Up to the age of 18, I had 3 main problems:
The result? I was anxious as hell.
Anxious that I don’t have a passion to follow. Like all the kids who seemed to have figured out life, focused on being doctors, architects, lawyers or teachers.
Anxious that I will never achieve mastery. Like all the kids able to tell so much about chemistry and math…
In a world where information overload has become an issue, we’d be naive to think that the old ways of doing learning design still stand.
I constantly interact with learning designers. After a while, I came to the conclusion that as different as they are, they all face the same problems:
Learners lack motivation
We can’t tie training content to business/ role outcomes
Learners are not actively engaged with the training content
Learner’s attention span is decreasing
It’s hard to evaluate learning outcomes
Although it’s easy to blame learners, managers, the organization and life overall, looking in our own backyard…
My relationship with learning started to change when I came to college and discovered there are other ways to acquire knowledge and skills. Other than those I was used to from school. Even so, just knowing new learning techniques didn’t help me. I had to put them to practice and become more methodical and disciplined. Easier said than done.
After years of testing different methods, I know myself better as a learner and my mission is to help others do the same. Because learning autonomy brings along freedom, happiness, and empowerment.
This piece is about 3 things:
There are hundreds of online courses you can follow these days. But before you start learning anything in particular, you should understand better your learning process, so you can get more out of it.
And surprise! There are courses for this as well. :)
I made a selection of 5 courses based on author & content popularity, and for some, number of reviews & final grade. Some of the concepts they cover:
Ever since I started working as an HR pro, I knew psychology is the basis of this field. Unfortunately, I’ve never been its friend. Until now.
As I discovered after doing my learning needs assessment, learning psychology will bring me more than one benefit:
As you can see, I’ve given some thought on “why” I…
After we join the system, we don’t usually choose what to learn.
When we’re in school, there’s already a curricula in-place for everyone. We don’t usually have a say.
Honestly, I think we don’t even know we should have a say.
Later in life, the job and the employer we have dictate what we have to learn in order to perform. Here, there’s more place to explore. But we’re already so used to being reactive, we don’t always take the time to analyse whether what others say we should learn is what really makes us happy.
Things happen when we’re…
For years, psychologists have wondered what makes some individuals accomplish more than others.
Is it IQ?
Some traits are important in sales. Some in creative writing. Some in product management.
But what’s the common attribute shared by leaders, no matter the industry?
Grit is the passion and perseverance for long-term goals.
Is when you set yourself long-term goals and no matter the constraints, you work to achieve them.
When your interests are firm. And durable.
When you’re diligent.
When you don’t give…
Maybe not everyone has as much time to read as Buffett does. I quite envy him on this. Since in 2016 there were over 134,000,00 books out there, we have to choose wisely where we invest out time.
Since I love learning, often you’ll find me reading something about learning theories, learning methods, performance and so on.
If you love learning too, I made a list of 5 books about the topic. They are either recommended, followed, used or read by people I trust and made me a better learner.
Luck and talent have nothing to do with performance. Some of our genes have something to say, but they’re like whispers in a crowd.
From experts’ research, we find what it takes to go from not knowing nothing to expertise in a domain.
It takes a damn lot of practice!
For our final article, we’ll go deeper in what deliberate practice is. What are mental representations? Why is feedback important? What are the characteristics of this type of practice?
To become a taxi driver in London is pretty…
In the first article of the series, we took a journey into science and psychology. We found out what happens in our brain when we learn. We learned what myelin is and how neither talent, nor time are actually leading factors in the way we perform.
Now we’re going to talk about another opposite of deliberate practice.
We will call it normal practice.
To have a clear image about what normal practice means, let’s go back down memory lane. Imagine the time when we were in school.
We invest 12–18 years of our life in school. We actually love some…