Understanding needs active learner engagement¶
What this looks like depends on the specifics of the idea.
It's necessary to put time aside and spend energy on understanding something. Cal Newport calls this time deep work. Time and space with no distractions, the ability to focus and reflect on a single idea. Use the time to iterate on your thoughts.
- Understanding requires ideas to have context
- Prefer notes that describe a relationship
- According to educational constructivism, understanding requires ideas to have context. This is so the context forms relationships between things you know already and the new subject. Building notes describing these relationships explicitly will focus the process and engage you with the task - understanding needs active learner engagement.
- Iterate on complex ideas to find simplicity