Workshop for improving your self-study skills.


  • starting
    • 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.
    • learning style: find your optimal learning styles: Visual, Auditory, Read-write, Kinesthetic (physical and emotional experiences). (VARK)
  • research
    • 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 in 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 it clearly 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
  • video series: “the human brain” (neuroscience intro)
  • human settlement structures and cultural ambiances around the world.
  • study this article: “The Fever Effect
  • … choose your own topic!


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