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...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, but her ...more
He prescribes nine principles for his method:
1. Metalearning - have a road map
2. Focus - concentrate
3. Directness - go into action mode
4. Drill - attack you ...more
“Sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits...”
Should we all be learning the same things? This is a rather odd view, and one I've heard before. I would make the following comments. Using history just as an example:
1. If everyone learned the same thing... so let's suggest everyone studied the Greco-Persian wars but no-one studied the French Revolution, then we'd have lots of knowledge floating around about one thing, but no ...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 trying to learn. Instead o ...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 ...more
This book will help you learn better. It gives a lot of practical tools ...more
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 went through the effort of ...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 can greatly he ...more
If you’re in IT and constant learning is part of your job, you should give this one a try
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 have names for ...more
Scott Young describes ultralearning as an intense practice re ...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.
The most extraordinary learning results - such as mastering the MIT computer science curriculum in a quarter of the regular ...more
If learning is this important, how come none of us truly knows how to learn?
I drew a blank the last time my cousin asked me "Uhm, okay and how should I study?".
This book is an answer to that question and more. Its author finished the MIT curriculum and graduated in just one year. He ...more
However, like any ...more
The book aims to structure the process of “ultralearning”, but comes off as an attempt to draw the first map of unfamiliar territory. It feels like it’s all duct-taped together with some of the parts described superficially, and others incoherently pulled together to form a whole.
A for effort, and 2/5 for execution. In its current form it do ...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 sorry, Scott. I appreciate the idea of Ultralearning. But your blog post already explains it enough. ...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 computer scien ...more