The Marschke Learning Process
I often give advice to friends when they want to learn about the arts of my work. I’m no teacher, but that doesn’t stop me from developing a good process in which to minimize my friend’s efforts needed for learning. Below is the Marschke Learning Process®. A series of steps that I’ve discovered in my bad habits of teaching myself how to do anything.
My original draft of these steps manifested from me learning computer programming and system engineering. Sense I’ve found that any comprehensive skill can be learned though the same process.
1. Admit you have absolutely no idea what you’re doing
And I mean absolutely nothing. You must continuously sacrifice your confidence and pride to learn a new skill. The more willing you are to do that, the better.
This step is actually the latest addition to the process. It took me years to find out why any learning curve felt like a learning cliff. It was because I was never starting from the bottom as I should’ve been. This step is easy to accomplish, but it’s absence will lengthen your learning time to exaggerated lengths.
2. Repeat what is right/Copy and paste
See that other guy over there? He knows what he’s doing. Copy him the closest you can. Don’t try to “add your own style” or think you know more than he does, remember the first step.
3. Change what you’ve copied
Now that you’ve successfully copied someone else, change small parts of it. Modify it and see the response. Start to understand what you’ve copied. Every time you change something, try to predict the outcome. It’s important to note that if you don’t discover predictable outcome yielded by your changes, you copied something too difficult.
4. Make something original
The final step in any learning process. After repeating steps 1-3 enough times, you should build the foundation of understanding to what it is you’re trying to do. The final measurement of your knowledge is to test what it can do from scratch. Your first few attempts at creating things on your own may be of minimal and/or bad effort. But this is normal. You will continue to impress more and more people with your skill every time you repeat these steps.
Repeat these steps again and again, in this exact order.