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You’re Never Too Old to Learn


Laura Kew has been researching later learning for Top Test, a company that offers free online driving theory tests Some of her research covers a number of interesting aspects...

‘You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.’ How many times have you heard that saying? As adults, some of us may be regretting skills that we did not learn when we were younger. Is it really too late to learn now? Most of the time, the answer to this question is no. Often, it is only our fear of trying new experiences that hinder us from trying out new things.

Learning how to drive a car, ride a bike, or swim are just some of the basic things some adults fail to do in their teen years. There’s nothing to be ashamed of and, in fact, some skills can be easier to learn today, with online learning aids. If you’re preparing for your driver theory test, you can take practice tests online.

You’re Never Too Old to Learn
The first thing to do is visualize yourself doing the new skill that you want to learn. This will help you feel motivated about starting something new. Think about your end goal and how it will improve your life. Your personal goals do not have to be something big. It can be as simple as learning how to cook a dish, solving the Rubik’s Cube in a specific number of minutes, or juggling.

Know how you learn best
Every person has a different learning style, and knowing what is suitable for you can be a big plus when learning something new. Are you a visual person? Are you more inclined towards practical learning? These are questions you have to ask yourself to know what best suits your personality.

Practice, practice, practice
When you know what your end goal is, take time to practice, practice, and practice! Invest time in learning the skill and make it a routine to do it regularly. As time passes, you will see that doing it is easier than when you first started. Every effort you put into your new skill is a step towards your end goal.

Join groups
Another way to make it easier for you to learn is to join groups or attend lessons and seminars. For some people, learning is easier when done with a group of people. You can help each other progress, and discuss and share tips on learning. Moreover, you will be able to find new friends who share the same interest.

Be creative
Learning doesn’t necessarily mean reading books about your new interest. Be creative! Look for different ways that will make learning more fun for you. Visit museums, go on tours, or talk to people who are already good at the skill you are trying to learn. You can be surprised at how much you can learn by doing these fun activities.

Contrary to what many people believe, learning is not necessarily better when we are younger. As adults, we have experienced more in life and this can be an advantage when learning a new skill. We can use the experiences we have and be strategic on how we can learn. Now is the time to think about what you’ve been intending to do for a long time. Be confident, believe in your capabilities, and go and learn something new!

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