Hey guys, Richard Feynman was a Nobel prize-winning American physicist. But he is mostly known for his approach of explaining things. He had a magical power of breaking down complex things into so simple that even a kid could understand that. He was even known as The Great Explainer.
Now the question is how can we do the same? According to Albert Einstein,
“If you can’t explain it simply you don’t
understand it well enough”
So According to Einstein, you need to first understand a topic well enough to explain it simply.
Now the question is, how to understand things well enough? The answer is by using the Feynman Technique. In short, the Feynman Technique is a cycle of learning and explaining things. Here are some simple steps to follow after you learn something.
First, try to explain it to a kid(maybe someone from 5th grade). Now, I think you know why a kid? Because you’ll face a hard time explaining them. They won’t understand a single thing until you make it very simple. So you have to make it as simple as possible to explain to a kid. To make it more simple, you might use some drawings. Drawing will also help you to understand any topic.
If no kid is interested in your lecture. Then take a piece of paper and start writing an explanation on the topic assuming that a kid will read it. Use some drawings and diagrams.
Explaining like this will help you understand where you are lacking and part you don’t understand. Using this technique you’ll be able to improve both your learning and teaching skills. You must keep repeating the process until you’re able to explain the topic to a kid.
So this is for today. I hope you guys understood what the Feynman technique is. I’ll catch you guys up in the next one. Till then stay safe. peace.