The 'Feynman Technique' in Short...
The Feynman Technique is a learning strategy developed by physicist Richard Feynman to help him quickly understand and master new subjects. It consists of four steps:
- Choose a subject you want to learn about.
- Pretend you are teaching the subject to a layperson. Explain the concepts in your own words, as if you were explaining them to someone who has no background knowledge in the subject.
- Identify any gaps in your understanding. If you can't explain something, it means you don't fully understand it. Go back and review the material until you feel confident in your understanding.
- Test your understanding by teaching the subject to someone else. This could be a friend, a family member, or even just an imaginary audience. By teaching the subject to someone else, you will be able to identify any remaining gaps in your understanding and solidify your knowledge.
The Feynman Technique is effective because it forces you to confront and overcome any misunderstandings or gaps in your knowledge, and it helps you to develop a deeper, more intuitive understanding of the material. It is also a good way to identify any misconceptions you may have about the subject and to clarify them.
How I use it for content
Now replace 'by teaching the subject to someone else' from point 4 with:
- 'by teaching the subject to an online audience' OR
- 'by teaching the subject or your experiements learning the subject and sharing with an online audience'
And you've got what I try and do with most of my content!