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Learning What Can’t Be Taught

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:38:06 +0000

The example most people think of for learning is school. However, I’d like to argue that many of the features of learning in school are the exception, not the rule. One example of this is that learning in school is almost always based on a standardized curriculum that teaches a heavily codified set of facts, […]

Three Strategies for Behavior Change

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:10:48 +0000

Most of self-improvement boils down to behavior change. You want to exercise more, eat better, earn more money, learn a new language, stop worrying so much. All of it is a form of changing your behavior. Looking around, there seems to be broadly three ways of changing behavior: Bottom-up Top-down Inside-out I notice that people […]

Lesson #1: An Unusual Approach to Improve Your Ability to Focus

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 14:48:25 +0000

Note: This is the first lesson in a multi-part series for learning faster. The other lessons will only be sent out to newsletter subscribers, so if you’d like to get the other lessons as they appear, be sure to subscribe here. There are a few core skills that, if you can improve them, can multiply […]

New Ultralearning Project: Can You Learn to Draw Realistic Portraits in One Month?

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:04:08 +0000

I’m always interested to see if there are creative ways to learn things faster. Recently, I tried my hand at learning a skill a bit outside my previous experiences with ultralearning projects: drawing faces. In this post, I’ll share why and how I did the project. I’ll show some unconventional methods I found worked well […]

I’m 28

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 16:40:02 +0000

Every year, around my birthday, I do a post sharing some reflections on the past twelve months and goals for the future. This year is no different and today is my twenty-eighth birthday. If you’ll allow me this self-indulgence, I’ll tell you a bit about how my year went. (And, if not, I’ll be back […]

The Irony of Focus: Why Doing Only One Thing Actually Lets You Do More

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 15:29:36 +0000

In my article series on ultralearning, one commenter wrote to me that he has trouble picking a project because there are just too many things he wants to learn. He starts one project, but then is enticed by the many other things that suddenly seem more interesting. This is a common problem and it isn’t […]

How to Start Your Own Ultralearning Project (Part Two)

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 17:39:02 +0000

Last week I wrote the first part of this two-part series on how to start your own ultralearning project. I wrote about why you should take on an ultralearning project and how to design the project to maximize the chance of success. Ultralearning projects, like the MIT Challenge or Year Without English, are goals to […]

How to Start Your Own Ultralearning Project (Part One)

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:34:32 +0000

Ultralearning is deep self-education to learn hard things in less time. I’ve written before about how I’ve used this approach to learn MIT computer science, multiple languages and cognitive science. I’ve touched on some of the aspects of ultralearning in previous articles. It focuses on learning depth-first, breaking impasses down into prerequisites you can finish […]

Should Learning Be Hard?

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 15:52:29 +0000

How hard should learning be? This may feel like a silly question, but it’s one of the biggest unanswered questions I have about learning strategy. One view of the question argues learning should be as intense as is sustainable. The research on deliberate practice suggests that intense practice focused on improving a skill is the […]

A Simple Strategy for Getting Better at Things

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 18:08:50 +0000

How often do you catch yourself saying, “I wish I were better at _____.” Maybe you want to be better at exercising regularly, your relationships or your work. Maybe you’d like to be more artistic, athletic or multilingual. Getting better at things requires work. It doesn’t happen too often that you can immediately get better […]