This is a summery of Kaifu Lee Wechat post, & Lifehack, original author: Sean Kim.

Wish you could learn faster?

Whether you’re learning Spanish, a new instrument, or a new sport, we could all benefit from accelerated learning. But the problem is, there’s only so much time in the day.

The key to accelerated learning is not just putting in more hours, but maximizing the effectiveness of the time spent learning.

The Bucket And Water Analogy 水桶与水的类比

A bucket can hold water until overflow.

However, our brain is loosing content while studying:

How To Remember 90%

Learning Pyramid in the 1960’s — widely attributed to the NTL Institute (国家训练实验室) in Bethel outlined how humans learn.

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Yet how do most of us learn?

Books, classroom lectures, videos — non-interactive learning methods that results in 80-95% of information going in one ear and leaking out the other.

Compared with dated “passive” methods, “participatory” methods arer more effective, which means:

  • If you want to learn how to speak a foreign language, you should focus on speaking with native speakers and gain immediate feedback (instead of mobile apps)
  • If you want to get in shape, you should work with a personal fitness trainer (instead of watching Youtube workout videos)
  • If you want to learn a new instrument, hire a local music teacher in your city

“参与式学习”被证明是更有效的, 这意味着:

  • 如果你想学外语,就和以之为母语的人交流并得到即时的反馈(而不是在手机上用语言学习APP)。
  • 如果你想减肥塑性,就去找私人教练训练(而不是看Youtube上的教学视频)。
  • 如果你想学一项新乐器,就近找个音乐老师。

Ultimately, it comes down to this:

Time Or Money?

“You May Delay, But Time Will Not.” -- Benjamin Franklin
“你也许会拖延,但时间从来不。” -— 本杰明 · 富兰克林

It’s making the most out of the limited time we have by focusing on solutions that deliver the most impact, and saying no to everything else.

我们需要将有限的时间更多的投入在最重要的事情上,对没有意义的消耗说不。