Feynman Technique is one of the powerful methods for me. Explaining some concepts to your imaginary partner helps enormously. It was mind blowing because i can remember all points on my paper that i read 4 years ago and it helped me to learn over hundreds sheets of paper in few days and to remember all these things. I got the best grades and its good for speaking exams.
However, when I used to study for statistics, maths or quant finance, I struggled to use Anki as there are many formulas and graphs involved, which are a pain to get into Anki or my answers for a flashcard got way too long, such as the example you gave with the whole PDF book chapter. A video showing how you use Anki for STEM disciplines would be intersting to see - maybe I can make use of your techniques once I need to brush up on my quant skills in the future ;)
I combine Anki with the "Feynman Technique", i.e. explaining a concept in simple (or complex) terms and fully understanding it. To aid that process, I usually type up Anki flashcards while reading a research paper or a book chapter, instead of making lots of notes and quiz myself afterwards. Then, I explain the concept out loud while drawing a mind-map or flowchart with key terms. Though sometimes I just take a lot of paper + pen or OneNote notes while reading and re-read those, hoping the information just sticks.
Funny enough, I am currently working on a video about the Feynman method
As most comments refer to the problem about Anki in STEM fields, I thought I just put my two cents in on how I approach this issue. I am still figuring out what the best approach is to use Anki/Notion in statistics, but this is how I currently do it: 1. Understand and write Flashcards in your own words Sounds self-evident but it’s a huge difference to just parrot what you just read or to be able to explain it intuitively. When I feel that I got a concept, I write a flashcards where I formulate a question to the concept. The answer is written using MY OWN words, not the one from the text book. This is my approach to make sure I don’t just copy what I’ve read. 2. Feynman technique when repeating flashcards When I go through the cards I always answer the card using the Feynman technique, ie explaining the concept it simple terms/as if you were talking to a student. Since I write a question on each flashcard, I automatically approach the answer as if I would explain it to someone else. I subdivide larger concepts into smaller questions. One card is about why a concept is needed, the other is about its formula etc. This is just my way of using Anki for quant. I would appreciate to read about your approache!:) Sometimes I really miss the big picture which is why I currently try to help with mind maps or notion, but I haven’t found the perfect path yet.
Great post! Love the point about the "Feyman-flashcards" like "why a concept is needed".
Glasp is a social web highlighter that people can highlight and organize quotes and thoughts from the web, and access other like-minded people’s learning.