By Leo Babauta

Today I’m going to discuss two really interesting and effective learning methods that I think you’ll find fascinating:

  1. Elaboration
  2. Generation

I’ve recorded a video about them (with notes below the video), but first I want you to do one thing for me: guess what you think elaboration and generation might be.

Go ahead, take a minute to do that now, and I’ll wait!

OK, if you’re sure you tried to guess the answer, you can watch the video here (or download to watch on your device):


Here are the notes from the video:

I. Elaboration – improves mastery of new material, multiplies mental cues available to you for later recall & application

II. Generation: has the effect of making the mind more receptive to new learning