it’s simple math time again

The scholar who studies for four hours at 80% efficiency is far ahead of the one who tinkers with his method for three hours and then studies for one hour at 95% efficiency.

Of course this is overstated; but as much as Khatz and many others (rightly) encourage experimentation, there comes a point where your method is Good Enough.  And then it’s time to stop worrying about how you’re studying, and just get on with it.

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5 responses to “it’s simple math time again

  1. Well said. A lot of people spend hours upon hours each week on language learning forums when they could just be learning the language.

  2. But then, several hours after that, the tinkerer is way ahead. 😀

    That said, I totally agree. Just putting your head down and working is more often than not the right way to go, once you’re able to work at a reasonable level of efficiency.

  3. I like this concept a lot and I find it definitely to hold true. You run into a lot of people who are constantly trying new methods to find the “best” and eventually stop studying Japanese.

    By the way, I think your blog is pretty useful so I’m adding it to my links section!