Many students wish to be able to memorize complex facts faster and better. But how you can actually learn up to 4x faster than with the conventional learning methods?
To learn in a shorter time really up to 4x faster I used so far a method whose name I did not know, because I had worked it out for myself. However already many years before me the physicist Richard Feynman came on this method. Therefore, in today’s blogpost you will "only" read about the Feynman method, as I don’t want to adorn myself with other people’s feathers.
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But what exactly is this Feynman method? What is so special about it that it allows me to learn faster?
At that time, Mr. Feynman had enrolled in a course of study for which there was no documentation at that time. So the man felt the same way as many of us do!
The Feynman method consists of four partial steps, which I would like to show you below. It works because it is based on letting you learn in multiple "directions". Learning several directions – wtf?! Just read through the 4 points and you will understand.
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1. Step to learn faster
Take a blank sheet of paper and write the top topic of the subject you want to learn on the top of it. This can be for example. Be a topic that involves a super difficult chemical equation that you need/want to learn.
2. Explain the topic to an ignorant person
The second step of the Feynman method is in my eyes, the step that helps you to learn faster. In this step, imagine that you have to explain the subject you are learning to someone who does not know it. It can happen that you are already in need of explanation. You know what? That is totally good!
The faster learning comes about exactly now. You’ll have to figure out a way to get the complex content across to someone else in a simpler way, in your own words, but still with the right content and the essentials. But beware! Here, please take the blank sheet of paper and write down the topic in complete sentences and, if possible, with the technical vocabulary.
What also helps here improbably are infographics. People simply learn faster when they use all their available "learning channels". In this case, you’ve already thought about the topic, written it down, and even drawn it. Here arises a top transfer performance!
By explaining the content over and over again, you will become an expert in the topic you need to learn. Believe me, there is no faster way to absorb new knowledge!
3. Uncovering and closing gaps in knowledge
During the description of the content to be learned, you will notice gaps in your knowledge. Make a note at the appropriate place and then fill in the gaps in your knowledge. What sounds like it doesn’t help to learn faster actually helps a lot when learning for exams. for everything in life. The best way to do this is to refer to professional literature and/or video tutorials. With videos you record the whole thing even once audiovisually, which increases your learning success again.
4. Go through your notes
The fourth point of the Feynman method is the simplest, of the mentioned points. Here it is only about simplifying your notes. Did you explain everything in a simple way or did you explain one or the other foreign word with an even more incomprehensible foreign word?? Simplify means above all also understand, only who can simplify a topic has also understood, what he should actually learn.
These 4 points are the whole secret of the Feynman Method and also the secret to learn up to 4 times faster. Personally, this method is very helpful for me, especially with very complex subjects.
Which method do you use? I would love your feedback under this post! Read or see you, your Daniel!