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    Default Techniques to improve pace of comprehension and understanding

    Does anyone know of tricks and techniques to understand things quickly?

    DeBono (of lateral thinking fame) had some thoughts:

    The de Bono Group

    There is also Polya's classic.

    There was this also FWIW.

    Countless reading conprehenssion tips exist.

    There are concentration and memory tips.

    There are even eye exercises.

    Any other resources?

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    Ooh the eye exercises are really fun. Especially the vision perception ones. Thanks for the interesting and original thread concept.

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    I'm going to take a look at the eye exercises and reading comprehension when I'm more awake

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    Some people find mind mapping helpful.

    This has practical tips.

    You can use it for free-form brainstorming, or for logical, thought-out planning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluebell View Post
    Some people find mind mapping helpful.

    This has practical tips.

    You can use it for free-form brainstorming, or for logical, thought-out planning.
    I downloaded FreeMind and did three levels of mind-mapping on this subject. Of-coarse many of the things on the map are important for their own sake, not just to improve comprehension, but they are there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ygolo View Post
    I downloaded FreeMind and did three levels of mind-mapping on this subject. Of-coarse many of the things on the map are important for their own sake, not just to improve comprehension, but they are there.
    Someone I work with uses that sort of software. I quite like it - it's a nice change from formal project plans (ugh) as it's more similar to how I think.

    And thanks for doing that mind map. I like how you ordered it - it makes sense. As in, how you ordered it added a lot of depth to it for me. My mind does that sort of thing automatically, but it takes time. I've just noticed that your map has short-cutted (er, real word? not sure, I'm unwell and not thinking entirely clearly today) that process. Nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ygolo View Post
    Does anyone know of tricks and techniques to understand things quickly?

    DeBono (of lateral thinking fame) had some thoughts:

    The de Bono Group

    There is also Polya's classic.

    There was this also FWIW.

    Countless reading conprehenssion tips exist.

    There are concentration and memory tips.

    There are even eye exercises.

    Any other resources?
    I typed a long response and then pressed the back button with my mouse and lost it. That was the third time today.

    I have tons of resources. I will post a little later.

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    *bump*

    LostInNerSpace, what are your resources?

    Accept the past. Live for the present. Look forward to the future.
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    "As our island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance." John Wheeler
    "[A] scientist looking at nonscientific problems is just as dumb as the next guy." Richard Feynman
    "[P]etabytes of [] data is not the same thing as understanding emergent mechanisms and structures." Jim Crutchfield

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