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Being able to master hard skills quickly is essential to your work and life. This book will show you how.

Combining stories of dramatic ultralearning feats with the detailed science on how to learn anything effectively, ULTRALEARNING will transform how you work, live and learn.


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The World Has Changed

A four-year degree used to be a guarantee for a great career. Now it’s barely a foot in the door.

Tuition prices have skyrocketed. The pace of change has accelerated. Technology has transformed how we access information, but instead of making us all geniuses, we mostly waste time looking at funny pictures of cats.

Ultralearning offers an alternative. Instead of going back to school, learn the hard skills to get into a new career or make yourself indispensable in your current work. Rather than struggle to keep up, learn to adapt and thrive. Stop wasting time, and instead give your life new meaning and confidence by getting good at something you’ve always wanted to learn.

What is Ultralearning?

Ultralearning is a strategy for aggressive, self-directed learning.

Self-directed means that, rather than waiting to pay for expensive tuition and tutors, you can take back control. Aggressive means that, instead of spending years at something without getting great, your limited time and effort are always directed towards what works.

To build this skill, we’ll start with the ultralearners themselves. People who have accomplished impressive learning feats, such as:

Benny Lewis, who quickly acquires new languages through fearless immersion.

Eric Barone, who became a millionaire nearly overnight after patiently acquiring all the skills to develop his own game.

Tristan de Montebello, who went from near-zero experience to a finalist for the World Champion of Public Speaking in seven months.

Nigel Richards, who became the French Scrabble World Champion, without speaking French.

Next we’ll go beyond individual projects and look at the science of learning. In doing so, we’ll resolve problems that vex students and professionals alike, such as:

  • Why does it feel like a lot of what we learn in school is useless? (And what do you need to do to prevent your own projects from having the same fate?)
  • Is feedback always helpful? (Hint: It’s not. What kind matters more, and this book will show you want to pay attention to and what to ignore.)
  • Is being more focused always better for learning? And how do you avoid the urge to procrastinate when learning something new?
  • What underlies the seemingly magical intuition of legendary geniuses such as Albert Einstein and Richard Feynman? (And can you approximate their magic with the right approach?)

Pre-Order Today
and Get a Lot More than Just the Book

I’ve worked like crazy on this book over the last four years. More than just the countless hours spent researching and writing, ultralearning has been the focus of my life for the last decade.

I believe this book can change how you think about learning, both for accelerating your career and also for transforming your life. Picking up a new language, skill or subject may sound daunting, but done right it won’t only give you new abilities, but widen your sense of what’s possible for your life.

Since this book has meant so much to me, I want to encourage you to get it early. Pre-order sales are a big part of whether a book will appear in book stores and in recommendations on websites. In return, I want to give you a lot more than what you’re paying for if you take the step of pre-ordering now:

Pre-order the book before it is released, August 6th, 2019, email me your receipt, and I’ll give you the following 10 bonuses:


Learn More, Study LessLearn More, Study Less. My first book on learning. I’ve learned a lot since writing this book, but it remains useful and popular. Including translated editions, it’s sold well over 200,000 copies worldwide.
($39 Value)


How to Change a HabitHow to Change a Habit. A step-by-step system to create a new habit or break a bad one. Includes an audio companion guide.
($19 Value)


Think Outside the CubicleThink Outside the Cubicle. How to be productive when working in unconventional settings. Ideal for students, entrepreneurs, freelancers and people who work from home. Includes additional audio interviews.
($47 Value)


The Little Book of ProductivityThe Little Book of Productivity. Ninety-nine brief ideas to work better and faster.
($9 Value)


Ultralearning WorkbookUltralearning PDF Workbook. A complete walkthrough to show you how to tackle your next project the ultralearning way. Use this in combination with the book to fine-tune your approach to school, work or personal projects to maximize the amount you learn.


Interview with James Clear on how he applied ultralearning strategies to become a best-selling author, successful entrepreneur and finalist for National Geographic’s travel photo of the year. James, who wrote the forward for my book, breaks down in detail some of the unusual learning methods he’s applied to become great at writing, photography, business and more.


Interview with Barbara Oakley on how she’s learned languages, got a PhD in engineering (even though she was terrible at math) and created the most popular online course of all-time, Learning How to Learn.


Interview with Tristan de Montebello. Featured extensively in my book, Tristan started out as a reader of my blog who was part of a small group of people I coached in ultralearning when researching the book. His project, to become good at public speaking, exploded, with him ending up going from near-zero experience to a finalist for the World Championship of Public Speaking in just seven months. In this interview, we break down how he did it, and how you can apply what he learned to your own projects and presentations.


Interview with Cal Newport. Cal has been a long-time friend and an inspiration for my own learning efforts. He has had incredible success in two professions simultaneously, becoming a tenured professor at a top university in computer science, while also becoming a bestselling author of six books. He walks through some of his private ultralearning experiments he’s applied to get good at school, research, writing and more.


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Live 2-Hour Private Online Chat. I’ll host a private webinar just for those who pre-ordered after the book has been released to discuss the book, where you can ask questions and get feedback on your own efforts. I’ll save a recording for those who can’t attend live.

If you pre-order the book now, and email me your receipt, I will send you the workbook, interviews and my previous books right away, so you can have something while you wait until August 6th for the book to get shipped.

What Ultralearning will
Change in Your Life

With the book, you’ll be able to:

1. Learn new skills to accelerate your career.

Feeling stuck? Want to shift to a new job, role or career? ULTRALEARNING will give you the strategy to master the skills to get that raise, boost or promotion.

