If Attaining Knowledge Is Your Goal, Writing About It Is More Effective Than Reading About It.

  1. Writing allows you to identify the flaws in your thinking. Trying to explain a concept, even to yourself, will highlight any gaps.
  2. Reading is a passive activity. You’re not required to do much thinking. Your brain can easily coast through the material without having to process it too deeply. When you’re writing, you have to think about what you’re trying to say. What are the main points? How can you best explain this concept? This deep level of processing helps embed the information into your memory.
  1. When you’re trying to learn something new, come up with a list of questions you want to answer. Then, write out the answers. Not only will this help you understand the material better, but you’ll also have a written record you can refer back to later.
  2. If you’re stuck on a problem, try explaining the steps you would take to solve it. Progress slowly. Zoom out and look at the problem from a macro sense. If you can explain the big picture well enough, start zooming in. Try explaining more difficult concepts.

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