How do you learn complex material quickly?
James Hilton, Web Developer
James Hilton, 网页开发人员
It totally depends on what you're learning. I don't believe there's a set way to learn everything most effectively.
Tim Ferris did a TV show on this though, so look it up and you can see how he learns some complex things fast. He is very logical and systematic about his approach, and I like to be that way also.
The biggest thing that everyone forgets when learning something new is that there are fundamentals that you must detect and then keep in mind ALL the time.
Take the topic of nutrition, for example... There's a million people out there calling themselves professionals and throwing around false advice that they don't even understand because they are not aware of the fundamentals of energy usage. If they keep studying for a couple years they'll eventually figure it out and think to themselves "Omg, that was one of the first things I learnt... I can't believe I didn't realise that! I've been telling everyone the wrong thing for years!!!"
Learning something else like an instrument requires you to build coordination between your body and your mind first, so the most important thing is short regular practice to get that connection going. Once it's going, learning the chords/tabs are easy.
Studying anatomy can be incredibly difficult if you do not have a purpose to study it. Once you have a REASON to study it other than "I just want to know it for no reason at all", you will remember things much faster. Once you have a use-case scenario, you can put all the pieces together to make sense.
Programming languages are absolutely overwhelming at first, but if you look at an example of it in action, you can break it down quickly and learn what certain things do. Try learning PHP from PHP.net as opposed to tizag.com One is a reference tool made by the creators of PHP, the other is a step by step beginner to intermediate to expert guide showing real life examples as it goes.
When learning maths, confidence plays a crucial part. This is very obvious when someone gives you a puzzle or complex question, and you attempt it and say it can't be done. Then they tell you, "yes it can, even I figured it out." And suddenly you go back to it with the confidence that "if they can, I CAN!" and you figure it out easily. I've taught some adults basic maths and they have such low confidence from their schooling experience that they are overwhelmed by the thought of a simple multiplication or division... 8/4 for example. Their confidence is so low that they can't even begin to figure it out, but after explaining it differently they see the patterns and figure it out by themselves. The next time they answer that question they'll still have that "overwhelming can't do it" attitude, until you tell them to stop and take their time, then they figure it out. They have to repeat this over and over until it's so natural that they can get rid of that installed fear.
So to summarize, when you learn a new complex subject, do this:
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Find the fundamentals straight away. (basics that you must always remember whiel learning)
Find the principles straight away. (Rules that do not change regardless of how something contradicts it.)
Have confidence that if any other human can learn it, you can too.
Have a reason to learn it so that you can use the knowledge AS you learn it.
Find the best step by step guide first by asking people or searching and flicking through all guides available to you.
So give us an example of what you're learning!
Rose Aap, MBA Digital Marketing, University of Twente (2020)
Rose Aap, 特温特大学工商管理硕士:数字营销(2020)
The average person has the capacity for about 3 to 4 hours of effective focus per day. You are able to extend your period of focus by training oneself, but firstly, my suggestion would be to effectively utilise the capacity you currently have. You can do this by adhering to the following guidelines:
Divide the 3/4 hours into several sessions ranging from 30 to 90 minutes. These sessions have to be of equal length. You can increase the length of your sessions once you’ve become comfortable with this method.
Choose several books that cover the topic to be studied in-depth (or online materials, as long as the device you’re using is offline during your sessions).
Sit down [insert own number of sessions] a day for the chosen period of time in a room with no distractions, which includes your phone (having a smartphone in your vicinity is detrimental to your focus). Set a timer, open your book, and start (speed)reading until the timer goes off. Then have a break that is (at the minimum) as long as your study sessions.
The book which I’m basing this on (Deep Work by Cal Newport) advises the reader to eliminate the inner voice during reading, meaning you just read without echoing the words internally. I’m presuming this is for the purpose of increasing reading speed.
Make sure that you’re in a mindset of curiosity and are deeply focused on the material while reading (even though this may be challenging at first).
Embrace boredom during the periods that you’re not studying. This allows the brain to process the information you’ve read without too much interference. Watching TV and using social media is a general no-go, since this requires a degree of focus and will therefore cause your study sessions to be less effective (these activities eat away at your limited time of effective focus and represent the inverse of productivity).
To ensure a fresh and renewed capacity for effective focus the following day, I’d suggest you plan all of your study sessions before 6 PM.
This method has worked wonders for me. Good luck.
David Merriman, Co founder at Magic
David Merriman, Magic的联合创始人
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The easiest, fastest, and most effective way is also the most fun. Get passionate about it.
I once spent an entire afternoon learning how to comprehend Graham's number - a mindbogglingly large number once used as an upper bound in a mathematical proof - simply because I thought it was fascinating! Were that task assigned to me, and were I as uninterested in it as I am with most mathematical concepts, I would have dragged myself through it, slowly and painfully....
Brewin Vaz, Technology Enthusiast
1. If the concept can be visualized, I usually search for videos on the internet. A picture is worth a thousand words. You can then go deeper into the material.
2. If the concept cannot be visualized, I associate it with concepts that I have learnt earlier or have an idea about. I then fill in the gaps.
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Taylor Case, Front-End Engineer at Cloud4Wi (2014-present)
Taylor Case, Cloud4Wi前端工程师(2014-至今)
The best way for me would be to break it down to the most basic levels, and learn them individually.
Also prioritizing the different concepts to build up a strong foundation in the subject that you are trying to learn.
I also usually study hard for 50 mins to 1 hr and then take a break, then get back at it. That seems like the most efficient way for me; once I get past 1 hr my brain starts to become unresponsive and taking a 5-15 min break refreshes it enough to keep going. Hope this helps, and good luck!
Manish Raj Sharma
You just have to be a step ahead of opposition. See my friend, you do not have to be another tree in the jungle.
Whenever people learn things, they only get the volumes which are provided in that piece of information. That is not being “a step ahead of opposition”, in fact it means to be another tree in the jungle.
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