The First 20 Hours

The First 20 Hours

How to Learn Anything ... Fast

Book - 2013
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Kaufman offers a systematic approach for acquiring new skills quickly with a small amount of practice each day. He shows how to deconstruct complex skills, maximize productive practice, and remove common learning barriers
Publisher: New York : Portfolio/Penguin, 2013
ISBN: 9781591845553
Branch Call Number: 153.15 Kauf
Characteristics: xi, 274 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: First twenty hours


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Cynthia_N Jul 05, 2016

Interesting read. Kaufman's theory is that you can learn anything to an efficient level with 20 hours of dedicated practice. He shows you how to break down the process, do research, and gather tools (none of which counts towards the 20 hours). Each practice session should be no more than 90 minutes. He gives detailed examples of how he learned multiple things. I haven't tried it out yet but I am in the planning stage of my next skill!

Jun 22, 2015

I was a little dubious about this book at first, but I really enjoyed it.
The author takes a number of different skills to learn in the required 20 mhours, and some he does more successfully than others. After he had mastered programming and touch typing, it was refreshing to see him struggle with Windsurfing and get thrashed in his first competitive game of Go. I'll be tryiong the technique over the summer to see if it pays off for me.


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