I’m quite a big fan of Professor Newport’s writings on learning and deep work. Let’s cover two main points here briefly.
1. PASSIVE REVIEW
“Most students make the mistake of relying only on passive review; they read and re-read their notes and assignments, and assume that the more they read, the more they will remember.” (Cal Newport)
Cal gives some key pointers on a more effective way to approach learning.
Here some bite size pieces that can be applied to the learning process at hand today.
2. EXPLAIN IT
…”The most effective way to imprint a concept is to first review it and then TRY TO EXPLAIN IT, UNAIDED, IN YOUR OWN WORDS…”
Let’s pause there. When is a good time today to try that?
Okay, next part….
…”If you can close your eyes and articulate an argument from scratch, or stare at a blank piece of paper and reproduce a solution without a mistake, then you have fully imprinted that concept. It’s not going anywhere.”
REVIEW IT + EXPLAIN IT (UNAIDED) – PASSIVE LEARNING = IMPRINTING
p.s. you may already be familiar with this which is great, but there is a difference between knowing it and practicing it regularly.
p.p.s remember to take breaks.