183: How We Learn with Vaidehi Joshi

May 20th, 2020 · 1 hr 12 mins

About this Episode

01:47 - Vaidehi’s Superpower: Learning new things and teaching them to other people

  • Teaching Things Helps YOU Learn
  • Deciding on Things to Learn

05:01 - Approaching Learning

  • Reading
  • Relating Things to Things Already Known
  • Ask Yourself, “Why do I need to know this?”
  • Tricks for Reading Papers
  • Read the Abstract & Conclusion
  • Pick Fights with the Paper
  • Using Tutorials
  • Accountability & Motivation
  • Learning with Others
  • Unraveled
  • Hermeneutic Circle

20:15 - Having Aha! Moments & Epiphanies: Brain Percolation

32:02 - Technologists Are Good Storytellers

39:03 - Improving Over Time and Doing Your Best

47:55 - Creating Spaces for People to Succeed

  • Manager Training
  • “Managing Up”: The Phrase – meh

52:58 - Effective Mentorship


Jamey: Incremental learning and progress – biting off small chunks and not beating ourselves up while learning. It’s not a waste of time to just do a little at a time.

Rein: Soft skills are technical skills.

Vaidehi: It’s hard to measure and quantify these things.

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