• Nathan Belcher

How to Learn When You Are at an Intermediate Level

Congratulations! You are no longer a beginner — you have made it to the “messy middle” stage of learning. You have created foundational mental models and embraced the learning process, gaining confidence and competence with the complex set of knowledge and skills. You have bad days and good days when practicing and performing; sometimes you are completely lost in a new situation, but other times you know exactly what to do. You are sticking with your learning, working to move from the intermediate stage to the advanced stage.

As you progress through in intermediate stage, how do you continue to learn?


This guide will give you ideas in two categories:

  • Developing robust (mental) models for concepts in the complex set of knowledge and skills.

  • Handling challenges in the learning process.

The challenge in the intermediate stage comes from the large amount of experience needed to progress from the intermediate stage to the advanced stage. This guide will help you navigate these experiences, developing robust mental models for the complex set of knowledge and skills — progressing to the advanced stage!


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