Topics for improving your self-study skills.
- motivation: Find your own motivations for learning something.
- time: Set aside some time for learning and reflection. Be patient and relaxed throughout the learning process.
- breadth-then-depth: First research a topic broadly to get a clearer mental map, after that go deeper into specific areas of the topic.
- notes: Make short notes of important facts and insights. This helps you build a mental map of complex structures.
- reflection: Take time to absorb and reflect on the information.
- association: Find interesting associations with your own expertise of other topics.
- question: Ask critical, rhetorical questions (that come up while researching a topic) and try to find find good answers to those questions. If no good answers are found, make a note of that.
- restructure: Correct any mental structures that are insufficient or flawed.
- produce: Be creative in your own way with the new insights.
- discuss: Talk to other people about your understanding and insights regarding the topic. Be open for other viewpoints.
- explain: Can you explain the nuances of the topic quickly and fluently to someone else now?
- teach: If you know a lot about a certain topic, can you teach clearly it to someone? What is the most interesting part of the topic for others?
- apply: Apply what you know in new creative ways.
- Japanese aesthetics
- human body language
- charismatic people
- emotional intelligence
- world population growth
- tree biology
- cell biology