Chapter 5. Learning to learn

This chapter covers

  • What learning mode means
  • How to identify future pitfalls
  • How to use trends to plot your future

Learning mode can be defined as follows: you have slack time and are using it to do deliberate practice of new skills. It usually requires people to get out of their comfort zones, because acquiring new skills presents a challenge.

What is a ravine?

In his book Becoming a Technical Leader, Jerry Weinberg describes how he visualized his improvement at pinball. I talked briefly about this in chapter 4, but I plan to go a bit more deeply into it now to show how learning works. He plotted his points over time on a chart, as shown in figure 5.1.

Figure 5.1. Learning rate

At first glance, it seems ...

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