Throughout your career, you will be asked to participate in a work meeting, or you will be assigned a problem solution or promoted. All these situations are opportunities to learn something more. The challenge is to minimize the learning curve so that it can provide quick results and make it more efficient.
I propose you the following five points for you to be more efficient; carry out them in the proposed order ensures you achieve the goal,
5 Steps to master any topic
You could carry out more than one step simultaneously, to accelerate the learning and mastery of the subject under consideration.
You can do it on a sheet of paper, or if you prefer, in electronic using tools that you can find on the Internet.
You need to know all the words related to the topic to be discussed so, you should read all the documentation you have on hand, and in it underline the words you do not know, either by meaning or by the context in which they are used, as well You will be able to establish the size of knowledge that you still need to at least have specific doubts about the subject. Knowing how much you still need to learn will help you to size up the effort you will have to apply. If you do not know enough to have doubts, then you ignore everything
Begin your learning by consulting all the words you have identified as keywords, use language dictionaries and specialized dictionaries, academic documents, industry reports, videos, and podcast related to the topic.
2. Analyze sintax
Remember basic syntax classes so you can identify the statements, the subjects, the predicates; to be able to decompose the predicates into verb, direct object, and indirect; classify words in nouns, adjectives, and adverbs. This is useful to understand complete ideas within the documentation, and to identify and classify with certainty the doubts that you would have after reading. This analysis will help you answer the key questions:
What ?, Why ?, For what ?, How ?, Who ?, When ?, Where ?, How much?
3. Make diagrams
Diagrams eases you view at high level the information and its organization, in addition you will be able to consult and maintain it quickly.
You could make some or all the following diagrams
Now that you have clarity about the vocabulary, you can create a conceptual map that will help you graphically link the nouns you consider most important, and identify doubts you have regarding how they relate to each other.
This maps identifies the main idea and its relationship with the secondary ideas that sustain it, while you elaborate it you will identify the ideas that still seem isolated.
Flow ChartIt is the easiest diagram to do, it represents the steps that must be performed to process material inputs or information and obtain a desired result. This diagram could omit the duration of each step and the roles responsible for carrying them out.
This diagram is use to represent the sequence of actions and allows you to place them in time and, based on this, give priority to the doubts that may arise.
On the other hand, with these diagrams you will understand the information, or the data are transformed to achieve the results of the topic you are trying to master as well, what are the procedures through which this transformation is achieved, how long they take and which are taken to out in parallel.
This diagram is made to know who is doing what, where, with whom, at what time and what is the scope of action of the different participants, identify roles, positions, and their level of influence. Take into account that participants can not only be people but systems, or entities such as the market, the stock exchange, the media, etc. This diagram could replace the process because it includes both responsible and the temporal sequence of their activities, however, take into account that being oriented to the participants, you could be representing procedures instead of processes .
4. Collect doubts
While you were carrying out the previous points, you were accumulating doubts, it is time to group them like this:
In general, the documentation you will read uses words both for their meaning and for the concept they represent in the context of the topic. In the first point you already identified the words that you did not know and you already occupied yourself by knowing the meanings, however it is possible that you are still not clear about the concept they are representing in the topic you are studying.
Doubts about ideas
It is not clear to you how a noun performs a certain action, or at what moment a certain action is carried out, who performs a certain action, what are the inputs that the procedures require, which ones and what their outputs are for.
You still have unresolved questions about the sequence of steps to take to transform inputs, about the usefulness of what an action produces, what some of the participants do, or what a certain tool is for.
5. Consult doubts
Now that you have your doubts organized, you can consult with the experts. The experts are authors of books, so you could look in the physical or electronic library of your choice, there will also be experts near you, maybe they are several, some in relation to some ideas, others to concepts, and obviously you could resort to the different participants of the topic to be discussed. In any case, your questions will be more clear, direct and explicit, because you will have solid bases to raise them.
With these five points you will have a broad knowledge of the subject, or the problem. You will quickly learn everything that is at your disposal, and you will be able to ask the right questions to find the solutions, to detect risks, and to continue learning