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How to Learn a New Tool

If you work in technology, the fast pace of the industry means that you have to keep learning.

When you have to update your knowledge on a new tool, what is the “best” way to go about it.

This article will provide tips on how to learn a new tool.

Have a Strong Reason to Learn

Why do you want to learn this new tool?

Without a strong enough “Why” the “How” doesn’t matter.

You have to have an expected outcome in mind before you can consider learning something new.

Learning is an investment of time, money and effort. So careful consideration must be made like you would do for any investment.

Before investing your time, you should consider opportunity cost.

Will it be easier to just pay someone to do the job for you?

If the answer is yes, then there is no point learning how to use a new tool.

Search the Web

The web is a trove of information.

With the availability of internet access in Nigeria, you can do research on any task you want to carry out before you start.

This is important because for every task you wish to carry out, there are a plethora of alternative tools.

You may also want to check out the reviews of the alternatives before you make a final decision.

You should consider the entry point for the tool you are planning to use.

Some tools are meant for absolute beginners. Others require a higher level of knowledge to use.

Don’t frustrate yourself before you get started.

Try it Out

At this point, you have decided on the tool to help you get the work done.

If it is meant for offline usage, download and install it. From that point, try to accomplish the task you have in mind.

Online software usually requires a login. Once you do, try to see if you can do what you set out to do.

The goal here is to “Figure it Out”.

Start from Source

Always try to read through the training materials provided by the creators of the tool.

There is always a blind spot you will miss if you don’t follow this approach.

Being Nigerian, I understand why we like to “Terisi”. However, this doesn’t allow for mastery of the tools.

So go through the training provided by the creators of the tool that you are interested in.

Refer to Third Party Tutorials

Only if you have gone through the tutorials provided by the creators of the software that you are interested in should you then look for third party tutorials.

Trust me on this, it is a “rabbit hole”.

You cannot finish all the tutorials out there so make sure that you start with the creator tutorials first.

Conclusion

Tools are not a substitute for work.

Work is hard.

The choice of a good tool makes doing the work easier and quicker.

A good tool is indispensable in improving the productivity of a worker.

This article has looked at the process you should follow in selecting and learning a new tool.

If you have any suggestions, I welcome them in the comments.