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The Feynman Technique & Learning New Things - Say What? #22

Hello everyone! I hope everyone's doing good wherever you are. If you're back in Malaysia, make sure
September 22 · Issue #22 · View online
Say What?
Hello everyone!
I hope everyone’s doing good wherever you are. If you’re back in Malaysia, make sure to stay indoors as much as possible, stay hydrated and wear a mask if you need to go out!

One important thing I’ve learnt (or re-learnt, actually) this week is that it is always, always good to have a second opinion on everything. I made an appointment to see a careers adviser (again!), just to get a second opinion on how I’ve been sending in my job applications and if there are anything else I need to do differently. This is because I’ve been sending out quite a lot and they have all been unsuccessful so far.
So I figured, there must be a way for me to work something out, improve some parts of my application. And what better way to do it than to talk to a careers adviser, right? After all, they’re there to help students like me find a job after our studies.
And it’s always nice to talk through things, even though you think you got everything under control. Talking to people helps you to see things from a different perspective, to help you refocus and see the little things.
I did this with my dissertation as well, especially when I was planning through how I was going to write it and what I was going to research about. I talked about it with Aizan to bounce off ideas. I talked to Aiman to see if I missed out anything. And I talked to my supervisor to get her opinions and strengthen my arguments.
The same thing goes to learning and understanding something new. Feynman (the Nobel prize scientist!) has this Feynman Technique that you can follow if you want to learn something new. Teach it to a kid. (Or, if you’re a Redditor, Eli5, Explain Like I’m 5).
If you can describe and talk about something that is complicated (i.e. what Actuarial Science is!) in a simple way that a 5 year old (or a kid) can understand, it means you’ve got it! If not, find a way to further simplify it instead of using technical words and vocabularies.
i.e. Telling kids that Actuarial Science is about using statistical and mathematical methods to calculate risks might make their eyes roll (mine too, tbh). But saying that it’s calculating how much to charge for insurance might make it easier to understand, albeit it being probably a slightly too-simple of an explanation.
The Feynman Technique: The Best Way to Learn Anything
You know how if it rains, it feels a lot nicer to just stop working and take a nap or go to sleep? There’s just something about rain and rainy days that makes it feels so good to just enjoy a midday rain.
Back when I was in the States, I bought an Echo Dot. I bought it mainly because I use it as my speakers to listen to music while I cook, and it’s cool to control my Phillips Hue lightbulbs with my voice commands.
But it’s also useful because sometimes when I have trouble sleeping, I like to ask Alexa (i.e. the Echo Dot) to put on some nature sounds (usually it’s either thunderstorms or ocean / waves sounds). And that helps a lot in getting me to fall asleep, which is much needed after a long day at work.
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I guess that’s probably why for some people, they like to take a walk in the park or go to the beach or lake whenever they’re stressed out about life. There’s something about being surrounded by nature that gives you that sense of calmness and serenity in your heart.
Aite, that should be it for now. But, before I leave you for the week, I have a small favor to ask from you.
Most of you have been receiving this newsletter for a while now. Some have been receiving since I started it in January, others a little bit late. Some of you are new subscribers, so you probably wouldn’t have much to say. But I wanted to know:
What your thoughts and comments are about how the newsletter has been going on so far?
Has it been beneficial for you? Has the issues been too long? Too short? Too boring? Too dry? Too personal?
Let me know what you think, because I really want to find ways to improve the whole newsletter into something that people would want to read and share with their friends.
Hit that reply email and send your comments over. Be as nice or as nasty as you want - I can take them all. :)
Until I see you again in two weeks, stay awesome & take care!
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