Course Review: Learning How to Learn
I have finished the "Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects
by Dr. Barbara Oakley, Dr. Terrence Sejnowski" and I can assure you that it is great! I really hope that everyone else watch videos from the course.
My own TLDR:
- When you read or learn - user recall. It is super effective!
- Use Pomodoro to focus
- Use Pomodoro breaks to go to diffusive mode to make more creative connections in the brain.
- Exercise - it helps your neurons survive and learn. It is good to trigger diffusive mode as well.
- Create your own metaphors and analogies (especially visual ones)
- Test yourself, reading everything like a novel is not enough (at least use recall).
- It is ok to learn something, drop it and go back to it after some time. Next time it will be easier.
- Process over Product
Two biggest takeaways from the course are: Stop reading books like novels, at least use recall after each page or chapter. I was reading books without recall and it is really hard for me to remember even the most important ideas from the book. On the other hand, I can remember how in primary and secondary school I was using it with great effect. Time to learn my own old habits :)
Second idea is how important Pomodoro is for dealing with procrastination. Yes, I am a procrastinator. Fortunately, Pomodoro really works for me. Problem is only to start it. Still right now I am really motivated to do it much more so it is a good thing for sure.
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