We all remember Maxim Gorky, Rabindranath Tagore, Ernest Hemingway, James Watt, Thomas Alva Edison, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Wright Brothers as some of the few people who left their mark in the world. But do you also know that all of them were partially or wholly self-taught? They did not rely completely on the education that school had to offer. These kinds of people are called autodidacts.
It was very beautifully penned down by the American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, Mark Twain as, “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” Here are some proven techniques and effects which can radically change the way you learn things.
1. The Pomodoro Technique:
A technique developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980’s to help you focus your attention over a short period of time. Pomodoro is an Italian word for tomato and is called so because Francesco used a tomato-shaped timer while practising this technique. Traditionally, the timer is set to 25 minutes, but you may vary it slightly according to your needs. Now, once the timer starts ticking, you are not allowed to sneak off to web surf or chat on the phone. So, the thought is, for those 25 minutes you need to focus on the process and not on the product. You will be tempted by distractions but you will be pleased with how easy it is to get your attention back.
2. The Feynman Technique:
The Feynman technique has been named after Richard Feynman, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist. This technique demands people come up with a simple metaphor or analogy to help them grasp the essence of an idea. You may relate to it if you try to remember that you learned a concept better when you taught it to someone else. You can use the Feynman technique to understand the ideas that you do not really get or to remember those which you understand but forget on the day of the test.
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