I am reading a book called Limitless by Jim Kwik. Jim Kwik is the CEO of Kwik Learning, Memory & Speed-Reading Expert, International Speaker, and Social Entrepreneur. In his book, he teaches how to learn FASTER. And yes, he named the method FASTER.
How to learn FASTER – from Limitless
FASTER is an acronym that stands for: Forget, Act, State, Teach, Enter, Review.
I found the method helpful and I hope this post helps to explain the method. Let’s get to the method one-by-one.
Jim mentions that there are 3 things in particular that you should forget (temporarily, at least). The first thing is what you already know. Because when we are learning something, we think that we know about the topic and that we understand the subject. This hampers our ability to absorb new information because we assume that we know about the subject. This is one of the reasons why children learn fast; they don’t know about the subject.
The second thing is to forget about the tasks that are not important. When our focus is not fully on what we are learning, it becomes difficult to learn because our brain doesn’t multitask.
The third thing to forget is about your limitations. Don’t think that you are not good at memorizing and you are a slow learner. These limitations that you impose on yourself will only make it difficult for you to learn.
If you fight for your limitations, you get to keep them. Your capabilities aren’t fixed, and it’s possible to learn anything.from Limitless
Jim tells not to be a passive learner. Learning is not a spectator sport. Our brain doesn’t learn much by just watching or reading. Take notes on what you are learning and be an active learner. By taking notes, you are learning actively, and it will stay in your long term memory.
It may sound selfish, but one of the reasons I am writing this blog post is to use this method for learning. i.e. Act. Taking notes and writing is a part of learning, isn’t it?
I recommend you highlight key ideas, but don’t become one of those highlight junkies who make every page glow in the dark. If you make everything important, then nothing becomes important.from Limitless
The learning process is affected by the state you are in. The state refers to your emotions. Your thoughts (psychology) and physical condition (physiology) highly influence your learning.
When you are bored and lying on your bed and you try to learn new things, the learning will not be as effective. But if you are energized, you are sitting comfortably, the environment is good and you are excited to learn, the learning process becomes much easier and you can retain more.
So, whenever you are learning, pay attention to your state and try to bring necessary adjustment to the state.
Get excited about how you will benefit from what you are about to learn and what you will do with your new knowledge.from Limitless
Jim recommends that you learn with the intention of teaching it to someone else. When you are learning to teach, you are approaching the learning in a different way. This way you will pay closer attention to detail and will ask questions to yourself. You will have a detailed note.
He also says that learning doesn’t have to be solo. You can learn with a group of people which makes it more fun and will also keep you accountable.
If you want to cut your learning curve dramatically, learn with the intention of teaching the information to someone else.from Limitless
When we have to do certain tasks, we note them on the calendar and make the schedule such as work meetings, dentist appointment, etc. But what we don’t schedule is our personal growth and development. Make a schedule for learning as well.
It’s too easy for the day to slip by with you “forgetting” to work our your body and brain.from Limitless
When we do a spaced repetition, our brain tends to actively recall what we have learned. Reviewing helps us to retain the information and reduce to effects of the forgetting curve. Before starting today’s lesson, start by reviewing what you learned previously.
Your brain will give greater value to the reviewed material and prime your mind for what’s to come.from Limitless
I hope you enjoyed this post and hope it helps you in your learning process. What methods do you use to learn FASTER or retain in your long term memory?