If there’s one thing I’m passionate about, it’s maximizing our learning potential. Having worn the crown of a memory champion, I’ve distilled the essence of quick and effective learning into seven actionable steps. I’ve talked about these in my YouTube channel and in my book “How to Learn Almost Anything in 48 Hours”. Here, I’d like to share my refined insights on the same.
You might be asking yourself, “Why should I listen to Tansel?” Apart from my accolades in memory competitions and record-breaking feats, my journey into memory optimization led me to a profound understanding: Learning isn’t about rote memorization; it’s about connecting the dots. In reality, only about 5-10% of learning truly involves memorization.
Step 1: Gather Your Resources
Whether you’re diving into a new language, preparing for an exam, or simply exploring a new topic, the first step is to gather all the relevant resources. This means textbooks, online materials, notes, anything pertinent. Place everything in front of you so you can physically see the breadth and depth of what you’re about to tackle.
Step 2: Organization is Key
Now that you have all your resources, it’s essential to categorize and organize them. Are there themes or topics that naturally fit together? I swear by the power of mind mapping. It’s a visual tool that creates a hierarchy of information, helping you visualize connections and see the broader picture.
Step 3: Connect the Dots
With your organized materials, it’s time to delve in and spot the patterns. This step is all about comprehension. It’s akin to laying out a jigsaw puzzle and understanding which pieces fit where. For each topic or subtopic, understand its essence and how it links to the broader subject.
Step 4 & 5: Memorization Strategy & Execution
Now comes the part most associate with learning: memorization. But here’s the twist: you don’t need to memorize everything. By now, you’ve already grasped the major themes and patterns. So, the idea is to develop a strategy to remember the more challenging bits, which could be facts, figures, or complex ideas, and then execute that strategy.
Step 6: Review with a Twist
After memorization, it’s crucial to review. But avoid rote repetition. Instead, visualize the story or pattern you’ve constructed from the material. Review the connected dots, the themes, and patterns. By reinforcing your understanding in this manner, the information becomes a part of your long-term memory.
Step 7: Test Yourself
Lastly, to ensure that your learning is effective and has truly sunk in, test yourself. It can be through mock tests, quizzes, or even discussions. The key is to retrieve and use the information actively.
Learning, when approached systematically, can be both enjoyable and efficient. Remember, it’s not about how much you cram, but how effectively you can retrieve and use the knowledge when needed.