The Competence Trap (and Why it Keeps You From Trying New Things)
An explanation for learning difficulty is that our motivation, moods, and interest play a large role in how difficult it is to keep learning math.
We have a psychological need for autonomy (doing maths because you want to), competence (you feel capable), and relatedness (your teacher or peers may praise you). Any behaviors that worsen these needs will demotivate you to learn.
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You can get meta-knowledge by doing good research. This kind of research comes from the interactions with other people and rarely from school or books.
Talking to people who are ahead of you in your career and comparing them to people who aren’t is often a very successful strategy to isolate which skills and assets you need to develop.
When you ask for advice, you’ll often get vague, unhelpful answers.
Try instead observing what the top performers in your field are actually doing differently, to learn what really matters to move forward.
Immersion is more effective and faster for learning a language than sitting in a class.
However, most people make some key mistakes when trying to learn a ...
When you land in a country, you usually don't feel confident speaking, so you might decide to start in your native language until you get your bearings.
But you might meet peers and other people speaking in your native language, and if this bubble sticks, you can end up living in a country for decades without ever learning the local language.
To learn the basics, find a tool that fulfils the two basic requirements for memorizing: repetition and recall.
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When Ivan Pavlov and his dogs led to the discovery of learned behaviour through repeated exposure, and Edward Thorndike discovered the Law of Effect that stated that rewarded behaviours tended to increase, many psychologists were impelled to separate psychology from armchair introspection and formulated their theories as mathematical formulas.
Donald Hebb realised that existing theories were too focused on reacting to the immediate environment. Thoughts, ideas and goals could be just as strong for triggering action as sights and sounds.
Together with John Atkinson, they noted that the study of motivation had undergone a "paradigm shift", where motivation couldn't be seen as how actions get started, but how the organism decides to change its behaviour from one thing to another.