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[RUSTFEST] Learning How To Learn

Vaidehi Joshi
May 25, 2018

[RUSTFEST] Learning How To Learn

A good education can take many different shapes, sizes, forms. Oftentimes, the most profound educations don’t even happen in a classroom. And yet, they all seem to have one thing in common: they teach you how to learn. Being able to learn new things is an empowering skill, especially for those of us working in the ever-changing, fast-paced tech industry. But how can we teach ourselves this skill? Together, we’ll explore one of the world’s most well-known and deeply-loved techniques, which we can use to learn many new things, tech-related and not!

Vaidehi Joshi

May 25, 2018


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  23. @vaidehijoshi how did he teach himself?

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  26. @vaidehijoshi “He tried to find the essential kernels of each

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  28. @vaidehijoshi we can learn how to learn

  29. @vaidehijoshi Feynman Technique

  30. @vaidehijoshi four steps

  31. @vaidehijoshi identify the subject $

  32. @vaidehijoshi write down everything we know

  33. @vaidehijoshi explain it someone %who’d know nothing about the topic

  34. @vaidehijoshi plain, simple terms

  35. @vaidehijoshi “when we speak without jargon, it frees us from

    hiding behind knowledge we don’t have.”
  36. @vaidehijoshi brevity

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  39. @vaidehijoshi identify any gaps ' where the actual learning happens!

  40. @vaidehijoshi organize & simplify into a narrative (

  41. @vaidehijoshi simple sentences for storytelling

  42. @vaidehijoshi “all things are made from atoms—little particles that move

    around in perpetual motion, attracting each other when they are a little distance apart, but repelling upon being squeezed into one another.”
  43. @vaidehijoshi analogies to make the abstract more concrete

  44. @vaidehijoshi “glorified, high-class, very fast but stupid filing system.”

  45. @vaidehijoshi tests our understanding, challenges our assumptions

  46. @vaidehijoshi you don’t know what you don’t know

  47. @vaidehijoshi “I’m smart enough to know that I’m dumb.”

  48. @vaidehijoshi reinforcing what we do know

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  52. @vaidehijoshi making knowledge accessible opens doors for others

  53. @vaidehijoshi tech needs more great explainers

  54. @vaidehijoshi making knowledge accessible makes our industry more diverse

  55. @vaidehijoshi making knowledge accessible makes our industry more inclusive

  56. @vaidehijoshi learning new things is empowering

  57. @vaidehijoshi how can we be great explainers?

  58. @vaidehijoshi what if everyone was a great explainer?

  59. @vaidehijoshi we’ll leave the industry better than when we found

  60. @vaidehijoshi thank you! ✨