6 Habits of Super Learners
Read a lot
Reading is exercise for your mind. It allows us to roam the expanse of space, time, history, and offer a deeper view of ideas, concepts, emotions, and body of knowledge.
View learning as a process
Learning is a journey, not a destination. Keep mastering new principles, processes, worldviews, thinking models, etc.
Adopt a growth mindset
A growth mindset is a learning theory that revolves around the belief that you can improve intelligence, ability, and performance.
Teach others what you know
Learners retain 90% of what they learn when they explain/teach the concept to someone else, or use it immediately. The ultimate test of your knowledge is your capacity to transfer it to another.
Take care of your brain
The health of your brain can significantly change how you record, process, and retrieve information. Eat foods that prevent cognitive decline: blueberries, leafy greens, whole grains, protein from fish and legumes, unsaturated fats.
Take short breaks, early and often
Downtime is crucial to retaining anything you learn. Taking breaks gives your brain time to recover, helps you learn better, and improves your retention rate.
How to Learn Anything
- Decide what you want to learn. But you can't know exactly, because of course you don't know exactly how any field is structured until you know all about it.
- Read everything you can on it, especially what you enjoy, since that way you can read more of it and faster
- Grab for insights. Regardless of points others are trying to make, when you recognise an insight that has meaning for you, make it your own. It may have to do with the shape of molecules, or the personality of a specific emperor, or the quirks of a Great Woman in the Field. Its importance is not how central it is, but how clear and interesting and memorable it is to you. Remember it. Then go for another.
- Tie insights together. Soon you will have your own string of insights in a field, like a string a lights around a Christmas tree.
- Concentrate on magazines, not books. Magazines have far more insights per inch of text, and can be read much faster. But when a book really speaks to you, lavish attention on it.
- Find your own special topics, and pursue them.
- Go for conventions. For some reason, conventions are splendid concentrated way to learn things; talking to people helps.
- Find your woman. Somewhere in the world is someone who will answer your questions extraordinarily well. If you find her, follow her.
- Keep improving your questions. Probably in your head there are questions that don't seem to line up with what you're hearing. Don't assume that you don't understand, keep adjusting the questions till you get an answer that related to what you wanted.
- Your field is bounded where you want it to be. Just because others group and stereotype things in conventional ways does not mean they are necessarily right. Intellectual subjects are connected every whichway; your field is what you think it is.