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Ian Gibbs
The Learnability Man

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My son did it and I’m proud of him.

I finally succumbed to my children’s pleadings and gave them a phone each, but, much to their disapproval, with parental control. This...

7 reasons why Learning Clubs work

One of the ways I help my clients is by helping them set up their own Learning Clubs. A Learning Club is a small group of people who...

A Surprisingly Difficult Question

What would be the best investment of your time to get better at what you do? What would give your performance the best ROI? The biggest...

Student Tip 22: Overlearning

As well as personal learning strategies, I also help people with their public speaking. It’s a useful skill. Giving a presentation to a...

Student Tip 21: Do It Again

There’s a guy on YouTube called Mike Boyd. Look him up. He’s great. He learns stuff. Not German or Geography but fun stuff like...

Adding to Your Micro-skill Toolbox

What micro-skill have you recently added to your toolbox? By ‘micro-skill’, I mean a small action that forms part of a larger skill set....

Student Tip 20: Jeux Sans Frontiers

Why is it so easy to spend a few hours playing Call of Duty, Minecraft or Fortnite and yet so difficult to grind out thirty minutes of...

Student Tip 17: Picture This

Remember those children’s story books you had read to you when you were little? You know, the ones with all the pictures. Have you ever...

Student Tip 16: Assume You’ll Forget

There’s a man called David Allen. Lots of people think he’s a productivity guru—a man who knows how to get things done. But when asked...

Student Tip 13: Trick or Treat?

I’m sure you’re already very familiar with prizes and punishments at school—especially the punishments. But the reason why your teachers...

Student Tip 12: The Power Of Habit

We are all creatures of habit, and this includes you, too. By this I mean that you tend to do the same thing in the same way every time...

Student Tip 11: Planning

When you were at primary, your time was very much decided by your teachers at school and your parents at home. But as you start thinking...

Student Bonus Tip: Don’t Do This

In Tip 9 we looked at not worrying about making mistakes. In Tip 10 we looked at learning from the mistakes we do make. But in this Bonus...

Student Tip 10: Don’t Ignore Them

Having said in the previous blog that making mistakes is good, I think we both know that if you keep making a pig’s ear out of your...