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The importance of practice and repetition in learning
How to stay motivated and avoid burnout while learning
How to break down complex concepts into manageable parts
This is the idea of breaking what you want to learn into concepts.
The goal is to learn each concept in a way that they each become like a well-known puzzle piece.
In order to master a concept, you not only need to know it but also to know how it fits into the bigger picture.
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Once you have a basic understanding of what you are trying to learn, practice jumping back and forth between problems that require different techniques. This will solidify your understanding of the concepts by learning how to choose to apply them in various situations.
When learning, there are times in which you are focused and times in which you allow your mind to wander. Both modes are valuable to allow your brain to learn something.
Take regular breaks, meditate, think about other things, and give yourself plenty of time in both modes.
In order to avoid or break through illusions of competence, you should test yourself as you’re encountering new material.
Recall is a simple example of this mini-testing.
They are often talked about as helpful study techniques.
Try to make a deliberate effort to teach what you learn to someone else and, in doing so, you will likely be forced to explain concepts with relatable metaphors and analogies.
Do not spend too much time in one sitting going over the same material over and over again. The law of diminishing returns certainly applies. Spread it out over many sessions and over many different modes of learning.
Take a couple minutes to summarize or recall material you are trying to learn.
It goes a long way to taking something from short-term memory to long-term learning.
There are many ways in which we can make ourselves feel like we have “learned” a concept.
Instead of highlighting or underlining, rather take brief notes that summarize keys concepts.
... have proven to be most beneficial to maintain continued progress and hold each other accountable. Finding the right group is key.
When facing procrastination, think of the process over the product.
Instead of thinking that you have to get X done, rather think to spend an hour on X. It is then not overwhelming, and doesn't require a long breakdown of tasks.
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A chunk is formed by first grasping an understanding of a major concept and then figuring out where to use it.
Ask: What are the important concepts to learn? Then, where should you apply them?
When you have a task that you don't enjoy, dedicate a few minutes to write down:
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