Daryl Jace

Teacher, Blogger, Poker player.

My latest Revelation in learning/teaching

I recently listened to the Tim Ferris podcast with Josh Waitzkin and it really got me thinking about creativity. Josh wrote the book ' The art of learning' ( A great book btw) and teaches people at the highest level of business/finance how to get even better. He had some really interesting thoughts on bringing out your creative side and learning in a way that is true to who you are.


My 1st instinct was to call bullshit because there is a ton of scientific studies that disprove the idea of learning styles, (there is a review of all studies on learning styles and they came up with little to no evidence to support it). I started to think about how those studies were probably conducted thought, most if not all of them probably ended with the participants taking a test at the end to determine whether they improved, a really flawed method IMO.


They probably didn't test how much more the participants enjoyed working like this and what implications that would have in the future. Enjoying what you're doing is a HUGEEEEE advantage. If you enjoy what you are not only more likely to put in work/practice but you are also more likely to try to do it well. I wouldn't be surprised if 10mins of really effortful work on just 1 hand was better than 1 hour of HH review  where you just say hand is standard and make fun of how bad regs play. 


I began to think that he was onto something and wanted to figure out how I can implement this idea.  I realized I was a lot less effective when I coached people who thought differently then me (the less mathy more intuitive types) because I tried to push my style of play/thinking on them. This can actually be a good thing to do as a coach but only to a point you cannot cross the line though. I think  it's somewhere around when the person you're talking to becomes too confused, bored or maybe even whenever they stop having fun.


So how do I tailor coaching sessions to fit with the person I'm coaching ? I decided to start with 1 example to simplify it: Balance/GTO. Which oddly brings me to twitter and JCAlvarado. I asked him  whether he thought BJJ (Ju Jitsu) fighters fought with a GTO strategy and he said he thinks that the best guys naturally have a GTO approach. The idea that people who were seemingly not heavily reliant on math/logic could naturally approximate GTO was astonishing and eye opening. What if MTT players could learn these strategies in a more natural non geeky math way?


Often when I talk balance with players in a very mathy way they tend to lose interest and get confused, but I remembered when I played HU vs them, showed them their weaknesses (unbalance) in the middle of a hand and talk about how I can/will exploit and what they can do to stop it  they got very interested.  


Putting things in this concrete fashion generated a immediate need for them to fix their game, which in turn generated their interest. When we discussed how to play better we talked about what hands to take in/out of ranges rather than what frequencies we need to be unexploitable. I wanna see if I could apply this method to everything I teach. Obviously it won't be that easy, I don't have many answers yet but when I get some more i'll be sure to blog about it. 




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