Kanban for Studying (Chess openings!)♟️
Hi there, MeisterTask community! 👋
I wanted to reach out and share a MeisterTask use case I've been implementing lately as part of a personal project: studying and improving my skills as a chess player! ♟️
I didn't just want to share this template as a way to earn a badge from Miša 😜, but also to offer some inspiration for the ways Kanban boards can be used for review and study - both inside and outside of the classroom. Even if you're not into chess, I'm confident that the kanban method used in this board could be used to learn any sort of new skill. The key is simply to divide your area of study into topics (tasks) and set a series of checkpoints (columns) for your learning process!
About my board:
This board uses a typical kanban format - tasks are moved from left to right as the user improves their study of each opening, finally ending in a "mastery" column at the end of the board. Congrats, you've now mastered chess! (jokezzz) 🍭😂
The tasks in my board:
Each task in my board represents a different chess opening. Within each task, I've added all the resources I'll need for independent study of the opening - including links to web resources, videos, pdfs of chess textbooks, and analyses of games I've documented in MeisterNote.
The comments in each task serve as a way for me to make quick notes on useful insights, while more extensive thoughts are documented in a linked MeisterNote:
The sections in my board:
In typical kanban style, I created sections in the board which correspond to a different stage of my studies:
- Topics I'd like to study: Openings/concepts I would like to study but am currently unfamiliar with.
- Initial 2 hours of study: This stage represents an opening 2 hour study of an opening/concept.
- Hands-on Practice (Playing 3 matches): After the initial phase of studying, it's time to put what's been learned to practice: in this stage, I'll play three ranked chess matches using what I've learned.
- Analysis of strengths and weaknesses: In this stage, the three matches from the previous stage are analyzed for strengths and weaknesses.
- Additional study: The materials from the first review are examined in more depth. Memorization begins.
- Additional hands-on practice (Playing 3 more matches) Rinse and repeat!
- Additional analysis: In this stage, the three matches are reviewed.
- Final review: Any last memorization work or study necessary to feel confident in this new opening.
- Done: Time to relax! Whenever studying, there's never a "finished product" or "absolute mastery" of any topic, but I still believe it's still important to set up a "done" checkpoint. At some point, we do need to set a certain topic of study aside, at least for the scope of the current project.
I'd be happy to hear what you all think about this concept! Does anyone else have templates or examples of using MeisterTask for studying? Personally, I'm a firm believer that studying is most effective when it's divided into clearly defined stages and tasks - this also makes the process ideal for the kanban method, imho.
P.S. I'm a beginner at chess, please go easy on me :D