A personal blog.

Learning Rules


  • It's better to learn on a regular basis in short sessions (30-60 minutes) than 3 hours long once a week.

  • Take short breaks between learning sessions, it will improve your concentration and enhance overall productivity.

  • Divide overall learning material into chunks (chapters), and work on one at a time.

  • Take a helicopter's view at the learning subject so that you can see the bigger picture.

  • Practice what you've learned so that you master the material and get the hands-on feedback.

  • Sleep well, otherwise learning is not effective.

  • Recalling the learned material is the best technique of learning, even better than rereading it.

  • Self-testing is highly effective step in the learning; therefore, ask yourself questions after each completed chunk.

  • Exercises (running, gym, yoga, etc.) can boost your learning abilities.

  • Explaining to others what you've learned helps you understand the material even better.

  • Schedule a time slot for learning, ideally in the very morning.

  • Learn in a quiet place where no distractions can prevent you from giving full attention to the subject.

  • To fight procrastination, focus on the process not the outcome.

Additional resources:

  1. The course "Learning How To Learn" at Coursera.
  2. The article "How to study smart: 20 scientific ways to learn faster"
  3. My article at in Russian: Как правильно учиться