How to learn something new

Learn something new

  1. Summarize (eg. definition, article)
  2. Cheatsheet (eg. handy one-page doc/pdf)
  3. Crash Course (eg. videos, online course)
  4. Deep Dive (eg. online courses, docs)
  5. Certify (eg. complete a quiz or test, or better, earn a certification)
  6. Refresh (eg. periodic online courses to maintain knowledge)

The order is important

  • Start from easiest or quickest to longest or most difficult
  • This will ensure you stay motivated by front-loading learning achievements
  • You will also learn key high-level concepts that become assumed knowledge in later steps
  • It also helps confirm earlier that you have the will and interest in the subject to continue.
    • If you find you’re not interested during a relatively short crash course then at least you’ve saved yourself the time of doing a longer deep dive.

Yes, there’s repetition, but it’s actually helpful

  • You will find yourself repeating concepts and information but this is valuable and helpful to you and not as tedious or annoying as you might expect
  • The reason for this is that earlier steps will only cover a concept at a high level and subsequent steps expand on those concepts and provide helpful and deeper context and insights
  • Repetition in this way is the most efficient repetition, as opposed to repeating the same content without helpful expansion or explanation

Do more than one thing at each step

  • At each step, when feasible
    • Read more than on article
    • Watch more than one video
    • Find more than one cheatsheet
    • Complete more than one course
    • Earn more than one certification
    • Refresh with more than one source
  • Because,
    • Some materials are better than others
    • The variety will keep up your interest
    • Different perspectives will give you a knowledge advantage in subsequent steps
    • Subsequent steps will go easier because you have cemented more concepts in your mind

Where to learn something new

  1. Summarize
    1. Websearch (Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo)
    2. Wikipedia
    3. Q&A Sites like StackExchange, Quora, etc.
    4. Wikihow.com and other How To sites
  2. Cheatsheet
    1. Cheatography.com, Cheatsheets.com, other cheatsheet websites
    2. Image Websearch (Search for “<Topic> cheatsheet” on Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo, etc.)
  3. Crash Course
    1. YouTube
    2. Coursera, Udemy, other online learning sites
    3. Wikipedia
    4. Wikihow.com and other How To sites
  4. Deep Dive (eg. online courses, docs)
    1. Coursera, Udemy, other online learning sites
    2. Documentation
  5. Certify (eg. complete a quiz or test, earn a certification)
    1. Coursera, Udemy, other online learning sites
    2. Professional Associations (Each professional field usually has one)
  6. Refresh (eg. periodic online courses to maintain knowledge)
    1. Coursera, Udemy, other online learning sites
    2. Articles
    3. Wikihow.com and other How To sites

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