Learning to learn

ABSTRACT Often we want to learn a new subject faster with comprehensiion and mastery. To learn software, your go-to method would probably be a This is where Guided Imitation comes in

How can you learn a subject faster / master a software quicker? for beginner

The two concepts you need to do

  • Double the playback speed or the highest you can comprehend when watching YouTube tutorials, or download them if possible and do the same with VLC

  • Just copy whatever is being taught even if you do not understand. Your brain will make sense of everything as you progresses, and what was unknown to you seems pretty apparent.

When you get to an intermediate level or want to break into to advanced mastery; tutorials just is not enough There are two ways: 1. You have a mentor which can give you instructions to improve your work consistently 2. You breakdown your favorite motion graphics/animation/video frame by frame and analyse how a shot was crafted

When materials has been developed to present Spanish as a spoken language, and the skills of understanding and speaking are accordinly emphasized. In order to understand the materials, one must first understand the method upon which they are built. This method is known as GUIDED IMITATION. Its goals is to teach one to speak easily, fleutnly with very little accent, and to do this without conscious effort, jsut as one speaks his ownlanguage without conscious effort. There are two very important aspects of this method.

Counter-intuitive things

  • Everyone have different modes of learning; what works for a person might not work for you. You have to identify is your optimal way of learning. Is it through sheer practice and experimentation, or or could do an analytical approach and deconstruct an animation

  • Alternatively learning something else might help with the subject better. eg learning javascripting helped my comprehension of the procedural workflow of Houdini in terms of how data and attributes are translated and modulated to become a visuals.

First learning a relatively small body of material so well that it requires very little effort to produce it. This is OVERLEARNING. If a student overleans every dialog and drill as he goes through this book, he will almost cetainly experience rapid progress in learning the language.

The second aspect is learning to authentically manipilate the sounds, sequences, and patterns of teh language. The impportant implication here is the reality of both the model and the imitation. The model (teacher, recording, etc) must provide Spanish as people really speak it in actual conversations, and the student must be helped to an accurate imitation. Above all, the normal tempo of pronunciation must be the classroom standard; slowing down is, is this context distortion.