I want to warmly welcome you to my blog. This blog is dedicated to the topic of learning, in particular how to learn faster and better. The idea originated from my countless readings of Cal Newport and Scott H. Young blogs which are dedicated to the topics of deep work and fast learning respectively. Having read them for more than ten years, I’ve always admired them for their unique and impactful thoughts, but I also had in the back of my mind the idea that I also had original thoughts and methods that I developed through the years in order to make learning easier and faster.
My name is Victor Lu, I’m currently a Quantitative Researcher at a Financial firm. My work experience has been rooted in Data Science and the Financial Markets industry. In terms of education, I graduated from a Master in Financial Engineering from UC Berkeley in 2020 and from a Master in Applied Mathematics from CentraleSupelec in 2017.
The topic of learning is really dear to me because it is a skill that I had to learn. When I was younger, I had a lot of difficulties learning. In primary school, I had to spend half a year more than other students in order to learn to read. In middle school, in the overall class ranking, I was second to last. Then, I was around 15 years old, I decided that I wanted to change, I wanted to learn how to learn better. At that time, I bought countless books dedicated to learning, I searched the Web in order to find valuable resources and I asked top students how they were doing it. And, after some time, it worked! Within one year, I was ranked in the top 5 of my class and within two years, I was ranked first of my class. Then, I was admitted to a top-tier Engineering college in France and then was admitted to the top Financial Engineering program at UC Berkeley.
In this blog, I want to share the methods and principles that I discovered that allowed not only to do that but also to make learning any topic more efficient. I’m continually tuning my learning methods and learning from the latest developments in the field. I certainly do not have all the answers related to learning but I want this site to be a valuable place to start and explore on the topic of learning.
I hope that you will enjoy reading the articles on this site and I wish you all a wonderful journey into the world of fast learning.