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Learning is hard work, but it is also fun.

That's the idea on which this site is built. You'll find tips to help you improve the speed at which you learn new things, and to have fun doing it. I've spent nearly a decade researching how this is possible and want to share it with you.

When you subscribe to the one month plan to learn anything, I'll share well-researched advice on how to improve your learning, while also making it more fun. It doesn't matter if you're studying for a test, picking up a new hobby, or just exploring a new subject. The tips you'll find in the one month plan will be useful for any learning goal.

Preparing for a test? Performing in front of a crowd?

There are lots of products out there to help you learn these days. Online college courses, how-to guides, apps, games and coaches are all trying to sell you something. Some of these tools are good while others are a waste of your time... and it's hard to know which are which before you start.

I built Life by Experimentation to test out products like these, as well as to explain educational research. This blog will touch on education, neuroscience, behavioral economics and more... but it's all there to help you learn more, faster.

Equipped with the tools here, you'll be able to evaluate the best ways to improve your own studying, learning and practice. I also share personal anecdotes on the podcast and YouTube channel, since I'm really just a student myself, trying to find out what works. Sign up and get all the best information on skillhacking today!

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Why I Started Skillhacking

My name is Zane. I've spent the last 10 years trying to understand human learning. I've studied the use of educational software to improve knowledge retention, using advanced techniques like spaced repition algorithms.

It all started in college. I studied video game design, but was disappointed with the idea that video games were "just for fun." I wanted to figure out how to use the amazing power of games for good: to help people learn more. So I picked up some classes in neuroscience, developmental psychology, etc. and learned everything I could about optimizing the actual process of learning.

When I moved to China in 2007, I had the opportunity to test many of these ideas on myself. I needed to learn Mandarin Chinese to get by, and I started using educational software to help me learn faster. I realized that there were some techniques that worked great in theory, but not all of them really held up in the real world.

From 2010-2013, I traveled to dozens of countries and learned everything I could, recording my findings and speaking with others about the process of learning. Today, I use this blog as my experimental playground to test new ideas and share them with you.

Skillhacking can be used by students, hobbyists or just anybody who wants to learn something new.

Skillhacking for Students, Hobbyists and Beyond

When you're studying for a test, picking up a new hobby or just trying to understand something new, it's hard to know how to fit all that information into your head. 

Students: Do you feel like you're bad at memorization? Or it's just boring?

When you study for a test, there are ways to make yourself retain more information. Much research has been done on special software and algorithms to retain information, for example. Other emerging research is showing the importance of certain special habits in the learning process. Each of these things can have an impact on how much information you retain.

Hobbyists: Learning to draw? A musical instrument?

The goal of a hobby is to have fun and to enjoy the process, of course, but it can be frustrating if progress comes too slowly. The right tools make all the difference when learning something new.

How do you evaluate the tools, though? How do you set up a practice regimine?

Skillhacking can help.

Beyond: Have you ever heard "an old dog can't learn new tricks?"

Recent science is showing that this idea might just be totally wrong. 

Skillhacking is for everyone. No matter if you're young or old, you can use the material on this site to help you learn more, faster.