Week 2: Deconstruction

Part of:
David Youssef

Before our class session, please watch the video below for an overview of the subject matter we will be discussing, and familiarize yourself with the background materials linked below.

Reading Material



  • Take the skill you are trying to learn and make a list of ways you can start to break it down to its simplest components. Do this for 15 minutes.
  • Create a cheat sheet for what you learn and as you go take those building blocks of the skill and add them to the sheet.


Discuss with your cohort what techniques from the video and material open up a new avenue on how to break down this skill for you. Also work with your cohort about ways you can plan out celebration points along the way to take pride in your progress. Taking time to recognize small achievements is key to maintaining long-term motivation. For example, learning to play guitar can be broken down into a progression of learning five separate songs arranged from easiest to hardest. Each successful song represents a checkpoint to celebrate progress.


Barbara Oakley | Learning How to Learn

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