Learning To Learn [Efficient Learning]: The Principles

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Hello Fellow Codenewbies ๐Ÿ‘‹

First of all, Happy New Year 2021! ๐ŸŽ‰
I'm wishing you all a much better year this year ๐Ÿ™

I've finished Learning to Learn [Efficient Learning]: Zero to Mastery, a course by Andrei Neagoie on Udemy, to close the year 2020.
I took this course because I want to understand what it takes to learn effectively and to see if what I've done so far in my learning is effective enough and what to improve.

This course is divided into several parts:

  1. The Principles
  2. The Lies
  3. The Pillars
  4. The Science
  5. The Techniques

I will write this topic as a series.

Note:
The ๐Ÿ— icon is the takeaway note of each part.


The Principles

It's about changing mindset to look at the world differently, from something that we don't have control over to something that we have control over.

Learning vs Winning The System

Most people measure success from what they have achieved and not from the knowledge that they retain from learning.

๐Ÿ— We need to shift our thinking from winning a system (such as do whatever it takes to get a good grade at school without really knowing what we've learned) to actual long-term learning, retaining the things that we've learned.

What Is Success?

Measurement of success is subjective to everyone.
But smart is not equal to success.

๐Ÿ— Drive and persistence lead to success.
To succeed we need to take risks and make mistakes.

The Obstacle

When we learn something, we most definitely will encounter obstacles and there would be times when we think that we're not good (imposter syndrome) in what we're doing.

But everybody was once a beginner who knows little or even nothing at all.

๐Ÿ— It's time to shift our mindset to, "There are obstacles, but they will not stop me from moving forward!"

The Dip

A brutal truth: Some people are never going to be good at something. People can try hard, but sometimes the path might be a wrong pursuit for them. Not everybody can be an NBA player even if they want to.

Seth Godin talks about this in his book, "The Dip".

"Bad advice. Winners quit all the time. They just quit the right stuff at the right time."

With our limited time in life, we need to figure out what to pursue with our existing skills and the skills we can develop.

๐Ÿ— We need to acknowledge if what we're doing is or isn't for us, know when to stick, or to quit, turn around and pick the right path.

Compound Learning

๐Ÿ— Shift our focus from cramming as much information in huge learning sessions a day into small chunks.

"Improve by 1% a day, and in 70 days you're twice as good."
-- Alan Weiss, Ph.D.

Make small learning sessions every single day.

Failures Don't Count

๐Ÿ— People know us as who we are today. They don't care about the failures that we had in the past.

When we don't do well in something and feel like we don't accomplish anything, instead of failing, we actually are learning how we can do better, and getting us closer to our goal.

Choice vs Chore

๐Ÿ— Shift our focus that learning is a choice and not a chore.

We can take a break from learning or we can decide that we only want to learn 20 minutes a day, the choice is ours, and it's not a must (chore).
We want to enjoy the process for the long run, not to get burnout and quit.

It's All In The Frame

Frames are what humans used to change perspectives (from negative to positive).
๐Ÿ— We need to have a beginner's mindset and not a beginner's attitude.

โŒ Beginner's attitude:

  • "I'm not good enough. Others are better than me."
  • "I'll never get there."

โœ” Beginner's mindset:

  • "I'm not there yet."
  • "Other people are better than me, so I'll learn from them to get there."

Pareto Principle

Pareto Principle is also known as 80/20 rule.

๐Ÿ—To master something we need to figure out what are the critical skills (the 20%) that we need to develop, to give us a bigger result (the 80%).

Skill Stacking

Instead of being good in one thing, we want to be good in multiple things and combine them to make us more valuable.
For example, combining programming with business or communication skills.

๐Ÿ—The key is to have and combine skills that work together but also variate enough to make us stand up.

Happiness Factors

Find and write down the things that make us happy, then monitor our happiness factors every few months.

๐Ÿ— Being happy will help us to enjoy our learning and be okay with the obstacles that we encounter.

Productivity Time

๐Ÿ— At what time in the day that we are most productive?
In the mornings? In the afternoons? At nights? Around what time?

Find our most productive times in a day and structure our learning in those zones to achieve good results.

Self Learning Paradigm

๐Ÿ— To become a self-learner and an efficient learner, we need to decide ourselves that this is the path that we want to do, and we need to motivate ourselves every day (personal autonomy).

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