Summary of “Going Broad-Not Narrow-is the Best Route to Lasting Success”

I get press releases about “Learning hacks” on a weekly basis, which tells me there’s obviously widespread hunger for learning how to learn.
There are a small number of learning techniques that have extremely robust evidence behind them, and that in large part apply to both physical and cognitive learning.
The people studying learning and the people training and teaching seem to be hermetically siloed from one another, so we haven’t implemented those techniques as we should.
There’s no room to go into them in detail here, but I’ll say that the single most surprising study in the book, to me, was conducted at the U.S. Air Force Academy: The Academy provided a unique environment for studying the impact of teaching quality on learning, because students have to take the same sequence of courses and the same tests, and they are randomized to professors, and then re-randomized for each subsequent course, so you can truly track the impact of teaching.
Second, one of my favorite phrases in the book is from Herminia Ibarra, who studied how people find careers that fit them: “We learn who we are in practice, not in theory.” What she means is that there is this cultural notion she calls the “True-self model,” this idea that we can simply introspect or take a personality quiz and learn who we are.
To better understand your strengths, weaknesses, and interests, you actually have to try stuff-in other words, learn who you are in practice.
We don’t take enough time to reflect on what we’ve just done, even though it is a staple habit of the best learners.
Kaggle is a really neat one, that looks for outside solvers for machine learning problems-truly cutting edge stuff where it’s fascinating to see how much outside solvers can add.

The orginal article.