On Learning Something New

Derek offers his experiences and advice on learning JavaScript. If you don’t want to learn JavaScript though, there are some excellent principles of deep learning in his post:

  • Build a real foundation and solid understanding. Don’t start with “little bits.”
  • Go with multiple learning pathways at the same time. It will reinforce what you are learning.
  • Once you have a solid foundation, go deep. Get the ultimate resource in the field, and go through it carefully.
  • Write down everything new you are learning, and make flashcards for yourself. It will help with creating long-term memory.
  • Do it the hard way. Pay the price of learning whatever you are learning thoroughly. Avoid shortcuts.
  • Put what you are learning to practical use.

What strategies do you use for learning something new?

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