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These ideas came from a skillshare class I recently took titled “How to Study for Exams - An Evidence-Based Masterclass” by Ali Abdaal. The class were divided into 3 sections namely 1) Understanding, 2) Remembering, and 3) Focusing. In this quick deepstash idea, I will try to summarize or simplify the 1st section: Understanding.

How to Understand What You're Trying to Learn to Retain More

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Understanding

Understanding a subject is like having a mental model of that subject in your mind. And when you understand something, it is easier to retain it.

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Active Recall

Active recall is when you're testing youself.

  • Testing yourself is part of the learning process.
  • At the end of every paragraphs, stop and ask yourself, “What are the key concepts from what I just read?”

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Note-taking

Studies found that hand written notes are better than typed written notes.

  • Handwriting takes more time which leads you to only writing the most important things.
  • Cornell Note-taking System: one side is for questions and the other side is for the actual notes ...

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Scoping The Subject

Understanding where a topic fits in the wider picture.

Ali Abdaal, a doctor and a YouTuber, likes to say, “Don't miss the forest from the trees.”

What this phrase means is that don't get too focused on a certain topic without understanding where it fits in the overal...

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Feynman Technique

Feynman technique: being able to explain something or teach to a friend or to a 5-year-old what you've just learned.

After learning a topic, ask yourself:

  • Does this makes sense?
  • Could I explain it to a 5-year-old?

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