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

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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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Organising notes in a mathematical text book

I currently have 200 pages of annotated text from an Abstract algebra textbook in Skim. Skim, IMHO, is brilliant for taking notes while reading. But unfortunately, this leads to my current predicament....
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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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Smart study+ Hard study [duplicate]

How can I study for 16 hours a day without getting bored or sleep? I have to face an exam this August & I should enter to faculty of medicine. But I often get tension, sleepy & bored.!!
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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 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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How to organize research material efficently [duplicate]

How can one organize research related study material efficiently? I am talking about ebooks, journal articles and presentation slides (all separate computer files). The tool/software/ arrangement ...
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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 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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Why am I forgetting 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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How to help young people who want to improve their productivity, but are struggling with authority?

Only a few years ago I was in at that age where everyone around me wanted to party and only have a good time. Even then I was driven to look for another path. Now I find myself with some younger ...
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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 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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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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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 other kind of benchmarks to measure learning?

I find that learning is an ultimately very subjective thing and it is very difficult to quantify whether you have learnt until you understood something. Here are a few examples of benchmarks ,which ...
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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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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 are the best podcasts/audiobooks (preferably free) to listen too? [closed]

I have seen several topics discussing the pros and cons of audiobooks and podcasts. Several users have mentioned the podcasts they use in their answers but I couldn't find a single resource for good ...
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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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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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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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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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What is the scientific method to solve real life problem? [closed]

For some time, but not always , I encountered some severe conditions. At that time I lost patience sometimes, and sometimes depression , and sometimes very disturbed. I missed the experience to handle ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 learn,...
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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 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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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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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 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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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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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) Studies/...
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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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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 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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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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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 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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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 ...