What I learned last week (#144): 3x speed

Learned last week: flawed learning, making notes, alternative activities, and more!

A weekly selection of what I was reading, drawing, writing, and doing.


Missing the point:

Listening to audiobooks at 3x speed is born out of a flawed model of learning — and it’s the same one that underpins our modern education system. The assumption is that people can acquire knowledge as if it’s a substance they can pour into their minds. I call it the Water in a Cup method—and anybody with a lick of common sense or the initiative to read a few research papers will see how misguided it is.

Reflecting on his classroom experience, the philosopher Mortimer Adler once said: “A lecture has been well described as the process whereby the notes of the teacher become the notes of the student without passing through the mind of either.”

Against 3X Speed: https://perell.com/essay/against-3x-speed/


Making (your own) notes:

This is very related to the topic above. Instead of writing down what you hear/read, you should rephrase it/summarize it in your own words.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTr1Nn-doCs


Things to do instead of drinking:

Personally this is helpful for me as I have been looking to shift my evening beer habit via replacing it with something else (which tends to work best for me). Not everything in this list is interesting to me, but it is good for shaking the tree.

99 Sober Activities To Do This Weekend Instead Of Drinking: https://www.thegoodtrade.com/features/sober-things-to-do-instead-of-drinking-alcohol


What I wrote and drew about this week:

https://getonwithit.blog/2021/10/04/trying-new-things-with-strangers/

https://getonwithit.blog/?p=14203

https://fivefigures.art/2021/10/08/late-evening-park-watercolor-painting/


What I did, was reminded of, or was thankful for last week:

  • This week’s post is short as I was busy trying to get ready for the first family vacation in almost two years and had a full week of work (and a birthday to plan as well). With all the COVID paperwork and rules for different countries (and also having a dog), there is a lot more overhead to travel. As someone who is on the other side of it now though, it all feels worth it. ☀️

Last but not least, check out what I’m up to now.

Comments welcome!