Begin with the use in mind

Begin with the use in mind

The first step to learning well is always to ask yourself “why am I learning this?”, because the most effective way to learn is highly dependent on the eventual situation when you will use that information. 

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Why Most Self-Education Efforts Fail

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Everything can be learned

No matter how complicated it seems, everything breaks down into components which are simple enough everyone could learn them. Learning well involves spotting how those systems break down, so you can always start with pieces that are small enough to handle. 

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The struggle to learn new things

We tend to learn only the things we were already good at. This creates little bubbles of confidence where we learn, and vast areas we avoid because we’re not sure we can get good at them.

You see this with people who claim they’re “bad at math” or don’t have the “language gene”.

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Understand before memorizing

Learning, is much faster when you work with precision over brute force. You’ll remember much more if, instead of trying to memorize, you first seek to understand. Once you “get” something, the act of memorizing it becomes much, much faster.

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Consume less, but better quality material with intense bursts of focus.

Learning less in a day also reinforces the power of spacing effect as your mind gets the chance to process and remember what you learn.

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This Is Why Most People Fail To Learn & Grow After Formal Education

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The first time we aim for a goal, follow a rule or make a decision, we are engaging in single loop learning. 
If we question our approaches and make honest self-assessments, we shift into double loop learning.  Here we assess our biases, question our mental models, and look for areas where we can improve. 

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Double Loop Learning: Download New Skills and Information into Your Brain

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We think "education" means school

It doesn't. School is hardly eduction.

Education is derived from two Latin roots.

  • Educare, which means to train or to mould.
  • Educere, which means to draw out or to lead out.

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Educare, Educere, Explorare | Alliance for Self-Directed Education

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