Chris Liu, Feb 8

Introduction 📃

Before entering university, I thought I knew how to learn but actually knew little about it. More specifically, I had no idea how to learn systematically. I don’t quite enjoy learning in the past. I feel like learning makes you frustrated, especially when you are learning advanced concepts.

In my senior year of high school, I took AP Psychology because my classmates told me it’s an easy five. It turned out that it is really not an easy course for me and ended up failing on the actual exam. Even though I didn’t learn much concepts about psychology, the teacher gave me an essential lesson about how to learn in the first month about how to learn and changed my understanding of learning. This is how it began.

The First Step of Changing 1️⃣

After entering the university, I realized I need a brand new learning habit and a different pace to get used to the quarter system here at UC, so I tried to apply those skills.

I still remember a few tricks I learned in that month, such as active recall, no multi-tasking, teaching others, making plans, and reviewing before sleeping. These are the techniques I applied after university and found it extremely helpful. I used active recall on my way to the dining hall after finishing homework; I didn’t listen to music anymore when I am studying, and it allowed me to get into focus mode easier; I also reverse-procrastinated to make sure I always one or even multiple steps ahead of the courses. Later I realized it was still not enough.

So Why Writing This? 📝

Half a month ago, Amazon recommended a book called Learning How to Learn for me (THANKS Amazon!! Great recommendation system). I found that the content of the book is similar to what I learned in my AP Psychology class. Without hesitation, I bought both the eBook and the paperback and started reading it immediately. I decided to take notes and tried to master those learning skills.

The beta version of this blog is a Google Doc, but limited in various functionalities. Then I spent all night using my GitHub page to build a static blog page hosted by jekyll. Here it is. I wish to share my experience and progress with all of you, and hopefully, you can learn something from here and apply it to your learning and benefit for the rest of your life.