the right  instructor.  Before registering, inquire as to whether or not you can sit in on a class by the instructor.  Why?  Because if you get an instructor you cannot understand, then it’ll be a waste of time.  Let me relay a story to you.

As an adult, I desperately wanted to learn to downhill ski.  I’d seen in movies and magazines the scenic beauty of this sport and it seemed like great fun.  So I signed up for a class.

The first night, I was excited.  The thrill of skiing!  By the end of the night, I was black and blue!

The next day, my boss asked me how the lessons went.  I told him it was a bust.  He took the time to talk about it and suggested I call the school to ask for another instructor for one private lesson.  I hesitated.  I wanted to learn how to ski more than I was concerned about “hurting the instructor’s feelings” so I called the ski school and talked to them.  They agreed.

A couple nights later, back on the ski hill, I was a little scared to say the least.  Louise asked me what my issues were.  I didn’t know because I didn’t understand what I didn’t understand.  Slowly and gently, she showed me step-by-step how to handle the T-Bar, how to get on and off, how to plow down the bunny hill and then how to parallel ski.  So far so good.  In less than 20 minutes, I was skiing the regular hill and wasn’t falling every two feet either!  Eureka!  I could ski!!!

The right instructor means not wasting time.  If you don’t have the right instructor, move on to another instructor or another school – it’ll save you a lot of time, money and frustration!

The third step is to buy the books as soon as possible and review them before the course begins.  It’ll give you a head start on the vocabulary and an overview of the material.

Then . . . . enjoy the process.  Learning is a great adventure and a satisfying one!  If you set yourself up in your calendar ahead of time and take these two additional steps, you’ll feel more relaxed and confident in your ability to complete the program.

Have fun!

Lorraine Arams
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