Tag: learning

  • Performance Culture and Learning Culture

    I came across this thought-provoking tweet by Adam Grant today. It’s the clash between Performance and Learning Culture. We hear more and more about the performance culture and are a part of it even though we understand that learning culture is about being true to ourselves.

    In fact, learning is the best way to reach your absolute performance and at the same time feeling like you earned it. This is especially relevant in education.

    The learning goals provide you with genuine enthusiasm and motivation for studying. You focus on in-depth learning rather than superficial goals that aren’t under your control. Individually focusing on the outcome can have detrimental effects on one’s performance.

    One of the ways I find helpful is to immerse yourself in the content and do extra research. Exploring the endless supply of information we have, the internet about something related to a subject you’re studying. Being accountable to yourself making a list of your learning goals might help. Having a desire to acquire knowledge and skills not only makes one self-efficient but also helps to improve interest in the class.

    While goal setting is an excellent way to achieve more, there’s a paradox involving goals and satisfaction. People who set high goals such as getting all A’s or receiving an excellent job offer perform better than the ones who aim for low.

    But people with lower goals are found to be more satisfied. This happens because they achieve what they aimed for. Increasing satisfaction comes from accomplishing anything higher than the goal you set.

    A balance between setting attainable goals while learning regularly for personal satisfaction and in-depth knowledge sounds like the growth mindset to me.

  • Learning Loop – Sunday Clippings #6

    Hello there,

    This week I wrote a post about Practice and Repetition, two steps that are the building blocks of developing any skill. This idea comes from a book called Art and Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland who put this down to a simple skill of pottery. I also wrote a post about the “Red Queen Effect” which is an idea that comes from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

    It was my birthday last week so I compiled all my lessons from the last year as a blog post. It’s personal but I saw many writers sharing their favorite life lessons on the internet so I decided to follow the crowd. On to the newsletter, now!

    Recently one of the highlights has been learning content through online mediums and finding effective ways to do so. Here’s an interesting concept I came across recently called the Learning Loop. The Learning Loop is based on the idea that to accelerate learning it needs to be implemented in our day to day life. It’s easier to learn things from actual experiences that run in a loop than the basic conceptual understanding.

    A great part of this is based on taking reflections and feedback from yourself. When something less or more effectual happens, a concise reflection increases the quality of the learning and impacts how long it sticks with you. While discussing this concept in an article, Shane Parrish, the founder of Farnam Street writes,

    “Think about a clock: at twelve o’clock on the dial, you have an experience. At three o’clock, you reflect upon that experience. At six, that reflection creates an abstraction—a mental model—and at nine, you go on to take action based on that. Draw little arrows between them, and you can visualize this loop of learning. Mostly we skip the reflection part. We just want to get to the point. We want the answer so we gloss over the experience and the reflection to get to the abstraction, which answers the question what should we do.”

    This is usually where a problem arises, it’s the difference between Single and Double-loop learning method. The practitioners of Single-Loop Learning follow a short-term approach. It’s meant for learning things, getting the result and hopping onto the action associated with it. The problems and their solutions here are too close to each other.

    The Double-Loop Learning often follows a longer line of action but is more effective. The key features of this organizational system involves assumptions and self-awareness. In the Double-Loop Learning, making assumptions about the material helps to incorporate it in an established manner. While having a solitary loop does work but transitioning it out into actual learning is based on multiple loops of repetition and reflection than just consuming information for the result.

    Asking questions like “What are the patterns?”, “What are the details?”, “What did work and what didn’t?”, “What do I need to do in order to keep moving forward?” and answering them helps to increase the clarity of the abstractions in our mind. Usually, consuming content alone isn’t enough, a dedicated learning loop if required for effective learning. That’s all I wrote for this issue. I hope you learnt something new. :)

    Have a great week,

    Vedant


    This Week’s Clippings

    1 – Online Course – Recently, I have signed up for multiple classes on Skillshare. The one I’m taking at the moment is about learning Complete Web Design with Vako Shvili. You’ll learn how to create web designs using apps like Figma (Photoshop alternative) and Webflow. I think Web Design is a very useful skill to have for future projects plus it’s fun to learn. I recommend this class if you want to familiarise yourself with these apps for creating designs online.

    2 – Blog Post – This blog post on Paul Graham’s blog about Crazy New Ideas is a must-read. Here’s a highlight that resonated – “When a new idea first emerges, it usually seems pretty feeble. It’s a mere hatchling. Received wisdom is a full-grown eagle by comparison. So it’s easy to launch a devastating attack on a new idea, and anyone who does will seem clever to those who don’t understand this asymmetry.”

    3 – SNL – I was excited for yesterday’s Saturday Night Live with Elon Musk as the host. I really enjoyed the Gen-Z Hospital skit and the Chad on Mars skit. Overall, it was quite entertaining. Miley Cyrus’ live performances were excellent. SNL seriously needs to hire better scriptwriters though.

