There has always been a plethora of free internet resources for learning all of the technical aspects of data science. When it comes to learning all of this on our own, though, things become a little more tricky. You may be unsure where to begin, how to study less and learn more, how to retain more material, how to study at your best, and how to achieve constant improvement.
Step 1: Where to Start? Build your Curriculum!
You may have some prior experience with data science, math, and statistics, as well as Excel or Python. So all you have to do now is create a curriculum that meets your requirements. The curriculums for online courses are competent, but they don’t know anything about you. This is why you should choose a few of them and tailor your education to them. Your curriculum will allow you to concentrate on your weak areas while avoiding topics in which you are already proficient. Create a roadmap if feasible to know where you are today and what you want to know in a few months. When you reach a plateau, keeping track of your progress will help you stay motivated.
Step 2: Schedule Tasks
Having a routine can help you develop the discipline you’ll need to learn a variety of subjects. The importance of consistency in the learning process cannot be overstated. It’s not the same as studying for seven hours on Mondays and one hour on Mondays and Sundays. The first will exhaust you, whereas the second will provide you with the consistent practice required to develop new skills.
Step 3: Learn the Bare Minimum and Begin Working on Projects
When we’re learning something new, we often want to delve deeper into the subject and figure out why things work the way they do. Although this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, when learning technical things like a programming language, you should study the bare minimum and put what you’ve learned into practice. Before moving on to other topics, obtain some practical experience. It’s great to keep learning new subjects, but we must first have a firm foundation in the prior areas.
Step 4: Develop Good Habits to Reach your Peak Performance
This is a crucial yet underappreciated point. Habits can either speed up or slow down your learning. Good habits, on the other hand, will help you achieve peak performance and become a better learner. Small habits like putting on Do Not Disturb mode when studying will help you avoid distractions, and cleaning your desk and the computer will help you improve your workflow and increase productivity, which brings us to the following topic.
Step 5: Follow the 20-Second Rule to Make Consistent Progress
This is based on the “activation energy” technique. The time, energy, or effort required to begin performing anything is referred to as activation energy. The more willpower you need, the more activation energy an activity demands. For those things we plan to execute regularly, the 20-second rule involves lowering this activation energy. To accomplish this, we must intentionally alter our surroundings to place difficult actions on the route of least resistance.
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