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"Still lie the sheltering snows, undimmed and white;
And reigns the winter's pregnant silence still;
No sign of spring, save that the catkins fill,
And willow stems grow daily red and bright.
These are days when ancients held a rite
Of expiation for the old year's ill,
And prayer to purify the new year's will."
Helen Hunt Jackson, A Calendar of Sonnet's: February
Learn English in February

Marianne's 8am Tuesday 12 November session: "How to get better at the things you care about"

mheredgemheredge Posts: 41,862 ✭✭✭✭
Do you feel that even though you are working hard, you are not improving as much as you would like?

Most of us go through life trying to do our best at whatever we do, but don't always feel we improve much despite the amount of time spent working hard at them. To avoid this problem, you should alternate between the learning zone and the performance zone.

The learning zone is when our goal is to improve, concentrating on what we haven't mastered and where we expect to make mistakes, knowing we will learn from them.

The performance zone is when the goal is to do something as best as we can, concentrating on what we have already mastered, minimizing mistakes.

Research shows that after the first couple of years working in a profession, performance usually plateaus. This has been shown to be true in teaching, general medicine, nursing and other fields. It occurs because once we think we have become good enough, we stop spending time in the learning zone and focus on just doing our job. This turns out not to be a great way to improve.

Those who continue to spend time in the learning zone continue to improve. The best salespeople at least once a week do activities with the goal of improvement. They read to extend their knowledge, consult with colleagues, try out new strategies, request feedback and reflect.

The best chess players spend a lot of time not playing games of chess (their performance zone), but trying to predict the moves grand masters made and analyzing them (learning zone).

We need to know when we seek to learn, and when we seek to perform, the more time we spend in the learning zone, the more we'll improve.

How to spend more time in the learning zone?
First, believe and understand that we can improve - a growth mindset.
Second, want to improve at that particular skill.
Third, have an idea about how to improve, what we can do to improve.
Fourth, be in a low-stakes situation, because if mistakes are to be expected, then the consequence of making them must not be very significant.


If I can quote from @Shiny03 'The more we learn, the more we understand how little we know.' I think if we understand this, then we will never stop learning and can constantly improve.

@Shiny03, @nidhii, @Alexandra, @ech0pandit, @Paulette, @Glorian what skills do you want to improve?

How do you think you can improve?


  • AlexaAlexa Posts: 23 ✭✭
    If we want to grow in some direction, we have continue to lern . Otherwise we will stuck on the same level .
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 41,862 ✭✭✭✭
    Absolutely right @Alexa. What's more, learning new things all the time makes life so much more interesting.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 41,862 ✭✭✭✭
    'We need to know when we seek to learn, and when we seek to perform, the more time we spend in the learning zone, the more we'll improve.'

    Vocabulary today:

    current affairs - things happening now
    current - present
    affairs - events
    on-the-job training - learning while doing
    crash course - intensive course
    a know-all - person who thinks they know everything
    status quo - the present situation, no change
    rote learning - learn by heart, memorizing, like a parrot

    We discussed how becoming proficient in languages needs theory and practical. Some people are better at picking up languages just by hearing, but still need grammar.

    @Nidhii, @paulette, @Taghried, @Shiny03, @hemza, @Alexandra

  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,315 mod
    Hi @Alexa - Here is your correction:-

    If we want to grow in some direction, we have continue to learn . Otherwise we will be stuck at the same level.
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,315 mod
    edited November 2019
    I believe you have to push yourself too.
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