I blog on Brain-Based Learning, Metacognition, EdTech, and Social-Emotional Learning. I am the author of the Crush School Series of Books, which help students understand how their brains process information and learn. I also wrote The Power of Three: How to Simplify Your Life to Amplify Your Personal and Professional Success, but be warned that it's meant for adults who want to thrive and are comfortable with four letter words.

Speed It Up

speed it up
Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.
— Charles M. Schulz

This tip is super simple but most friends or colleagues I mention it to are surprised they have not considered it before. They are also thankful because this underutilized tweak saves them time and speeds up their learning.

When consuming informational podcasts or YouTube videos go into settings and change the replay speed to 1.5. You will find yourself finishing a 30-minute podcast in 20 minutes without skipping a beat. This is because most people speak at a significantly slower pace than the human mind can process and comprehend.

This is why we space out all the while tricking our conversation partners into thinking we’re listening to their rambling-ons with an occassional slow nod, fast “mhm,” or medium “right.”

If you’ve never tried to listen to audio at one-and-a-half times the normal speed the above point will be proven to you the first time you do it.

It is possible you might be able to double the default speed and still fully comprehend what you’re listening to or watching if you can focus intensely. Experiment and find out what your brain’s optimal speed setting is and you might find yourself consuming audio and video at 2 times the replay speed from now on.

See if you can do it with a turkey or tofurkey-filled belly.

Learning supercharged and it’s stupid simple. You’re welcome.

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