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Here it is: I have this insane, unreasonable goal of learning everything. Will it ever happen? No. Absolutely not. But I don't see why that should stop me from trying!

So, I'd like to know your takes on learning. What do you like learning about? Do you have a particular system that you use to help you learn efficiently? How do you keep yourself motivated (or maybe you don't- if not, feel free to say why, even if it's just that you don't enjoy it)? Would you rather know everything about nothing, as some accuse experts of doing, or nothing about everything, like a jack-of-all-trades? Feel free to ignore these specific questions and say whatever seems relevant to the general topic.

As for me, when it is information-based knowledge, I typically start with a survey of the topic, via textbooks, histories, or similar resources, followed by checking out a few of the 'classics' in whatever the topic is. Next I look into summaries, cliff-notes, etc. If I decide to get into niche information, I will start looking at articles, studies (if it is a science-related topic), and the like. One very narrow area that I've probably spent more time studying than is good for me is J.R.R. Tolkien and his writings, but I can't help it; I love the Lord of the Rings.

Skill-based knowledge is a little trickier for me, because I tend to have a hard time starting my practice of a skill without instruction from somebody. It also tends to involve less generalized information. These things make it more time-consuming for me, and I haven't focused on it as much as I want to yet.

So, give me all you've got. As Chitanda-san would say: I'm curious!
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I love learning about physics and space. I mostly read books on the topic, or watch videos on youtube. I would rather be an expert on nothing, I think its better to specialize. My next topic I specialize in is music trivia. I research music more than any other topic there is. Mostly on classic rock, or grunge.
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I like to learn by doing, listening to people talk and reading are not my thing.
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LaughedAtByTheGods wrote:

I like to learn by doing, listening to people talk and reading are not my thing.


this especially with programing and IT
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Real world examples and hands- on training are how I learn best.
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Reading and practicing.
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I like learning about stuff that interests me. Simple enough right? The difficult part is finding something I'm interested in and staying motivated to learn it. Also I like learning by doing like basically everyone else here, but when I can't I don't mind reading. As long as it interests me I could read for hours on end.
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Apparently I'm a visual learner. I can also memorise things from putting them in songs.
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I like having gist of things. In no means I want to be expert.

I learn through doing examples or memorization.
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my brain actually began to have a difficult time retaining information by the time i turned 12 which is inconvenient because i really enjoy learning, so i buy a lot of notebooks and write pretty much everything i learn down in them or bookmark wikipedia articles on the subjects i'm learning about so i don't forget and just read it over and over, when reading books i write in my phone's notes my opinions and things i found interesting so when people ask me about it i don't go "meh, don't remember"
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Usually with 5 energy drinks and some tasty gas station hot dogs to cram knowledge throughout the night, school was great.
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LaughedAtByTheGods wrote:

I like to learn by doing. Listening to people talk and reading are not my thing.


Yes ^
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do, rince and repeat
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My mother says you start learning from the day you're born and you don't stop until you die. I've begun to agree with her on this point.
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jyushimatsumatsuno wrote:

my brain actually began to have a difficult time retaining information by the time i turned 12 which is inconvenient because i really enjoy learning, so i buy a lot of notebooks and write pretty much everything i learn down in them or bookmark wikipedia articles on the subjects i'm learning about so i don't forget and just read it over and over, when reading books i write in my phone's notes my opinions and things i found interesting so when people ask me about it i don't go "meh, don't remember"


That's too bad. I'm glad you found something that works for you, though. Writing about what you learn definitely helps, I think. It's much better than just a single read over the material, at least.
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