This is a guest post by Matthew Douglas
Let’s say you want to take a shot at learning something new. Now whether it’s a language, a software, or a college-level calculus problem, the Feynman technique can help you to master any subject. This powerful learning technique is named after the Nobel prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman, who was made famous for his ability to explain complex ideas on a level that even an inexperienced person could understand. In this post, we will be exploring the Feynman technique and how you can use it to become an expert in any field.
An Introduction to the Feynman Technique
Let’s begin by simply understanding what the Feynman technique is. The Feynman technique is based on the idea that the best way to truly understand something is to be able to explain it to another person in simple terms. Here are the steps:
Step 1: Pick any topic you want to learn about and write down everything you know about it.
Step 2: Take some time to teach the topic to someone else as if you were explaining it to a child. Be sure to use simple language and avoid overly complex wording.
Step 3: Isolate the gaps in your understanding and go back to the original material to fill those gaps.
Step 4: Simplify and refine your explanation, repeating this process until you can explain the subject completely and concisely.