How to Learn

David R. MacIver proposes a framework for quickly learning challenging concepts:

  1. Find an easy version of whatever you find hard.
  2. Modify the easy version so that it is as hard as the challenging thing in exactly one way.
  3. Practice the modified version until it is easy.
  4. Repeat this process until the hard thing becomes easy.

While this framework is simple, it identifies a key point: the importance of tight Feedback Loops and Deliberate Practice.

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