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9: Developing Learning Strategies

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    We all have problems and barriers that block our progress or prevent us from moving into new areas. Often, the way we respond to our problems places limitations on what we can be, do, and have.

    Problems often work like barriers. When we bump up against one of our problems, we usually turn away and start walking along a different path. All of a sudden—bump!—we’ve struck another barrier. And then we turn away again.

    As we continue to bump into problems and turn away from them, our lives stay inside the same old boundaries. Inside these boundaries, we are unlikely to have new adventures. We are unlikely to keep learning.

    If we respond to problems by loving them instead of resisting them, we can expand the boundaries in which we live our lives.

    The word love might sound like an overstatement. In the context of this module, the word means to unconditionally accept the fact that your problems exist. The more we deny or resist a problem, the stronger it seems to become. When we accept the fact that we have a problem, we can find effective ways to deal with it.

    So, think about what that means to you. Ask yourself what problems you might love:
    Do you feel comfortable reading a large amount of information in a short period?
    Are you confident in your ability to take tests?
    Are you able to remember what you read and hear and then apply it to different situations? Are you able to effectively take notes from what you read and hear?

    Loving a problem does not mean liking it. Instead, loving a problem means admitting the truth about it. This helps us take effective action, which can free us from the problem once and for all.

    In this module, you learn effective strategies for reading, test-taking, remembering (memory), and note-taking so that you can take action on the problems you love.


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