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Up to the age of 18, I had 3 main problems:

  • I had no idea what I was going to do with my life;
  • I was not engaged with the topics I was forced to learn in school;
  • I thought I have a memory problem.

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…


Tips & tricks on how to engage your learners

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…


Time to learn like an adult

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:

  • How we used…


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:

  • how our brains store information;
  • practical memory & speed reading techniques;
  • dealing with procrastination;
  • structuring your learning process;
  • how to get more out of MOOCs.

Overview:

  1. Learning how to…


SCRUM is an agile methodology which helped me organise my learning schedule. And can help you too.

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:

  • gain confidence (both self and from others) as a professional;
  • use psychology based arguments when proposing projects or programs in my work;
  • better understand how my work will affect people in scope;
  • something extra: better understand how my behaviour or actions affect my dear ones.

As you can see, I’ve given some thought on “why” I…


Here’s an awareness exercise to clarify what you could learn next.

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.

The consequence?

Things happen when we’re…


You find your passion, set long-term goals, put in the work and don’t get discouraged.

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For years, psychologists have wondered what makes some individuals accomplish more than others.

Is it IQ?

Creativity?

Vigour?

Emotional intelligence?

Charisma?

Self-confidence?

Emotional stability?

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.

Angela Duckworth. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

The definition of Grit

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…


“I think you should read everything you can. You need to fill your mind with various competing thoughts and decide which make sense. “ — Warren Buffett

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.

Self-Directed Learning by Malcolm Knowles


A series about experts, learning, performance, and concrete steps to go from 0 to hero in your domain. Starts with Part 1, goes on with Part 2, and ends with Part 3.

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!

That’s what we learned so far from part 1 and part 2.

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?

Experts have one thing in common

To become a taxi driver in London is pretty…


A series about experts, learning, performance, and concrete steps to go from 0 to hero in your domain. Starts with Part 1, goes on with Part 2, and ends with Part 3.

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.

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.

Kids in school

We invest 12–18 years of our life in school. We actually love some…

Lavinia Mehedințu

Avid Learner. Writer at https://learningdesigner.me/.

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