Learning at SkilStak takes many forms but all of them are founded on one-to-one mentoring — like music sessions.
- Most sign up for blocks of 16 weekly private sessions.
- Others sign up for a solid week when they have time.
- Some want to learn ad hoc specifics.
- Some lurk for new articles, insights, provocative opinions, guided projects, and other learning material that will always be free.
When the time is right — and you have read enough here to decide that you’d like to work with me further — go ahead and contact me to setup an application interview.
[What should I learn?]
Lurking is a great way to learn. There’s no shame keeping your learning a secret. I get it. I really do. You don’t want your peers to know you are not the master of the universe they think you are. Nothing wrong with that, mostly. I want you to feel welcome — unless you are an aspiring Death Eater or Sith Lord.
[By the way, your anonymity is safe with me. You never have to worry about tracking. I do not keep any access logs and think Google Analytics and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) are for people with seriously warped priorities. If you offer something worthwhile — and don’t overreach — those who need it will find you. It’s a fundamental law of the Universe.]
If at some point you conclude I might be able offer you something worth paying for then you might be ready for private sessions. A private session is one-on-one or one-on-two and is always held here on location with another adult in an adjacent room (usually my wife).
Standard Weekly Block of Sixteen
95% of current members are doing these. So long as you continue to re-enroll (and don’t get kicked out) this locks your recurring time slot indefinitely on the schedule.
[I prefer deep ties with a few over many shallow.]
Daily for Five Days
This 15-hour compact block fits that same total time into one work week, usually 9-noon daily. The extra hour is used for follow up or preparation sometime before or after.
[Professionals who only have one week off usually sign up for these.]
Keep in mind that science has shown learning happens best when spread out over time. This allows the brain to better process the learning and allows time for other independent learning activities between check-in sessions. Nevertheless, some do not have the luxury and need as much learning and project development as they can get immediately.
Ad hoc sessions allow us to focus on something specific from among the things I can help you learn. I’ve helped young and old techies
- get started with Linux,
- complete senior projects,
- finish difficult school assignments,
- create professional web sites,
- fix their computers,
- prepare for a job interview,
- learn database skills,
- and more.
Ad hoc is often the best kind of learning because usually you have an idea of the thing you want to build in advance. You just need help learning it.
The cost for ad hoc sessions is slightly more to promote organized scheduling but the learning opportunities are essentially the same.
Ad hoc sessions must be here on location but sometimes involved traveling off-location if there is something related (e.g. machine learning meetup, college IT open houses, etc.).
[My one attempt at house-calls for this sort of stuff failed miserably.]
Stuff I Used to Do
Although I have attempted the following in good faith, I have found these activities to be far less productive uses of time that could otherwise be spent mentoring individuals who can then potentially do these things themselves producing a distributed viral learning effect. These activities just dilute my effectiveness:
- most meetings,
- on-site classes,
- after-school clubs,
- community learning,
- community meetups,
- scouting groups,
- summer camps,
- home-school groups,
- corporate training,
- out-reach support,
- giving presentations,
- most conferences,
- letters of recommendation,
- producing videos,
- publishing books,
- game nights,
These realizations where prompted by the book Essentialism.