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It doesn't matter whether it's for school/university or for your own general knowledge--how do you teach yourself a certain concept? Do you make notes on the theoretical aspects? Do you have to test it out by being practical with it? Do you read out loud?

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I generally try to teach the concept to someone. In that easy I'm putting across my own interpretation and it tends to stay in my head
I learn by doing. Be the driver, make a few mistakes and learn from them. The academic system and rote learning etc is not me.
I totally agree with you - practicality is where it's at!
by Xarah
Watching a documentary about a certain topic that you want to learn about is very helpful as well.
When I used to revise for exams, I would take a A4 sheet of paper, several different coloured pens, and then bullet point key facts under different headings. I would then read out what I wrote several times, hide the paper and repeat it again without looking. I would do this for each bullet point, then try to recite them all without looking at the end of it.
I learn best by active listening and reading and writing down notes so lectures with powerpoint slides are ideal for me. I have to really concentrate though. So what's best is recorded lectures, so I'm able to pause and digest information/write down useful notes and continue.Just reading notes and powerpoint slide does not suffice.
I like online courses, as you can take them at any time and they are very affordable. One website that offers great online courses is Lynda.com
If it can be done in the practical....there's hardly any way to forget most of it.

If you can't do that, then read read read.....
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