Notes from book Beginners
Notes from Beginners
- the drive to pick up new skills wanes in adulthood
Chapter 1: Life-long learning keeps your mind engaged, whatever your age. Source
- He challenged himself to learn a few completely new things
- Life-long learning keeps your mind engaged, whatever your age.
- procedural knowledge. It helps us actually do something: speak a language, play an instrument
- As we grow older, we tend to learn fewer and fewer procedural things
- society doesn’t expect children to be experts at anything
- continuing to learn new skills as you age is fantastic for your mental health
Chapter 2: Singing is a skill that can be learned with practice. Source
- hitting the right notes and carrying a melody is merely a matter of coordinating your muscles and breathing correctly
- most vocal lessons begin with exercises designed to help students reconsider their bodies
- you, too, want a voice that really resonates, you’ll have to give it your all.
Chapter 3: Developing new skills works best as a social practice. Source
- Developing new skills works best as a social practice.
- When people work together to harmonize and breathe in unison, their stress levels drop. And they also benefit from an increase in the production of oxytocin, a hormone connected to happiness.
- Practicing in front of others, or in a group, can also boost your performance. Humans learn best by observing others and getting feedback.
- The increase in ability that comes from working in a group is called social facilitation.
- professional cyclists always achieved their best times when riding together with others
Chapter 4: Learning the basic rules is just the first step in a long journey. Source
- People start as novices and then progress through the stages. First, you’re an advanced beginner, then come competence, proficiency, and finally, expertise.
- novice, all you need to do is get the basic rules right.
- beginner, you must begin to use your new skills in the complex and messy real world.
- people learning any new skill often become frustrated by their sudden lack of progress and give up early
Chapter 5: To master a skill, practice it until the movements become automatic. Source
- To master a skill, practice it until the movements become automatic.
- over-thinking can be a strong barrier to acquiring skills
- the best way to learn? The answer is, observing and doing. They are so much more beneficial than simply receiving instruction.
- Watching someone else fulfill a task, and then trying it out for yourself, engages the brain in a special way
- muscle memory.
Chapter 6: Learning to draw is all about learning how to see the world with fresh eyes. Source
- Learning to draw is all about learning how to see the world with fresh eyes.
- novices often draw their idea of a face rather than how it actually looks
- They overemphasize features to which the human brain pays more attention.
Chapter 7: It’s never too late to try something new. Source
- As we age, it’s important to remain a beginner at something.
Chapter 8: Final summary Source
- However, there’s a certain value in learning something just because it brings you joy. Never feel guilty if you spend time on a hobby even if it’s not professional.