How to Learn Anything: The Sonmez 10-Step System - The Polymath Project - Medium - Deepstash

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Learning and practice

Acquiring information is not learning.

Although textooks can help, they only work when combined with practice.

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The Research Phase

  1. Get the big picture. Scan articles etc. to get an idea of what the field is about.
  2. Determine scope. Limit the size of what you want to learn. “Physics” or “philosophy” is too wide and will take decades. “Classical mechanics”, while still wide, might be a bit easier.
  3. Define success. Make a clear goal for your learning.
  4. Find resources 
  5. Create a learning plan from what you have learned in you previous steps.
  6. Filter resources. Narrow down your resource list (Step 4) to the most important essentials.

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The Learning Phase

  1. Learn enough to get started.
  2. Playing around with the information will give context and tacit knowledge to go back and do more verbal, analytic learning.
  3. Learn enough to do something useful with it.
  4. Teach. It is the only way to know for sure that you’ve learned something and a great way to fill in the gaps in your learning.

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Two big lessons in learning

The first lesson is that learning is a loop.

It’s not a pretty loop, and it looks something like this: play → study → teach → play → study → play → study → teach … and so on.

The other big lesson? Learning is about play.

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