Efficient Learning: Remember 90%
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.
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
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.