You’ve heard this before when speaking of CACM activities and roles, and now it’s part of scientific study: Vary your rehearsals, and your private practicing, and reap more benefits. It’s proven now, that the variation helps skill development.
In an article published in Science Alert, titled, “Scientists have found a way to help you learn new skills twice as fast “, it has now been proven that variation IS the key to learning.
“The key to learning a new motor skill – such as playing the piano or mastering a new sport – isn’t necessarily how many hours you spend practising, but the way you practise, according to new research. Scientists have found that by subtly varying your training, you can keep your brain more active throughout the learning process, and halve the time it takes to get up to scratch.
“Our results are important because little was known before about how reconsolidation works in relation to motor skill development. This shows how simple manipulations during training can lead to more rapid and larger motor skill gains because of reconsolidation,” said Celnik. “The goal is to develop novel behavioural interventions and training schedules that give people more improvement for the same amount of practise time.”
Read the full article here: http://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-have-found-a-technique-that-helps-you-learn-new-skills-twice-as-fast