Give it all a purpose
posted on May 22, 2016.
Have you ever started learning something, been super-excited about it, and when you start getting into the routine of practicing it, slowly loose motivation and abandon it?
Well, you’re not alone! You need to motivate yourself! But I don’t think a motivational poster will do the trick.
It’s important to remind yourself every now of your goal, why you started learning that skill. Are you learning piano because you want to …click to read more!
Let it sink
posted on May 15, 2016.
A lot of the learning process goes on in the back of our heads. Actually, some scientist have even proposed that to be the main driver of sleep and dreaming is to let those ideas and connections strengthen! We don’t have to go that far, but research shows that a good night’s sleep will make you perform better, remember better, and retain better your skill. So better get a good night’s sleep! …click to read more!
Repeat, but repeat wisely
posted on May 10, 2016.
This is probably the oldest trick in the book, but no less powerful. But you have been warned: repetition for repetition’s sake might not get you great results. And it’s just boring.
One skill that I started working on a long time ago (and still do… learning is a life-long experience) is guitar-playing. And in that journey, I’ve had conversation with other musicians about the amount of hours of practice per week that I or they dedicated.
Now I know that hours is the wrong type of indicator …click to read more!
Break down what you’re learning
posted on May 3, 2016.
A lot of people give up on a skill because they find it “too difficult”, or daunting. Of course: everything worth learning is “too difficult” at the beginning! One of the keys to making progress is to figure out what different sub-skills or talents you need. And when you think you can’t break it down any further, you can probably still break it down a bit more.
The reason for this is that, if the chunks are small (simple) enough, you’ll understand them better, and you’ll be …click to read more!
Get acquainted with the topic
posted on April 27, 2016.
What’s the first step that you follow when you learn a skill? Just a hint: “giving up” is not an option! The first thing that you have to do is to get a bit confortable with the topic, to understand what you’re learning. This is a terribly confusing task, but it’s important to go through it.
But if it’s such a messy task, how do we do it? When I’m learning something new, I tend to start by looking around different sources: …click to read more!
Hack how to learn a new skill
posted on April 22, 2016.
As a self-declared (and self-trained) nerd, I’ve been asked a lot of times how I had learnt a particular skill. And for a while my answer used to be “you just go ahead and learn it”, until I started reflecting more about it. Maybe my job teaching at university had something to do with it!
In this post (our second entry on learning), I’m going to share some of my experience. You can follow the links on each one of the topics, to read more about it, more details on my personal journey, and …click to read more!
Do you want to learn to code? No excuse now!
posted on April 20, 2016.
I wanted to add a few lines as well about my personal experience with some of this! I’ve tried quite a few of the links they provide.
I have a very high opinion of the courses that …click to read more!
Life after the Nordea Startup Accelerator
posted on April 14, 2016.
It’s almost 2 months since the Nordea Startup Accelerator ended with the spectacular Demo Day pitches. During the 3 months accelerator program we learned how to use the lean method to validate our product and business ideas. We learned that the lean method is all about testing your assumptions before you put all your efforts into building your product that eventually no one will want.
Perhaps the most important lesson was to never assume anything, because otherwise you’ll make an ass of you and me. We assumed when we got chosen that Nurtup was completely, absolutely and definitely different that all the rest of the #fintech startups. 😉 Turns out we were wrong. 😛 Once we started …click to read more!
Risks are good if you learn
posted on January 29, 2016.
posted on December 4, 2015.
I love learning new stuff! I always like to have something new that I’m exploring, and also to keep improving some of the skills I’m already confident on. I’m currently starting to learn how to program in Ruby on Rails, and I’m a continuous learner of guitar-playing and communication. And every now and then, I pick up a new instrument and make myself comfortable with it. I just love it! …click to read more!