Lifelong learners shared how they organize learning and track their progress

1. Assess goals, plan strategies, and evaluate your performance

“I am very explicit about what needs to get done and I make a plan containing the main concepts. Then I study in 30 min to 50 min intervals.” — Software Developer (58)

“ I use Kanban boards to store info about my learning progress. I use Anki cards for spaced repetition. I find it easier to focus on goals if I modify my environment around my goal. My idea is to always get strategy out of the way and always spend more time on what I am learning” — Pharmacist (49)

2. Learn when is best to utilize linear vs non-linear methods

“For linear learning I use Excel, putting individual ideas in each cell (keep each idea as brief as possible yet clear) and using color coding of cells to help with navigation. I open different tabs in an Excel file for different knowledge areas: Timeline tab, Entity tab, Concept tab, Thoughts/Questions tab, References tab, and other tabs as appropriate for the subject.” Naval Professor (61)

“I use Inspiration software when I want to highlight the relationships between concepts when making concept maps. I am a big fan of concept maps as they help me see what I don’t know and also give me the pleasure of watching my knowledge grow for a given subject/domain.” — Senior Designer (35)

“Right now I am using XMind software for mind mapping. I like how this software allows me to bundle and unbundle a mindmap branch with one click. Here’s a picture of one of my mindmaps on Coronavirus with most branches bundled/hid and one branch unbundled (see all sub-branches). This software also makes it easy to add notes to a given branch and to add internet links, which is useful. Eventually, you need a mindmap of mindmaps — easy to do.” — Naval Professor (61)

To conclude …

  1. Ability to remember a fact or theory (declarative knowledge)
  2. Knowing how to apply it (procedural knowledge)
  3. Knowing when to apply it (contextual knowledge)
  4. Knowing why it’s appropriate in a particular situation (conceptual knowledge)




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