MetaLearning

ML20: Scott Young on Ultralearning Projects, the MIT Challenge and The Year Without English

Discover the core skills needed to become a self-directed learner, the advantages of different media sources for MetaLearning and the key principles that cognitive science has proven help people learn faster and more efficiently.
Nasos Papadopoulos

Scott Young is a lifelong learner and online entrepreneur who runs the business ScottHYoung.com where he tries to answer the question: “What’s the best way to learn?” through free articles, and a series of books and courses.

In a world of limitless access to information, it's become possible for all of us to direct our own learning like never before. And Scott is a great example of someone doing this - taking on ambitious ultra learning projects which include:

  1. The MIT Challenge, where he successfully learned MIT’s 4-year computer science curriculum in a year without taking classes
  2. The Year Without English, where he travelled the world with a friend to learn four languages in a year – Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin and Korean.

In this episode we discuss a wide range of topics including:

- The core skills and habits someone needs to become a self directed learner
- The advantages/disadvantages of the different forms of media for learning like blogs vs books and podcasts vs videos
- The principles that cognitive science has proven help people learn faster


So whether you're building a business, learning a language or learning to code, this episode will give you the tools and techniques needed to direct your own ultralearning project.

Related Posts 

Podcasts

🎙 ML46: Barbara Oakley on Learning How To Learn, Retraining Your Brain and The Secrets Behind Great Online Education

🎙 ML40: How To Learn a New Skill

🎙 ML39: How To Find Your Learning Style

Selected Resources

Scott's Projects

The MIT Challenge

The Year Without English

30 Day Drawing Challenge

Other Resources

📖 Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning - Roediger & McDaniel

📖 Human Memory - Alan Baddeley & Michael Eysenck

▶️ Medical Neuroscience Course - Duke University on Coursera

🖥 Daniel Willingham's Blog

🖥 Study Hacks - Cal Newport

🖥 Better Explained - Khalid Azad

🖥 Fluent in 3 Months - Benny Lewis

🖥 Hacking Chinese - Olle Linge

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