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Understanding needs active learner engagement

Understanding a new idea needs you, the learner, to actively engage with it. More than passively seeing or hearing it.

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.