Gaining competency in a skill or knowledge of a subject matter. Improving one's abilities.

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How to write with two hands simultaneously?

To clarify, I'm not talking about how to become ambidextrous. I have seen a movie, where a professor can write with both of his hands simultaneously on two different papers, different things. Even ...
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How to build insights purposefully?

Background I'm a student in the US starting a four-year engineering degree in the fall. Problem Whenever I've taken technical courses, I've found much of my success was dependent on whether or not ...
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Why can we learn effectively only for a short period of time?

I ask this in the hopes of possibly getting some insight on how to learn for long periods of time. I'd first like to point out the distinction between working and learning. While learning you're more ...
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I have 10 days to gain 35 words/minute typing speed. How?

My typing exam is on 20 June. I need to be able to type 35 wpm. My speed is currently 17 wpm while looking at the keyboard . How can I gain the required speed in the time allowed?
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How to learn a lot of subjects and understand them? [duplicate]

I am a developer. I have very ambitious plans about learning: I want to learn programming, physics, math, languages. How to combine this all? Which subjects fit better to other subject? Programming ...
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How can i Focus on Learning one Skill at a time? [duplicate]

Well, i have a problem of learning/focusing on perhaps too many things/topics at a time. For instance i am learning a new programming language. By the time i have read few tutorials on the internet, i ...
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Articles or tips on formulating (non-language related) knowledge into flashcards for spaced repetition software

There are two main articles I'm aware of about formulating knowledge into flashcards suitable for spaced repetition software (SRS). Twenty rules of formulating knowledge - Piotr Wozniak Knowledge ...
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What is Mindfulness training and how can it boost productivity?

I hear Mindfulness training has many great effects for personal productivity. But what is it and how do you actually do it, if you want to get the results? And specifically what are those effects?
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How to catch up with studying when I feel I missed out a lot of things

I am in the technology field, I have been working in programming for 6 years, but I was working with a company on outdated stuff and currently I am working in another company that keeps me working on ...
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Should I Learn a New Skill by breaking it into Sub-Skills? [closed]

Well, for instance i want to learn SQL programming language. should i break it into different topics like functions, variables etc. Should i practice one sub-skill or topic for weeks or even Months ...
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The desire of being productive, but failing at implementing it [duplicate]

I feel like life is too short, and I feel like I have to take advantage of every moment. I am a college student, I don't have much free time on my hands but when I do, I want to do something new, ...
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Dropping old habits since childhood

I have been raised in a family where I was controlled and pushed to do something without knowing the value of why they were pushing me. In response (or by nature), I became rebellious. That ...
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Time taken to learn a new skill as per Malcolm Gladwell

In the book 'The Tipping Point' Malcolm Gladwell makes a point about devoting 10,000hrs to mastering a new skill. How can he come up with a hard number like 10,000 for something so subjective? Is the ...
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What Should be the Duration of any Learning Goal?

What should be the duration of any Learning Goal? for instance i want to learn a new computer programming language...then should i make a deadline for 3 months or 1 year?
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How to Improve Focus While Learning Anything?

I have a problem while focusing to Learn anything. for instance i am learning through a tutorial on the net about some topic, i have a bad habit of researching all material from many websites and ...
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How to organize studies for HS Physics with only three days left (and nothing yet learned)? [duplicate]

I love physics, but I get really frustrated when I have troubles understanding. We're having a test on two chapters, "magnetism" and "induction". Each chapter consists of 25-30 pages of reading and 30 ...
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What is a way to become good in anything i do? [closed]

I basically want to know if there as an art on how to learn to learn. Be it coding or talking or thinking,i want to try and be good in anything i do.How can you achieve that? any book or podcast?
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Is there any scientific evidence to show that 1 full day a week or 1 hour a day is more effective for learning?

I'm trying to learn how to code and have decided I need to make it a part of my weekly schedule (rather than doing it as and when) Is there any scientific evidence to show working one day intensive ...
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How to remember correct solution to (academic) mistakes? Learning techniques

While studying I do a lot of tutorial questions and I find that I always make at least one mistake in every tutorial. Once I've found the error I have several ways that I've tried to deal with it. ...
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Do video subtitles make learning easier or harder?

I am a visual person, so reading is easier than listening. When watching videos with subtitles I find that my eyes tend to mostly watch the words more than the speaker because it is easier and faster. ...
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Is watching educational videos at higher speeds helpful?

I find that I can watch lectures/videos at 1.5x or 2x speed (depending on the speaker) and still understand what they are saying. This allows me to finish material in less time, which seems to be a ...
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Fast paced classes

In class when I'm listening to the instructor there are times when I don't quite understand a concept thoroughly or a proof and the steps which led to the proof or sometimes I'm thinking that the ...
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Best Practices / Habits / Hacks to effectively use Spaced Repetiton Learning [closed]

Are there any tips or case studies on usage patterns of spaced repetition using tools like Mnemosyne or Anki? Any guidelines or best practices, a do's and don'ts list if you may...
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Should I study a course to maximize information retention or grade? Should I continue to study this way?

