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Crash Course in Learning Summary

Here's a PDF (500k) with a two-page summary sheet (with the graphics as icon/reminders) of the full post I made previously. Do NOT look at this until you've read the earlier (big) post... it's not meant to be stand-alone.

The PDF is actually nine pages, divided into two parts:

1) A seven-page "workbook" with mainly just the pictures, and space for you to make your own notes about what you think each image/concept means or how you'd apply it. Better to do it without looking at my earlier post, so you have a chance to figure out your own--potentially better--way to think about it.

2) The two-page summary (if you're not interested in making notes, just skip to the last two pages).

I'd like to see our new authors do the exercise as applied to your upcoming Head First book (and you KNOW I'm going to ask you for it)

I'm out and offline for the next several days, so be nice ; )
I'm still recovering (and taking new drugs) from my recent brain/seizure problems, so I'm way behind on everything (especially email) except doing my blog posts. I plan to get caught up soon, so my apologies to those who are still waiting]

Posted by Kathy on January 4, 2006 | Permalink


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I was looking forward to two things this month. The Apple keynote by Steve Jobs next week, and the Crash Course in Learning by Kathy Sierra, ever since you announced it in your previous posts :-)
You've done a great job, thank you for writing all this down.

> Do NOT look at this until you've read the earlier (big) post
> Better to do it without looking at my earlier post

Oooh, that was an excellent usage of the WTF? strategy. ;-)

Posted by: Jan Sabbe | Jan 4, 2006 3:52:25 PM

Hope you feel even better soon!

Posted by: Alvin | Jan 4, 2006 8:50:34 PM

Hi Kathy,

I enjoy your blog very much. Thanks for your great learning theory course. I'm always looking for new insides on this field.

Get well soon! :)

Posted by: Chavez | Jan 5, 2006 2:38:29 AM

Interesting stuff. I've been reading/forwarding your articles to my wife, who is in Education, not technology, and the previous post provoked lots of discussion at home (we're trying to work together on some educational software, with our kids as a test lab). Thanks for the great writing, and our thoughts are with you on the health front. Feel better soon.

Posted by: Dethe Elza | Jan 5, 2006 10:49:27 AM

Great stuff! I'm sure you won't be surprised to hear that it all applies to art too...

Here's prayers for a healthy new year for you ~

Posted by: Cyndi L | Jan 7, 2006 8:19:09 AM


Take care ,Hun. We love you a lot!!! And God Bless.



Posted by: Tarry Singh | Jan 7, 2006 3:20:49 PM

I *so* enjoy your blog--I find useful things in every post.
Just wanted to send a personal note of encouragement, as someone who also lives with brain/seizure problems. All the best--

Posted by: bug_girl | Jan 8, 2006 1:48:19 PM

Thanks for the scintilating, funny, and educational site (and Java book). Hope you get well soon. Robert.

Posted by: Robert | Jan 9, 2006 7:40:59 PM

Great stuff! Regarding the "conversational" style point, I think some contemporary tech-book writers have mistaken "conversational style" with "yakking till the cows come home". Hence the 900 page monsters filled with fluff, redundancies, screen prints and other inane trivialities which one could really do without.

Obviously the "Head First" books tend not to suffer from this particular shortcoming, and therefore tend to deliver more learning bang for the buck. Nowadays I find that I have my BS filter on even when I'm browsing the books at the bookstore. There are certain books that I'd rather take the chance of judging by their covers :) .

In my opinion, most well written books do not have to contend with the users' BS filter, precisely because the learner/reader quickly realizes that the authors are not just filling up pages with fluff or blatantly BS'ing them. So the uptake goes up when that clicks in (IMO).

Posted by: Amr Malik | Jan 9, 2006 8:14:55 PM

The pdf of the crash course in learning summary is awesome!

Good-bye seizure, Kathy is too strong for you :-)

Posted by: shyguy | Jan 9, 2006 10:09:12 PM

get well soon, dude !

Posted by: geek | Jan 10, 2006 12:55:33 AM


This is superb work! I guess I'll bite my tongue about Chapter 4, revel in the brilliance of this content, and pray for your even speedier recovery.


Posted by: Mike | Jan 10, 2006 12:09:57 PM

I just read some parts of your post and liked it a lot. I am going to finish it during weekend. Hope some more interesting coming soon....


Posted by: Sanjeev | Jan 13, 2006 4:36:16 AM

Hey there...

Posted by: Squire | Jan 14, 2006 2:07:57 PM

Hello Kathy,

thanks a lot for this great summary of your experience - I'm sure I will be using it quite frequently when preparing training classes for our helpdesk staff...

Get well soon,


Posted by: Holger Schweichler | Jan 14, 2006 8:46:47 PM

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CHICAGO, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Training and education of experienced IT professionals already established in the workforce is becoming a major concern, one certain to be on the consciousness of senior management at corporations all over the United States in the coming year, experts tell United Press International's Networking.

A survey, released last week by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), a trade association for the IT industry, based in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., in suburban Chicago, indicates that workers are taking the initiative to get the new training and skills they need for their careers, and that employers, thus far, are not providing guidance as to what skills they want for the future. By Gene Koprowski

Posted by: Ted Smith | Jan 30, 2006 1:47:31 PM

The summary PDF does not include the 2nd point - "Why? What for?". Is this an oversight?

Thanks for the PDFs - they are very useful.

% ashok

Posted by: ashok baktha | Apr 15, 2006 6:53:31 PM

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