Beginners need play and practice to learn

People trying something for the first time are likely to benefit from a mixture of play and practice. This is the suggestion of researchers from Williams College, who found individuals are more likely to persevere with a new challenge if they are having fun while doing it, Psychology Today reports.

According to the study, which referenced work published in the British Psychological Society's Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology in 2009, play can be the best form of practice when it comes to learning a new sport or skill.

The investigators discovered both hard work and play can lead to notable improvements, stating: "Playing worked as well or better and it was more fun - and more likely to keep us motivated to continue getting better."

It was demonstrated that people are constantly being challenged when trying something completely new, meaning there is plenty of opportunity to introduce fun elements into learning.