If you’re not learning, you’re standing still. But how do we get feedback on what we’re learning? And how do we go about learning new subjects and identifying gaps in our existing knowledge?
Often, we don’t realize we lack an understanding of something until it’s too late. We tend to focus on knowing the name of something versus actually knowing something.
The Feynman Technique is a 4-step process for learning that you can use to understand just about anything.
Step 1: Helps you embrace what you don’t know, it requires you to be specific, and you have to start small (a page or two).
Step 2: Makes it harder for you to trick yourself and others, as well as helps you build confidence.
Step 3: Learning becomes an iterative process, you’re actively engaged, and you expand your knowledge base.
Step 4: Simplicity provides greater understanding, and using analogies makes it easier to recall and explain.
Reference: Ambition and Balance