Trying to learn a new skill? New research has found that you can cut the time in half that it takes to acquire a new skill with one simple change: change your practice repetition.

Learning a new skill requires patience and repetition, but not just any kind of repetition. Researchers at Johns Hopkins found that iterative reputation is much more effective than normal reputation. By modifying practice sessions, participants were found to learn a new computer-based motor skill quicker than straight repetition. This referred to as reconsolidating which is a process by which, “existing memories are recalled and modified with new knowledge.” Johns Hopkins University professor Pablo Celnik told Fast Coexist that,

What we found is if you practice a slightly modified version of a task you want to master, you actually learn more and faster than if you just keep practicing the exact same thing multiple times in a row.

This new research can be of useful to remodelers trying to learn a new skill in a short amount of time. Each job is different and it’s important to continue to expand ones skill set.

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