Beginners

by Tom Vanderbilt

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Beginners

by Tom Vanderbilt


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  • 5 Stages of Knowledge Acquisition:

    Novice, advanced beginner, competent, proficient, and expert, are the five stages of knowledge. Most people give up between Novice and Advanced Beginner. That’s because a Novice is when you are taking in the declarative knowledge of a new endeavor: you’re reading manuals and watching how-to videos.

  • Be Brave- Find Like-Minded Individuals:

    There is a reason you can google “cooking classes”, “ballet classes”, “singing classes”, “Zumba classes”; and that’s because as adults we tend to learn better in groups. That isn’t to say that lots of people can’t learn on their own (hello using youtube to learn Zumba) but adults tend to need approv

  • Kids Learn Easier Than Adults:

    Kid learn easier than adults for a couple of reasons. One is biological and the other is societal. For quite a few years children do not have societal norms impeding their ability to learn. Why is this? Because they don’t get embarrassed by failure. No child trying to learn to walk falls, looks arou

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