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

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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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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 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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How do I maintain consistency when learning a new skill?

Sometimes, I find it difficult to maintain focus when learning new skills, especially when I'm just getting the hang of it. Most times, it's due to being distracted by learning another skill. How do I ...
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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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How do I study the books that don't have answers at the back?

There are several classical books on mathematics which are a pleasure to study from. However, after reading its materials and working through the theorems and solved problems, I feel very ...
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Should I keep revising?

Scenario: I read about multithreading (one of the computer programming concept) aroung 10 months ago. I practiced it well, wrote around 5-6 articles with my own examples. It is one of my interesting ...
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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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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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How to become a proactive rather than a reactive (lazy) learner?

My whole life I have been a reactive, lazy learner. What that means is that more or less any knowledge I ever acquired came in one of the three possible manners: Someone madated a task for whose ...
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Learning methodology for software developer?

I am a beginner in software development. I've started learning algorithms, networking and software development practices from various books. My seniors advised me to read one book and learn one thing ...
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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 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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How to understand a word?

One of the major study tips are understanding what you learn. But when you learn a new word, how do you understand it without memorization?
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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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Get the grasp of a big system of applications and skills

I work for the IT department of a big company with lots of applications. Usually my day starts managing custom apps, most of which I barely know, and fixing single problems on them. The problem is: ...
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Is it a good idea to test multiple “pieces of knowledge” on one card?

I'm using Anki, a flashcard learning tool, for learning Japanese vocabulary. Of course, this includes words with kanji. For these I need to know both the reading and the meaning. Now I'm wondering ...
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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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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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Does Lucid Dreaming hurt the learning process? [closed]

Given how dreams are a way for the brain to process the day and make connections to other things, creating the new neural circuits to support new things you have learned, doesn't altering the normal ...
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Brain background education?

I'm interested in one specific brain ability. I'll try to describe it. Imagine that you are learning to play the guitar. You bought an instrument, self-teaching book and started to learn playing ...
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How best to organize research by project for multiple different projects?

I have multiple projects each requiring their own research that's not interrelated. (ie: Database Admin, Systems Admin, Database Development). Knowledge in these areas is endless and falls under ...
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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 can I communicate with others to help them consider alternative viewpoints?

What is the best way to communicate with others such that they will make strides to consider alternative viewpoints? I feel this would help to reduce anger in groups.
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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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How to set goals or milestones learning a new language?

When I make a project I use to divide it into several specific goals. And this use to work for me. Now I'm learning a new language (English language) for my own. I have some activities like: Read ...
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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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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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Recollection of non-linear content

I just read Joshua Foer's book "Moon-walking with Einstein," and examined some relevant passages from Rhetorica Ad Herennium in hopes of being able to learn and remember faster. One issue that these ...
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Catching up a whole field in science with textbooks and videos of lectures

For a future research project I need to grasp as all of the information I can and concepts over condensed matter physics (with my current background I am fairly familiar with the mathematics and ...
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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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What's the most effective studying method?

I study at a high school/college and I'll soon have my exams period. I was wondering what is the best way to study, given that I want to get the most use out of my time. What should I pay attention ...
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Redoing Questions

Suppose I took an exam and did poorly on it. Would it be good to try and redo those questions again without looking at the answers? If so, how long should I wait before I try those questions again and ...
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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 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 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 the definition of a new word

Whenever I see a word that I haven't seen before, I make sure to look it up. How can I make sure that I remember it? I suppose one could use spaced repetition. What else could I try? Related ...
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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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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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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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Does speed reading work well with reading non-native language?

My native language is Serbian, but from my early age I started to learn English. And now, when I am a programmer I read almost all stuff in English (stuff for college, books, internet stuff, movies, ...
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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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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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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 ...