This is part of an ongoing series on the fundamental rules or “patterns” of accelerated learning. Each rule is very contextual; these are not silver bullets or cure-alls.
Rule #6: NARROW SCOPE
When you are practicing or sharing your desired skill, trying to maintain your position on the FLUENT EDGE…
It’s easy to fall out of the learning flow into overwhelm and anxiety.
- Enthusiasm for learning and challenge can misdirect learners to add too much new information to the learning environment.
- Instructors commonly underestimate the time required to truly absorb new information.
- Instructors and learners often exhibit impatience in the face of what will truly instill new competency, preferring rather to rush forward to get an “overview” of the skill.
- Instructors can often worry, for cultural reasons, about making it “too easy” for participants; trickery and testing is closely associated with most learners’ experiences, regardless of its negative effects.
- Proceed in BITE-SIZED PIECES, one piece at a time.
- Aim for “vertical slicing”, the ability to do a narrow range of things (within the overall general skill), and follow this narrow track to the highest level of performance, before expanding “horizontally”.