Within high school I was forbidden to take a computer science course because there were too many other kids enrolled in it, so I had to take Latin instead in which I have completed my Latin certificate later on. But this interest in computer science related subjects has never disappeared over the years. And I mean, who wants to learn a dead language like Latin anyways, right?
So I bought courses on the internet to learn the Python programming language. It still amazes me how many courses there are for self-study. I have collected some very useful links in my link tree on my Instagram if you are planning to self-study these topics yourself.
After I had built a solid foundation and my folder was full to bursting, I said to myself “I must have been living under a rock to not start learning python”. Then I went on to learn more programming languages like C++, and every time I was on my way to my university I would do challenges on my phone or watch tutorials to learn how to program. I soaked up every piece of information like a sponge and unfortunately neglected my economics courses.
After a while I realised that just taking notes and programming a few projects was not enough for me. I wanted to explain what I learned in really simple language (just like Richard Feynman) so that even a 5-year-old knows how “assembly language” works because I read that presenting your knowledge helps you find your own gaps in knowledge.
It’s called the rubber ducky method of learning, where you literally put a rubber ducky in front of you to explain topics you’ve learned. I thought a rubber ducky was kind of weird, so I decided to create an Instagram page where I would showcase my learned material with quickly drawn sketches.
That’s the reason why I started my Instagram page for self-study. It’s completely irrelevant how many followers I’ve gained, because it’s all about filling in the gaps.
I once read in a book on developmental psychology that human development is never fully completed until his/her death. We have this stereotypical idea that we are fully grown up mentally after a certain period of time. Whether you have reached your 18th or 21st birthday or have successfully completed all university courses while thinking you know everything about a certain subject.
In my opinion, this is certainly not true. There is always a new, interesting or a niche topic that you can learn or improve in.
If you had asked me at the end of my student days whether I could memorise 100 digits of Pi within a few hours, I would have answered: “Are you crazy? No human being is capable of memorising so many digits in so little time”.
A psychology textbook proved me wrong. I learned about cognitive psychology and in the chapter on “Memory” I found methods to memorise even tons of information quickly. Today, if you give me 50 completely random words to memorise, I am able to memorise them in order in less than 10 minutes. That fascinates me to this day.
That’s also why I chose the last name “Mnemo” on my Instagram. It comes from MNEMOic aids.