Information synthesis is the second branch of effective learning in a way that our brain likes. Synthesis, or comprehension and understanding by other names, is probably the true bedrock of what we would usually consider learning. It’s taking on a new concept or set of information and knowing it inside and out. It’s knowing the context it fits in and seeing it from as many angles as possible to ensure that understanding is true and thorough, especially with regard to blind spots. That sounds like a tall order, and it is. But it’s this very struggle and slog that cements understanding and retention. It’s not necessarily “no pain, no gain” but the brain simply sees no reason to remember something if there is no apparent reason to (i.e., it is not forced to work for it).
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