I'm at my last year of engineering undergrad. When I look at my past grades, I can't help but notice that I'm performing just above average and that's it. Almost straight 80s (A-) for two semesters in ...
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Average learning time for big list of topics [closed]

I have HFA (high functioning autism) and because of that it's very difficult for me to calculate time and make a realistic estimation about the time it will take to perform a certain task. I usually ...
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How can I learn multiple things at once

I would like to ask if there are any tips as to how I can learn multiple things at once. For example, I'm currently reading programming books (python, ruby) and also learning music theory and design. ...
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What are good learning techniques? (for lifelong learners)

I think that the only technique that made me learn something was visualizing -if it's even technique. I was never taught how to learn in school. And even visualizing happened only sometimes, ...
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Absorb a Text By Typing It Out [closed]

When I'm reading a dry text I often feel the desire to just open up a word processor and type out the text in its entirety as I'm reading it. The subject is so boring to me that I want to be doing ...
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How long should one study continuously before taking a break for optimum result? [duplicate]

What's the norm? I was thinking of having a break every 1 hour. How long should a break normally be? And in general how long do people study before taking breaks? Is a 5-10 minute break enough ...
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How do I avoid interrupting my work on task assignments to improve my skills and workflow?

I am working as a programmer trainee and my trainer is incompetent; he is often unable to help me and I am doing large parts of my work by myself without instructions. I have a constant feeling that ...
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Jack of all trades, but master of none [closed]

Jack of all trades, but master of none I know the meaning of this quote. I feel that the quote applies to me. I've tried to analyse my knowledge and I found that I know a bit of everything but I ...
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how to study the four subjects in one month [duplicate]

iam studying in 12th standard my exams just one month away and i have not yet studied once. and what should i do now ? how to study? should i concentrate on important things? or should i learn ...
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How to understand complex topics faster?

This is mostly geared towards learning complex things in my quest to getting my Information Systems degree, but any general information is welcome as well. I would like to know what you use to help ...
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Learning to be organized — how?

I've got a friend that has recently become aware that his own disorganization makes his performance really go down, and asked me for help on how to be more organized. I have been organized and ...
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How do you overcome analysis paralysis when learning how to program?

Every time I settle down to continue my programming practice I always get hung up on intrusive thoughts like: Am I being effective enough? Am I going fast enough? Am I learning the most relevant and ...
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Learning optimally?

Not sure if this is the right place but I'm currently 9 years old and have recently become obsessed with learning. When I get home from school all I do is try to learn everything I can and at school i ...
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Techniques for recording sequence of steps to perform a task

Are there techniques or software tools that can help me record a series of steps involved in performing a task that I will have to repeat in the future? This would be useful at work (I am a software ...
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Zero productivity in programming

I've been learning graphics programming for 6 months. I have read lots of books in this field and I understood the techniques and principles quickly. I also read and write lots of source code but I ...
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Cannot start actual task

My problem is that whenever I try to learn a new programming language such as Java, I start and give it up after 2-3 days. If I think about starting to practice programming I feel it's a very boring ...
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My Problem with learning programming

I like to focus on one thing and master it while I'm learning. However, my problem is that I don't focus and I don't like that it just goes like this: Assume that I want to learn PHP. I go and bring a ...
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How do people learn technologies fast?

I keep on reading blogs and tweets about how somebody just sat through few days, learned a new technology and hacked together a new project in a weekend. It is simply unfathomable for me. I recently ...
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Keeping focus as a novice programmer

After developing small-scale web applications for about 5 years in the late 90s and early 2000s, I decided to take a new career path. However, I've got the programming "bug" again and for the last ...
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How to avoid being overwhelmed by what you have to/want to learn?

I study philosophy at university, a subject that covers a lot of ground. My problem is that I often feel overwhelmed by what's been done in the past 2,500 years in so many different fields. There is ...
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What factors make differences among students with same amount of merits?

Most of the time it is seen that two or more students seeming to have same merit but perform differently in their academic careers. What factors contribute to the differences among the students with ...
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From journeyman to master

This question may be a bit vague and open for discussion, but today I've been trying to work out what to start doing. I work as a professional programmer (as do, at a guess, 90% of you lot) but its ...
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Exam stress reduction tips

Whenever an exam is approaching, I begin to feel anxious, worried, I also feel fear that something will go wrong and of course it does go wrong, but not due to my lack of knowledge : it's that stress ...
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What are the general steps to increase your IQ?

I believe that the engine that drives us forward is our IQ. Increasing it will result in a higher productivity rate so I'd like to know what are the general steps that will put a person on that path. ...
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Why is learning theoretical stuff necessary to be a software engineer? [closed]

I'm a engineer student. After passing 3 years of learning hard theoretical stuff, I expected that my fourth year would be interesting for me as a software engineer, but we are still learning about ...
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I have a mastermind group set up. Now what? What activities should we be doing while together?

I am interested in any ideas on interesting activities or discussions we could do/have while together. Also any tips on how to effectively run a mastermind group and ensure our members get the maximum ...
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How to get over passive thinking

I need to get some advice on overcoming mental passivity. I have never had efficient study skills before (always managed to be average or above average by cramming), and now that I'm at a top 10 ...