Guide

The main goal on this site is to complete every single course in the collection. They all work together—thinking about one course or topic tends spread to your thinking about other courses, and then, outwards. As you finish more and more courses, you’ll find yourself  applying your new thinking to a much wider range of situations than what the courses are specifically about. That’s the idea, developing an active mind through learning basic, useful things.

Take a look at all of what’s there. Browse through. Each course takes a couple of minutes for a quick read-through. See which ones are most immediately attractive to you, and which you’re confident you already know.

The aim of each course is to get you to a successful first-time result, as quickly, easily, and enjoyably as possible. Keep in mind that the hardest part of learning is completing something for the very first time. When you’ve done it once, it’s a million times easier to repeat and improve. This applies in the same way to explainer courses: when you’ve really understood the basics of something, that knowledge is easy to build on.

Most important learning tip

When doing a course, the single most important, useful thing you can do is read through it once before starting. Read it critically, like a travel brochure or an ad for a new product, get an idea of what it’s about and what it offers, and only then begin.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

There’s a FAQ/Notes-type page as the last lesson of just about every course, where you’ll find a bunch of basic background information and explanations. If you follow the most useful instruction of reading each course right through before you start it, you’ll see what’s there.

Words, pictures, video

Each course starts with words, and is built up with more words, photos and illustrations, and finally audio/video. Pictures are worth a thousand words, and video can be incredibly useful and inviting. Still, don’t forget the power of the written word.

Anti-notes

A top suggestion: when first reading a course, have a paper and pen at hand, and jot things down, a key word or phrase, an idea that comes into your head, a quick diagram, whatever moves your hand. You can throw the paper out right afterwards, or keep it. The act of writing and recording as you discover is the useful thing.

Health-related info (not health claims)

This isn’t a legal disclaimer (that’s all in the Terms of use!), it’s about info that describes how things may affect your health. How can I know whether monounsaturated fatty acids, as found in avocados, are really keeping my brain cells healthier? Health claims are found all over the place, and trying to wisely interpret them is a real problem. On Bubblworx there are health-related statements here and there, and we’re working on explaining how and why. Stay tuned. (See also: common sense).

Quizzes

Quizzes appear in courses to help in learning (well, they will be appearing). There is no recorded scoring, they’re just learning games, exercises in recall, and they’re fun!

Common sense

It may seem a little weird to say that common sense is a practically requirement for Bubblworx courses. But think about it. Nothing here is difficult to do or understand. Don’t get distracted by unnecessary considerations, just read through and give it a try. If the instructions don’t seem detailed enough at some point in a course, don’t freak out, don’t stop, instead, figure out what’s blocking you and solve it. You can post a comment or send us an email, but chances are, all the information you need to work it out is already there. Everything here is simple.

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