A Framework for Accelerated Learning

I’ve been really interested in maximizing learning over the past year and a half. I’ve studied and tested learning principles by Tim Ferris and Josh Waitzkin. Now, I’m on a quest to develop a learning framework that helps me learn any skill in the shortest amount of time.

A Framework For Accelerated Learning

Assume You Can Do It

The entire learning process is built on this simple idea. You need to assume you can do the skill even before you’ve ever done it. This will allow you to take the first step, realize your strengths and establish benchmarks.

Identify Why You May Quit Before You Start

Beginners tend to run into similar roadblocks/mistakes. If you can identify what those roadblocks are before you start, you won’t be as hard on yourself if you stumble into them. Of course, you’ll also know what to look out for.

The goal is to develop a resilience so you come back to the skill day after day. This is the eventual path to make a skill a part of your life.

“What are the biggest mistakes beginners make when starting out in this {{skill/hobby}}?”

Focus On The Fundamentals

Generally, every skill is made up of many concepts. However, you only need to be comfortable with a handful of concepts (“the fundamentals”) to be good. For example, to learn how to play a song on guitar, you need to: Memorize a sequence of chords, learn how to fret them with your left hand, learn how to strum the rhythm part with your right hand and learn how to play with both hands at the same time.

Understanding what the fundamentals are allows you to create a productive system for learning. Going back to the learning a song example, one can chunk 30 minutes of practice into 10 minutes of left-hand practice, 10 minutes of right-hand practice and 10 minutes of simultaneous playing.

“What are the core concepts that make up this {{skill/hobby}}?”

Switch It Up

With the concepts handy, you can begin testing different practice routines to see which works best for you.

When Chess Prodigy Josh Waitzkin began practicing Chess, he began with the end game (ie: King vs King & Pawn) as opposed to the opening game (what most beginners start with). This taught him board control and strategy early on. These two concepts separate great players from average ones.

More than anything, switching up practice routines keeps things interesting. Again, the goal is a daily commitment so why not make it as interesting for yourself as possible?

“What if I start with the last part of practice first this time?”

Put Yourself on the Line

What’s your incentive for acquiring this new skill? I learned the most about Product Management and UX design during three-day hackathons. In fact, if I consider my per hour learning during hackathons vs. months-long project work, I’ve learned more per hour during the former. This is because the stakes were higher. I had 3 days to produce a kick-ass product and present it to hundreds of people.

“How do I put myself on the line to prove to myself that I’ve learned this {{skill/hobby}}?

Author: Husam

Husam Machlovi has pitched to, and developed relationships with, top Fortune 100 companies. He's designed digital experiences that have generated millions in revenue. At his company, With Pulp, he leads Product Strategy & Design where he crafts product stories and interfaces that people love.

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