I have an idea for a learning system. I came up with it while thinking about IT learning, but I’m sure it works for many disciplines. It’s very simple: You do two things simultaneously:
- Focus on fundamentals
- Focus on building things that require extremely advanced skills
So one example, again from IT, would be the need to learn everything about System Administration. Where would one start if he wasn’t an experienced IT person?
I would structure the learning like so: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday are FUNdamentals days. You’re studying networking, Linux, Windows, etc., and you’re doing so from textbooks and certification books that cover things systematically. No jumping around and getting lost–you have to get through the content.
Tuesday and Thursday, however, you’re pretending you’ve already mastered the fundamentals, and you’re simply DOing Linux, installing Apache, building MySQL, standing up WordPress, configuring plugins, etc.
The idea (which should be obvious) is that you need both, but the violent switch between the two types of learning makes each more efficient. So it’s a combination of FUNdamentals and DOing. Fun-Do. Fundo.
Give it a go the next time you’re learning something new. ::