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How Fast Should You Be When Learning? | Scott H Young
Normally when I talk about learning quickly, I'm using speed as a synonym for efficiency. Use more effective methods and you'll learn more in less time. All else being equal, that means you're learning faster. Today, however, I want to consider a different meaning for speed: how quickly should you try to do things in order to improve performance.

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Speed and transfer

Consider at what speed you should try to do things in order to improve performance.
We can often learn something quickly, but without attaining a master level (like getting good at esti...

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Failing to Reach an Ideal

There are two problems you can encounter when you're trying to learn something.

  1. You have a clear understanding of what you'd like to do and how you're going to do it, but you...

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Going faster vs doing it right

The balance between going faster and doing it right depends on what you're trying to achieve.

  • Faster feedback means more information to find out your key challeng...

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