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  1. Lesson One - Pre-reading

    The Power of Prereading - Part One
  2. The Power of Prereading - Part Two
  3. The Power of Prereading - Part Three
  4. The Power of Prereading - Part Four
  5. The Power of Prereading - Part Five
  6. Lesson Two - Single Tasking
    Single Tasking - Part One
  7. Single Tasking - Part Two
  8. Single Tasking - Part Three
  9. Single Tasking - Part Four
  10. Single Tasking - Part Five
  11. Lesson Three - Recognition and Recall
    Recognition and Recall - Part One
  12. Recognition and Recall - Part Two
  13. Recognition and Recall - Part Three
  14. Recognition and Recall - Part Four
  15. Recognition and Recall - Part Five
  16. Lesson Four - Question Logging
    Question Logging - Part One
  17. Question Logging - Part Two
  18. Question Logging - Part Three
  19. Question Logging - Part Five
  20. Question Logging - Part Four
  21. Lesson Five - The Testing Effect
    The Testing Effect - Part One
  22. The Testing Effect - Part Two
  23. The Testing Effect - Part Three
  24. The Testing Effect - Part Four
  25. The Testing Effect - Part Five
  26. Lesson Six - Taking Notes
    Taking Notes - Part One
  27. Taking Notes - Part Two
  28. Taking Notes - Part Three
  29. Lesson Seven - Foundational Learning
    Foundational Learning - Part One
  30. Foundational Learning - Part Two
  31. Foundational Learning - Part Three
  32. Foundational Learning - Part Four
  33. Foundational Learning - Part Five
  34. Lesson eight - Deep Learning
    Deep Learning - Part One
  35. Deep Learning - Part Two
  36. Deep Learning - Part Three
  37. Deep Learning - Part Four
  38. Deep Learning - Part Five
  39. Lesson nine - High Yield Learning
    High Yield Learning - Part One
  40. High Yield Learning - Part Two
  41. High Yield Learning - Part Three
  42. High Yield Learning - Part Four
  43. High Yield Learning - Part Five
  44. Lesson ten - The Testing Effect
    The Testing Effect - Part One
  45. The Testing Effect - Part Two
  46. The Testing Effect - Part Three
  47. The Testing Effect - Part Four
  48. The Testing Effect - Part Five
  49. Lesson eleven - active and passive learning
    Active and Passive Learning - Part One
  50. Active and Passive Learning - Part Two
  51. Active and Passive Learning - Part Three
  52. Active and Passive Learning - Part Four
  53. Active and Passive Learning - Part Five
  54. Lesson twelve - Study Blocking
    Study Blocking - Part One
  55. Study Blocking - Part Two
  56. Study Blocking - Part Three
  57. Study Blocking - Part Four
  58. Study Blocking - Part Five
  59. Lesson thirteen - Linking
    Linking - Part One
  60. Linking - Part Two
  61. Linking - Part Three
  62. Linking - Part Four
  63. Linking - Part Five
  64. Lesson fourteen - Interleaving
    Interleaving - Part One
  65. Interleaving - Part Two
  66. Interleaving - Part Three
  67. Interleaving - Part Four
  68. Interleaving - Part Five
  69. Lessons fifteen - Application Questioning
    Application Questioning - Part One
  70. Application Questioning - Part Two
  71. Copy of Application Questioning - Part Three
  72. Application Questioning - Part Four
  73. Application Questioning - Part Five
  74. Lesson Sixteen - Using Tables
    Tables - Part One
  75. Tables - Part Two
  76. Tables - Part Three
  77. Tables - Part Four
  78. Tables - Part Five
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Deep Learning – Part Five

Stoicable July 12, 2022


Deep Learning

For a beginner, it’s between 1 to 2 hours. Start with no more than two hours.

With practice, you can increase your deep learning time up to 4 hours.

Research has found that the average proficient learner cannot manage any more than four hours of deep work or deep learning. Any longer and they found themselves shifting back to superficial work; unable to keep up the intense concentration and effort required for deep learning.

This doesn’t mean you only work for 1-4 hours a day. Most of your learning doesn’t require deep learning.

Deep learning involves making a conscious effort to give your absolute focus to the learning task. It’s perfectly fine to take the gas off and complete your learning with less intensity. Just make sure you begin with your deep learning first.

When creating a foundation, don’t leave blanks. Make sure you’ve answered every single one of your questions before progressing with your learning. Learning is climbing a ladder. If you miss a rung, you won’t be able to climb higher than you already are.

Does this mean you need to answer your questions right away?

No. If anything, answering your questions immediately can be a disadvantage. The preferred method, which talk about in another lesson, is to answer your questions in blocks.

So what’s the point, then? Make sure you answer all of your questions before you move on to the next level of learning. The level that builds on top of the one you’re on now.

First. And if you can, in the morning.

Here’s why:

  • Your motivation peaks in the morning.
  • Your focus and willpower is highest in the morning.
  • When you begin your day with the accomplishment of completing your most challenging tasks, this pushes you to keep achieving. Try it for yourself.
  • Taking action creates a positive feedback loop. When you get work done, it leads to doing more work. When you sit down and avoid the work, you end up sitting down all day.

Action leads to action. The first push is the hardest, but once something gains momentum, it takes more energy to stop it.

You’re only distracted if you planned to do something else. If you fail to plan your learning, it becomes much easier for you brain to rationalise having a break.

On the other hand, if you know you should be studying right now, you will feel cognitive discomfort. There’s no rationalising your inaction.

This is why scheduling your work is so effective. It makes it much more painful to avoid our work. This pushes us to end up just getting it done.

Once you have created your deep learning habit, you will soon find that it begins to work for you.

Before long, you find yourself experiencing an uncomfortable itch that can only be scratched by completing your scheduled deep learning. This is the power of habit. At first, it is hard to begin, but later on, it’s hard not to.

Before this can happen, you need to create a habit. The most important step of creating any habit is consistency.

Lesson Cards

Deep Learning

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Key Idea

“You can do anything you want, but not everything.” -David Allen

Card 2

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Key Idea

Begin with your deep learning. The longer you wait, the harder it becomes.

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Key Idea

Every time you procrastinate, it becomes a little harder to begin. Knowing this can help you resist that initial impulse. Often the outcome of your day depends on resisting your first urge to procrastinate.

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Key Idea

You don’t need to rely on willpower. Instead, remove the distractions surrounding your learning.

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Key Idea

As you rewire your brain, it will soon begins to crave the positive habit you are trying to create. Stick with the process. Be consistent.


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