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

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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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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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Create wiki to improve learning? [duplicate]

I have found that a way to improve retention of what I have learnt is to record the information in a personal note book. If you do this, you can quite easily re-visit what you have learnt after a ...
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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 to?...
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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 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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 teach programming mindset in one hour?

I have to organize a 1 hour workshop to let smart people (but not necessarily engineers) understand the basic concept and aspects of what programming is. The audience is a group of 15 start uppers, ...
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Is learning by doing and watching tutorials actually profitable?

I just got a small job, installing and implementing a samba4 system. This job is mainly for educational purposes as I've never used samba before and know the basics of networking and Linux. My ...
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How do I know when I have learned something?

I wonder if I learn something how do I know when I have learned it? There is no doubt that repeating is important for learning, especialy when practicing active learning. But how do I know when I can ...
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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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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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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 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 you avoid those moments when you are just staring at the material that you have to learn and you do no progress?

Recently I've spent 2 days in order to understand a course. 65% of this time was spent rereading and rewatching the course notes and the lectures. In the first 2-3 hours I wasn't even able to say what ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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How do you visualize and remember timelines?

When you need to learn a story or text off by heart how do you remember timelines? I mean visualizing a scene by itself in your mind isn't really difficult but to know whether it was yesterday or ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to read fluently?

I have a question how to read fluently and quickly without returning to previous words and with understanding. Please provide some tips. And one question what is the faster method of reading by a ...
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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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Is speed reading worth learning over PhotoReading? [closed]

I recently bought a Udemy course titled "Become a SuperLearner" that teaches speed reading and advanced memory skills (I tried the Tim Ferris's method, but it didn't yield long-term speed increase, so ...
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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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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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Is there any efficient method for long term memory?

I know that spaced repitition is important . Therefore, i had used anki application however it didn't work because i couldn't organize important informations and i didn't feel ready for reviewing my ...
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How can I learn multiple things at the same time?

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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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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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 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.