Saturday, June 26, 2021


 The creator of Ruby on Rails, David Heinemeier in an interview shares his profound thoughts on the subject of learning:

"You can get really good at most things, even if you start “late”, if you know how to learn..... I’ve realized that the hard part about most books is not reading them but recalling their knowledge or insight when you need it the most."

In today's fast-paced world, Learning is the only constant. 'Learning how to learn' is a skill that is a force-multiplier, yet it doesn't get as much mind-share as it ideally should.

Our learning strategies have to constantly evolve with time for us to be relevant. And at the same time, there are learning strategies that are timeless in nature. One such was suggested by Richard Feynman Nobel Prize winning American physicist.

The Feynman Technique (as it is popularly called) involves 4 key steps:

(1) Identify
(2) ELI5 ("Explain It To Me Like I'm 5")
(3) Reflect & Study
(4) Organize, Convey & Review
(source , summary in my sketchnote)

To me, the essence of this technique is in Step 2 i.e. to simplify your learning enough and make it comprehensible to a child.
Un-complexifying something is a super-power.

What are your preferred learning strategies ?

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