Have you ever studied a topic only to find yourself on the brink of forgetting it? How about being stuck in a situation where you want to master a subject yet find it challenging? Ever been compelled to learn a topic but there are only a few hours left to work with? If you identify yourself as the person being described, this is for you!
It was in the 1940s when Richard Feynman caught the attention of the public. He was an author, philosopher, physicist, and the genius who invented the Feynman Diagram—a visual explanation of the relationship between the atomic particles. He was recognized as a noble physicist who greatly contributed to the field of quantum electrodynamics. However, aside from his works, Feynman was also praised for his ability to transform complex knowledge into simple information through the Feynman Technique. It is a process established from his manner of thinking that revolutionized the way of learning in the 21st century.
Applying the Feynman Technique is very easy. First, you need to choose a topic that you want to learn or master. After you select one, start studying the topic with the goal of teaching; do it as if you are going to educate other individuals. As you engage in the technique, it is critical to identify loopholes that need to be addressed. Remember to take a look back at your reference material whenever you identify information gaps. In fact, it is ideal if you can write and speak throughout the process of learning to ensure high yield retention of the information at hand.
Once information gaps are filled, it is time to organize and simplify the information in a manner that a child can comprehend. Ideally, it is better if you know a child whom you can share the topic, but if there is none, your friends are always a wise substitute. At this point, it is essential to consider using plain language that a child can understand, while avoiding jargon that can cause misinterpretations and misleading information. This part of the technique is where the rubber meets the road because if you are unable to explain it concisely to a child, then, by all means, you have not yet mastered the topic—you have to continue on plastering the loopholes until you achieve your goal.
Indeed, learning and mastering new skills and knowledge towards self-development is interesting. However, it is not a piece of cake. Like most of the wonderful things in this world, it takes tons of courage and dedication to achieve it. Fortunately, the Feynman Technique is a proven way to make it happen. After all, what else can be more satisfying than learning and mastering new things while also sharing it with the world that is to come?
I think there is none.