- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Thorsons/Element - GB (4 September 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0008305706
- ISBN-13: 978-0008305703
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.3 x 23.4 cm
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‘Ultralearning is like a superpower in our competitive economy. Read this book! It will change your life.’
― Cal Newport, author of Digital Minimalism and Deep Work
‘How do you master a difficult subject more quickly than by sitting through years of classes? Read Ultralearning for specific directions on structuring and absorbing complex topics in record time. This short book provides you with a step-by-step guide to becoming an ultra fast learner.’
― Robert Pozen, author of Extreme Productivity and Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management
‘Ultralearning is the best book on learning I’ve ever read. It’s a beautifully written, brilliantly researched, and immediately useful masterpiece. If you are looking for the magic match to help light your learning, Ultralearning is it. If you want to learn anything, do yourself a favor and read this book. Now.”
― Barbara Oakley, author of A Mind for Numbers and co-author and co-instructor of Learning How to Learn
‘This book is an invaluable tool to help you master complicated skills in a short period of time. Read Ultralearning and level up your life!’
― Chris Guillebeau, bestselling author of The $100 Startup and The Happiness of Pursuit
‘A truly great book about learning. Riveting, useful, practical, and applicable to anyone ready to learn something at their own pace. Ultralearning shows you exactly how to learn better than you thought possible.’
― Derek Sivers, author of Anything You Want
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A graduate of the University of Manitoba (Bachelor of Commerce, Entrepreneurship, 2011), Scott lives in Vancouver, Canada. He can be found at ScottHYoung.com and on Twitter at @scotthyoung.
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In that sense, reading this book is itself a great start in tackling the question: ‘how should one approach learning how to learn?’.
For this reason alone, I think the book is well worth it. Indeed, even if one's ambitions are more limited than this, the book has a lot of helpful, practical suggestions that can be applied to learning any particular skill. However, I think there is potentially a more important reason for reading the book.
I have been following Scott Young's blog for several years now. He has inspired me to take on learning projects that I may have never attempted had it not been for his example. Therein lies, I think, one of the most valuable things about this book.
The book details a mindset that one can develop in which every successful learning project completed becomes a part of a larger whole of learning how to ‘ultralearn’. I’ll quote the book itself here in further describing this mindset:
‘There’s an added benefit to ultralearning that transcends even the skills one learns with it. Doing hard things, particularly things that involve learning something new, stretches your self-conception. It gives you confidence that you might be able to do things that you couldn’t do before’ [p34]
Becoming exposed to Scott Young's ambitious projects has inspired me to try my own and has significantly broadened my own conceptions of what is possible for myself. This book ought to be an excellent starting point for anyone looking to further unlock their own potential.
Incidentally, if you’re not sure whether this book is right for you, I would definitely recommend checking out Scott Young's blog. If you find the articles he writes interesting and useful, I think there's a high chance you'll gain a lot from this book.
My learning Spanish over the last ten years was probably my first ultralearning project, and I happened to follow Scott's nine steps for ultralearning very closely in that project. I was nodding in agreement with almost all the language learning-specific examples throughout the book.
The example that most resonated with me for my current project is that of Vatsal in the Directness chapter, where he struggles to find a job until he independently and directly develops upgrades his technical skills as an architect. Prior to Scott's book coming out, I decided I needed to develop my professional (instructional design / elearning) skills further, due to instabilities in my current organisation. Scott's book has further convinced me that directly working on skills valuable to employers is likely a high return investment.
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For the passed 15 odd years I have been in search of a comprehensive, yet comprehensible system of learning to learn. You might say it's been a bit of a quixotic journey, as the results of my efforts have been mixed.
Over that time I have encountered and tested various methods, strategies, and systems. I've explored spaced repetition and its software implementations. I've dabbled in increasing my working memory through n-back programs. I've read and attempted to implement a variety of books on learning to learn. I have read Ericcson's work on deliberate practice. I've read Adler's book on how to read a book. And quite a few more.
However, something has always been lacking. Whether it has been my inability to implement a given system or the authors' inability to communicate actionable strategies is hard to say. But, Scott Young's book seems to be the genuine article.
The book is based in solid cognitive psychology research. But, I believe its major advantage is in Mr. Young's clear prose and seamless communication style. It's my best bet that the attempts at learning to learn that I have made have been somewhat unsuccessful due to the author's ability, or lack thereof, to communicate ideas in such a way as to be actionable over the long term. This is not the case with Ultralearning. The system appears to be a cogent, well-thought-out way to truly master learning.
I'm excited to get started on an Ultralearning project.
scott system really works ,i have tried it in my preparation for CFA exam specially the essay part ,his strategy was very successful beyond my expectation .i also tried his system successfully in designing and completing a learning project on how to analyze banking stocks which has been new industry to me.i can tell you that his strategy work brilliantly .
So,naturaly when i saw his new book ultra-learning i pre-ordered it. What i liked about scott book is that he generalized 9 principles that ultra-learner share which provide an excellent framework on the principles of ultra learning.
One of the ultra learning principles discussed in the book is directness in which scott discuss the concept of transfer which is converting knowledge into actions.i believe that this book is a complement not a substitute for any one interested in mastering ultra-learning .so,if you are interested in the book i recommend you check his course because the course help you in converting these principles into actions much clearly than reading the book.
What I did not like about the book is that it lacks the directness and transfer of how to implement these principles compared with his course .The course is much more practical on how to implement the principles discussed in the book.As a result,i will give the book four star.
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