Saturday, August 21, 2010

What are your favourite Ingredients to kick off learning?

Those of you who read my last posts remember that I wanted to learn programming Android. Did you ever ask yourself what has to happen to start a learning process? So here is my theory of the ingredients to a tasty learning experience:

  1. Commitment
  2. Clear picture of what you want to learn
  3. A plan
  4. The steps to your target are small enough you can make them.
  5. Cool tools (mental and hitech)
These points are obvious, maybe they are not even a complete list, but do you see the parallels to project management? You can only succeed in learning if you keep to your plan, if you know where you are and where you are going to and how you are going to do that.

But there is one thing which is always true: Do something. If there is no action, there is no change. Even the decision not to learn something is an action. Then you do not have to worry about this point on your list - if you have a list.

BTW: I went to a bookstore nearby and bought a book on Android programming. This is my new side project. Tomorrow I am going to work out a plan with my milestones.

One thing is missing in my list - on purpose. Repetition: What are your favourite ingredients to learning?


  1. I think you forgot one really important ingredient: seeing your progress and enjoying some sense of achievement :-)

  2. @Rosa: My point 4 matches your seeing the progress. But I definitely forgot the enjoying... ...but only in my list. If you don't do it with your heart, you do not do it at all ;-)

  3. Why you want to learn what you want to learn. I think this one goes with '1. Commitment'. If you know why you want to program your first Android app, you'll be committed.


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