Real example of a skill tree

Use Skill Trees to Learn New Skills In a Fun and Painless Way

3 steps to build the best skill trees to raise your self-awareness, channel your focus, and guide your learning

Danny Forest
SkillUp Ed
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9 min readFeb 26, 2020


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When I started having a deep interest in Education, I interviewed hundreds of people across a wide variety of fields asking this very question:

What are your current pain points when it comes to Education?

They told me these are their pain points:

  1. It’s hard to learn
  2. It’s unclear what to learn currently and going forward
  3. It’s hard to find the right resources to achieve your learning goals
  4. It’s unclear how to measure progress towards your learning goals
  5. It’s difficult to figure out how to practically apply knowledge acquired
  6. Finding the right purpose for learning is sometimes ambiguous
  7. It’s hard to catalog information for later retrieval and retention
  8. It’s hard to stay consistent with the application of knowledge
  9. The sense of community is going away (outside of schools)
  10. It’s costly
  11. It’s lacking proper mentorship
  12. It’s unclear how to measure the impact of what you’re learning
  13. It’s difficult to cater to people’s different learning abilities

Do you agree with these pain points? What would you change from the list?

One approach that I’ve been using for almost 2 years now is to build skill trees. The featured image of this article is one such tree. Skill trees are aimed at fixing the five bolded pain points from above.



Danny Forest
SkillUp Ed

Polymath. Life Optimizer. Learner. Entrepreneur. Engineer. Writer.