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The Foundation For Effective Learning Is Practice

The Foundation For Effective Learning Is Practice

You get good at things by doing them. Yet within this simple observation is a maze of complexity. How should you practice to get the most improvement with the least time and effort?

Good practice has three components:

  1. See . Look for an example of how to solve a problem.
  2. Do . Solve the problem yourself.
  3. Feedback . Check whether you got the right answer.


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3. Feedback: Check Your Work

3. Feedback: Check Your Work

Finally, you need to get feedback on your practice. If the problem is something with a straightforward, unique answer, seeing the correct solution is enough. For skills with gradations of performance or more subjective measures of success, a teacher, tutor or coach can give you the feedback you n...


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2. Do: The Need For Retrieval

2. Do: The Need For Retrieval

Of course, if watching alone led to skill, we wouldn’t need to practice at all. We could watch cooking shows and instantly become chefs or see a football (soccer) match and pick up dribbling skills. Acquiring patterns isn’t enough—the knowledge needs to become an automatic skill in order to be us...


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Implementing The Loop

Implementing The Loop

A loop like this can be applied to many different skills and subjects:

  • Programming : See a particular command, data structure or design pattern; implement it yourself; then check to see that it works properly.
  • Languages : See vocabulary, phra...


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1. See: The Power Of Examples

1. See: The Power Of Examples

People don’t solve problems by building general-purpose problem-solving skills. Instead, decades of research shows that experts in domains as diverse as chess, programming, and medical reasoning get good by acquiring tons of specific patterns of knowledge.


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How should you practice to get the most improvement with the least time and effort?


Becoming a quick learner: Speed over perfection

The problem with trying to practice perfectly is that you may end up spending way too much time overanalyzing and overthinking about how to get it “right”, rather than just doing it.

A case in point is the language learner who spends countless hours studying grammar because they don’t ...

Getting ready for 1:1 conversation

The most productive one-on-ones have some kind of structure, which requires you to do some prep beforehand. Basically, don’t just show up and chat—you’ll lose precious time in rambling conversations.

  • Is this time-sensitive? If it’s urgent, don’t wait for your next meet...

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