Deliberate Practice

You can accomplish more in six weeks of concerted effort than you can in five years of inconsistent work.

Practice performed through repetition leads to stagnation and eventual decline. Like an athlete, the best learners are those who plan their practice and then execute their plans deliberately.

Purposeful practice:

  1. Has well-defined, specific goals.
  2. Is focused.
  3. Involves feedback.
  4. Gets you out of your comfort zone.

Deliberate practice expands upon purposeful practice and:

  1. Develops skills that have already been mastered by experts and for which effective training techniques have already been developed.
  2. Incorporates expert instructors to guide a student’s practice and provide effective feedback.

However, outside of the original literature the term deliberate practice is typically used to refer to all of these principles collectively.

Referenced By

Feedback Loops
How to Learn
Slow Work