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The Recipe For Learning

The Recipe For Learning

  • Always consider the context. Everything is a part of a system, and you can get into trouble by only considering things in isolation.
  • Use rules for novices, intuition for experts. This is one of the core principles of the Dreyfus skill model.
  • Know what you don’t know, be humble about your understanding and assume you don’t have a complete understanding or the full picture.
  • Learn by watching and imitating, not by being lectured at.
  • Keep practicing in order to remain an expert.
  • Avoid formal methods if you need creativity, intuition, or inventiveness.


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Learning How To Learn

  • Capture all of your ideas, such as in a notebook, to get more of them.
  • Strive for good design, it really works better.
  • The more senses you engage in a task, the more involved and focused your brain will be. Fiddling, music, walking, etc.
  • Step away from the keyboard from time to time to solve hard problems.
  • Change your viewpoint to solve the problem: look at it in reverse, or exaggerate it.
  • Watch for outliers: rarely doesn’t mean never.
  • Be comfortable with uncertainty.
  • Trust ink over memory, every mental read is a write.


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Tips And Tricks: Better Thinking And Learning

  • Hedge your bets with diversity.
  • Allow for different bugs in different people.
  • Act like you’ve evolved, breathe, don’t hiss.
  • Trust intuition, but verify.
  • Create SMART objectives to reach your goals.
  • Plan your investment in learning deliberately and developing your mind.
  • Discover how you learn best, it might not be like other people.
  • Form study groups to learn and teach.
  • Read deliberately.
  • To learn better: see it, do it, and teach it.
  • Play more in order to learn more.
  • Learn from similarities, unlearn from differences.
  • Explore, invent, and apply in your environment—safely.
  • See without judging and then act.


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Better Retention And Organization

  • Give yourself permission to fail; it’s the path to success.
  • Groove your mind for success through envisioning it.
  • Learn to pay attention.
  • Make thinking time.
  • Use a personal wiki to organize your knowledge and learning.
  • Establish rules of engagement to manage interruptions.
  • Send less email and you’ll receive less.
  • Choose your own tempo for an email conversation, you can slow it down.
  • Hide interruptions to maintain focus.
  • Use multiple monitors to avoid context switching.
  • Optimize your personal workflow to maximize context.
  • Grab the wheel, you can’t steer on autopilot.


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Challenge Your Intuition

Questions to ask yourself to challenge your intuition:

  • How do you know?
  • Says who?
  • How specifically?
  • How does what I’m doing cause you to…?
  • Compared to what or whom?
  • Does it always happen?
  • Can you think of an exception?
  • What would happen if you did (or didn’t)?
  • What stops you from…?


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Planning Is Important Even If There Is Deviation

The planning is more important than the plan.

Just because your plan is likely to change doesn’t mean planning isn’t valuable.


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Make Reading More Effective

  • Survey: Scan the table of contents and chapter summaries for an overview.
  • Question: Note any questions you have.
  • Read: Read in its entirety.
  • Recite: Summarize, take notes, and put in your own words.
  • Review: Reread, expand notes, and discuss with colleagues.


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The Rule of Three

If you can’t think of three ways a plan can go wrong or three different solution to a problem, then you haven’t thought about it hard enough.


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Other Notes

  • You can’t just rely on a good teacher. A teacher doesn’t just teach, a student must also do the learning, and you must know how to learn effectively.
  • Uncorrected problems that you’re aware of only get worse. Fix them as soon as possible.


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