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How to Get Better at Getting Better
The 5 models
- Deliberate Practice
- Dreyfus Model of Skill Acquisition
- Four Stages of Competence
- The Learning Pyramid
- 7 Learning Styles
- Uber or Graph Database?
- Picking what is important to you…
- Play to strengths?
- Strengthen your weaknesses?
- Focus on highest ROI?
- Understand your goals, your aptitude, and execute custom exercises
- Tailored towards advancing skill, ignores knowledge
- Listen to episode 78 for a deep dive on deliberate practice.
Dreyfus Model of Skill Acquisition
- The optimum way to learn changes as your knowledge and skill grow
- Understand the tools / philosophy
- Explore ecosystem
- Define learning goals
- Getting started
- Training course
- Buy a book
- Playground project
- Teach others
Four Stages of Competence
- Unconscious incompetence
- Don’t recognize the deficit
- Often undervalues the skill
- Conscious Incompetence
- You know you’re bad 🙂
- Making mistakes and learning from them is important
- Conscious Competence
- Using the skill requires attention and effort’
- Unconscious Competence
- Skill becomes second nature
- Teaching can be tough, depending on how you learn
The Learning Pyramid (aka cone of learning, or cone of experience)
- Passive Teaching Methods
- Lecture 5%
- Reading 10%
- Audio Visual 20%
- Demonstration 30%
- Participatory Teaching Methods 50%
- Practicing by doing 75%
- Teaching others 90%
- Well, it’s controversial.
7 Learning Styles
- Visual (spatial):You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding.
- Aural (auditory-musical): You prefer using sound and music.
- Verbal (linguistic): You prefer using words, both in speech and writing.
- Physical (kinesthetic): You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch.
- Logical (mathematical): You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.
- Social (interpersonal): You prefer to learn in groups or with other people.
- Solitary (intrapersonal): You prefer to work alone and use self-study.
- Also controversial.
Resources We Like
- The Imposter’s Handbook (bigmachine.io)
- Take Control of Your Life (Complete Developer Podcast, episode 16)
- How to pick up a new technology in minimal time? (dev.to)
- Dreyfus model of skill acquisition (Wikipedia)
- Four stages of competence (Wikipedia)
- Why the ‘learning pyramid’ is wrong (The Washington Post)
- Overview of Learning Styles (learning-styles-online.com)
- Learning Styles Debunked: There is No Evidence Supporting Auditory and Visual Learning, Psychologists Say (Association for Psychological Science)
- How to be a Programmer: Community Version (GitHub)
Tip of the Week
- DevTube – Find curated programming videos by topic, speaker, and popularity.
- Code Sharing with Serverless Functions using NPM or Node packages.