Tim Ferris is renowned for being able to learn things very rapidly. His method focusses on the following (a) Deconstruction – break down the task, keeping the end in mind (b) 80:20 principle – focus on the 20% of learning that can lead to 80% of the skill (c) Sequencing – learning skills individually and in a correct sequence. (d) Stakes – to keep you accountable.
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The Feynman Technique helps improve learning, by focusing on explaining concepts in simple language. It involves 4 steps – (1) Choose a concept (2) Explain the concept in a simple way (as if you were teaching a toddler) (3) Identify gaps and go back and review the source (4) Review and simplify further.
5 tips to help you learn better – (1) Deconstruct the skill and use the Pareto Principle (2) A laser focus and use the Pomodoro technique (3) Learn by Doing (4) Be Persistent (5) Get enough sleep.
Research shows that just 20 hours of focussed deliberate practice (rapid initial learning), can take you from knowing nothing to becoming pretty good at any new skill. The following is important for this to work: Deconstructing the skills, Learn enough to self-correct, Remove practice barriers, Practice at least 20 hours.