thought id make some notes on refining my own learning

set the ground

you need to get an overview of the tex


in many ways this is the least efficient stage because the amount you can learn per unit of time invested is much lower.

  • get a general sense of what you need to learn.
  • map the landscape
  • use vlc for videos
  • use spree, spritz, or squirt.io , openspritz , android talkback for text

deep processing

deep learning is analysing as you learn to draw out key concepts and distinctions from the material focusing on

  • visual /mental imagery

Abstract ideas often become useful intuitions when we can form a mental picture of them. We can use dot language in emacs for drawing graphs or simply sketch and add

  • meaning and elaboration /drawing connections with
    • prior knowledge
    • concepts in the material
    • any easier to understand ideas
  • Simplifications
    • if you couldn’t explain something to your grandmother, you don’t fully understand it.
    • Simplification is the art of strengthening those connections between basic components and complex ideas.

this is especially useful in the feyman of explaining the concept to someone you dont know, or as i will be using, blogging!

  • distinctiveness
    • find the key differences between concepts
  • personal
    • relate it to your personal experience
  • appropriate retrieval and application/test you comprehension
    • recall and use information in the way it is expected to be used

shallow http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9GrOxhYZdQ

orienting tasks

these are tasks that make you study at a deep level but not during class! orgmode is just for the homestudy

  • use org mode, and structure concepts!
  • minimize distractions!, use a pomodoro

question generation

  • make as meanful
  • make connections
  • analyse
  • compare contrast
  • generate examples
  • try and answer questions

make mind maps , use org mode to export freemind!



  • Not Getting Immediate Feedback
    • if you want to learn, you need immediate feedback. The best way to do this is to go question-by-question with the solution key in hand. Once you’ve finished a question, check yourself against the provided solutions.
  • Grinding Problems
    • Practice problems should be used to highlight areas you need to develop a better intuition for.
    • techniques like the Feynman technique,

retrieving information

  • without looking at the books
  • use the information in the way the teacher expects
    • some teachers
      • expect conceptual knowledge
      • others expect factual knowledge
    • take advangtages of question in the text book


for SOME material dont just study until it can be recalled study until it can be recalled easily and quickly if you are studying information you need to know as part of more complex learning then OVERLEARN

note taking

  • notes in a lecture help remind you what you missed writing down
    • dont use a computer in the lecture
    • use a pad for notes and sketches
  • should just be prompts/ memory cues
  • summary of study
  • taking notes engages you in the class
  • think about
    • key concepts
    • key distintions
    • key relationships
  • do not try to get the whole lecture
  • always get the any missed notes right away


  • need to organise
  • review notes

Feynman Technique

  • Get a piece of paper
  • Write at the top the idea or process you want to understand
  • Explain the idea, as if you were teaching it to someone else

eventually you’ll reach a stopping point where you can’t explain. That’s the precise gap in your understanding that you need to fill.

From that gap, you can research the answer

  • from a textbook,
  • teacher
  • online.

Even better if you are using org2blog to blog your results. Generally, once you’ve narrowly defined your misunderstanding it becomes much easier to find the precise answer.

For Ideas You Don’t Get At All

  • go through the Feyman technique above but have the textbook open to the chapter explaining that concept.
  • meticulously copy both the author’s explanation, but also try to elaborate and clarify it for yourself as you go through. This “guided” Feynman can be useful when trying to write anything on your own would be impossible.

For Procedures

You can also use the method to fully understand a process you need to use.

  • Go through all the steps and explain
    • what they do,
    • how they execute it.

For Checking Your Memory

Being able to finish a Feynman on a topic without referencing the source material means you understand and can remember it.

For Formulas

Formulas should be understood, not just memorized. So when you see a formula, but can’t understand how it works, try walking through each part with a Feynman.


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