Scott h young’s blog is one of my favourite blogs of all time. This blog is hugely devoted to improving learning. I don’t like rote memorization. I love to understand the concepts in more better way. He introduced new type of learning called Holistic learning which is based on learning by connections. Later, he did MIT challenge which is huge inspiration to peoples like mine, it triggers self-directed learning. He’s the person who developed my passion in learning.
I read an article that reveals a scott h young strategy to learn better. In that article, he emphasized two main principles that plays a foundation in learning
- Making connections
- Debugging errors
Connections are important because they provide an access point for understanding an idea. I struggled with the Fourier transform until I realized it was turning pressure to pitch or radiation to color. Insights like these are often making connections between something you do understand and the material you don’t.
Debugging errors is also important because often you make mistakes because you’re missing knowledge or have an incorrect picture. A poor understanding is like a buggy software program. If you can debug yourself in an efficient way, you can greatly accelerate the learning process.
Doing these two things, forming accurate connections and debugging errors, is most of creating a deep understanding. Mechanical skill and memorized facts also help, but generally only when they sit upon the foundation of a solid intuition about the subject
In, one of his newsletters, he give seven important strategies to improve learning.
1. Understand how your memory works.
Most people don’t understand how their memory works, so they make common mistakes. Some key ideas include: vivid beats abstract, organized beats scattered, spaced studying beats cramming and what you think about while learning becomes your memories.
2. Reduce obstacles to learning.
If you have limited time to learn, the best thing you can do is remove obstacles from spontaneous engagement. What keeps you from learning? Identify and remove it. Sometimes this can be as simple as not having enough interesting books in your house to read.
3. Understand why you get stuck, and how to get unstuck.
You get stuck because many skills don’t improve just by doing casual practice. Deliberate practice is the idea that focused, intense sessions can help break through plateaus. You can apply this to get better when just using the skill doesn’t seem to work.
4. Start with small, focused goals.
Don’t start with grand projects. Focus on a project that will only take you one month and has a very focused goal. Instead of learning Spanish, try learning 100 phrases. Instead of trying to become a master programmer, try to create Tic-Tac-Toe.
5. Create the right environment.
Many learning goals are mostly about creating the right environment. Surround yourself with fluent speakers of a language will make practicing much easier. Joining Toastmasters gives you a chance to improve your public speaking skills. Craft the right environment in the beginning to avoid getting held back later.
6. Find good teachers.
Teachers don’t need to be in-person to be effective, but nearly all learning requires materials that were prepared by a teacher at some point. Books, video lectures or apps are all tools for learning. Getting a good teacher can make an enormous difference in your rate of progress. Also, paying a little for the best can save you hundreds of hours of time later on.
7. Don’t get frustrated.
Learning is essentially the skill of dealing with frustration. If you can manage frustration, by not quitting, breaking down obstacles into smaller tasks, knowing when to ask for help and how to experiment with different approaches, you’ll be a successful learner. Learn to enjoy frustration because it is a sign that real learning is happening.