How To Learn Things Faster


How to Learn Faster & Retain More

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Have you ever thought you would like to learn faster? Or do you have a hard time remembering new ideas and concepts until they sink in to your subconscious?


There may be a few techniques that could help you Learn Faster & Retain More of what you learn


There is nothing unique or mystical about the techniques and they will work for anyone who follows them.-

Learn More & Then Learn More

From a neurological perspective, there are few things better for the development of intelligence than to learn multiple subjects or skills at once..


Learning more than one skill or subject at a time encourages the use of multiple brain areas and enhances the interconnectivity of your brain. 


Most people find that once you gain a basic knowledge of a few related subjects, you will start recalling earlier ideas and will use new skills without realising – 


Another big plus is that research suggests the act of learning itself triggers the release of dopamine, BDNF and other neurotransmitters that enhance plasticity–meaning that the more we learn, the easier learning becomes.


The Feynman Technique

The Feynman Technique is a mental model named for Richard Feynman. The main aim of the system is to increase your depth of knowledge by teaching someone else the subject.


The theory is that if you can’t explain a subject simply; you don’t fully understand it.


Feynman suggests a flow chart of steps.


  • Start by simplifying the concept / skill and then ‘explain it to yourself like you’re a five-year-old 
  • If you find yourself short of knowledge pinpoint the gap in your knowledge and commit to finding the answer before moving forward
  • Finally use an analogy to explain the simplified concept.
  • Then repeat the cycle in full
TIP - Writing a summary explanation for the topic you’re trying to learn can often help retain information.


Tim Ferriss, author of The 4 Hour Workweek has a different method for learning subjects more quickly.


He calls this the DiSSS method.The phrase is an acronym which stands for


  • Deconstructing / Reversal  (what does the end goal look like and write a list of the key learnable units?) for instance, Tim recommends learning to finish moves first in chess and then working backwards to learn how to get to that point)


  • Interviewing (If unsure about a certain task / section then ask people who have already mastered the skill)
  • Selection (Choose the top 20% most important from the list of learnable tasks)
  • Sequencing (Choose what is the best order to learn the top 20% tasks)
  • Stakes (Write why you want to learn the new skills and how you will use them, do the same for what you would miss out on if you don’t learn the task /skill.)
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The First 20 Hours

The First 20 Hours is a book by Josh Kaufman, that offers another alternative accelerated learning method.


The main theory is to aim for a ‘target performance level’ or to know what you want to achieve through learning. 


As an example, if you want to learn to code, then don’t set out to ‘learn to code’ which is much too vague, but set out to create a specific goal like get a position as a web developer or gaming developer.

Setting more specific smaller goals are more intrinsically motivating as achievement provides an emotional drive or boost, Smaller more specific goals also give you structure and help choose which skills you need to develop.

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As with most things it ultimately comes down to interest and motivation, the more interested you are in an area the more motivated you will be to learn.

So the first step is asking yourself, what really interests me?

 By practising a few of these strategies you can help accelerate your learning and be well on the way to becoming a better skilled and more knowledgeable person

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