How to Learn Way Faster Using Learning Loops


Today, we’re going to discuss how to learn
faster using learning loops. Step 1 — Choose something that matters. Start by picking a field of study that you’re
genuinely interested and emotionally invested in. Make sure to pick a topic that you actually
feel matters and you believe the world will benefit from having someone learn. This makes a huge difference in how fast you
learn any given subject, and it will help you persevere through times of failure which
are inevitable. You can learn faster using this technique
in fields that you’re not interested in, but having an emotional investment on your
side makes a huge difference in how fast you learn [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]. Step 2 — Integrate the new with the old. Learning best occurs when we integrate new
information with old information [1, 2, 4]. It’s important to take new concepts that
you learn and relate it to other things that you already know and value. I want you to start by writing down the reason
you determined this area of study was important in Step 1, and draw a big rectangle around
it. This rectangle contains what you already know
and value about the subject. But, even more than that, it will serve as
a constant reminder and motivator of what you’re striving towards. For example, writing is a way to transfer
knowledge to others. Knowledge leads to learning and learning to
a change in behaviour. When you change someone’s behaviour, you
can change the world. I want to learn to write so I can educate,
change minds, and, ultimately, change the world. Step 3 – Construct an actionable checklist. Take the rectangle that you already drew,
and connect it to a new rectangle that contains the skill that you want to learn. Now, determine all of the sub-skills that
make up that one. For example, let’s say we wanted to learn
how to write an interesting book. The sub-skills may include character design,
themes, locations, major events, writing style, organization, sentence structure, grammar,
and so on. There are often multiple ways you can break
down a skill. Break them down in the way that makes the
most sense to you, and break each skill down as far as you can. In Step 2, you built up the skill to its unique
meaning in your own life. That step grounded the skill in a strong motivation. In Step 3, you broke the subject down to its
smallest pieces. This makes the topic more approachable. Now, take these sub-skills and create actionable
checklists that help you master them. For example, you can have a checklist that
helps you run through your story and make sure that your grammar is good. Step 4 — Make a prediction using your checklists. As soon as you have a semi-functioning checklist,
make a prediction with it and test it. For example, “this checklist will help me
produce a good short story.” Step 5 — Test your prediction and get feedback. There are various forms of testing your prediction
such as using The Feynman Technique, as mentioned in a previous video, which you can watch by
clicking the card in the top right of your screen. You can write a practice test. You can try and sell a product as part of
your business, or you can gauge metrics on social media. If you want to learn how to write well, try
writing a short story using your checklist and publish it in public, or give it to one
of your friends to read. Check if the predicted outcome, according
to your checklist, matched the actual outcome. If not, you have some work to do. Step 6 — Refine your checklist and try again. If you picked a topic that you were actually
interested in, you will be invested in the outcomes that arise from your checklist. The feedback will actually mean something
to you and that is what will motivate you to refine it, fill in missing gaps of knowledge,
learn faster, more efficiently, and more effectively. As your checklist becomes more refined, you
will be able to integrate new knowledge in it faster and faster, and it will become more
powerful at producing your intended outcomes. Try to get feedback that is as specific as
possible, so you know what changes need to be made to your checklist. Conclusion These steps form a learning loop. Pick a topic that really matters to you. Construct a checklist around that topic that
is designed to produce results. Make a prediction based on your checklist. Test that prediction by doing something or
creating something, and get specific feedback that helps you update your checklist. Rinse and repeat. You want to test your checklist as often as
possible and in as many various situations as you can to really strengthen your understanding
of the topic. An example would be to solve as many different
practice questions as you can in preparation for an exam. But, even more than that, you want to subject
your list to failure as often as you can. As you refine your list after each failure,
it will grow more robust and be more useful. In fact, the more times you run through this
learning loop, the faster you’ll learn, and the better your list will get. If you want to check out some more learning
tips, be sure to check out my productivity and learning playlist by clicking the card
in the top right of the video!

100 thoughts on “How to Learn Way Faster Using Learning Loops

  • love from India ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—

  • What is with the new comic-book style. Her butt is too sexual and I feel that a sexy high-school teacher in front of me, teaching me a lessson. It's distracting.
    Good art though.

  • Learning being such a crucial part in our development, finding ways to speed up the process is amazingly useful. Thanks for sharing this with us!

  • Yesterday I learned that exercising plays a huge role in learning and memorizing new things. I was so upset. I thought I could just read stuff and get smart. Turns out I'll have to read stuff AND exercise!

  • I actually didn't like this video in its visuals. Your past ones are better and easier.
    Less is more. I was too busy looking at the pretty art.

  • in this video you basicly taught us how to work like a neural network. It's efficient and the only difference is that we have more complex 'neural networks' and a neural network doesnt need motivation while WE do

  • Create/refine process โ€”> make prediction/product based on process โ€”> get feedback โ€”> repeat. The more you like the topic, the greater the velocity you enter the loop with (metaphorically speaking). The more times you go through the loop, the faster you learn. This is also why perfectionism can hold you back. Too much time spent producing, not enough time spent getting feedback, resulting in slow learning cycles.

  • Your new animation style is artistically better but I think it is somehow distracting because of having lots of details. The old one, on the other hand, is very minimalistic and simple, yet is really helpful in the getting your message across. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I usually love your videos… but here I didn't understand at all. I think it would have been to use a real like experience. Thanks anyway !

