Scott Young discusses the 5 steps of the successful learning process and the secret to faster learning:
Smart people don’t memorize things.
Smart people don’t need to memorize, because they connect ideas together.
Because we can form connections and recognize patterns far more effectively than we can memorize information, why not use that to learn?
learning via connections can make learning almost any conceptual subject easier. Every time I think there’s a subject that can’t be learned holistically, I’m corrected by a reader who claims it helped them a lot in law, history or even wrestling.
I’ve found the process usually goes like this:
- First insights
- Expand on insights
- Trim back connections
learning faster isn’t a magic process for doing something incredibly different, rather it’s a process of figuring out what you do when you learn well, and trying to repeat that more often. More, it’s about avoiding the trap of memorization
A Brief Guide to Learning Faster (and Better) [Scott H Young]