Personal Notes On Studying & Learning [Unofficial]


  • It’s not just “so this is how it works” but it’s also “how different could it be” (especially in engineering)?
  • Apply what you have learned. Solve problems, work on projects, teach someone.
  • “The most effective learning requires a well-defined task with an appropriate difficulty level for the particular individual, informative feedback, and opportunities for repetition and corrections of errors.” – Peter Norvig. “The key is deliberative practice: not just doing it again and again, but challenging yourself with a task that is just beyond your current ability, trying it, analyzing your performance while and after doing it, and correcting any mistakes. Then repeat. And repeat again.” – Peter Norvig. [1]
  • Clock. Compete with yourself. Speed up the learning process.
  • Find out how the discoverer / inventor discovered / invented the theory / knowledge / concept / tool.
  • Teach whatever you learn to someone or at least learn as though you have to teach it to someone smart.
    • Professor Anant Agarwal [2] mentioned that, one truly starts learning only when he has to teach.

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