The continuous CAD education strengthens your skills, increases your pay and proofs your career.
But the only problem is Time and its management.
Besides work, CAD professionals have their own lives and commitments inside the office that prevent them from spending vast sums of time on extra training.
There is only 24 hours in a day for all, but ongoing mechanical engineeringeducation shouldn’t compromise work, family or sleep.
We share with you some tips to how to learn better and faster :
1. Employ the Feynman Technique:
Nobel Prize winning physicist Richard Feynman has his name to a technique that makes learning technical topics easier. In short, make it so easy you could teach it to a layman. Here’s how to do it:
- Note out explanation of new ideas ,skills or concept as if explaining it to a new student.
- Consult your reference materials any time you can’t explain any part of a topic.
- Revise your explanation on paper until each of the topic is accurate, clear and jargon-free.
- But remember to simplify the language in the second round of revision.
The result is knowledge that you understand, retain and can actually communicate clearly to others.
2.Revisit notes while you read
Though professional knowledge comes from books; but reading all of them is part of the equation. So create a simple notation system that helps you:
- Identify relevant sections in the text.
- Designate important points in the book
- Mark items that you don’t understand.
After taking notes, schedule time to study them repeatedly during intervals throughout your professional development work.
3. Use the pareto Principle
The 80/20 rule—or Pareto principle says that 80% of the effects in any given scenario come from 20% of the causes. This rule holds startlingly true acrossmany areas of life, from software sales to the natural world. And CAD education is no exception.
That’s a pretty good deal if you’re short on time—and it’s especially useful if you’re studying for an accreditation.
4. Seek a flow state during professional development sessions
Flow state is the final learning hack. Writing in Fast Company, author Steven Kotler describes that flow is an optimal state of consciousness, when you feel and perform your best. It’s the time of total absorption. Time speeds up or slows down like a freeze-frame effect. Mental and physical ability goes through roof, and the brain takes in more information per second, processing it more deeply.
So if you can tap into flow state while you study, you’ll learn faster than impossible. But not an easy task though. Kotler estimates that 5% of the workday is spent in flow state. Even an increase to 15%, he says, would double workplace productivity. So in order to better foster flow state, he recommends the following:
- One should take more social risks. Speak up, speak out and speak often. This is hard for engineers, but it makes flow state more likely .
- Design your study environment novel and complex. Do a physical activity while studying. Or study in a completely different way than you normally do. The variance will force you to focus, increasing the chances you’ll enter flow state.
- Very important is to practice meditation . Presence of mind is a condition in which flow state thrives. Cultivate it by performing simple, practical meditation and mindfulness exercises, which use multiple senses and encourage awareness of the present moment.