Scott Young: Ultralearning
Scott’s work is intended to consistently answer this question: what’s the best way to learn? This has led him to take on two year-long experiments in learning: The MIT Challenge, where he attempted to learn MIT’s 4-year computer science curriculum without taking classes, and The Year Without English, where he worked with a friend to learn four languages in one year.
Scott is the author of the new book, Ultralearning: Master Hard Skills, Outsmart the Competition, and Accelerate Your Career*. In this conversation, Scott and I discuss what ultralearners do differently, the importance of transfer in learning, and four key tactics to enhance directness.
- Transfer is critical for learning, but most formal education programs don’t address it.
- “Many ultralearners who have specialized in a smaller subset of fields are masters at transfer; no doubt this is largely due to their depth of knowledge, which makes transfer easier to accomplish.”
- The key to ultra learning is to enhance directness.
Four tactics for enhancing directness:
- Project-based learning (producing something)
- Immersive learning (such as language immersion)
- Flight simulator method (like how pilots learn to fly)
- Overkill approach (intentional making it harder than a real use scenario)
Download my highlights from Ultralearning in PDF format (free membership required).
- Six Tactics for Extraordinary Performance, with Morten Hansen (episode 337)
- How to Become the Person You Want to Be, with James Clear (episode 376)
- Permission to Be Yourself, with Bar Schwartz (episode 414)
- How to Know What You Don’t Know, with Art Markman (episode 437)
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