Joey Justice

Joey Justice

21-04-2022

15:44

I spent 6 years and $110,497 getting an engineering degree. Here's the simple 3 step system I used to learn 10x faster than my peers:

Memorization and learning aren't the same thing. In computer engineering, I solved problems on: • circuits • robotics • programming • control systems • computer architecture Those problems are always unique. Memorization didn't help me solve them - learning did.

Many of us struggle to learn. Why? It's not because we're stupid. It's because school never taught us how to learn. The simple 3 step system I'm about to share will change that.

I learned this system from Richard Feynman. He's a Nobel Prize winning physicist and author of the Feynman Lectures on Computation. After reading his book, I wanted to learn more about him... and I wound up discovering his system of learning. Introducing The Feynman Technique:

Step 1) Choose a topic What's something you want to learn about? Maybe you've already started learning something. Or maybe you haven't yet started learning about something you're interested in. Either way...

Grab a pen and paper. Write the name of the topic at the top of the page. Then write down everything you currently know about that topic. Don't worry about things being right or wrong yet. Just let the information flow out of your brain and on to the page.

Why write? Why not type? Because writing is better than typing. Writing stimulates areas of the brain responsible for memory. This helps you remember (and learn) what you're writing about.

Step 2) Explain it simply Explain it to someone (or something) who doesn't know anything about the topic. Go over things like: • What it is • How it works • Why it matters

Simplify. Give examples. Draw pictures. Create diagrams of how it fits together. Remove jargon, complex words, and technical terms.

You don't have to explain it to a person. I often explain things out loud to my cat. Many programmers have a rubber duck nearby for this purpose. Yes, that's a real thing - it's called "rubber duck debugging". Explaining a problem you're stuck on helps you solve the problem.

Step 3) Reflect, Refine, Review How well did you explain the topic? Ask yourself: • Did you find areas you don't understand well enough? • Do you think your explanation was simple? • Did you leave anything out? Your answers reveal gaps in your understanding.

Now: Return to your source material. Or find new material to learn from. Learn more about what you don't understand yet. Add to your notes, simplify them, and improve them. Do this until you've filled the gaps in your understanding.

Once you feel satisfied... Review your notes. Try explaining it again. See if you can explain it better. Reflect again. Refine again. Review again. Continue this cycle as many times as you want to.

As you go through the cycle, start organizing your notes. You can: • dedicate a notebook to the topic • create a hub in Notion • use a tool like Roam or Obsidian Organizing what you've learned will also help your understanding (and show you what you've missed).

To summarize how to learn anything 10x faster: 1) Pick a topic 2) Explain it simply 3) Reflect, Refine, Review Bonus tip: Adopt a cat so you always have a willing purrticipant

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