If you want to cut your study time, using the Feynman Technique is a great way to do it. Named after the physicist Richard Feynman, it revolves around explaining a concept in simple language as if you were teaching it to someone else.
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In this video, I’ll show you exactly how to use the Feynman Technique.If you want to understand something well, try to explain it simply.By attempting to explain a concept in simple terms, you’ll quickly see where you have a good understanding of that concept.
You’ll also be able to instantly pinpoint your problem areas, because they’ll be the areas where you either get stuck or where you end up resorting to using complex language and terminology.This is the idea behind the Feynman Technique.
The Feynman Technique is a four step learning technique, or method, developed by American physicist and Nobel Prize in physics winner Richard P. Feynman. Known as the ‘Great Explainer,’ Feynman used simple terms and illustrations to explain complex concepts.
- Step One: Write Down the Concept You Want to Learn
- Step Two: Teach/Explain the Concept in your Own Terms
- Step Three: If Your Explanation Feels Shaky, Go Back to the Books
- Step Four: Re-Write in Simpler Terms or Use Analogies