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Focused & Diffuse Modes - two modes of thinking

Focusing:

  • concentrating intently on sth you're trying to learn
  • sth you're rather familiar with -> thought moves smoothly as if it's traveling al...

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Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects - Unfinished yet

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Salvador Dali’s Technique to Be Creative
  • Relaxed in a chair, letting his mind go free, often still vaguely thinking about what he had been previously focusing on
  • A key in his hand, dangling i...

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Switching Between The Two Learning Modes

Thomas Edison used the same technique as Dali, only with a ball.

When you're learning something new, especially something that's a little more difficult, your mind needs ...

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Build & Strengthen Your Neurons

Neurons become linked together through repeated use. The more abstract sth is, the more important it’s to practice to bring those ideas into reali...

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Working Memory
  • what you're immediately & consciously processing in your mind
  • through its connections to other parts of your brain, you can access long term memor...

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Long Term Memory
  • like a storage warehouse
  • it's where you store fundamental concepts & techniques that are often involved in whatever you're learning about
  • When you encounter st...

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Spaced Repetition
  • repeat what you're trying to retain, but space this repetition out -> e.g. practice a new voc. word/ a problem solving technique over several days
  • Research: if you rep...

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The Importance of Sleep in Learning

Metabolic toxins in your brain-> Sleep helps to wash away them, keeps the brain clean & healthy

Too little sleep makes you do worse on tests

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What is a Chunk?

= pieces of information bound together through meaning/ use

The new logical whole makes the chunk easier to remember & also makes easier to fit it into the

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The best chunks are so well ingrained, that you don't even have to consciously think about it. 

When you're learning new math/science material:

  • Undivided a...

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Can you create a chunk if you don't understand? Yes, but it's often a useless chunk that won't fit in with other materials. 

Just understanding how a problem was solved d...

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Gain context to see not just how, but also when to use this chunk!

How to start with a new topic?

  1. Do a 2min. picture walk ...

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