Have you ever heard of the saying ‘practice is perfect’? I’m sure someone would have said that to you at least once in your life! A common expression, often used to motivate someone when they are learning or doing something new to them.
They may need a lot of effort before they can succeed. It’s like learning to ride a bike, learn to drive, take a second language, or cook for the first time. It is rare for anyone to release his first ace.
Whenever you want to start learning something new, I’m sure you always hope that you’ll be able to speed up quickly. But how can you learn faster?
The fact is, sometimes it takes days, months or even years before you can develop self-confidence.
That’s just how learning works. You try, you get information, you learn from it, and then you try again. And each time, you get better and better. Each time you repeat this learning process, you pass a Feedback Loop. You will have to go through many feedback logs before you can use the skill with confidence.
What separates the fast learner from the slow learner is not a natural instinct. Instead, it is because the faster learner understands how they learn, and has a systematic approach to using it at all times to learn a variety of things. They know how to use their Feedback Loop effectively to speed up the learning process.
So the good news for you, is that if you currently want to learn a new skill very quickly, then you just need to learn how to create an active Feedback Loop.
What is a Loopback Loop?
Speaking of feedback, it means getting information about how well you work each time you make an effort to practice or apply a skill. The answer is to tell you what went wrong, or what went well.
Loop Feedback is made up of 3 stages:
Practice / Apply – This is the section where you set out what you want to learn.
Rate – This is the stage where you get information about your performance. This is also the most overlooked category… or unsuccessfully made.
Read – This is the stage where you analyze how well you have performed, and make adjustments to improve and use / reuse.
It is important to identify these 3 stages and place them in each area as you practice new skills.
Most people have only Phase 1 completed, and the vague or complicated process of Phase 2, leading to negative consequences in Phase 3.
A good, smooth cycle will help you continuously make progress with each loop, build consistent progress and improve your understanding of the skill.
How to have a Loopbackback Loop
To ensure that your Feedback Loop is working, you will need to look at three key factors: Consistency, Speed, and Accuracy.
- Remain Steadfast
Consistency means having a standardized approach to obtaining the same quality of response. You need to be able to compare all reading or learning habits to measure, learn and make adjustments. If your answer is consistent, then you will have a hard time figuring out what went wrong or what went wrong.
For example, suppose you are learning to play the guitar. If you play a different song every time you practice it, you will get a very inconsistent answer. Because the difficulty, the rhythm, and the speed of each song are different, you will not have a reliable way of comparing how well you played the current song compared to the last one. Therefore, the best way to learn is to play the same song over and over until you reach a certain skill.
It seems obvious in this case, but it’s just an example. Often learning is difficult because we do not focus on keeping the place or actions in line.
- Hurry up
Let’s move on to the second thing: speed. Having a quick or quick response is important because the longer it takes to get an answer, the longer it will take to improve on the skill. This is why some people spend a lot of time getting used to it, but they progress very slowly.
On the other hand, the best forms of response are almost immediately available. The shorter the time it takes for one Feedback Loop to complete, the better. This is because you will have a lot of effort, which means a lot of progress within the same time.
Therefore, the key to getting a quick response is to take a skill or knowledge and break it down. Try to divide the skill into several parts. They can be pushed down into steps, subskills or processes, or with difficulty.
For example, if the skill you want to learn involves sequencing (i.e.: there is a step-by-step process), you can break your reading down step by step. Create Loop Feedback for each step by step instead of the whole process. Divide processes into different areas that you can focus on and work on each one.
Suppose you are learning to cook. You can categorize this skill by steps, such as finding new and appropriate ingredients, preparing and handling ingredients, preparing condiments and sauces, serving and serving, etc.
Or suppose you want to learn to play soccer. You can point out small skills that make great learning ways to play football, and build logs for each of them. So you can start by learning how to drop the ball, follow by passing, and then shoot.
The third and final feature in the active Feedback Loop, is Accuracy. This means having an answer that shows your performance accurately. Since you are relying on the answer to tell you where it is and where you can improve in the future, this is very important. That’s why measuring feedback is a key skill you have in getting an active Feedback Loop.
- Be Accurate
Finding the accuracy of the answer becomes a common weak spot for many readers, because it is not always easy to define what “accuracy” means.
To get an accurate answer, we must have a way of measuring. The reason we sometimes get a negative response is because we try to measure our progress without measuring our performance. Or, we use incorrect metrics to estimate the response. Worse still, it could be that you have never rated or recorded your performance! Do you remember yourself in a similar situation?
To find areas you can improve, you should be able to compare your current performance with your previous performance. This is done so that you have a basic foundation, or something you can measure, to look at the area of improvement.
Measurement is a way to measure your performance accurately. To measure something means to attach a number to it. This helps to provide insight and consistency when comparing two things. The guesswork answer can give you constructive details that will help you progress within each cycle of the answer loop.
Suppose you are practicing basketball. The first time you pull, your coach tells you you’re doing a good job. Second time, you get better and your coach assures you that you did a great job! Sure, your driving skills have improved – you know, your coach knows it, but how much? And how can you improve your driving skills? Good work compared to good work does not show how well you are doing, and how much better you are.
However, now in the second case, if you can pull the basket down and down the court 4 times continuously without letting the ball slip, your coach will tell you to do a good job. In the second round, your coach now tells you to pull the basketball up and down the court eight times continuously without letting the ball slip. You were able to do that and your coach told you good work! You can now measure your progress by the number of times you have been able to pull a basketball off the court.
With the amount attached to your performance, you can now push yourself forward and learn to drive 16 or more times throughout the basketball court. You can even add new obstacles like dragging across the court with an opponent trying to snatch your basketball. If you win, you can try to break through the court with 2 opponents snatching your basketball, and so on. You can now easily calculate your progress.
Continue to Improve Your Response!
Now that you’re familiar with Feedback Loop, are you ready to use it? What new skill would you like to start in?
Try using all the Feedback Loop sections as you learn this new skill and see for yourself, that your learning improves faster.
It is important to continuously upgrade your Feedback Loop to keep up your momentum, and avoid getting into the law of profit reduction. Improving your Feedback Loop means knowing what to measure next, and what questions you should ask, to find out.
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