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Fluency vs Mastery: Can You Be Fluent Without Being Good?

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:29:09 +0000

One of the things that surprised me the most during the year without English, was how quickly it became fairly easy and natural to live your life completely in a new language. In Spain, for instance, after a month of speaking only Spanish, it didn’t feel much more effortful than speaking English. However, after just […]

Should You Try Learning More Than One Thing at a Time?

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 23:29:15 +0000

How many different subjects should you try to learn at once? It’s obviously not impossible to learn more than one thing at a time—in school you often have to learn many different subjects simultaneously. Is there a compelling reason to stick to learning only one thing? Or will you learn more if you try to […]

How Should I Learn Cognitive Science?

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 22:54:40 +0000

My usual approach on this blog is to write about a strategy once I’ve already got it working. This time, I thought it would be interesting to instead focus on a current learning challenge I have, and my thinking process about resolving it. One of the big learning challenges I’m working on right now is […]

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 […]