Well I am following Scott young from a long time and following his blogs and challenges. I had already collected all of his 4 books while pre order and bonus and read them which is a priceless content. The book is recommended to who ever want to learn a content, skill and pursue the goal of improving themselves. The real time examples and linked to the principle helps anyone to understand what how and why to apply all the information of this book into their life. I love how it is linked to real life situation and practical strategies and yes even tactics. Without saying more thanks to Scott young for his 10 years of research into this book. Whoever is a student want to save 10 years of experience can read this book.
Do you want to learn/understand a new or difficult subject/skill in relatively short period of time than it should/usually takes to pursue?
Do you want to know the skillset to get rid of the self-sabotaging habit of procrastination which makes you less accomplished than you could have been?
Do you want to catch up with the subjects or a degree or a goal which you have had abandoned a long time ago but have plans to resume all over again?
Do you want to acquire a "superpower" that helps you to outsmart the competition?
Then, my friend, this book is an invaluable tool for you. Read it, understand it, implement it, and master complicated skills by becoming an ultra-fast learner.
Whether you are a student, or trying to learn a new language (in both sense, you know what I mean), or need to add a new skillset to enhance your professional profile, or struggling to concentrate on your studies, or getting ready for an examination, you should absolutely read this brilliantly researched and beautifully written masterpiece.
I'd like to recommend an another book with similar impact, if you do not already know the name: "Deep Work" by Cal Newport.
A great resource with tons of practical strategies for those who aim to rack up a specific skill set in a shortest possible time with greater intensity. The author – Scott Young himself is an ultra learner who took up an audacious MIT project and finished an intensive 4 years computer programming degree in just 1 year which no means a easy feat and may even look impossible. But he accomplished this seemingly impossible feat, with an intense plan and right strategies in place, which itself a source of inspiration to many passionate learners. Scott seems to have poured over the biographies of many genius from different fields – Mary Somerville, Benjamin Franklin, Richard Feynman, Ramanujan, Judit Polygar etc and dissected their mental processes and learning strategies used by them in building huge mental database which they could call up in mastering their craft instead of just labelling them as an innate or in born genius. He identifies 9 building blocks – Meta learning, focus, directiveness, drill, retrieval, feedback, retention, intuition, experimentation for any ultra learning projects. Under each categories several techniques are discussed in the book which can be used in achieving learning objective with more utilitarian value.
There are 9 principles for wannabe ultralearner to adopt as per the book . After reading them all I have reduced them into one which is to work very very hard. The book doesn't say anything new or different but it tries to answer How to apply what you already know about learning to your learning goals. I really enjoyed the chapters on Directness, Intuition. Some chapters like Metalearning , Feedback , Retention are basic and are required for all types of learning not just ultralearning. The chapter of Drill - is important to burst air pockets of during learning. All in all an excellent book for all types of learners and students.
Includes strategies for learning new things which can be applied to variety of subjects from coding to language learning. A must for people who want to learn within a short period of time for lifetime.
Well it's Scott H Young, so praising is inevitable, however in his new book, approaches must be refined, and it can be safely said it's a programme in itself. Must read, only then can review better. Will post edited version with more details after reading whole book.
But one thing is for sure, mere reading is not enough for books like this and authors like him.
What an amazing book. I am a long-time reader of Scott Young's blog. And I was not disappointed. I talked about the content of this book to a few of my friends. They were kind of shocked and just could not believe what Scott has achieved and the concept of 'Ultralearning". Highly recommended.