Usually, to learn how to cook a delicious soufflé, you’d pick up a French cookbook. To learn how to play guitar, you might watch a video on YouTube. To learn how to speak Mandarin, maybe you’d take a class. What you don’t do is spend time learning how to learn in the first place — and that’s a mistake.
Learning is a process, and learning how to learn (known as meta-learning) should be the skill that precedes all others. Fortunately, this process can be broken down into three easy steps: learning what to do, learning how to do it, and finally, doing the thing.