One of the benefits of self-explaining is that it helps people see new links and associations. Seeing connections helps improve memory. When we’re explaining an idea to ourselves, we should try to look for relationships.
That’s one of the reasons that a tool like mnemonics works. We’re better able to remember the colors of the rainbow because we’ve created a link between the first letter of the names of the colors and the acronym VIBGYOR.
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Self-explaining can give voice to impulses of curiosity that may otherwise remain unexplored. It’s about asking ourselves the question, “Why?” Now, if we really know a topic, “why” questions are not that hard.
If I asked you a why question about the town that you grew up in, the answer woul...
Recall, for instance, a time when you read an article and then detailed its argument for a friend. That’s a form of summarizing — you’re more likely to have learnt and retained information from that article after you did it.
Or imagine that you recently wrote an email descr...
When we’re engaged in a conversation with ourselves, we typically ask ourselves questions along the lines of: “How will I know what I know? What do I find confusing? Do I really know this?”
Whether we hit the pause button while listening to a podcast or stop to reflect while readin...
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