Whether literally or metaphorically I’m grateful for the opportunity to always be a student.
I haven’t yet found a shortcut. One might be natural aptitude. Another would be interest; these aren’t shortcuts exactly, but they make the learning seem less arduous.
The great thing about the course is that it has something for everyone; whether you are approaching the topic as a visual artist, musician/composer, or a sound professional. The other great thing - and this was something that a number of us commented on - was that it demystified the whole process of creating and presenting multi-speaker audio.