To be able to learn something you must first have to have an interest in it. I was interested in playing hockey at a young age. I grew up watching the Detroit Red wings and the San Jose sharks, which are my favorite NHL teams.
Once my brother started playing hockey, I instantly wanted to learn to play. I started learning at age 5 at suburban ice arena. Ice hockey is not an easy sport to learn and it took me a while to get the hang of skating.
I learned to skate from my first coach, he made it easier for us by letting us skate with a cone to learn how to take strides. Then he took away the cone to make us skate free standing. The best way for me to learn to do something is make it easy at first then make it harder and harder until I learn to do the real thing.
Practice is a necessity in learning something. I had to skate 3-4 times a week to practice to get better at skating. I thought skating was hard but I didn't even touch a hockey stick yet. The coach had to first make sure we could skate then he could teach us to play hockey.
To make things easier at first we used a blue puck which is lighter and easier to use then a traditional hockey puck. The first thing we learned after skating was how to pass and shoot. These are basic and are the foundation of hockey. I then had to practice and continue learning how to skate better and learn new moves.
It took a couple of years of practice to use a normal puck and start learning new strategies. Because I had already learned the foundations, strategies were much easier to learn. Over the years, I kept on practicing and learning new things about hockey whether it is a new deke, learning better positioning, or even a new type of shot.
Learning can be made easy and my best way of learning is taking it easy at first then make it harder. I also needed practice and repetition to learn the basics so then I could move on and learn the more advanced part of the game of hockey.
Do you think starting easy than working your way to get harder is a better learning style or are you a jump right in start hard kind of person? Do you need repetition and practice to learn something good or can you learn things for the most part easily the first time?
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