  • I want to improve myself, but I don't know where to begin, therefore I try to learn, therefore I try to learn how to learn

  • I was developing something very similar to a learning loop by using categories and subcategories to group all the things I want to learn. I was even going to add motivation to the categories and not long after I see this video and it gives me a complete template along with steps to using it I hadn't thought about. Thank you YouTube for bringing me here, and thank you Freedom in Thought for making this extremely useful video! This will change my life!

  • I'm sure you spent a lot of time in this video, but I think it wasn't clear visually , I mean you can actually get more if you just listen rather than listening and watching the images.. the images wasn't clear and abstract enough and stayed the same while the ideas you speak of were moving on, I mean if you can adopt the ted ed video Technique that would greatly benefit your style

  • Whyd the drawing chick have to be so thicc. Couldnt get thru the video cuz I kept stopping to crank it and then I forget what the dude says

  • I love this video so much in so many ways. 42 is my synchronicity number! I'm reading Super Learning 2000 right now and this is just a perfect add-on. Thank you so much for everything

  • I'll be honest, I fell in love with your old art style and animation. Something about it is heart warming and it's just so beautiful… I don't usually like simple art style but your art style makes me feel so nice as if I can feel what it's saying. I really do hope you do keep the older art.
    Forgive me for my bad English, I tried my best to express what I felt.

  • What I've learned:
    Choose a subject that is important to you.
    Start the loop:
    * Establish what you actually know about the subject.
    * Establish what you want/need to learn/reforce.
    * Create a checklist (or fix it) designed to acquire and test your knowledge :
    + Divide the subject in smaller subjects
    + Create basic, concrete and doable tasks of learning and action
    + Write, do or create something using the new knowledge you have acquired
    * Test your knowledge and obtain feedback
    * Try again

  • Damn all my troubles r to do things n learn things my heart isnโ€™t up for ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ thatโ€™s y i here

  • #feedback #request But what happens when you have too many things you wanna improve in and making lists becomes unfeasible? I started like this, but it seems to be a dead-end! Too much overhead writing it and too complex to keep organized…

  • Choosing a topic that matters is the primary hurdle for most people. Of those who have a topic that matters to them, fewer will pick a topic that actually matters to the world, because most such topics are tedious and dry. Also, the idea that learning changes behavior is suspect in the extreme. It's perfectly possible to recognize, intellectually, that we are killing the oceans and still buy food in plastic containers from your favorite organic foods franchise.

  • Part of the challenge of the learning process is to persevere through work that seems tedious. The problem with focusing on a subject that is intensely interesting is that you will choosing a topic that just about anyone could do. Examples: psychology is highly interesting; but how many psych majors does the world need? Pop novels may be interesting but they are just entertainment; serious literature provides useful insights into life & society. Introductory chemistry labs and lectures can be tedious & dull, but after much hard work, a chemist may eventually work on fascinating research or even create an original process or concept.

  • The sticky note on the computer contains the number 42- The Answer to the Great Question. From THE HITCHIKERS GUID TO THE GALEXY.

  • wow that was way too vague be useful. My advice: practice, practice, practice. read the subject matter information in small increments. Now study exercises with answers making sure you understand them. Next do a simple exercise and as you learn take on more complex examples. At the end of the day see what you can recall from memory of what you have learned. Now look at the texts and exercises again to see if you missed anything. Do the same thing the next morning. Now do the same thing all over again. Key to learning is to often recall the information so you start remembering it.

  • What's your source on the process itself? I noticed that you have six sources for step 1, but did you come up with the rest? I want to deep into the rest of it.

  • Why does everything have to be about changing the world? This really is my biggest gripe with today's intellectual/academic people which otherwise do provide lots of valuable insight and contributions. Sometimes people don't distinguish between pure knowledge, objective observations/conclusions and insight which can be helpful for certain things and their own personal moral agenda, which is inevitably based not on science but is completely arbitrary. Some people can't seem to make objective observations about climate change without simultaenously pushing the opinion "we have to do something about it". Here you can't seem to talk about learning without implying it should be used to "change the world" or that this would be the ultimate reason you'd come to if you were to ask "why" enough, which itself is very good advice. No. It may feel and sound very right but it is simply not correct to package these things together. We should focus on things that empower us as individuals, but when it comes to our personal morality and opinions everyone should be entirely free to make their own choice, as there is no objective reasoning for any morality or opinion that would make it universally correct. (I am aware that this itself is of course a type of arbitrary opinion and worldview. The difference is that it embraces the fact that there can be different and completely arbitrary worldviews and moral opinions, and that if anything we should focus on how to allow people to simultaneously express them, kind of similar to the reasoning behind the benefits of democracy over some totalitarian ideology)

  • – choose something that mattets.
    – integrate new knowledge with old knowledge
    – construct an actionable checklist
    – make a prediction using checklist
    – check the prediction
    Refine your checklist and try again.

  • i like the way you integrate pass lessons on first principles and Feynman technique in this video. keep up the good work.

  • As someone who loves to learn, but also has a habit of not going back over old notes/info. Creating a system to Frame that focus and having a process of going back to review and refine what you've learned is essential in trying to get the brain to remember what's already been covered. Not to mention the individual necessity for emotional investment and personal interest. Nobody wants to learn, let alone remember what they don't believe truly matters to them.

    Great video, awesome channel here!!

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