Ideas so far:
- chunking: works sorta well, requires upfront cost to learn the concept, another cognitive cost to use the concept properly, and remember to do so in-context.
- DNB: not much, if any.
- spaced repetition: I said "working" memory.
- writing things down: helpful, has time and depth costs, unclear how useful it is for learning new things.
- whiteboards, notebooks, etc: Somewhat helpful, but has similar problems as writing, plus it doesn't help as much when trying to grok a concept / know when to apply it.
- just-in-time knowledge systems: I'm trying to build an incredibly-hokey "concept database" to do a bit of this. The main problem is still usually "knowing which thing applies to a given problem", plus the above problems with writing things down.
As usual with my threads on this sort of topic, this is looking for wacky/anti-inductive/risky methods only.