Here are some things I’ve learned about myself regarding how I learn:
- I hate buzzwords and acronyms.
- when hearing a lecture or reading an assignment, I will get stuck mentally obsessing on a typo for a long time. Or how much I hate acronyms and buzzwords. And then I spend an inordinate amount of time trying to figure out what the acronym is, if it’s new to me, even if I know generally what it means. URL, for example.
- I hate overwriting. long words and long explanations for simple concepts…such as this “information literacy” I’m reading about right now.
- Here are two terms that drive me crazy: “white papers” and “skill set.” “White papers” are, as I understand it, just further documentation about a subject, and in some cases, not even further. I hate, I absolutely hate when a perfectly good word already exists for something, like “skills,” and someone feels the need to “punch it up” by giving it a modernized name that means nothing, like “skillset.” And “white papers” is a word for something that needs no word, it’s just written information on a subject. and if you’re reading about it, it has be written, doesn’t it? “Skill set” I first heard in my corporate life at either Sony Studios or Paramount, in the context of matching me, the employee, to a job based on my skill set. My set of skills, in other words. My skills, in other words! Damn it!