How To Learn

Disclaimer: Do not consider anything as truth until you've thoroughly researched and experienced it for yourself. Most of the information the average person states is second hand.  Furthermore, due to the elite infiltrating or owning most societal mechanisms means, on average, what you hear from people is corrupted information for the purpose of perpetuating ignorance and false knowledge.

1. Determine what learning style(s) and setting suits you best.

Visual: Through observation of actions. "Show me how and I'll understand."

Auditory/Verbal: Through hearing things. Verbalization is key. "Tell me precise instructions."

Kinesthetic: Hands on approach.  "Let me practice with my own senses so I can get a feel for it."

Logical - Reading and Writing: Taking notes and reading text. "Give me organized information"

Environmental:  Interpersonal vs Intrapersonal settings. Aka Group Setting vs Solo Setting.  Also environmental factors such as noise, light, color psychology, and temperature play a crucial role.

2. Learn smarter not harder.

Practice is great, don't get me wrong, but without the right attitude you may be merely going through the motions which hampers learning. What we are looking for is quality and effective learning. Consistency, Focus, and Targeting Weaknesses are the principles for effective learning.

Consistency: Consistent practice develops your capacity by enhancing the transmission of electrical impulses in your nervous system. All your habits, activity, and thinking create pathways of activity among your neurons which creates stronger connections. In addition, if you place more value on any activity it will directly influence your learning rate.  The higher you correlate the learning material as a need instead of a want the more attention your brain will give it.

Focus: Eliminate distractions. Turn off your phone and TV, dedicate yourself to the task at hand. Multi-tasking is essentially stating that you don't care to devote your full attention to something. Most of the time people are not focused on what is, but rather what is to come. This is not living in the present where all the gifts of life lay, including learning.

Another component for focus is by learning how to flow. Flow is 'getting in the zone'. This is best done through exercises or tasks that: 1. Have clear goals and progress indicators. 2. Immediate feedback for review. 3. Balance skill to challenge, (optimally 4% more challenge to skill). Too much challenge equals anxiety, too little challenge equals boredom.  Neither good for learning.

Targeting Weaknesses:  Take the time to get real with yourself and determine what you need to focus on.  If you only practice what you already know, how does that push your learning? Again, always push yourself to be doing uncomfortable action that is just beyond your comfort zone.  

 

In addition, become familiar with the Zone of Proximal Development.  This is essentially understanding what can you learn right now on your own, what can you learn with help, and what you cannot learn currently.  The goal is to always be pushing your boundary a little further out, but never to the point that it is too difficult.

 

 

3. Feynman Technique

The Philosophy: If you want to understand something well, explain it.  And prove that you really know it by being able to explain it simply. This is to make everything as simple as needed but no simpler.

Step 1. Write down the concept and everything you know about it.

Step 2. Explain the concept using simple language.  Explain as if you were teaching someone else. Use examples if possible and or practice it.

Step 3. Identify areas you have difficulty with. Then go back to your sources for more review.

Step 4. Simplify and use analogies to further your understanding.

Bonus: Figure out your whys not just the hows. Additionally, reverse engineer the material when appropriate, this is to break the process down step by step.

4. Equilibrium

Find your healthy balance of learning/practice with rest or breaks.  Alignment over Hustle. You are not biologically built to work endlessly. Simply getting up for even 5 minutes once an hour to walk around, stretch, and get a drink greatly benefits your productivity. Now if you're 'in the zone' that's a different matter, but overall make sure you aren't overheating your brain so to speak.

Bonus: Avoid cramming for long retention. It may help for that test tomorrow, but if you actually want to learn something, consistent studying trumps cramming.

5. How to Research:

Step 1. Stay open minded. The ability to adapt

to new information is a direct marker of

high intellect. You must be able to toy with

opposing views without taking them on as your

own. Others views will either deepen your

awareness of your own stance, or show you a new

way to view reality. It's a win-win.

Likewise, stop being identified as your thoughts

and beliefs. To be frank, holding identification

towards these things indicates an unripened

mind.

Step 2. Brush up your searching skills.

10min overview: How to Search using Google

Article: Using Google for Research

On that note, I'd like to remind you that Google isn't credible in itself, it is merely a database of information which is also influenced and catered to those who control it. In addition, you ought to seek books and experts out to get a better true understanding for any given field.

Step 3. Controversial Topics

For any subject, especially those of great controversy, a solid starting approach is to research three sources that support your view, three sources that oppose your view, and three sources that lay in the middle or are completely alternative. What this does is get you out of your own echo chamber. Trust me, there are articles, books, videos, teachers for almost every point of view. If you want to find 'evidence' for anything, there is plenty of snake oil information to 'prove it'. If you are a seeker of truth you must go forward without bias.

With that being stated, you must seek credible sources.  Look into the substance and credibility of every author. For example, if I'm researching biology I wouldn't take the words of a random journalist to be credible at first glance.  If someone isn't an expert in a field tread lightly, and even if they are still question their authority..

Bonus Final Notes:

1. Learn through passion over fear. Fear will create resentments. Fear is getting a degree society told you to get, to get a job you don't really want, so that you can be successful, so that you can be happy. Whereas passion stems from learning for what sets your heart on fire and makes you want to live life and be happy now. That's how you know what you should be learning and doing in life, follow your passion.

2. Fair Play Psychology.  If you're a teacher realize that in most cases there is a psychological need for interactive stimuli for effective learning. The observed ratio according to current studies is a max of 70-30. This means that a teacher should be aiming for a mean interaction ratio where no more than 70% of the time is lecture. As a student, make sure you are interacting. Usually more interaction equals more learning.

 

3. Lastly, use your intuition to find what works for you.  What has been laid out is merely a guideline. Use what resonates and leave the rest. Happy learning!

Zone of Proximal Development
Nietzsche Corruption of Youth Quote
Marcus Aurelius Seek Truth Quote