2. Rethink your current studies.

By applying the principles of ultralearning, you can spot weaknesses in what you’re doing now to learn, and make shifts towards the strategies that work before its too late.

3. Isolate what has worked for you in the past, so you can apply it for the future.

As you read ULTRALEARNING, you’ll also notice the factors that were present in the pursuits you’ve succeeded in the past. What’s more, you’ll also spot subtle weaknesses of your past projects which failed, so you can avoid repeating the same mistakes.

4. Create confidence where you’ve felt doubt before.

Always hated math? No ear for music or languages? Can’t draw anything but stick figures? By breaking down the principles that underlie all learning, you can rethink how you approach learning and be successful at things you hadn’t imagined possible.

5. Pick up a new language, instrument, pursuit or hobby.

What things have you always wanted to do, but been too scared to start? What if you could finally speak Spanish, play guitar, learn to paint, present or program? With the right strategy, you can learn anything, injecting your life with new confidence and possibilities.

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What They’re Saying About ULTRALEARNING

“How do you master a difficult subject more quickly than by sitting through years of classes? Read Ultralearning for specific directions on structuring and absorbing complex topics in record time. This short book provides you with a step-by-step guide to becoming an ultra fast learner.” (Robert Pozen, author of Extreme Productivity and Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management)
“Ultralearning is the best book on learning I’ve ever read. It’s a beautifully written, brilliantly researched, and immediately useful masterpiece. If you are looking for the magic match to help light your learning, Ultralearning is it. If you want to learn anything, do yourself a favor and read this book. Now.” (Barbara Oakley, author of A Mind for Numbers and co-author and co-instructor of Learning How to Learn)
This book is an invaluable tool to help you master complicated skills in a short period of time. Read Ultralearning and level up your life! (Chris Guillebeau, bestselling author of The $100 Startup and The Happiness of Pursuit)
“Ultralearning is like a superpower in our competitive economy. Read this book! It will change your life.” (Cal Newport, author of Digital Minimalism and Deep Work)
“A truly great book about learning. Riveting, useful, practical, and applicable to anyone ready to learn something at their own pace. Ultralearning shows you exactly how to learn better than you thought possible.” (Derek Sivers, author of Anything You Want)
“Ultralearning is a fascinating and inspiring read. Scott has compiled a goldmine of actionable strategies for learning anything faster.” - (James Clear, bestselling author of Atomic Habits)

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How does this book compare to Learn More, Study Less or your other books and courses?

It’s true, I’ve written a lot about learning. Despite that, I made sure that ULTRALEARNING contained a lot of new stories and research I haven’t found elsewhere. The book is suitable for a complete beginner, but I also made sure to include ideas, stories and tactics that surprised me, even after having read and written about this subject for over a decade.

Regardless of whether you’ve never read anything I’ve written before, or whether you’ve read it all, there will be something new and useful for you in ULTRALEARNING.

2. What is ultralearning?

Ultralearning is a strategy for aggressive, self-directed learning. It’s a strategy—meaning a choice about how to pursue learning to get results. It’s aggressive—meaning aimed at doing what works, even if it’s a little harder or intense. It’s self-directed—meaning you’re the one in control.

In addition, I found many subtle parallels between many actual ultralearning projects that are, on the surface, very different. Connecting these with the science on learning reveals that while learning languages, art, programming, physics and public speaking may seem unrelated they have deep similarities, that once understood, unlock the secret to learning anything.

3. Why try to learn things fast?

In truth, my goal with ultralearning isn’t to have you blaze through a class or project in the shortest amount of time. Rather, it’s to deeply understand how learning works so you can achieve whatever goal you set.

Some of the ultralearners I met focus on meeting regular standards, but more quickly than others. This is useful if you’re looking to maximize your limited time to get a specific opportunity.

Other ultralearners were focused on mastery. Applying the same tools of effective learning, except instead of trying to rush through standard goals faster, they wanted to go far beyond what others expected of them. The choice is completely up to you.

4. What if I’m not a student?

I wrote this book mainly for people who aren’t students. Although students will benefit from the book, my intention was to write a book that would be a guide for people who don’t automatically see much of the work they do as learning.

Programmers, teachers, entrepreneurs, accountants, marketers, academics, nurses, musicians and other professionals were just a few of the people I had in mind when writing this book. If you work for a living, and you’d like to become indispensible, this book is for you.

5. How much of the advice is common sense?

Common sense, unfortunately, isn’t all that common. Therefore, a lot of the principles and strategies discussed in the book are widely underutilized, even if they make sense upon reflection.

However, in doing research for the book, even I was surprised at subtle ideas from cognitive science that undermine many of our expectations about learning. For instance:

  • We expect that we’ll get better at our careers the more time we spend at them. Except this isn’t always true (or perhaps even the default!)
  • The approach students think works best for learning is actually the wildly ineffective, due to subtle biases in our evaluation of self-knowledge.
  • Why feedback can backfire, and what you should ignore.
  • Major approaches to education, such as the common belief that school “teaches you how to think, not what to think” are based on ideas about learning that have been debunked for nearly a century.
  • and many others…
6. Will the book be available in other languages/countries?

Yes. We’ve already secured agreements for the book to be published in other languages and regions.

The pre-order bonuses, however, are limited to people who purchase before the North American publishing date, so if you’re interested in the bonuses, I suggest getting a copy early (even a digital one) while we wait for the book to get translated and published elsewhere.