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Ultralearning: Master Hard Skills, Outsmart the Competition, and Accelerate Your Career Audio CD – CD, August 6, 2019

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Scott Young is a writer who undertakes interesting self-education projects, such as attempting to learn MIT s four-year computer science curriculum in twelve months and learning four languages in one year. He lives in Vancouver Canada.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ HarperCollins B and Blackstone Audio; Unabridged AUDIO edition (August 6, 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Audio CD ‏ : ‎ 1 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1982662964
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1982662967
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 6.4 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 0.6 x 5.8 inches
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Reviewed in the United States on August 25, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to learn complex subjects quickly!
Reviewed in the United States on August 25, 2019
"Ultralearning" is a guide to learning (how to master hard skills, outsmart the competition, and accelerate your career). This is a straight-to-the-point book, filled with tools for personal growth, development, and improvement in every area of your life. This book is easy to read, but it is also "meaty", with many actionable ideas. I especially like that this book is research-based. The only issue with this book, like any self-help book, is actually implementing the strategies in your own life. I highly recommend this book. Please mark if you find my review helpful. Thank you so much!
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Reviewed in the United States on August 8, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars A dangerous book that will challenge your thinking
Reviewed in the United States on August 8, 2019
I've been following Scott's work for a decade ... and I'm so glad this book is finally out to the world. I read an advance version a few months ago but just picked up another copy for my Kindle. If you'd like to learn how to master languages, hack the MIT curriculum, and generally pursue life as the grand adventure it should be, you need your own copy of Ultralearning. My only complaint is that it should come with a warning label: "Don't read this book if you'd like to be the same afterwards." Scott is the real deal, and so is this book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Absolute waste of time
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 16, 2019
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1.0 out of 5 stars Old, tired and not worth a read.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 17, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learn anything DEEPLY and QUICKLY and Future-Proof your Career
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 19, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learn anything DEEPLY and QUICKLY and Future-Proof your Career
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 19, 2019
I absolutely loved this book. Whilst I had heard about Scott Young previously, I had not read any of his books and I have now become a big fan.

The book starts with a Forward from James Young - the Author of Atomic Habits. I highly recommend that book as well and James reflects how his success from an unproven author to a bestselling author was also down to Ultralearning just without him realising he was applying this framework of learning. There is a mention of Cal Newport and his books on Digital Minimalism, Deep Work, So Good They Can't Ignore You are all great books that compliment Ultralearning.

Ultralearning is Performance-Driven Learning. Taking on learning of ambitious learning projects that are only considered for those who are Geniuses or special skills. Ultralearning is the skill of deeply acquiring and applying skills.

Scott is an Ultralearner himself and has taken on many projects of Ultralearning from the MIT Challenge in 2011-2012 where he learnt a 4 year MIT Computer Science Curriculum in 12 months, A Year without English in 2013-2014 where he learnt Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese and Korean, to the Portrait Drawing Challenge in 2016 where. through rapid feedback, he learnt how to draw faces realistically.

Scott briefly introduces some of these but to give context to Ultralearning. This is not a book about him bigging up himself, he spends lots of time talking about the stories of different people who have taken on UltraLearning projects and the strategies they have used for this.

What I especially love is the fact that he presents 9 principles for you to become an Ultralearner. He has come up with the 9 principles, being especially careful of ensuring that these principles can be applied and are not just idiosyncrasies of an individual.

He covers 9 main principles:

- Meta-learning
- Focus
- Directness
- Drill
- Retrieval
- Feedback
- Retention
- Intuition
- Experimentation

The book looks at methods that are validated through scientific research and controlled experiments. It, therefore, provides great concepts that can be applied for any Ultralearning project.

Whilst some of the concepts may be known concepts e.g. Focus principes, using the pomodoro technique, dealing with procrastination and distraction. There are so many things he talks about which help dive deeper into understanding the concepts explained.

For example, when he takes about directedness he goes into details of various ways of doing this from Project-Based Learning, Immersive Learning, The Flight Simulator Method and the Overkill Approach.

When talking about direct practice and drills he delves into Time Slicing, Cognitive Components, Copycat, Magnifying Glass method and Pre-Requisite Chaining.

These are just a few examples of several strategies he goes through in each and every principle.

Each chapter has a story of different people who have taken on Ultralearning projects, whether it is a librarian who learnt Data Analysis Skills, Someone who become fluent in a language in just 3 months, an Architecture graduate who got a job through directness and getting skills that got him a job in the recession or someone getting into the semi-finals of a world public speaking championship without having any public speaking skills at all.

Scott brings to life the concepts through the stories and explaining the relevance. I like how Intuition and Experimentation are also important principles with Scott doing a great job of explaining Richard Feynman's Intuitive expertise and Vincent van Gogh's experimentation (He started late in his painting career and had no obvious talent).

The book title sums this up very well - Accelerate Your Career, Master Hard Skills and Outsmart the Competition. This book certainly gives you a framework to be able to do this. It does not promise to make it easy for you, in fact, it does highlight that this does require active effort and is a hard process. However, it is possible and the book is an enabler to help you build an Ultralearning attitude.

This is a short book of about 265 pages but is probably something you would use for reference as you think about the Ultralearning projects you are looking to take on. I am super excited about the possibilities this book demonstrates and the inspiration from various people who have taken on Ultralearning projects. I will be reading this a few times and will be doing lots of thinking of how I can use these principles for my first Ultralearning projects amongst many more in the future. I highly recommend this book. It is a game-changer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Written, Brilliantly Researched, Immediately Useful
Reviewed in India on August 27, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Written, Brilliantly Researched, Immediately Useful
Reviewed in India on August 27, 2019
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.

Best of luck.
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Dr. Ian Pitchford
4.0 out of 5 stars Concise and clear
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 8, 2019
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