Meta-skills are the new skills, but they never get taught in traditional educational systems. Today, let’s get tactical on accelerating the learning process.
- Computer with Internet Connection
- Evernote App
- Phone Camera
- Google topic (refer to – 11 tips to improve google search results) and open top ten results in seperate tabs
- Skim through each tab and get a general gist of major concepts. Pro Tip: Take notes with pen and paper, research has shown this aids brain development. Appreciate the different modes of learning (articles, videoes, blogs, articles, etc)
- Know the 5W1H about the topic. (e.g. Who, What, When, Where, Why, How). This is more informational, which is less valuable in the world of internet, so move to step 5 with more applied questions.
- Outline 5 additional questions that are more applied. For example: What are the most common application of …, What are the limitation of…, What are common mistakes when using…, How can “X” be repurposed.
- Pick one source that peeks your interest and go deeper.
- Understand high-level simple concepts first. Pro Tip: Type “ELI5” before the topic in google (works well on reddit too. ELI5 stands for “Explain Like I’m 5.” Pro Tip: Approach material with intention of teaching topic to someone else. This perspective makes you think more criticially.
- Identify people beyond the content, and look how they have applied their knowledge of topic to solve a problem. If time permits, search individuals on twitter, reddit, youtube, and github. This will give more context.
- Digitally capture notes, images, links for future reference. Pro Tip: Take picture of hand-written notes and upload to Evernote with appriopiate tags.
- Set small achieveable goals with timelines and then move to step 10.
- Take action on newly learned knowledge and make or do something. Generally speaking most effective learning constists of 33% studying/researching and 66% doing/creating. Don’t be intimadated, starting from scratch is not neccesary. Modifying other projects/code or expanding on existing project is a quick way to jump into the “doing” mode.