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How to Quickly Extract the Best Insights from a Huge Topic | Scott H Young

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There are Two Strategies for Learning Something

  • Depth-first. This is where we pick one area and drill down.
  • Breadth-first works by first exploring your surroundings. If that doesn't work, pick one direction and fan out again.

If the area you're exploring is bounded...

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When learning any new topic efficiently, we need to learn the most useful, basic and broadly applicable ideas first.

After that, we can move onto the obscure, advanced or specialized.

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The learning space for an academic subject is composed of papers, books, and courses, linked via citations.

  • Start with a course or textbook. It will provide an easy entry-point.
  • For more specific topics, use literature reviews and meta-analyses

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  • Master a few basic phrases using any source to give you something to play around with.
  • Use the language in the setting you care about, or substitute real conversations with mock discussions using a dictionary.
  • Pay attention to any ...

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A project can help guide you if you're learning to do or make something.

  • Pick something you'd like to make.
  • Learn anything you need to build it. This will help you with a rough understanding and is not intended for mastery.
  • ...

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