Week 2: Chunking.
In week one of Learn How to Learn, we learned that by focusing on a subject for 25 minutes and then taking a break from it, gives our mind time to use the focused and diffused modes of learning.
Week two shows us how ‘chunking’ the information we’re learning helps us connect it to other pieces of information we already know or are in the process of learning.
When we take the time to focus on a problem and learn the ins and outs of the problem, why it exists and the formulas necessary to solve it, we’ve basically created our own piece to a bigger puzzle. And then, when we take the time to view the bigger picture, we’re able to see how that piece fits with other pieces to make the bigger picture.
In one of the optional videos available to watch in this week’s material, is an interview with Scott Young, a man who is on a mission to learn. He completed a four-year MIT program in one year and is currently on a mission to not only learn new languages but speak them as quickly as possible. Yes, he is off living in these exotic places on the planet while he immerses himself in the culture, which I’m sure is a nice way of doing things. Personally, I can’t ditch the life I’ve created just yet to go live in Italy for a year, or even a month just to learn the language, so I’ll opt for something that keeps me in the vicinity of my barn and those that depend on me to feed them. (But in another life I would have totally taken off!)
Scott’s success stories of learning in record speeds have inspired me to register for my next Coursera Course: Viral Marketing and How to Craft Contagious Content. It starts December 19th – Join me!
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