Last update: 2021 / 12 / 14

Be who you needed when you were younger.

Diversity is GOLD!

Listen to the social scientist Dr. Adam Galinsky explains how you can boost your brilliance and creativity simply by immersing yourself in different cultures!

Spoiler alert: it all starts with the beautiful Galician bagpipe music

Hidden Brain: The Edge Effect

"Fluency allows understanding to become embedded, emerging when needed."

Beautiful article written by Barbara Oakley. Speaking from her own experience, Barbara explains how learning is not simply about conceptual understanding but should also focuses on "fluency". Active (but repetitive) practicing is a good way to achieve fluency of any "language", regardless of whether it is Russian or mathematics.

How I rewired my brain to become fluent in math

Use 'feedback' to improve learning efficiency

In his book 'Ultralearning' Scott Young suggest that we can improve our learning efficiency by seeking three types of feedback: outcome feedback, information feedback, and corrective feedback. Among them, corrective feedback is the best kind because this type of feedback tells you what you did wrong and 'how to fix it'.

I think the same concept can be applied to many places, for example, when reviewing a manuscript, instead of simply pointing out the things that we disapprove, maybe it would be helpful to also provide suggestions for 'how to fix it'. I want to try my best to only give this type of feedback from now on.

Young also argues that the timing of the feedback is crucial. Real-time feedback can oftentimes maximize the effect. The best example I can think of is the 'clicker' quizzes in a class, which could benefit both the instructor and the students. The instructor received feedback on his/her teaching performance (from how well the students can answer the quizzes) whereas the students received feedback on their learning performance (from knowing immediately where they got wrong and how to 'correct' it).