Ultralearning: Master Hard Skills, Outsmart the Competition, and Accelerate Your Career
Learn a new talent, stay relevant, reinvent yourself, and adapt to whatever the workplace throws your way. Ultralearning offers nine principles to master hard skills quickly. This is the essential guide to future-proof your career and maximize your competitive advantage through self-education.
In these tumultuous times of economic and technological change, staying ahead depends on continual self-edu...more
Some good learning principles from the book:
Directness: the best way to practice is to do very thing you want to do. Instead of reading about painting, actually paint. Instead of taking a test on vocabulary, actually practice speaking the language you're tr ...more
Ultralearning shares some overlapping information with Atomic Habits and Learning How to Learn, but stands on its own with valuable self-study strategies taught in the "Nine Universal Principles of Ultralearning". There’s also overlapping topics from Range (by David Epstein), to the point that both books have chapters on the Polgár family and Vincent van Gogh.
The methods taught in Ultralearning ca ...more
He subscribes nine principles for his method:
1. Metalearning - have a road map
2. Focus - concentrate
3. Directness - go into ac ...more
Still, if you haven't got the time or inclination to work through an expensive six-week online course, this book is an excellent lesson in how humans can learn effectively, efficiently, and fast ...more
"Ultralearning" is a really mediocre book on how to learn an arbitrary skill more efficiently, whether it's a language, programming or playing the piano. I was really suckered in by the fancy title. "Ultralearning?? Shut up and take my money!". But honestly, this book reads like a giant blog post and is exactly type of soft writing that I strongly dislike in non-fiction.
In any case, the book didn't contain that many new insights for me, b ...more
If you’re in IT and constant learning is part of your job, you should give this one a try
I really liked the book when starting it, but the further I read on, the more I hated it and just found it to be unnecessarily long.
As much as the author is trying to make it seem original by coining the term "ultralearning" there is nothing original in the book, almost everything in the book can be better learned elsewhere with much better success and enjoyment.
I like the fact that the author we ...more
With James Clear's forward (he's the author of "Atomic Habits"), I expected the book to be more practical. However, it's quite generic and as the author said, they are just principles.
The examples he's used to prove for the principles were also idiosyncratic.
This book really hit the spot for me. It combines learning, productivity, and doing things in unconventional ways to increase effectiveness. There was no way I was not going to read this. I think I learnt about it from a mention by Cal Newport somewhere. It has a similar feel to his own writing.
I found much of the advice matched my own experience of language learning: while I didn't h ...more
Which is where I'm going to leave writing my brief review of the book and go learn (strike th ...more
The most extraordinary learning results - such as mastering the MIT computer science curriculum in a quarter of the regular ...more
* "Absence of mass" is the idea that abstractions must be illustrated physically (including physical contact with the equipment, as an example) before ...more
I'm trying to apply some of these techniques as I work towards a project manager professional certification. I have taken a few good online courses, but I felt like I wasn't progressing. I ...more
- Metalearning: understand what is learned and develop a plan on how to learn.
- Focus: identify the key tasks
- Directness: focus on practicing as close to the final effort as possible
- Drill: continuously improve
- Retrieval: test how good you can actively recall (not just passive answer)
- Feedback: get others to comment on your performance
- Retention: restore paths to recalling the info (SRS, spacing, overlearning, mnemonic) ...more
Most of its 9-step formula appears either commonsensical (e.g. be focused, do the activity directly, drill/practise) or too superficial (e.g. the section on retention of knowledge can be largely reduced to advice on using spaced-repetition systems and mnemonics).
I've been reading Scott's blog for a while, and while some of the individual tips are contained within, I think this book has a great value add. I'm not qualified to judge the advice, but it's compellingly presented and I buy the content. I'm looking forward to applying this in my own ultralearning projects.
I'm sorry, Scott. I appreciate the idea of Ultralearning. But your blog post already explains ...more
Scott has been a prolific writer on his blog since 2006 where he writes about learning, productivity, career, habits and living well. He is know for documenting learning challenges such as the learning a 4-year MIT co ...more