Feynman and Ping Pong learning

Richard Feynman’s learning technique

First Step
Pick a topic and study (duh!)

Second Step
Write or speak about it as if you’re explaining it to someone.

Third Step
Repeat and simplify the language or include graphical representations.

 ‘If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.’
— Albert Einstein

The Ping Pong technique

Focused learning – active mental force to breakdown the concepts.
Diffused learning – let wander your mind and deal with concepts slowly in chunks.

To put it simply, take a break when you hit the bricks. Asimov always had more than one project at hand, if he’s stuck in one – he’d jump at the other to keep things rolling. To be stuck in a single project, or just focusing on the problem one may fail to arrive at the solution.


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