In my "Learn to Learn" training sessions, I teach methods that help others learn anything much faster. One of the tools I teach is the Pareto Principle, also known as the 80/20 rule. The Pareto Principle states that, for many outcomes, roughly 80% of consequences come from just 20% of causes. In the context of learning, this means we should focus on identifying the vital 20% that leads to 80% of the desired skill.
ChatGPT can be immensely helpful in identifying this crucial 20% and creating effective learning plans based on it. In this blog post, I will demonstrate how to use ChatGPT as a learning tool by providing two examples: learning juggling and dog training, two things I actually learn now.
The prompt to copy (adjust XXXXX accordingly): I want to learn XXXXX. Use the Pareto principle, which identifies the 20% of the topic that will yield 80% of the desired results, to create a focused learning plan for me.
In my training, I used to advise people to consult experts to identify the 20% to focus on. However, with ChatGPT, the process has become so much easier. Now, we can ask ChatGPT to pinpoint the key 20% that will yield 80% of the desired results in any area.
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Adam - who loves learning new things (like how to train our tiny dog, Ruby).
Thanks for this. Very interesting idea. I am an ESL teacher and I tried using this approach to revise a course outline to ensure that it covers the most essential topics for beginning English speakers . I simply fed it the outline I had constructed and asked ChatGPT to evaluate it with the Parito principle in mind. It gave me very helpful feedback.