Alwaleed Abdeen

Communications Team Leader - Translator, TEDxKhartoum


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What are the tools and disciplines that a person should develop to build the skills of accelerated learning?

What are the best practices on learning something new to learn it fast and effective and what are the tools for accelerated learning?

  • Oct 11 2013: A quiet mind
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      Oct 11 2013: Yeah I agree Scott in learning a quite mind helps you stay focused on the task at hand but is a quite mind enough to learn something effectively or do u think it's just the right way to start any learning session and what else do you think might help you learn skills such as languages or physical skills fast and effective?
      • Oct 11 2013: A quiet mind is free of prejudices, positions, preconceptions, egoic self-referencing, premature conclusions. With respect to learning physical skills, again a quiet mind is most helpful. Unconscious assimilation (observing and unconsciously integrating the skill into body & mind) comprises the majority of learning. That is, observing, with a crystal clear mind, the skill as displayed by a wide range of Others.
        "Do as I Do, Not as I say"

        As far as DESIRE 'acquire a skill FAST'......that is a mental construct which clouds the very mind-body that is learning for it is a mind that lives for the illusory future. True intelligence lives in the Present moment. To be TRULY Present in Learning & Enquiry, the mind must be quiet. A difficult task for a young mind but a skill that will make 'You' stand out (if that is your desire) in a World bathed in fear and anxiety and cut-throat competition.
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    Oct 11 2013: How would you distinguish accelerated learning, as you are using the term, from learning more generally? If you want to learn basic algebra fast, you would probably memorize the algorithms and practice them both immediately and looping back to review frequently without bothering to worry about why they work. (Not a great idea, but fast).

    If you want to get a quick basic handle on a piece of reading, you might first read the introductory paragraph, then the summary, then look at all the subheadings in the chapter and probably record them as they form a skeleton for the article.

    There is often a trade-off between speed and depth, and between speed and length of retention.

    Of course there are some people who naturally learn faster than others, but that is not a matter of tools really. I interpreted your question as asking what anyone can do to learn faster, if speed is his interest.

    The faster you learn something, the more likely you are to forget it really fast as well, as it doesn't become firmly situated in long-term memory. This is why cramming the night before can get you through the test next day but isn't a good strategy for longer term retention.
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    Oct 18 2013: If you're learning a new knowledge, the best way is to try and teach that knowledge.
    If learning a new skill, the best way is to tackle problems, encounter real situations.
    If learning a new sport, the best way is through competition.
    New language, talking to a person of that native language.
  • Oct 18 2013: Alwaleed,

    I think you can get tools and techniques to acquire data but learning is something else. Search techniques, speed reading, are some ways to get data faster but learning means to me understanding and the ability to apply that data. I think some people can do this quickly but for myself I have to take time to really understand the data, sometimes a long time, before I can say I can apply that data and say I have learnt something.
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    Oct 16 2013: While some people are able to absorb information quicker than others, I doubt that learning can be speeded up and I am even less sure that anyone should even try to speed up any "learning" endeavour.

    From personal experience over the decades i have found my own learning process to be sometimes slower and more ponderous regarding certain subjects while others seem to come to me naturally. But I know that my overall "learning" is ongoing and endless and I find the more time I take to explore a subject the more I learn about it. In fact, reflection and contemplation are by definition long term aspects of the thinking process and, if thought is important to learning, then learning anything must entail the long term process of examining and refining what we glean from any "learning" process..

    Sure we can undertake a subject and glean its salient points from the whole of the subject, but that does not mean we have "learned" anything substantive about the subject other than how to pick out the high points and then regurgitate them as if we are now knowledgeable on the subject. A process that is all too common in the classroom today.
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    Oct 12 2013: I think in order to learn fast you need to focus on that subject and try to link it with something unforgettable and important and within seconds you'l integrate all the knowledge and store it in the "for grabs spot" as i call it. Trust me, this is out of experience
    • Oct 14 2013: Suhaila, You are absolutely right. I agree with you 100%. Let me explain my experience.
      When I was in 5th grade in a private school, many fellow students and I live in the same dormitory. In our reading class, the instructor usually asked us to recite a portion of essay, sometimes in a poetry form. One of my classmate was a hardworking fellow who is very good in all the physical/athletic activities, but not too "smart" on mental activities (learning). So whenever an assignment was given, he used to read aloud 200 times to be able to "memorize" and recite the material in the next class. However, I did it the quick and lazy way so that I usually only read the material 3 to 5 times at the most. My trick was as follows:
      First I read the whole piece carefully. Then I tried to pick out certain terms which are kind of unique, such as the name of a famous person, a city or a scenic place or animals or architecture. In many of the materials, they had rhymes at the end of the phrase or sentence. After I grasp the meaning of the whole essay or poem, I link all the information together, and there you have it. I would have a vague "photograph" of the whole essay by reading it several times, combined with the few specific meaningful terms within the essay, I actually did as well as the classmate, in the next class, who memorized it by reading it 200 times.
      I hope that it is really similar or identical to your method,
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        Oct 16 2013: yeah definately. there was this time that i had to study the banking systems in 8th grade an it was really tough and it felt like latin but i took the main concept and made it a song which i can recite till now
  • Oct 12 2013: Whenever you are learning a new skill, new concept ot new theory, you should first thoroughly understand such new things. After that, you should try to think whether there could be a different approach, to arrive at the same result, which will take less time or less effort. Occasionally, the motive of this could be laziness, gaming intent or simply creative. For instance, a young boy was hired to do the weaving of cloth by one thread at a time, then he started to think that how can he do weaving by 20 or 40 threads at a time. Thus the new weaving machine was born. Even mathematical or physical theory were born by this approach.
    Let me give you 2 examples of my tricks:
    1. When you try to multiply two 2-digit numbers. Instead of doing it the conventional way, you could calculate, say, 47x83, first by writing down the sum of 4x8 and 7x3, for this you simply could easily write down the result of 3221 (because the first product is really the product of 40x80, so the product is actually 3200, thus, the "sum of the two product is 3221. Now you add on the products of 4x3 and 7x8, each of them should contain a 0 at the end. So you could add these up as:
    + 12(0)
    + 56(0)
    That happened to be 3901. This is easier if you carry out by pencil and paper, but also you could calculate it out in your head.
    2. When you read a sentence; "My mother gave me blueberry pancakes as my breakfast this morning.", you should read it as a group of sub-words, as "My mo ther gave me blue berry pan cakes as my break fast this mor ning." Each of the sub-words is easily understood, so that you could read them as one component, not as an assembly of alphabets. It would speed up your reading skill.
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    Oct 11 2013: Concentrate as much as you can when you learn, enjoy playing or resting when not learning.
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    Oct 24 2013: Rote memory. To reach a rich understanding all the rest as experience and such follows.