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Effective Learning
Allison Kaptur
@akaptur
Recurse Center
1. Mindset
2. Strategies
What to get out of
this talk
Growth mindset:
Carol Dweck
These theories cause
differences in effort
"Praise that
backfires"
Response to confusion
Response to confusion
"How can one best describe the nature of people who will
most of all be that way which will make the...
Programmers need a
growth mindset
Does anyone believe in a fixed
mindset?
Does anyone believe in a fixed
mindset?
10x engineers
Does anyone believe in a fixed
mindset?
Hero worship
Can you change a fixed mindset?
Heck yes
How do you identify a fixed
mindset?
"I am .."
"Some people are
just ..."
How do you change a fixed
mindset?
Reframe praise &
success
How do you change a fixed
mindset?
Reframe failure
How do you change a fixed
mindset?
Celebrate challenges
How do you change a fixed
mindset?
Ask about processes
Confidence &
imposter syndrome
Confidence doesn't
help you
respond to challenges
Henderson & Dweck, 1990
Break the framework
Self-theories: Their role in
motivation, personality, and
development
Mindset
Strategies
Make it Stick
Learning is an
acquired skill
1. Effortful retrieval
>
rereading
2. Spaced practice
>
massed practice
Spaced - Varied - Interleaved
3. Difficulty is
(usually) desirable
This all feels terrible
Implementing
Effortful retreival
Implementing
Spaced practice
Implementing
Difficulty & errors
Recap
Growth mindset
Effortful retrieval
Spaced practice
Desirable difficulties
Thanks!
My thanks to everyone who gave me feedback on early
versions of this talk:
- Maggie Zhou
- Amy Hanlon
- Alyssa Fra...
Q & A / Pop quiz!
• What impact does confidence have on success?
• What are some ways to create spaced practice?
• What are...
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Effective Learning Strategies for Programmers

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Kiwi PyCon 2015 keynote - Allison Kaptur

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Effective Learning Strategies for Programmers

  1. 1. Effective Learning Allison Kaptur @akaptur
  2. 2. Recurse Center
  3. 3. 1. Mindset 2. Strategies
  4. 4. What to get out of this talk
  5. 5. Growth mindset: Carol Dweck
  6. 6. These theories cause differences in effort
  7. 7. "Praise that backfires"
  8. 8. Response to confusion
  9. 9. Response to confusion "How can one best describe the nature of people who will most of all be that way which will make the imitating of others happen most often? Is it that these are the poeple we want to be like because they are fine or is it that these are the people we want to be liked by?"
  10. 10. Programmers need a growth mindset
  11. 11. Does anyone believe in a fixed mindset?
  12. 12. Does anyone believe in a fixed mindset? 10x engineers
  13. 13. Does anyone believe in a fixed mindset? Hero worship
  14. 14. Can you change a fixed mindset? Heck yes
  15. 15. How do you identify a fixed mindset? "I am .." "Some people are just ..."
  16. 16. How do you change a fixed mindset? Reframe praise & success
  17. 17. How do you change a fixed mindset? Reframe failure
  18. 18. How do you change a fixed mindset? Celebrate challenges
  19. 19. How do you change a fixed mindset? Ask about processes
  20. 20. Confidence & imposter syndrome
  21. 21. Confidence doesn't help you respond to challenges Henderson & Dweck, 1990
  22. 22. Break the framework
  23. 23. Self-theories: Their role in motivation, personality, and development Mindset
  24. 24. Strategies
  25. 25. Make it Stick
  26. 26. Learning is an acquired skill
  27. 27. 1. Effortful retrieval > rereading
  28. 28. 2. Spaced practice > massed practice Spaced - Varied - Interleaved
  29. 29. 3. Difficulty is (usually) desirable
  30. 30. This all feels terrible
  31. 31. Implementing Effortful retreival
  32. 32. Implementing Spaced practice
  33. 33. Implementing Difficulty & errors
  34. 34. Recap Growth mindset Effortful retrieval Spaced practice Desirable difficulties
  35. 35. Thanks! My thanks to everyone who gave me feedback on early versions of this talk: - Maggie Zhou - Amy Hanlon - Alyssa Frazee - Julia Evans Thanks to the Kiwi PyCon organizers for inviting me! Slides by Deckset
  36. 36. Q & A / Pop quiz! • What impact does confidence have on success? • What are some ways to create spaced practice? • What are two strategies for turning a fixed mindset into a growth mindset?

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