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“What do you want to be when you grow up?” is a horrible question

I hate the question that we often ask kids: “what do you want to be when you grow up?” An equally obnoxious question is “what do you want to do for the rest of your life?” My objections to these questions are not based on a distaste for planning or career-focused introspection. I love to … Continue reading “What do you want to be when you grow up?” is a horrible question

Make Learning Meaningful: What is Foundational Knowledge?

Our mission at The Learning Code is to encourage, support, and inspire you to create value in your college education. We know that you can succeed in your classes, earn your degree, and build a foundation for a career that you love. The Learning Code community is here to help you in that journey. However, … Continue reading Make Learning Meaningful: What is Foundational Knowledge?

Diversify Your Narrative

As a straight, able-bodied, bilingual Chinese Californian male citizen with an associate degree, who will not be evicted if I lose my primary source of income, it’s good practice to under claim rather than over claim. here I am baby, no shade, but shade. Please verify the claims I or anyone else makes in your … Continue reading Diversify Your Narrative

Where our Story Begins – Be a Good Ancestor

There is ‘nothing’ an initiative, a foundation, or a school is creating, that’s gonna save 1st gen, black, indigenous, students of color, that does not exist in the imaginations of the hearts and souls of those populations already.

Trust the Process

Trust the Process. This is the motto that has stuck by my side through the hardest of times. I wish that I could say the end of my hard times in academia are near, but that moment barely seems to be getting any closer. It is easy for me to fall into the trap of … Continue reading Trust the Process

A model for deep learning

Our mission at The Learning Code is to help you thrive in your college classes and to support you in completing your college degree. We hope to ignite your passion, stimulate your curiosity, and strengthen your belief in yourself. One of our major goals is to encourage you to become a strategic deep learner so … Continue reading A model for deep learning

What if we were free?

I have so much joy seeing my peers learn from each other in their supplemental instructional sessions for data structures and algorithms. I am dedicating this post to why creating a safe, then productive learning environment equates to being free. If you are an educator, recognize the answer has always been in the room. Here … Continue reading What if we were free?

When there’s no line at the library…📚

We can refuse to be brainwashed into accepting the existing conditions, beliefs, and mental models, and we can commit to finding the human / resources, engaging with them and learning significantly. If we care enough

Reading Mathematics

With only so much amount of time in the day, I have felt the need to evaluate what my priorities have to be as I sit through my lectures. Although each lecture is only about 50 minutes in length, to dissect and engage with every 15 minutes of content takes me around an hour on … Continue reading Reading Mathematics

What is deep learning?

Our mission at The Learning Code is to help you make your learning meaningful, achievable, and purposeful. We focus our energy on supporting students who want to earn a college degree in the United States. We do so by using three powerful tactics. First, we share with you research-based principles of learning. These principles are … Continue reading What is deep learning?

Human Capital

So it’s quite natural to work at one of these large companies. But when human capital goes there, what products are they working on?

Antiracist Learning: Start with Small Steps

Part of our mission at the learning code is to empower you to advocate for system transformation in honor of the next generation of learners. The process of transforming the college education system starts by identifying and acknowledging problematic policies in your classes, institutions, and governments. From that perspective, I can think of nothing more … Continue reading Antiracist Learning: Start with Small Steps

Lying Hiding and Faking – Learning Needs Hierarchy Battling the Great Leap

When Chairman Mao Zedong launched the Great Leap Forward to reconstruct the country, he decreed to increase grain yields 🌾 and steel production 🏗️ while turning the countryside to a systematized industrial production machine. Local officials in the countryside were fearful of Mao’s wrath and judgement from his unachievable claim…

Steve’s Game Plan Ritual

Every quarter, I sit and think about where I fell short in terms of my potential as a student navigating higher education. I have many skills that work for me now, many I probably even do unconsciously, but I am always looking to refine my workflow. In the past I have fallen for the trap … Continue reading Steve’s Game Plan Ritual

What is deep reading?

Reading is one of the most magical activities designed by the human mind. The written word provides a time travel machine in which ideas that exist in an author’s brain can jump across space and time to invigorate the brain of the reader. Reading also allows us to accelerate our learning by leveraging the expertise … Continue reading What is deep reading?

Spoiled Education

What does spoiled milk have to do with education? Frederik Douglas (1818-1895), from his Narrative of the Life as an American Slave, written by himself, tells us that: “If you teach that n**ger, speaking of himself, how to read there would be no keeping him. It would forever unfit him to be a slave. He … Continue reading Spoiled Education

A Vote for Cognitive Calisthenics

While gym memberships cost around $30 a month, upper division undergraduate college education in America may cost anywhere from $300 to $3000+ a month… After 5 years of living through that, I (sadly only recently) realized: lectures, sections, homework, exams, are merely ‘opportunities’ for increased critical thinking, citizenship, integrity, humanity, justice, compassion, curiosity, and autonomy … Continue reading A Vote for Cognitive Calisthenics

Not a Chinaman’s Chance

The phrase Chinaman’s Chance from 100+ years ago is related to “The Unrest” that is 2020; my claim (I welcome you to stand for or against in the comments) is we can connect Chance and Unrest to examine how students like myself are learning (or not) this academic year. One origin to the phrase Chinaman’s … Continue reading Not a Chinaman’s Chance

Write Down Your Goals

Your level of motivation is very important in determining how hard you work and what type of learning you do. Sadly, strong motivation cannot be purchased nor can it be built in an instant. Instead, motivation is something that you need to grow on a daily basis. One powerful way to cultivate your motivation is … Continue reading Write Down Your Goals

Asking Questions (Simple, but not easy.)

Why is asking questions important? Learning is too often associated with answering questions, but the bread and butter of learning comes from creating and asking questions. When drafting a question, we become conscious of what we do and don’t know, this helps us navigate and expose our assumptions, vagueness, and errors. Learning requires a deep … Continue reading Asking Questions (Simple, but not easy.)

We believe in you!

You can learn anything. You can develop any skills and cultivate any abilities. When you work hard, use effective learning strategies, persist in the face of difficulties, and reflect on your progress, you can become anything you want. Here at The Learning Code, we know these things are true about you. In this post, we … Continue reading We believe in you!

Quarantining our Learning Needs

I’ve had incredibly good luck meeting the people I’ve met at Foothill College, SJSU, and at OpenStax – but having a good experience with higher education shouldn’t be a matter of luck. “There are students so afraid of what the emancipatory practices are, so afraid of being able to live freely, so afraid of having … Continue reading Quarantining our Learning Needs

Transformational Tutoring

by Henry Fan What? Tutoring and receiving tutoring has enabled me to be a much more well rounded student, but more importantly, a well rounded adult. “Anyone who thinks they are too small to make a difference has never tried to fall asleep in a room with a mosquito” – Christine Todd Whitman Tutors often … Continue reading Transformational Tutoring


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