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The Explanation Effect

Learning is not passive: you can't learn just by taking in information. Without some form of active processing, like teaching, almost everything we read is lost in a short time.

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  • When you learn with the intention to teach, you learn more deeply.
  • While you teach, you will realize where you have gaps in your knowledge.
  • Teaching will give you valuable feedback.
  • You will have to apply what you learn.
  • You wi...

Spending 15 minutes a day reflecting on what you've learned can have a 20% learning gain.

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