Prag wetware reading notes

Written by Keith McDonnell. Last updated on Tuesday, January 01, 2013.

== Notes from pragmatic wetware

Test-driven learning: test your knowledge of a subject at increasing intervals.

We tend to forget things along an exponential curve, so spacing out
your quizzing reinforces material much more effectively.

Your brain understands by recalling NOT reading.

Create mind map
- re-draw after 1st draft
- use colors & symbols
- write the topic in the center
- write the main themes radiating from the center
- emphasise relationships between ideas

Use mind maps to clarify your thoughts

Problem Solving with George Pólya
To solve a problem, ask yourself these questions:
• What are the unknown aspects?
• What do you know? What data do you have?
• What constraints and what rules apply?

Then make a plan, execute it, and review the results. Some of the techniques
Pólya suggests might sound familiar:
• Try to think of a familiar problem having the same or similar unknowns.
• Draw a picture.
• Solve a related or simpler problem; drop some constraints or use a subset of the data.
• Were all the data and constraints used? If not, why not?
• Try restating the problem.
• Try working backward from the unknown toward the data.

Be aware when you are in a “hack-spin” loop; instead sit back and really
understand the problem.

Pressure kills cognition; instead create failure permitted zones, eg prototyping
different solutions to the same problem

You can improve your performance—whether you’re playing a violin, debugging code,
or designing a new architecture—by imagining that you’ve already done so

• The adult learner is motivated to learn if learning will satisfy their own interests and needs.
• Units studied should be real-life situations, not just isolated subjects.

• Survey: Scan the table of contents and chapter summaries for an overview.
• Question: Note any questions you have.
• Read: Read in its entirety.
• Recite: Summarize, take notes, and put in your own words.
• Review: Reread, expand notes, and discuss with colleagues.

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