Remembering What You Read Easily

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Ok so you are on the path to reading more books and learning. But how do you remember what you read?

Let’s look at Elon Musk.

Elon uses the “Richard Feynman” technique from what I have read about his approach, mixed with his own technique called “first principles”.

…which is basically in simple terms: don’t try to remember, but try to understand; when you understand, you will remember automatically.

Sounds simple? But yet, so many people don’t do it like that. They try to cram loads of info and facts into their brains, especially students, with the result of forgetting a lot of it.

So how does Elon do it?

‘’One bit of advice: it is important to view knowledge as sort of a semantic tree — make sure you understand the fundamental principles, ie the trunk and big branches, before you get into the leaves/details or there is nothing for them to hang on to.”

So what Elon basically does is, he looks at the most fundamental principle of any subject matter, instead of separating the subject matters into smaller pieces.

Example: all the A’s are different. But fundamentally they are the same. So he remembers the fundamental first principle. So when you remember the first principle, you remember everything which branches off the first principle.

Obviously, you can now notice that remembering and learning go together. If you’re good at learning, you’re also a natural at remembering. And vice versa.

“First principles” is not only limited to physics. Elon has a tech company and makes tech. If you understand the natural laws of physics, you can use that as a blueprint to make solid tech.

For psychology, “first principles” would be neuroscience. Or for biology, “first principles” would be chemistry.

I hope this can at least help you to improve on your memory a bit, and accelerate the way you process data.

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