We all faced with the task of keeping our skills up to date,as there is always new technology to learn.
It may be overwhelming to master new concepts. To succeed and keep up with the ever-changing skills climate,one has to develop strategies to learn quickly.
What is The Feynman Technique?
The Feynman Technique is a Mental Model named after Richard Feynman, a Nobel Prize Winning Physicist.Feynman was revered for his ability to clearly illustrate dense topics like quantum physics for virtually anybody.
Feynman came up with what he termed a four-step process to master any concept:
The Four Step Process
1)Pick a topic you want to understand and start studying it.
This is the most important step.Most people don’t master anything because they fail to define what to master.
Feynman advises you to write down everything you know about the topic on a notebook page, and add to that page every time you learn something new about it.
2)Teach it to a child
This step means that you must be in a position to breakdown the concept to an elementary level.Be in a position to explain it in layman terms to a person who has never encountered that concept and understand it.
3)Identify your knowledge gaps
As you progressively study,take note of areas where you struggling.It is pointless to press ahead even if not understanding anything.
Revisit your books,video tutorials or any other form of study material and fill in those knowledge gaps.
4). Simplify and use analogies.
Repeat the process while simplifying your language and connecting facts with analogies to help strengthen your understanding.
“Repetition is the mother of learning, the father of action, which makes it the architect of accomplishment.”
As Feynman illustrates in his mental model, learning can be a lifelong pursuit. This technique is designed to help you study for exams and learn new subjects, but it can be easily adapted to pursue deep work. Dedicating a notebook to a place where your knowledge can grow and evolve your ideas and provide inspiration to continue following a path of ongoing learning critical to the fundamentals of deeper, meaningful work.