    4 – Video – It’s intriguing how behind the scenes of production are more interesting to watch than the content itself. Here’s a video on how Steve Giralt, a visual engineer makes food commercial using visual engineering, robotics, advanced camera work and a lot of creativity.

    4 – Quote – “More effort is wasted doing things that don’t matter than is wasted doing things inefficiently. Elimination is the highest form of optimization.” (Source: James Clear’s 3-2-1 Newsletter)


    (This is an issue of the “Sunday Clippings”. Every week I compile various valuable ideas, learnings, along with my highlights from interesting articles, books and podcasts in a short and skimmable email newsletter. Sign up here to get future issues delivered directly to your inbox!)

  • Why is Practice so Important?

    3,605 sixth graders from 91 different elementary schools were told to read a short test. Then immediately, they had to take a test based on it.

    Half of these students were given a practice test based on the same information for one to seven days. After the seventh day, all the students had to sit for a final test based on the same piece of information.

    The final test performance for the experimental text was reported separately for the top and bottom thirds of performers on the baseline measure. Overall, taking the practice test had benefited both groups of students. The testing effect appeared to be somewhat larger for higher-ability readers than for lower-ability readers. With approximately 12% to 20%, improvements in accuracy. This separates the learners and memorizers.

    The more you chew over the information, the more it gets embedded in your long-term memory. The students who practised more performed better than the ones who practised less or didn’t practice at all.

    It takes efforts but eventually, the hard work pays off. The crammed facts might help you pass a test but at last, only the learners who practised it well will have it stored in their brains for years.

    Understand → Learn → Practice

  • Introduction – Sunday Clippings #1

    Hello there,

    Recently, I felt the need to do something consistently for mental clarity. In the internet age just like everyone else, I consume a ton of content online – from tweets to articles, videos and podcasts. The question is – Am I really able to incorporate the information I consume into my life. Consumption overload is useless especially when I wasn’t able to put the ideas and inspirations to use.

    Tiago Forte, the founder of the Forte Labs has introduced something impactful to my life. It’s the concept of building a Second Brain. It ideally means a place where you compile all your highlights from various places for your future self. A brain outside your body where you store the insights. Here’s how he explains this:

    “Building A Second Brain is a methodology for saving and systematically reminding us of the ideas, inspirations, insights, and connections we’ve gained through our experience. It expands our memory and our intellect using the modern tools of technology and networks. This methodology is not only for preserving those ideas but turning them into reality. It provides a clear, actionable path to creating a “second brain” – an external, centralized, digital repository for the things you learn and the resources from which they come.”

    This inspired me to start this newsletter. I’m not an expert but I believe in sharing what I know and what’s a better way to do that than a personal newsletter. I decided to call this the “Sunday Clippings” because just like people cut out useful clippings from publications and store them for future references, I’ll be sharing my weekly clippings and insights about various concepts, articles and books in this email.

    Another purpose of this newsletter is to make me more consistent with writing online. I want to take writing more seriously, not for anyone else but myself and the best way to do so is to keep writing. Excuse me if some weeks I just decide to share a random quote or a tosh palaver. My goal right now is to stick this habit with discipline and improve over time. Growth is slow but consistency is the key.

    The newsletter will ideally start with a letter-style essay letting you know some personal and cool learnings that you might find useful. In this essay, I’ll also be adding the links to any new articles or blog posts I have published during the week.

    The second half will be a section is called “This Week’s Clippings” which is a ragbag of thought-provoking things that were worth sharing in my opinion. Here, I’ll be adding some bits and pieces of highlights that resonated with me the most. I’ll try my best to make the newsletter as short and concise as I can so that it is easy for you to skim through.

    This issue was just an introduction to the series of emails you’ll be receiving every week since you’ve decided to subscribe (Thank you very much!). I’d love it if you shared this newsletter with a friend who would find it interesting.

    Have a great week,

    Vedant


    This Week’s Clippings

    1 – Short Story – I read a story called The fisherman and the businessman on Paul Coelho’s blog when I was brainstorming ideas about a very similar topic. It’s a great short story that completely changes your perspective about success and happiness.

    2 – Blog – I’m currently reading two books by Darius Foroux and I discovered his blog through those books on Kindle. He’s been sharing actionable tips to optimize your life and career every week since 2015.

    3 – Newspaper Archives – This week, I read many old newspaper archives. Specifically, I’ve been trying to read the issues from The Sunday Indian Express from 1949. It’s interesting to find events I know from my history books here, in the actual newspaper published during that time.

    4 -Quote   “Hunger and pain lengthen the night, and so the beggars and dogs are the last to see the stars; hunger and pain hasten the awakening, and the beggars and dogs are the first to see the sun.” (Source: The Room on the Roof by Ruskin Bond)