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How to Use the Feynman Technique to Learn Faster (With Examples)

There’s a quote that’s often attributed to Albert Einstein which goes:

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”

Whether or not Einstein himself actually said this (it’s never been properly sourced, so it’s likely he didn’t), it’s still an insightful observation. It’s also one that yields a pretty powerful study tip when reversed:

If you want to understand something well, try to explain it simply.

By attempting to explain a concept in simple terms, you’ll quickly see where you have a good understanding of that concept. You’ll also be able to instantly pinpoint your problem areas, because they’ll be the areas where you either get stuck or where you end up resorting to using complex language and terminology.

This is the idea behind the Feynman Technique. Read More…

How to Choose Where to Live After College (Ep. 145)

Getting a job is already daunting enough, but should you let the job search decide where you move after college or the other way around?

In this episode, we’ll be talking a bit about which variables to look at when deciding where to go after graduation, along with these fine questions:

  • Should I take five classes in a day?
  • How can I build on a shallow resume if I have little to no experience?

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How to Learn Any Skill in Under 20 Hours

I’ll never forget the first time I tried to teach myself a new skill.

I was in 7th grade, and after spending a lot of time fooling around with the free 3D graphics program Blender, I decided I should probably learn how to draw. That was the advice most 3D animators and artists gave, at least.

And so, without much of a plan in mind, I picked up a few books and drawing and started going through their exercises.

How did it turn out? Well, I certainly learned a lot about drawing. I even got to the point where I could do something more than stick figures, but the results of my quest were ultimately…meh. Read More…

5 Questions on Starting Your Own Business (Ep. 144)

“I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man.” These wise words, uttered by the great Shawn Carter, are something all entrepreneurs can aspire to. But how does one actually go about becoming a business, man?

In this episode, we’re going to be answering these questions to find out:

  • How can I prepare for starting my own business over the next few years?
  • What advice would you give your 19-year-old self about college and careers?
  • What do you believe is the key to a successful business plan and a happy life?
  • How can I learn business if I’m not taking a degree in it?
  • What is your secret to learning computer programming languages?

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Should You Pay Attention to Lectures? (Ep. 143)

Another day, another PowerPoint presentation. Sometimes it can feel like a Microsoft Office-based purgatory. But while you’re drifting off thinking about the newest episode of Dragon Ball Super, what else might your professor be talking about?

In this episode, we’ll be talking about whether you should pay attention to your classroom lectures, along with:

  • How to use Twitter professionally
  • Which email to use when signing up for online accounts

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How to Keep Track of What You Study (Ep. 142)

We talk a lot about productivity systems, but they aren’t always as simple as they should be — should you be strict and results-focused, or flexible enough to follow inspiration?

If you decide the latter is the best answer for you, you may eventually find yourself neglecting a few of your more un-inspirational subjects.

Today, we’ll be talking about a few ways to meet this challenge, and:

  • How to email your professors
  • How to ask for a letter of recommendation

Enjoy! Read More…

Staying Productive When You’re Sick (Ep. 141)

When it feels like your face is melting, it can be pretty hard to concentrate on anything — not to mention if you have anything more than a simple cold or sinus infection ailing you. Unfortunately, assignments and exams aren’t always so forgiving.

So today, we’ll be talking a bit about what to do when you’re sick but still feel the need to be productive.

We’ll also be talking about:

  • Actually sticking to your schedule
  • Remembering things from previous lessons and classes

Enjoy! Read More…

What We Learned from Reading “Deep Work” (Ep. 140)

Listeners! Today we’ll be mixing up the recent Q & A format to bring you a conversation about what we learned from reading Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, by Cal Newport.

This serves as a more personal sequel to episode 100 of the podcast, where I got the chance to interview Cal Newport himself about the concept of deep work and why it’s so important in the internet age.

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