I’m on week three of course Learning How to Learn at (Coursera).
I recommend this course to everyone. In whatever area people work, they always need to learn.
Here are my current lessons.
Learning is a process, not a result
The result is a sequence of actions that could not be performed without the knowledge that I mastered.
Certificate is just fine bonus.
I need action
Learning just for learning is inefficient.
I do not read any materials if I do not have any real application for target knowledge.
All new knowledge have to be applied to get any tangible result.
If I have target application, I have direction and feedback, I have an incentive to continue learning.
Pomodoro is an approach, not a tool
When I start new learning session at Coursera I try to group videos and other activities in a 25 minutes portions.
So I can have pomodoro-like sessions without tool.
Positive charge after successfully passed test is a part of reward after session.
I need to tell someone the resume of learning session.
Sure, my wife can handle this. I can re-tell her materials. Or we can discuss materials afterwards.
Back to the To-Do list
Some years ago I used small pieces of paper as to-do lists. I kept them on my desk or in my wallet.
But someday I decided to keep my desktop clear and switch to an application. I did not find perfect application. As result I have neither paper to-do nor software to-do.
I should back to small paper to-do lists.
I have a problem in open-space with concentration. Without solving that problem I cannot enter to a flow. So I cannot learn efficiently.
I have no ideal solution yet.
Right now I do not need to remember lists of object. Sure I can return to visualization methods described in the course when I need them.
I need pay more attention to errors after test. Now I just get 90% and move forward.
It is necessary to find out difficult places and pay special attention to them.
Error is a good reason to repeat material next day. May be even between other topics, so I could test interleaving and spaced repetition in action.