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Salvador Dali’s Technique to Be Creative

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 it just above the floor
  • As he would fall asleep, the key would fall from his hand waking him up, just in time so he could gather up those diffuse mode connections & ideas
  • Then going back into the focused mode, he‘d build on these connections

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Long Term Memory

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 sth new, you often use your working memory to handle it. If you want to move that information into you...

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Working Memory

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 memories
  • holds only about 4 chunks of information (researchers said 7 in the past)

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Spaced Repetition

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 repeat sth 20times in one evening, you won’t remember nearly as well as if you practice it 20x ...

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The Importance of Sleep in Learning

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 (you can't think clearly)

Over too long of a time: headaches, ...

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How to Form a Chunk? - Part2

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 doesn’t necessarily create a chunk that you can easily remember later. Don't confuse the "Aha!" of a ...

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Gain Context

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 through a chapter (glancing at pictures & section headings allows you to gain a sense of the big pic...

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Focused & Diffuse Modes - two modes of thinking

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 along a familiar, nicely paved road

Diffuse thinking:

  • more rel...

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Build & Strengthen Your Neurons

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 reality for you.

  • If you first begin to understand sth, e.g. how to solve a problem, the neural...

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How to Form a Chunk?

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 attention. Let your brain focus on chunking.Leave free the limited slots in working memory

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Switching Between The Two Learning Modes

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 to be able to go back and forth between the 2 different learning modes

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What is a Chunk?

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 “larger picture”.

Just memorizing a fact without understanding is not enough, ...

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