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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 Three

Stoicable July 12, 2022


Deep Learning

Superficial learning – distracted learning. Your focus is divided, whether you are aware of it or not.

Deep learning – Intently focused. Your mind becomes absorbed in your learning.

It’s important not to get confused by the word meaningful. Meaningful learning means: engaging in learning that is worthwhile.

Take an assignment for example. You might spend hours researching for it. As you glean through page after page, soaking up everything you can, you feel accomplished. Yet, the reality is the opposite. Research is the easy part. It’s effortless to scroll through the internet, fuelled by a steady drip of dopamine from every great new article you discover. You trick yourself into thinking that you must keep searching.

Don’t be fooled; It’s a ruse. Before long, your research becomes nothing more than elaborate procrastination.

Despite what you might think or feel, this isn’t meaningful work. What’s the truly meaningful work? Getting the assignment done.

Meaningful learning can only be found in your high-value tasks, the ones that also happen to be the hardest.

The mirage of productivity. Most superficial learning tasks appear – and even feel – as if you are getting a lot of work done.

Think about reading through your textbook. It’s fast. It’s easy. You get a lot done. The reality is, you’ll walk away with barely 5% of what you’ve just learnt.

Deep learning is a lot of work. It can be slow. But at the end of the day, you own your learning. The content is embedded deeply in your brain and your retention of the content will reflect this.

Never use appearance or feelings to judge your productivity. Trust the process.

Complete immersion in your task. It’s an energized focus. You might even lose track of time as you become engrossed in your work or learning.

Every time you find yourself distracted, you leave a fragment of your attention behind with that distraction. Even when you return your attention back to your task, some of it unconsciously remains with your recent distraction.

This phenomenon is called attention residue.

Lesson Cards

Deep Learning

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Key Idea

The poor learning progress and continued distraction that accompanies superficial learning is harmful to your brain. It creates cognitive stress.

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Appropriate struggle is a good indicator of effective learning.

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Don’t let your feelings be the judge of meaningful work – they are always wrong.

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“Meaningful learning” means useful, worthwhile and effective learning.

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Don’t confuse challenging yourself with frustrating yourself. The difference is capability.

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Key Idea

When you aren’t challenged, your focus will wane. Often you are not even conscious of this.


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