Non-linear learning

This seems eminently, well, normal, at least to me:

I’m also having a little easier time with some of the piano stuff. Maybe these things go by cycles? Maybe for a while you are just kind of dull and stupid about things, and then that resolves, and you get better at it? I never seem to progress at anything smoothly — I struggle for a while and then suddenly it becomes easy for a while until I struggle again.

Just about everything I’ve learned has dragged me through that particular pattern: up a bit, a plateau, up a bit more, lather, rinse, repeat. Perhaps they call it a “learning curve,” not because it’s necessarily curved, but because it’s so seldom a straight line.



  1. fillyjonk »

    17 March 2016 · 10:19 am

    Learning sine wave.

  2. McGehee »

    17 March 2016 · 12:10 pm

    When we learn things, we learn them the teacher’s way. When we practice them, we do so our way.

    It takes a bit of mental jostling to work that out before we’re ready for the next lessons.

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