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

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Is blogging about what you learn useful?

Well, I have been starting habits of self studying (for the purpose of self improvement) and was making some progress (two months so far). However, one thing I'm not able to do well is blog about my ...
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How can I improve my memory?

How can I improve my memory so that I can remember more, faster... learn faster...? I know some people are auditory learners, others visual... but once you figure out which one you are, how do you ...
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what do you do when you are stuck at programming and you don't have access to internet?

This is a question most of us have faced while programming. Getting stuck! It might be a programmatic problem or tool problem, most of us eventually face it. You know something is supposed to work ...
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What is the best way to improve English vocabulary?

I want to improve my English vocabulary. I want to know some of the best ways to improve my vocabulary. How many words should I learn daily? What resources should I use?
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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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Nootropics (“learning” drugs) [closed]

So I noticed that there are no questions here about nootropics so I will ask a general question first. Where is the best resource to date to educate myself about the effects, benefits, and dangers of ...
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How to motivate people to self-improve themselves?

I'm the curious type of person that likes to learn more, do things in less time, do things better, etc. I take that as a personal challenge and I honestly love it. Of course, it IS a challenge, not ...
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Where should I store good advice?

I sometimes come across good advice like 11 Essential Habits for Success or How To Listen Effectively, and I can't use it immediately but I like it enough to want to keep it around. However, if I ...
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There's so much that I want to know. How to learn everything?

I am a programmer but this can apply to any field. There are many technologies that I want to know. So I start to read some book and then I jump to another book and so on. This makes me feel bad. Any ...
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How can I learn about complex subjects?

I am very interested in certain subjects which are quite complex (and not very mainstream), but I find it hard to learn about them since there seems not be a lot of introductory content about such ...
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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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Is it possible to learn foreign languages effectively by watching tv series? [closed]

Some people say that watching TV series can be very helpful in learning foreign languages. However, I am skeptical about it as I think that this kind of activity is just too passive. My biggest ...
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How to prevent/control daydreaming?

Daydreaming is becoming a serious issue for me as I miss valuable information in places such as classes, meetings and presentations. It doesn't depend on any specific element. In fact, it may be ...
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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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How to quickly restore concentration?

Very often I'm being interpreted while working or studying, sometimes the interruptions are small, and take a minute and sometimes it requires more than few minutes. How do I quickly restore ...
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Forgetting of concepts

I have a problem which I am unable to tackle to the best of my efforts. Whenever I learn a concept (maths, computers physics), if I am required to solve a question on it immediately, I do it without ...
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Is there a task manager that incorporates spaced repetition learning?

I'm having students in mind, let's suppose that a student plans to prepare exam for next month. According to the "forgetting curve", the key for successful study is spaced repetition learning. Are ...
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What is the hidden secret in Think and Grow Rich (by Napoleon Hill)? [closed]

He mentions in the book that it is in every chapter and while inspired by it, I did not have a clear idea of one single secret after reading the book. Did anyone discover a "secret", or is it ...
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How to focus on a long class?

I'm a college student who finds it very easy to be distracted. One important sentence missed means I'll have trouble understanding the rest of the class. Sometimes this can be solved by asking someone ...
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How to stop misplacing things?

I have a big problem of forgetting where I have put things. I always seem to forget where, for example I left my papers, keys, etc. Is there a way I can remember all the objects and where I have ...
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One hour a day or 4 continuous hours a week for an activity?

Should I practice an activity, say drawing, programming, or even sport, in short day-sessions of one hour for example, or do it all at once in a week? If I choose to do one hour a day, I might waste ...
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What is a learning attitude, and how can I improve mine?

What is a learning attitude, how do I determine whether I have one, and what can I do to cultivate it? I have also noticed that during interviews, the interviewers ask questions to see if the ...
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How to get rid of silly mistakes?

I've always been having some silly mistakes in homeworks/tests/exams etc, as well as programming. I very often seem to be 1-2 silly mistakes away from a perfect score, despite having done a draft and ...
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How long does it take to learn Gregg shorthand?

If someone has never used Gregg shorthand before, how long does it take to learn the system? On average, how long would it take to be able to write it as quickly as normal longhand? A bit faster than ...
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How do I introduce someone to Personal Productivity Improvements?

I've found the personal productivity methods and techniques I use (such as GTD and Inbox Zero) to be hugely helpful, but I've always struggled with good ways to introduce them to other people. Some ...
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How to retain proficiency in foreign languages?

In elementary school I had learned the German language for six years, my skills were at an intermediate level, but then I started with English and I haven't learned German for nine years. Now, my ...
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What is the efficient way to remember things we read?

I read variety of things in a day; But I forgot those things in a week or so. I identified that 'spaced repetition' will help me to keep remembering things. To do spaced repetition, i take note of ...
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How to discuss productivity (and lack thereof) with your boss?

I have recently graduated college and had a fairly dramatic change of lifestyle. Being that there is never enough time in the day, I used to go to great lengths to minimize my responsibilities and ...
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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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How to effectively read and understand scientific literature?

If have read some other topics regarding this subject, but they were rather focused on the immediate understanding of a paper and not long-term knowledge of a topic. Suppose I read a book about about ...
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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 ...
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Optimised learning

I have a lot of computer learning to get through in the next 3 months. Given my current pace of learning and productivity system, I have no chance of succeeding. The courses are similar to those ...
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How to self study/learn?

Currently I treat self learning like college. I read books, take notes and test myself. However, I am not finding this effective, as whilst the motivation is there (love of the topic, wanting to ...
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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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How to find out in which subject you will be the most productive?

I seem to be somewhat blessed (or cursed) with the fact that there are multiple things that I can do reasonably well. Because there are so many subjects I am interested in I am actually not really ...
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How is self-learning different from course-based learning?

I have taken lots of classes where the professor was horrible at teaching and I literally had to become a "self learner". The professor recommended textbooks and there were frequent tests which kept ...
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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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Long term effect of learning speed reading

A few years ago I learned to speed read, but in recent years I'm using it less and less. Maybe because it didn't bring me what it promised: same or even better comprehension and speed. Did you get ...
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How does positive or negative self-talk work?

Stephen Covey's book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People recommends the following exercise: Say "I like myself" to yourself 50 times a day for at least 14 days. I've tried it and contrary to ...
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Strategies for studying multiple subjects at the same time

If I want to study N different subjects what would be the best strategy to do this? One extreme would be to take only one subject first and devote all of my free time to study it, then after I'm done ...
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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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How do I efficiently use my daily learning limit?

Is there an ideal amount of knowledge to be taken in on a daily basis? I've different kinds of conflicting information. From the list of ideas I've seen, which, if any, is most correct? Here are ...
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Which paper systems exist to crank through many vocabulary flashcards?

Anki, a computer based space repetition system is what I'm currently using to memorize words. I've also seen one or two paper based systems and think they might be a good complement to a computer ...
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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 to prepare a course or a talk?

In one week from now I am holding a course in computer programming, which takes place twice a week. The course has 30 participants. It is the first time I am holding a course. Now I have to prepare ...
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What computer skills are the most essential for beginners?

People come at me frequently asking questions about computers. It can be flattering at first but you know they are coming back with the most absurd questions because they don't know enough to figure ...
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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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Effectively converting stuff you read to actual results

I (& I'm sure many of others) go through a lot of trouble to read about improving productivity. This includes Books (59 seconds, Seven Habits, GTD etc.), Blogs (Pavlina, LifeHacker) ...
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Grasping new things quickly or in less time

I am 4yrs experience software engineer. When a new requirement comes or when I move to another project, I take a long time to understand the process/flow. So become helpless to work on any development ...
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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 ...