Optimize your learning -- advanced learning tips by Jim Kwik

“Knowledge is only potential power; it becomes power when we act on it.”

I made a short summary of Jim Kwik’s best tips about boosting brainpower and optimize learning.

The most important points can be remembered easily by the acronym FAST. Fast stands for:

F Forget
A Active
S State
T Teach

Now let’s go into the details about every state.

  • Be present! (Forget everything else and just focus on learning) For more details check out: 7 (plus or minus two) short term memory http://www.simplypsychology.org/short-term-memory.html
  • Be an active learner, ask questions! (how am I going to use this, apply this, teach this to others) Put comments etc.
  • Don’t outsource your brain (digital dementia), train it!
  • Take notes! It boosts retention by 50%
  • Do whole brain note-taking. (Use the left and right side of the brain) left = logic, right = creative. left side -> note taking, right side -> note making.
    • divide your paper with a line, on the left side make notes, on the right side write down your impressions of the notes, visuals (how you are going to use it, etc.)
  • Al learning is state dependent.
    • Always do a check of the state of your mind and body before learning something, because the emotion you attach to information becomes a long term memory.
    • Learn in a curious, fascinating, exciting state!
    • You can change your state in two ways, either by changing your mind (by asking questions) or changing your body (physical exercises).
  • Teach! Teaching helps to solidify knowledge and understanding further.

That’s all, remember to apply these principles, because knowledge is only potential power, it becomes power when we act on it.

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