How to learn on your own

“14 Ways to Acquire Knowledge”

1. Practice
2. Ask
3. Desire
4. Get if from yourself
5. Walk around it
6. Experiment
7. Teach
8. Read
9. Write
10. Listen
11. Observe
12. Put in order
13. Define
14. Reason

~ James Mangan

A 1936 guide to learning that still rings true.


What’s your style?

“For independent learners, it’s essential to find the process and methods that match your instinctual tendencies as a learner. Everyone I talked to went through a period of experimenting and sorting out what works for them, and they’ve become highly aware of their own preferences. They’re clear that learning by methods that don’t suit them shuts down their drive and diminishes their enjoyment of learning. Independent learners also find that their preferred methods are different for different areas. So one of the keys to success and enjoyment as an independent learner is to discover how you learn.”

~ Kio Stark

Learn how you learn.

Read, sleep, repeat…

“After being exposed to new information, someone who experiences a good night’s sleep will have better recall of that information than someone who stays awake the whole night through. The apt apprentice listens well, sleeps soundly and repeats. She strengthens her memory (or her skillset, or knowledge base), by not only acquiring new information but consolidating it, so that it can be built upon in the future. ”

~ Robert T. Gonzalez

Learn something and then consolidate it by taking a nap.