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The “storytelling method” of learning new material

Cal Newport is a PhD student at MIT and author of two books: How to Become a Straight-A Student: The Unconventional Strategies Real College Students Use to Score High While Studying Less and How to Win at College: Surprising Secrets for Success from the Country’s Top Students.

He also has a fascinating blog called Study Hacks: Demystifying College Success which offers some interesting techniques for all of us who have to incorporate new information in our daily work or study. I was particularly intrigued by this one: “The Story Telling Method.”

Newport writes: “The Story Telling Method has an important benefit: it takes the large volume of information you just received and organizes it within a coherent framework.” Makes a lot of sense to me and is a strategy that I’ve used for years without really thinking about it. If you’re battling information overload like most of us, check out this post and the rest of his blog for some practical tips.


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