I absolutely love learning new things.
I love learning about lashes, of course. But I also love learning about marketing and food and movies and style and so many different things!
But, unfortunately, there’s only so much time in the day for me to devote to learning a new skill.
Because of that, I’ve done some research lately into figuring out what’s the best way to learn.
In this post, we’re going to talk about the best strategy for learning new skills (spaced repetition) and how to apply it to your lash biz.
How do you usually approach learning?
If you’re anything like me, you approach learning by like a Netflix binge. You try to do as much of it as you can in one sitting.
This is one of the WORST ways to learn.
When you cram a ton of information into your brain at one time, you won’t retain it. You might remember it for a few hours, but you won’t remember it for a long time. That’s why you were able to pass your algebra test by cramming for it the night before your high school final, but you’re a little fuzzy on inverse operations now.
The best way to learn is through a technique called spaced repetition.
A spaced repetition technique tells you to learn things at increasing intervals. When you first start learning something with spaced repetition, you may spend 15 minutes focusing on it on day 1. Then 20 minutes on day 2.
Then you might take a break for a couple days and spend an hour on day 5. That helps lodge the skills solidly in your brain.
With spaced repetition, you’ll spend less time actually studying but have more retention in the end. Win-win!
So what does this mean for you and your lash career?
Well, instead of practicing for four hours on each model until your arms fall off, take a break.
After all, after the two hour mark, you’re not learning anything anymore: you’re just cursing and wishing the session was over.
Instead, use spaced repetition and practice for 25 minutes every day when it comes to application and fan making. If you are doing a model, break your sessions into 2 sessions of 2 hours max. You’ll learn to love the techniques without getting burnt out and angry.
Spaced repetition is especially important when you’re training other people.
Don’t make wannabe lash artists sit through ten hour training classes!
That’ll just result in you getting tweezers thrown at your face.
Break your live model sessions into two sessions of no more than two hours at a time and give your artists ample time to take breaks.
This will prevent burn out, increase memory, and lead to more five star reviews for you as an instructor!
Have you tried using spaced repetition before? Tell us how it went in the comments!