Most of what we learn happens as we’re with our friends and family. LifeLearn is designed to support study circles, groups, and like-minded people to make their learning tangible, more fun, and more effective.
Whether you play badminton, chess, sudoku, or Pokémon Go, you’re learning new skills and improving existing ones, sometimes by yourself, sometimes with others. While playing games feels like it contributes to skill development, there are techniques to make much faster progress. We’ve covered some of these in our article The Effective Way to Practice New Skills.
LifeLearn’s design will help push you and your peers to improvement, by helping set smart goals, showing progress, facilitating feedback, and increasing motivation.
Travel and new experiences
A new, unknown experience is often exciting, but also a bit worrying. Whether you’re travelling to an exotic location, getting your first child, or moving to a new city, you will start out as a novice, and need to get your bearings. Learn the basics, then decide what you need to focus on, and gain the level of skills needed to feel comfortable in your new settings.
LifeLearn helps you connect with experts in any field, to help you fast-track from novice to journeyman. A well structured skill path made by an expert is invaluable in helping avoid common pitfalls and know what to prioritize.
Life events and habit changes
Sometimes we are forced to permanently change our habits. Trying to quit smoking, starting to exercise, or eating more healthy are some commonly seen habit change challenges. Getting a medical diagnosis such as diabetes is a strong signal to start a new life, but many still struggle to maintain new habits, even when they are motivated and they know what they should do.
While many educational institutions struggle with student’s motivation, habit change is a much harder problem to tackle. LifeLearn combines community support, feedback, visualizations and various engagement design mechanisms to help maintain new habits, as we’ve outlined in our article Personalized and community supported health education.