Learn Anything Faster with the Feynman Technique

by Corbett Barr on April 13, 2012

After recording Wednesday’s Expert Enough show with Scott H. Young, I spent some time over on his YouTube channels (he has one for his blog and a separate one for the MIT Challenge we discussed in the episode).

This particular gem below really stood out.

The Feynman Technique (named after the Nobel prize winning physicist) is an incredibly simple and effective way to learn new things quickly that involves explaining everything you already know on a topic to identify holes in your knowledge.

I realized this technique is very similar to the process of writing a blog post on something you’re trying to teach your audience about.

A blog post often starts by writing down everything you know on the subject. Along the way you usually identify some gaps in what you know and what you need to teach. By filling those gaps, teaching the subject actually helps you learn it better.

Have you tried this technique before? If not, take 15 minutes today and give it a try. Share your results in the comments below.

This article originally appeared here.