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Note Taking in Class

Systems and methods for better note taking that lead to faster learning.

Four Steps to Learning

Richard Feynman (1918-1988)

Richard Feynman, a 1965 Nobel Prize winning physicist for quantum electrodynamics, challenged his students to understand concepts by explaining the concept in simple language as if you were teaching it to a new student.

Step One: Choose the Concept You Want to Understand

Write it on the top of a sheet of paper.

Step Two: Pretend You Are Teaching the Concept to a Child

Write an explanation of the concept on the paper as though you were teaching a child.

Step Three: Stuck? Go Back to the Source Material

Re-read or re-learn the material until you can complete step two.

Step Four: Simplify & Create Analogies

If your explanation is wordy or confusing, simplify the language. Create an analogy to help understand the concept.