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And you want to be smarter and talented using the Feynman Technique. If you are really curious to become smart than the rest of all, you should follow the 4 or somewhat 5 steps. Feynman Technique does not work for all concepts that already simple or you know deeply.
Feynman Technique helps you to learn any subject faster and accurately. You just need to train/treat yourself as you are a child. You have to do a simple and clean explanation. you don’t have to jargon.
What is the Feynman Technique??
The Feynman Technique made up of four steps including from teaching yourself to explaining others. The Feynman Technique for teaching and explaining is a box-model to explain someone easily and convey your information in concise terms.
In other words, it’s a simple explanation of hard topics and points using simple four steps. It actually helps you to understand the concept more briefly and help others to understand the concept easily.
If you aren’t completely done with Feynman Technique, you fulfill the Albert Einstein quote: “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”
Before getting down into the technique itself, first understood who’s the creator of the Feynman Technique.
Who is Richard Feynman??
According to Wikipedia, Richard Feynman was an American physicist and pioneering of quantum mechanics — quantum electrodynamics.
The Feynman Technique is discovered by them — not actually- from their class and college notes.
Richard Feynman was a man who received Noble Prize in physics in 1965.
Not just this, Richard Feynman was the inspiration for apple and that’s why apple computer use their images to marketing for their slogan ‘think different’
Here is the image.
That’s enough. If you are really curious to know about Richard Feynman, here is the best source. Let’s dive into the original steps.
How Feynman technique works??
This technique divided into four parts. You’ve to be sure that, topics that you choose to learn are hard.
1. Identify the concept you want to work on.
Aim:- Understand the concept more briefly in simple terms with the usage of drawing.
Pick the right topic you have to learn. Collect the right source and prepare your notes. Find the right place where distraction is null. Find a pencil, pen, and whatever needed.
Sit-down straight and learn the subject yourself. Find the right way to learn the subject easily and productively. Productivity is necessary.
Now it’s time to act. Take your pen and write down the subject or concept name at the top of the paper or page. You’re in the right way. Keep doing!
Write down the things that you know already about the concept. Make a list of those things that you know. Now, you clear from your mind.
Take your book or concept’s papers, find the topics that you don’t know or hard. Right down it on the right side of the paper.
Means write down things that you know at the left side and things, you don’t know and hard to understand at the right side.
Do you see the difference?
It’s time to pretend. Learn the concept as you teach a concept to children about age 12. Use simple and concise language to explain to children — my means to yourself. Use the language that fun to you no matter how weird it.
Don’t be scared we’ll use an example that actually helps you. I’ll explain it step by step. So, don’t worry.
Now, you are ready with a concept. You know the concept more briefly and accurately. It’s time to examine. If your base is fine, your future will be bright.
2. Review the concept
Aim:- Find the mistakes and miss leading points within the explanation.
After getting the complete knowledge of your hard concept, try to think like you are explaining to children. Don’t be confused, our first is to learn as you teach to children and the second step to explain it to children. You can make real explanations to children or to those who are unfamiliar with concepts no matter how old they are.
Eliminate myth “ Feynman Technique used to explain children.“, if you have. This technique builds to explain others no matter how old they are, an easy way.
If you are accurate to explain children very-well, you win. The explanation is everything. It makes you a millionaire. It makes you what you dream to be. So, eliminate the myth.
Take another paper, explain the concept to yourself, or someone, unfamiliar with concept as you explain it to children.
When you explain to children, you use simple terms and concise words throughout the explanation.
It’s time to analyze. Check your paper, find what you missed. What are the points vague in your explanation? Make a list of those topics.
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3. Proofing and simplify.
Aim:- Clear the concept completely from your mind.
It’s time to getting things clear from your mind. It’s You vs You.
Now, you’ve two-column: one what you already know and second, that vague in your explanation.
Go back to your source and notes or textbook, re-read the concept. Re-write and re-alive the concept. Be familiar with the concept. If it needed, repeat step two.
4. Explain it to someone in real life.
It is a real exam. Don’t be scared. Wish yourself good luck.
