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Is Your Learning Effective or Just a Waste of Time?


First, we need to understand how our brain works. The human brain's default learning mechanism arises through spike-timing-dependent plasticity.

Put simply: Imagine two neurons, A and B. If neuron A sends a signal and neuron B sends a signal shortly after, this close timing can strengthen the bridge between them. This means that it's easier and faster the next time A wants to send a message to B. It's like saying, "Hey, we work well together. Let's make our connection better."

Bad Practices

Highlighting the entire textbook or even copying contents from a book into your own notebook can be a waste of time. Their effect on memory retention and neural pathway building could be better compared to most studying techniques.

Recommended Techniques

  1. Feynman Technique

  2. Spaced Repetition

  3. Flash Cards

  4. Practice Problems

  5. Noting Questions instead of pure content

  6. Leitner System

  7. PQ4R Method

  8. Active Recall

  9. Interleaving

We will be exploring more techniques and diving into detail for every of them in later posts.

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