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A study was conducted in 2014 at Princeton University
where they separated a class into two groups.
The researchers had each group take notes
for a class in two different ways.
The first group was told to take notes by hand,
you know the old-school method with a pen and paper
which was met with a lot of groans and complaints,
because well it requires a lot of effort,
it’s time-consuming and it cramps up your hands.
The second group was told to take notes
by typing it out on their laptop
or phone or whatever device
which was a far more efficient way of note-taking.
In fact,the second group on average
ended up with twice the amount of notes
after each class,
compared with the pen and paper group.
Now the purpose of this study
was to figure out what method of taking notes
would allow you to remember more of
what was being taught.
So at the end of the semester,
the researchers looked at the overall test scores
for all of the students in this class,
and to their surprise,
the kids who took notes by hand,
using the old-school pen and paper method
scored twice as well as the kids
who used their laptops,
that’s a lot.
And at first the researchers thought okay
maybe having this group take notes by hand
somehow prompted them
to study a bit more outside of class.
So they conducted this study two more times.
One time they tested each group
immediately after class
so they had no time to study.
And the second time they gave a surprise test
to each group only a week
after they took notes.
And both times the kids who took notes by hand
squirt about twice as well as the kids
who typed out their notes.
What they discovered in this experiment is
what I like to call the effort principle.
Essentially the more effort you put
into recording a piece of information,
the better you will retain it.
And I believe that this is a concept has a lot of value
in the world of self improvement.
See one of the biggest issues
with self improvement is the fact
that there’s so much information out there.
There are hundreds of thousands of
books videos and podcasts.
But it doesn’t matter how much time
you spend consuming this information.
Because if you’re not remembering any of it
and internalizing the lessons,
there’s no point.
Now I know I know I’m someone
who advocates listening to audiobooks a lot.
I tell you guys to do it all the time.
But to be honest ,
I don’t think just listening to audiobooks is ideal,
it’s too easy.
It doesn’t require that much effort.
In fact,back in the day I would often find myself
事实上 在过去 我常常会发现自己
listening to an entire book
and just one or two week later
barely remembering any of the key concepts.
So today I want to show you
a sort of note-taking mini habit
that I created over the years
that has allowed me to retain most of the key lessons
from the books that I listen to.
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Now back to the topic at hand.
The note-taking mini habit is essentially this.
See I carried these little
water proof notebooks with me.
They are a bit smaller than my phone
which makes them very easy to carry around.
And whenever I’m listening to a book
and I come across in a ha moment.
Basically a moment where the gears in your head click
and something just
makes a whole lot of sense to you.
Something that you know is a game changer
that you should really remember.
When that happens,
I will put in some effort to record that lesson down.
For example a couple of weeks ago,
I was listening to can’t hurt me
by David Goggins at the gym.
And I came across in a ha moment
when he talked about what he likes to call
the cookie jar method.
The moment I heard about this method
I thought to myself.
Wow,this is some powerful stuff.
I need to remember this.
So I put down my weights,
I paused the audio book
I pulled out my little notebook and pen
and I wrote down cookie jar method
and I proceeded to write a short little summary
about what it was.
And after doing that
I rewinded the audio by a couple of minutes.
Just so I could listen to that part again.
If you take a look at this incident
I’m putting in maybe 10 20 times more effort
into digesting this one piece of information,
as compared to if I just listen to it on the audiobook.
And because of that,
that lesson has stuck with me ever since.
And to top it all off
when I really really want a lesson to stick with me.
I’ll actually go out of my way
and put in even more effort
by bringing it up in a conversation soon after.
I have some friends
that are interested in self-improvement
and when we’re just hanging out l,
I’ll talk about some of the new concepts
I’ve come across recently.
The moment you re-teach what you’ve learned,
you’re putting in additional effort,
which will cause you
to retain the information even more.
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Of course I recommend you guys to check out
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It is a very powerful book
jam packed with powerful lessons
that we should all remember
So definitely check that out,
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