Explain the concept of those who really don’t know about this. That way if you fail, you aren’t demotivated. If your concept is very hard, repeat the steps. Make big drawings and repeat explanations within yourself.
Share your new learning technique with your friends to help you understand the concept known as Sharing is Learning.
Remember, the visual explanation is the king of all the explanations. Visual explanation is really not an explanation, it’s one type of demonstration.
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Benefits of Feynman Technique
What do you think about the Feynman Technique? Is it easy to understand the concept with this technique??
Let’s talk about the benefits that I can see.
- It makes a harder concept easier to understand yourself and someone.
- If you use images and drawings within your explanation, you’ll become unstoppable.
- This technique is simple so that everyone can learn it easily.
- You begin to increase the capability of critical thinking.
- Feynman Technique makes things more simple without using more words and paragraphs.
Example of the Feynman Technique??
After sorting some articles, I found everyone trying to explain just one concept: Pythagoras Theorem. But we are Different.
Let’s take our first example that brings down from the standard nine.
1. Force and Motion.
This example is very simple to understand using the visual form and the Feynman Technique.
What is our first step? Collect the information and notes about the concept you wanna learn. Right?
Let’s find some resources about concepts [I am talking to myself]
I am talking to myself (Don’t disturb me — just kidding):-
- What does the mean of force?
- What does the mean of Motion?
- What is the correlation between force and motion?
- Where it applies?
- Why I really learn this?
- What rewards did I get after understanding the concept?
Remember, Our brain loves questions.
Let’s find the right answers.
I am talking to myself and to my phone:-
1. What does the mean of Force?
– A force is a push or pulls upon an object resulting from the object’s interaction with another object.
‘Okay, then the force is the strength I use to push and pull the object.’
2. What does the mean of Motion?
– Motion is the way things move place to place. The ball rolling down a hill is in motion.
‘Oh, the movement of one object in any direction called Motion.’
3. What is the correlation between force and motion?
– For an externally applied force, the change in velocity depends on the mass of the object. A force will cause a change in velocity.
‘Clear, if I force one object, it moves in the force’s direction.’
This way I found the answers to all questions. And I uttered to myself in clear words and draw drawings, refer to the definitions.
Do you see the difference between simple and complex explanation?
Now, our first step is over. We know everything that we really need to know.
What is our second step? To explain yourself as a child.
I’d like to explain in the drawings. We describe three things: two definitions, and correlation.
Me to Myself:- “Rakshit, do you know what does mean of force and motion? ”
Rakshit (myself):- “No I don’t know.”
Me to Myself:- “Rakshit, Force is our strength that we use to work just like you use a pencil to draw. You put your force to pencil to draw.”
Rakshit (myself):- “oh! This means I put force to draw. “
Me to Myself:- “Yes! you do. Understand? Let me tell you, what does mean of motion”
Rakshit(myself):- “Yes I understand! Tell me, what does mean of Motion.”
Me to Myself:- “Rakshit, Motion is the state of an object when it moves one place to another. Let me clear it. When I pick your pencil and try to move to another place, it’s in motion. Understand?”
Rakshit(myself):- “Means when I move object one place to another, it’s in motion?”
Me to Myself:- “Yes! When you move something one place to another. It is in motion.”
Rakshit(myself):- “I understand both: force and motion. Now tell me the correlation between them. “
Me to Myself:- “Why not! Force is the strength that you use to work, just like you put effort into a pencil to draw something. Then, your pencil draw, it means it moves another place to another. It is in motion. This is the correlation between force and motion. When you force something, it’s moves — means it’s in motion. Understand?”
Rakshit(myself):- “Yes I understand the correlation. It’s easy to me understand by pictures. Thank you.”
This is the step-2, isn’t my story. I am sure you completely understand the step-2. If yes, tell me.
Our step-2 is clear without any mistakes. If there, tell me. If there are any mistakes, you’d to repeat the step-1 and step-2.
Do you understand the concept clearly? It’s my duty to understand any concept to you. That’s why I ask you. It’s your duty to answer me and clear your doubts.
The Feynman concept is simple but tough to understand. That’s why I make a broad example. It’s clear the way you think.
If you have any questions regarding the concept, feel free to ask me in the comment section.
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