Feynman – Explain it to understand it
“The best way to understand something is to explain it”.-Richard Feynman–
Richard Feynman, who received the Nobel prize in Physics in 1965 for his contribution to quantum electrodynamics, is considered one of the greatest physicists of all times.
If Feynman managed to master quantum physics so much and won a Nobel Prize, we must assume that he also understood how to study effectively and learn complex subjects.
Sharing his experience and wisdom, he came up with a system so that anyone could acquire new knowledge efficiently.
His technique was called, as might be expected, the “Feynman Technique” and consists of four basic steps.
Write the name of the concept on the top of a blank sheet of paper.
Actively read the study material and then try to explain it simply, as if you were explaining it to a child.
Identify the gaps you didn’t know how to explain. Go back to the source material, re-read, and re-learn it. Repeat step 2.
Check over what you wrote in step 3. If you’ve used confusing or overly complicated language, write it again, simplify it and use simple analogies, examples, etc. Explain the concept in simple terms, and in your own words and you’ve mastered it.
“You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother” – Albert Einstein
This famous quote by Albert Einstein has several translations in English and Spanish. However, as German is my native language, I feel this translation shows more authenticity and accuracy than other versions out there.
It’s a quote that Einstein supposedly used when speaking to his students. At that time, teachers and students spoke to each other in a very formal way. After, many translations left out the “grandmother” from the quote. Personally, I believe there’s a disqualifying lack of accuracy in the translation, because, for example, if you’ve ever tried to explain something to your grandmother, you know how difficult it is.
Pomodoro – Time management
The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method that helps you to be more focused, power through distractions and manage your creativity. The aim is to complete projects faster with less mental fatigue and boost productivity.
The process is simple:
1. 25 MINUTES
of concentrated/focused work.
2. 5 MINUTES
of rest (step away from your desk and relax)
Each 25 minute period is called a “pomodoro”, which is the Italian word for a tomato. Its creator, Francesco Cirillo, used a tomato-shaped kitchen timer to stay focused and productive, and this led to the method’s unusual name.
After 4 “pomodoros”, take a longer break of 15 or 20 minutes.
Does it work? Like all techniques, it has enthusiastic supporters and critics, which shows that it’s not for everyone.
The best thing is to try it for yourself in your next study session (you don’t need to buy a tomato timer!).
Wonder Woman Pose – Posture
Body language affects how others see us, but it can also change the way we see ourselves and how we feel.
Social psychologist Amy Cuddy, who is widely known for her TED Talk, says that power posing causes hormonal changes that can lead to increased feelings of confidence and improve your chances of success.
In her TED Talk, which has millions of views, Amy Cuddy suggests practising in front of the mirror:
“THE WONDER WOMAN POSTURE”
Stand tall for two minutes with your legs apart, chest out, hands on your hips and, above all, a “powerful” attitude.
This will help you come out on top when giving a talk in public, doing a job interview or passing a difficult exam… according to Amy Amy Cuddy.
There’s no harm in trying…