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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. That's what helps you learn effectively.

To gain muscular structure, you need to do a little work every day, gradually allowing your muscles to grow.

Similarly, to build neuro-structure, you need to do the same. A little work every day, gradually allowing yourself to grow. That’s the trick.

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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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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 ...

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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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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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Once you know what you’ll focus on, you’ll need a daily structure for staying focused on it. You may not be able to eliminate context switching from your day entirely, but these strategies will help you cut down on the number of times you have to shift your attention:

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