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  1. Lesson One - Pre-reading

    The Power of Prereading - Part One
  2. The Power of Prereading - Part Two
  3. The Power of Prereading - Part Three
  4. The Power of Prereading - Part Four
  5. The Power of Prereading - Part Five
  6. Lesson Two - Single Tasking
    Single Tasking - Part One
  7. Single Tasking - Part Two
  8. Single Tasking - Part Three
  9. Single Tasking - Part Four
  10. Single Tasking - Part Five
  11. Lesson Three - Recognition and Recall
    Recognition and Recall - Part One
  12. Recognition and Recall - Part Two
  13. Recognition and Recall - Part Three
  14. Recognition and Recall - Part Four
  15. Recognition and Recall - Part Five
  16. Lesson Four - Question Logging
    Question Logging - Part One
  17. Question Logging - Part Two
  18. Question Logging - Part Three
  19. Question Logging - Part Five
  20. Question Logging - Part Four
  21. Lesson Five - The Testing Effect
    The Testing Effect - Part One
  22. The Testing Effect - Part Two
  23. The Testing Effect - Part Three
  24. The Testing Effect - Part Four
  25. The Testing Effect - Part Five
  26. Lesson Six - Taking Notes
    Taking Notes - Part One
  27. Taking Notes - Part Two
  28. Taking Notes - Part Three
  29. Lesson Seven - Foundational Learning
    Foundational Learning - Part One
  30. Foundational Learning - Part Two
  31. Foundational Learning - Part Three
  32. Foundational Learning - Part Four
  33. Foundational Learning - Part Five
  34. Lesson eight - Deep Learning
    Deep Learning - Part One
  35. Deep Learning - Part Two
  36. Deep Learning - Part Three
  37. Deep Learning - Part Four
  38. Deep Learning - Part Five
  39. Lesson nine - High Yield Learning
    High Yield Learning - Part One
  40. High Yield Learning - Part Two
  41. High Yield Learning - Part Three
  42. High Yield Learning - Part Four
  43. High Yield Learning - Part Five
  44. Lesson ten - The Testing Effect
    The Testing Effect - Part One
  45. The Testing Effect - Part Two
  46. The Testing Effect - Part Three
  47. The Testing Effect - Part Four
  48. The Testing Effect - Part Five
  49. Lesson eleven - active and passive learning
    Active and Passive Learning - Part One
  50. Active and Passive Learning - Part Two
  51. Active and Passive Learning - Part Three
  52. Active and Passive Learning - Part Four
  53. Active and Passive Learning - Part Five
  54. Lesson twelve - Study Blocking
    Study Blocking - Part One
  55. Study Blocking - Part Two
  56. Study Blocking - Part Three
  57. Study Blocking - Part Four
  58. Study Blocking - Part Five
  59. Lesson thirteen - Linking
    Linking - Part One
  60. Linking - Part Two
  61. Linking - Part Three
  62. Linking - Part Four
  63. Linking - Part Five
  64. Lesson fourteen - Interleaving
    Interleaving - Part One
  65. Interleaving - Part Two
  66. Interleaving - Part Three
  67. Interleaving - Part Four
  68. Interleaving - Part Five
  69. Lessons fifteen - Application Questioning
    Application Questioning - Part One
  70. Application Questioning - Part Two
  71. Copy of Application Questioning - Part Three
  72. Application Questioning - Part Four
  73. Application Questioning - Part Five
  74. Lesson Sixteen - Using Tables
    Tables - Part One
  75. Tables - Part Two
  76. Tables - Part Three
  77. Tables - Part Four
  78. Tables - Part Five
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Linking – Part Three

Stoicable July 13, 2022



The answer is how we store information, or rather, memories.

You can easily put books on the shelf in a library, but putting books on shelves is only half the story. You need to be able to find those books again, and to do that requires categorising the books so that you can easily find them in your library when you need to.

The hard part isn’t storing the information; it’s finding it.

Your mind is no different to our library. Storing information is easy; accessing it again at will is where we find the challenge.

This concept of accessing our learning is called retrieval.

Combining information creates more cues, enabling you to retrieve this new information you are learning much easier. It’s like putting up category signs in your memory library. Your brain has the information there somewhere. You just need to find where this is. The more you use linking, the more cues – or categories – you have to help you retrieve that information when you need it.

Learning changes the brain. The more you learn, the more neural pathways you lay down. As these pathways strengthen, so does your retention of and ability to retrieve this new information.

Here is the exciting thing. When you link information during the learning process, you create new pathways between these different pieces of knowledge. This then creates even more pathways going to and from the new content you’re learning. And the more pathways you have, the stronger your memory and retrievability are.

Our creativity is limited by the size of our canvas. The more you learn – you link – the larger your workable canvas becomes.

It’s much harder to be creative if your canvas is small. The less you know, the less you have to work with. This is why nearly all creative individuals have a solid knowledge foundation.

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Key Idea

“Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.” -William Plomer

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Key Idea

Linking connects your learning together – letting you see the big picture.

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Key Idea

Every link lays down another neural pathway between the topics you are learning. As the saying goes… “neurons that fire together, wire together.” -Donald Hebb

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In chemistry, the slowest step of a reaction is called the “rate-determining step.” Retrieval is the “rate-determining step of our memory.

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Key Idea

When you create a link between two pieces of information, you double your memory cues and multiply your chances of retrieving them.

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Remembering is the easy part. It’s retrieving that’s difficult.


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