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Concise Learning Method

How to use the Preview, Participate, Process, Practice and Produce to learn a skill faster and more effectively.
Concise Learning Method

This is a learning method that let you consolidate information from various sources and generate a solution from a visual perspective. By using mind maps, the learning method allows you to process the information in a logical way and you don’t have to try to figure out the learning blocks in a linear fashion.

It is a free-form learning that allows your brain to merge logic and creativity to enable the most effective learning.

The Concise Learning Method is made up of 5Ps:

Preview

Before you learn a skill, preview the materials to become familiar with the topic, unfamiliar terms and concepts.

For example, before attending your first Brazilian jiu-jitsu class, it’s useful to know what’s a hip escape, bridge and mount so that you won’t be starting from a blank page when you go for your first lesson.

You can use mind map to outline the preview of key concepts. This first draft of your mind map serves as the initial framework for you to organise and connect key concepts.

The preview phase helps you to prepare your mind and increase your interest during the learning phase.

Participate

When you’re learning a skill, aim to participate as much as possible. You learn better by doing the skill, no matter how amateurish you may be in the beginning. If you’re attending a class, do not be the silent participant and keep quiet throughout the session. Ask any question that helps you clear any misunderstanding of the skill and try applying the new knowledge. You’ll learn better when you make a mistake because you’ll know what not to do.

Recall the key concepts you drew in your mind maps and practice them. This will help you to solidify meaningful learning.

Process

Process the information that you’ve learned by organising the new knowledge into the mind map. Draw connections between key concepts and refine the mind map to have more details.

This phase allows you to process the information in a personal and meaningful way so you can make sense of what you’ve just learned.

The process phase helps to transfer information from short-term memory to long-term memory.

Practice

The more you practice, the better you become in a skill. Once you’ve organised your learnings on your mind map, it’s time to practice the key concepts. You’ll discover what works and what doesn’t. Through trial and error, you’ll gain a thorough understanding of the skill.

Go beyond solving a problem repeatedly. Apply your previous knowledge to the skill so you can integrate the new skill into your current skill sets.

Use practice sessions to help you review and solidify what you’ve learned.

Produce

As you process new information, your fresh perspective on the skill will result in a unique product of your understanding and experiences.

After you have enough practice, you should use the key concepts and new learnings to produce from your newly acquired skill.

This will initiate the feedback loop and you can further refine your skill. In addition, you’ll produce new knowledge that is well integrated with your existing knowledge.

Learn more about Concise Learning Method:

How to Study with Mind Maps: The Concise Learning Method for Students and Lifelong Learners (Expanded Edition)

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